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Tory Johnson Good Morning America (GMA) Advice for Older Job Hunters

15 July 2009 Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz 6 Comments
Tory Johnson Good Morning America (GMA) Advice for Older Job Hunters

I watched this past Monday’s Tory Johnson story on Good Morning America (GMA) and saw them provide great tips for older job hunters.  She recommends keeping a positive attitude and outlook when older workers face stumbling blocks specific to their age group.  Age discrimination is definitely NOT fair, but letting it shake you or getting you down makes things worse. Seeing the glass as half full versus half empty can help you take on this challenge better and even turn it into a plus. 

My experience hiring older and over qualified candidates has been 100% positive.  Older people have brought me the skills I needed and the addition of some soft skills that helped me as a manager deal with personal or team issues (among other things.)  The additional maturity I’ve gotten from these works is welcomed benefit.  The want for supposedly more driven workers by employers in Tory Johnson’s story versus older experience folks is just plain short sighted.  What a myopic and ridiculous approach to hiring!

I recommend a book called “Now, Discover Your Strengths” that talks about and provides assessments for identifying the benefits of a diverse team.  Older workers introduce additional diversity that complement the thinking presented by this book. This makes for a better, stronger team.  You can find more information on this topics in my Now, Discover Your Strengths book review.

Editor’s Note: Tory authored a book called Fired to Hired: Bouncing Back from Job Loss to Get to Work Right Now in August 2009. This was published after the writing of this post.

I haven’t read the book, but the ten Amazon.com customer book reviews all rated it at 5 out of 5 stars. It provides practical advice to guide your job hunt.

Hope this helps.

Jorge Lazaro Diaz

Jorge Lazaro Diaz is the "Original" Career Jockey who started this blog and now serves as the Managing Editor. You'll find he enjoys focusing on professional and personal development articles and frequently covers motivational and spiritual topics.

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  • Tory Johnson Fired to Hired Book as a Resource for Job Hunters | Career Jockey said:

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  • Lynne Woolridge said:

    Dear Sirs,

    Found this article very helpful. Can Tori Johnson recommend a GREAT online work from home website to go to? There are so many scams out I refuse to be a victim. Thanks!

  • neena drake said:

    Hi Tori my name is Neena I live in Powder Springs Ga.,was recently laid off of my job due to lack of work,& am in the process of trying to reinvent myself by starting my own buiness (on line) & needed some of your great advice & help please e-mail me & let me know if you have recieve’d this messg or is there another way I should contact you,Thanks

  • Jorge Lazaro Diaz (author) said:

    I would love to help any way I can. Feel free to use the contact us page on the site and I will reply with all me contact information.

  • Renee Waller said:

    Hi Tori! I am ready for a career change.I live in a rural community and looking to start an online business.Any suggestions? Thanks!

  • Marilyn Bahm said:

    I am a 50something woman who is trying to stay positive during my job search. I have a paralegal certificate, but experience is necessary. Also have a Bachelors in Health Care Systems and a Masters in Training and Development, but it has been so difficult to land something.

    I am considering doing an online business either transcription or sewing (Love sewing). Need to generate an income SOON! Any suggestions??? am I being realistic in any of this?

    Thanks for your time.

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