old people applying online

“Old” People and Applying Online

Languages are full of quirky words with multiple meanings–and English may be the worst with this–but in all languages there are ‘relative’ terms. For example: “soon”.

Kid: “When will we get there?”

Adult: “Soon!”

In kid-terms, “soon” means less than 20 minutes, but in adult-terms it could mean any amount of time. “Soon” is relative to the situation and the person making the statement.

“Old” is a relative term also. In my eyes, Jeanne Calamet is the only person who can be called old, and I challenge you to beat her age! (Ms. Calamet is recorded as the oldest human to have ever lived – 122 years.) In between Ms. Calamet and the 4.17 children born just 1 second ago, there is more than enough room to debate just exactly what is “old”–it’s a gray area.

Old People ≠ “Un-Tech-Savvy”

So if “old” is relative, it’s not very accurate to say “old people” have trouble with the online job search or applying online. We really should be talking more in terms of tech savviness, right?


Yes, you need to know how to turn on a computer, type, and have a basic understanding of internet navigation. And it would also benefit you to know how to save and upload a document from a storage area. But, regardless of your experience, these are hardly unsurmountable obstacles. As with any challenge, the key is to have the right attitude in overcoming it. No excuses.

So if you don’t know how to do the above online activities, then ask someone who is familiar with them–maybe even a grandchild or a teenager with whom you are acquainted.  You may be thinking about asking your kid, but if you have a grandchild, they’ll likely be more patient with you. Plus, teaching someone who has “more years of life experience” is a skill every grandchild should learn. But if all else fails, visit the local library; they often offer classes.

Tips To Thrive Online

Where are we now? You’re no longer “old” because that’s a relative term. And we’ve eliminated your savviness as an impediment because that can be remedied with a little effort, just like anything else.

So the only thing holding you back is fear of the unknown. Here are some tips for inexperienced online job seekers who are seeking to apply for a job online:

  • Keep trying. You don’t have to be tech savvy, but you can’t be tech fearful. You didn’t get this far in life by giving up at the first uncomfortable moment.
  • If you get frustrated, take a break and come back later. A fresh set of eyes often reveal a new perspective.
  • Stop making excuses and start looking for solutions.  If you can’t figure out a technical issue, call the company to which you are applying, call your friend, call the software company, hunt down a solution.
  • Sell yourself. You’ve experienced many things in life. Chances are extremely high that you’ve gained many transferable skills – like persistence and being solutions-oriented. You may not need benefits, and you may be willing to work those odd shifts that the typical worker shies away from. Bottom line: you have something unique to offer.

If you need a little bit of additional encouragement, go catch a showing of the Anne Hathaway & Robert DeNiro movie, The Intern. It’s a cute romantic comedy about a 70-year old gentleman looking to get back in the workforce. You’ll enjoy it.

Best of luck on your job search!

Feature Image Credit: Old People Sign by Richard Riley(contact)

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