Executive career coach & expert- Meyers & Myers
“The Intern” comes to theaters next month. Set in today’s fast-paced digital media industry, the Nancy Meyers comedy features Robert De Niro as a 70-year-old widower who becomes an intern for the founder of an online fashion site played by Anne Hathaway.
Despite being a digital immigrant, De Niro’s character shows his maturity and business experience is invaluable in the digital arena—proving experience never gets old.
This is a lesson for firms, agencies, corporations and startups which only hire digital natives who have less experience and will work for lower wages since, as the saying goes, “you get what you pay for.”
According to career coach Ford R. Myers, mature employees offer wisdom born of experience and a vast array of skills that younger employees don’t posses. Thats why he wrote “Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring” published by John Wiley & Sons, Myers.
“Mature workers are more likely to stay put for longer than their younger counterparts, thus reducing turnover, which lowers the costs associated with hiring and trainings,” explains Myers.
As president of Career Potential, LLC, Myers helps clients earn what they deserve by teaching them how to take charge of their careers to generate the work they enjoy. “You can’t change your chronological age,” he continues, “so don’t waste mental energy thinking about it. Older workers who understand that their maturity and expertise are true assets are more likely to land the job they want.”
Of course, it helps when digital immigrants follow these tips from Myers:
- To maintain a high level of energy and project vitality, make sure you exercise to stay fit, show up early, move fast throughout the day, and work hard.
- Seek training to boost your computer skills since employers are more apt to hire mature workers who can demonstrate a comfort level with technology.
- Adjust your appearance to be more contemporary and stylish—in a tasteful and semi-age appropriate way.
- Show you’re engaged and productive by pursuing a temporary or part-time position. If you can’t find one, volunteer or provide pro bono work, take on a consulting contractor complete an internship just like Robert De Niro’s character does in “The Intern” which hits theaters on September 25, 2015.
Until then, visit www.getthejobbook.com for other useful tips on achieving career success in today’s digital marketplace.