The Job Search By Age: Rules For Each Demographic

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The job search can be tough no matter what a seeker's skill level or area of expertise. But taking a look at the competition based on demographics can help job seekers prepare. While it's illegal for an employer to discriminate against a candidate based on age, it can be beneficial for seekers to pay attention to their own demographics to determine where they could be best spending time in their search.

A candidate's age, profession, and income level will all have an impact on the candidate's access to new industries and jobs. Knowing demographics can also help job seekers to have a more balanced day during their search, as it allows them to block out time for the most important aspects, like networking. Check out the tips for various age groups below:

Millennials: Identify Transferable Skills

Millennials are individuals who were born between 1980 and 2000. Millennial job seekers should evaluate their past experience -- whether it be internship experience, hourly work, or volunteer work -- to identify transferable skills they've gleaned from these experiences. Millennials can then ensure their networking efforts focus on industries that would benefit from their particular skillset. Millennials should also be encouraged to set up informational interviews with seasoned professionals on a regular basis to glean insight into the skills and experience needed in their target industry.

Baby Boomers: Focus On Networking

Baby Boomers, or people born between 1946 and 1964, should spend the majority of their time focusing on networking efforts, says Andrew LaCivita, author of Interview Intervention. Baby Boomers who are under 50 years old or earn under $100,000 annually have a 27 percent chance of finding a job through personal and professional networks. Individuals who are over 50 or make over $100,000 have a 46 percent chance. That means job seekers in the former group should spend twice as much time on networking efforts with friends or professional colleagues. The search can be difficult no matter what, but a keen focus on demographics can help job candidates to focus their efforts on the most important aspects of their search.  

- Sudy Bharadwaj is a co-founder and the CEO of Jackalope Jobs, a platform that helps job seekers find a job via their social networks. Learn how Sudy and Jackalope Jobs obsess over job seekers by connecting with them on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

- Thanks to guest blogger Sudy Bharadwaj for this post.