Charlotte Doyle hit the gym two hours a day, embraced the latest fashions and made sure that not a strand of gray peeked through her thick blond hair.
But at age 61, she got pink-slipped from her job in pharmaceutical sales. So, in 2009, shortly after she was laid off after 29 years, Doyle decided to take an unorthodox step in a cutthroat job climate and get her teeth straightened.
“I need to do everything I can to be competitive,” said the Homewood, Ill., resident, flashing a gleaming mouth of metal. “I desperately want to work.”
I work with a number of experienced job seekers in my daily practice and my volunteer work. I hear many of the same complaints when it comes to “age bias” and it is frustrating to see and hear many of these types of complaints.
By sharing this article I am not promoting or diminishing the practices listed. I am merely sharing the great extent that many take to gain an edge in the market. Persistence and process are great tools to the job seeker and if you practice both of those “p’s” you will have greater success.
What are you doing or what have you heard others are doing to “gain an edge” in the job market?
What is the most outlandish thing you have seen?
What advice would you offer?