My mother would be mortified at that headline. She is still holding onto 39.

This is not about resume writing, networking or monster.com. This is about the right frame of mind if you are over fifty and looking for a job…and some everyday technology which can help.

During the past few years, I have witnessed some amazing job interviews by people over fifty and sadly observed many dismal failures. Here are five tips to make sure your skills shine through:

  1. Get your head in the right place. This is not about you. This is about what you can offer the company. No one owes “boomers” anything so make a mental list of what you would bring to the company and keep the list succinct and ready. If the company is public read their annual report . If they are private read their press clippings.
  2. Show up rested and with some energy. That doesn’t mean hit Starbucks, it does mean that you need to convey you can still “hang”, do the hours and have intensity. This can be shown by simple things like sitting up straight and speaking with conviction.  Before going to the interview practice at home. Have a friend ask you standard interview questions and record them on your phone. Playback. Practice. Playback. Practice. How you sound may surprise you but by using this tool you’ll get a head start and make a great impression.
  3. Relax and Smile. People hire people they like and want to be around. The more stressful you make the experience the less likely you are to be hired. Develop a play list just for the last half hour before an interview. Find the music which relaxes you and just sit and listen. Or try an app like Simply Being for meditative help…and if you want to make sure you don’t wander off into sleep land pre-install extreme Alarm Clock it even has a gentle setting
  4. Convey passion about the opportunity. Frame this as a calling. Whatever it is from answering a phone to driving a bus. Be passionate about the position but not over the top.
  5. Start off the interview with the question, “What skills are you looking for in the person you hire for this position?” It starts the interview off right. You are showing respect, listening skills and it is giving you time to frame your skills around the requirements.

Make sure you express no technology gaps, are proficient on Microsoft Office, have an up to date LinkedIn profile that matches your resume and recommendations on your LinkedIn account. Before sending out your resume, make sure your file format is clean of any viruses. Download free antivirus software to ensure your resume isn’t blocked by your Internet Service Provider or a company’s firewall system.

Happy Hunting!