Gray Matters, Part 1: Assessing executive career opportunities after age 50

See related post: Gray Matters, Part 2: Engage your organization’s emerging, next-generation leaders
over 50 business execs not going into the sunset career opportunities

Some bad news and some good news for over-50 workers who are hitting the proverbial ”gray ceiling” in their careers but are unwilling to “ride quietly into the sunset.”

The bad news is statistical, as recently reported in a survey by ExecuNet and captured in the infographic shown below. Their survey reported that 63 percent of search firms say it’s harder to place a 50+ candidate than a younger one, compared with only 52 percent in 2010.

However, the corporate recruiters surveyed also said that the key advantages to hiring people over 50 include the following:

  • Depth and breadth of experience
  • Business knowledge
  • Credibility in their field
  • Political savvy/influence
  • Good judgment
  • Work ethic
  • Wide range of contacts
  • People skills
  • Emotional stability
  • Commitment to organizational goals
  • Customer service perspective

What advantages might you as a thought leader add to that list? Do you think that those characteristics can be found also in under-50s employees? Participate in the dialogue by clicking here or by adding your comments below.

Are you capitalizing on all the advantages of over-50 workers in your business? Ask, assess, then act. We’re here to help!

See related posts:
Another Gray Matter: Dorian Gray and Lessons in Authentic LeadershipPart 2: Engage your organization’s emerging, next-generation leaders

Sunset photo: by Michael Tapp on Flickr

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