This wraps up age discrimination in the workplace (not necessarily in the job search). Today is lessons learned.
Be prepared to be smacked in the face with the “dead fish” of age discrimination. Like gravity, it’s a fact of life. It’s not you, the quality of your work, or the anything else. It’s a structural flaw in our own thinking. No one can help you but yourself. No one can postpone the inevitable. No law or regulation will succor you. (Have you seen how much you get for “unemployment insurance”? You have to be your own “unemployment insurance”!) Make your plans with it in mind. Don’t get caught short.
(2) Life Plan
The old Wall Street Journal commercial has an element of truth in it. You have to learn. They want to sell you a subscription to educate and inform you. Really, you need your own written life plan. Has to be written. Wish I’d done it. That old commercial recounts the anecdote about the written life plan. The 3% of the Harvard grads, who had it, achieved it. A Life Plan is critical for success. Even at this late stage, I’m writing mine now. Five decades too late. But, who says you can’t teach old dogs new tricks.
(3) Trust nothing
Assumptions, promises, “facts”. All meaningless. Only “you” matters. Be honest with yourself. Don’t kid a kidder. Self-delusion is the worst of all disabilities. Wishing won’t get you to the NBA; Pretending your going is insanity. If you write everything down, you have a stake in the ground. An anchor. Examine the “facts” and figure out how to test them. Examine your risks and manage them. Your resume tells all sorts of lies about being a strategic planned and heroic accomplisher, use those skills on your own situation.
Finally, JibberJobber is a tool use it. Recognize what it is telling you. You are alone in your life raft. But you don’t have to be. Reach out and form real connections. Social networking is NOT LinkedIn, Facebook, and other sites. It’s tying someone else’s lifeboat to yours and paddling together. Wish I was better at it.
That’s it. A rather somber topic this week.