Let me give you my two cents for overcoming those “too old” and “overqualified” obstacles.
For many, both those issues can be the kiss of death.
But here’s the truth from the guy wearing the hoodie in NE – “It is what it is…” And the worst thing you can do is try and hide it. No amount resume fudging or omissions is going to get it done.
Here’s my advice –
You have no say in how old you are but you do everything to say about how youthful you are. Be youthful. For some, hiring young is hiring longevity. But not many stay with the same company any longer. I think the savy hiring manager is looking more for energy, responsibility, less need to babysit, etc. And you have that in spades.
Within your industry, be current. The great fear is that old is obsolete. Never talk about how you did it back in the “day” or reminisce about subjects that remind the hiring of your age. Focus on the cutting edge issue of the day. Demonstrate that you are not only up to speed but ahead the curve – within your industry.
ABL – in sales, we used to tell the young’un’s to ABC. Always Be Closing. Well, let me change that to – Always Be Learning. For some, there is the fear that older workers are set in the their ways. You know the saying, “can’t teach an old new tricks.” That is almost a universal “excuse” for passing over an older worker. Your challenge to the hiring manager is to convince her that you have learning mentality. That you are – humble enough to learn.
Be physically fit. I don’t mean getting hairplugs or coloring your hair with magic markers. But be physically fit. A physically fit person exudes confidence and strength. And that can only help.