What Young Job Seekers Can Learn From Mature Adults

There are job lessons learned from being “caught” and not “taught.” Job search strategy comes from experience or from those who are experienced. To watch and learn is one thing, but “think and listen” is harder. It’s tough. But when it gets tougher you listen to anyone.

My dad is 91. He is clueless about the job search of 2012. But he knows the nature of people, and understands that never changes. I need that perspective, and you do too:

1. Patience and steadfastness

Mature people come from generations that taught  “good things come to those who wait.” This remains true in today’s job market. Hiring processes are longer than ever, so any job seeker must be prepared to wait patiently without quitting.

2. Understand the big story

The kid that always asks “why” in class is usually the smartest kid in the class. He or she wants to understand the big picture. It just seems annoying to the people who don’t care to know. That is why mature people ask young people a lot of annoying questions. That’s why toddlers ask grown ups many questions.

3. Mature people are witnesses

Although the job market has changed, and the workplace has evolved, the nature of people remain the same. Mature people have seen the world change, and understand how we got to this stage in our culture, environment, and economy.

4. Mature people value time and timeliness

Being on time means as much now than it did 30 years ago. But mature people also understand that everything good comes in time. Timeliness is making sure that you have facts and presenting it when it’s asked for or needed. They won’t waste your time, nor like their time wasted.

5. Respect is offered to everyone as earned by anyone

Job seekers who treat everyone with respect despite mistreatment will stand out. Most mature adults will tell you that is the biggest difference between young adults of yesterday and today’s young job seekers in general. Respect is still the attribute that everyone desires. Why not be the first to give it.

We didn’t talk about how mature adults are better judges of character. Their advice can only help your job search. Give them a listen.

What advice has helped you from those older than you? Let me know in the comments.

 What Young Job Seekers Can Learn From Mature Adults

About Mark Anthony Dyson

Mark Anthony Dyson is a Career Consultant, Host & Producer of "The Voice of Job Seekers podcast, and Founder of the blog by the same name. Download our podcast on iTunes and Stitcher, and many other podcatchers. We are helping the unemployed, underemployed, and under-appreciated job seekers find and create a voice through this platform. Need career services? See the tab that says, "hire me" tab for more information. Career advice is our thing and learning is who we are. How can we serve you today?

  • http://melissacooley.com/ Melissa Cooley

    You are right about the wisdom of our elders, Mark! My 81-year-old father recently told me, “You can’t live in the Land of What-If.” This is so true, especially when the seemingly endless array of options present themselves as we decide on a career path.

    • http://TheVoiceofJobseekers.com Mark Anthony Dyson

       I love it Melissa. That saying truly addresses the propensity of many job seekers. Must take risks and follow through until you get a “no!”

  • Sandra_tedford

    One piece of advice is to keep your emotions in check.  Maintain your composure and respond respecfully at all times.  People will try their best to say things to get you unglued even in an office setting.  If you look at it from a different perspective, these types of mind games are great excercises to make you strong mentally. 

    • http://TheVoiceofJobseekers.com Mark Anthony Dyson

      Hey Sandra,  I do like your point of checking your emotions. My Dad is super at that. That has saved me a bunch of time.