Hello readers of A Word’s Worth Resume Writing and Career Coaching blog. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my erratic blog postings. Once again, I apologize for not adding to my blog for such a long time. But, honestly, I’ve been so very busy helping clients get interviews — and ultimately jobs — that I haven’t had time to post to my blog. You know the old saying, “Take care of yourself so you can take care of others.” Well, I’ve been so busy “taking are of others” that I’ve neglected taking the time to blog on my website. Again, my apologies.
So, now that I’ve made my excuses, I want to provide some tips for employees who are working for bosses who happen to be younger than they are. A client of mine recently came to me with this “problem” and I helped him turn a negative situation into a positive one.
Let’s call this employee Robert Smith. Robert, age 51, took a new job as director of the IT Department for a company for which he wanted to work. He told me his boss was about a decade younger than he was and he was “uncomfortable” with the situation. He asked me how to make the situation work because he had never been supervised by someone younger than himself. My advice to him: Age is irrelevant; attitude is everything.
No matter how old or young you are as an employee, prospective employers are looking for staff members to be collaborative team players. As I’ve come to learn, each of us has to unleash the need to prove that we know everything and embrace the fact that each of us has something of value to offer.
As I explained to Robert Smith, flexibility and adaptability are what employers are looking for in an employee. Show your young boss that you are willing to try new approaches and methods. Don’t get stuck in the negative; be positive! Ask questions, be curious, remain positive and inquisitive. Remember, it’s never too late to learn!