When searching for a job, should you celebrate your age or try to hide it? I would love to hear what you think about that. Are there any recruiters out there who would like to weigh in? Any job seekers for whom this has been an issue?
I came across a great article from The Columbus Dispatch on this very issue. While it is aimed at retired workers who wish to re-enter the job force, it contains a great list of online resources for older job seekers, and would be relevant to any mature job seeker. You can check it out here.
I am a proponent of celebrating your years of experience. Why try to be something that you are not? Be proud of the dues that you've paid. On your résumé, be sure to provide concrete examples of what value you provided to your former employers, and what you have done to keep your skill set current. In your cover letter, highlight your professional skills and proven track record, and be sure to explain how your level of experience would benefit your prospective company.
Interviewing can be a little tricky. You will probably encounter interviewers who are significantly younger than you, and who may know a whole lot less than you do about the job that you are seeking. As frustrating as that is, you will be better off if you are well prepared. Try role playing with a younger family member or neighbor if that would make you more comfortable. Once you get to the interview, be yourself, work at establishing a connection with your interviewer, and avoid telling that little twit that you should be the one interviewing him! You would never do that, would you...