Therefore, when we hustle in our 60s, 70s, and beyond, we can't leverage the same wild enthusiasm and eagerness to please that we did when we were starting out in our careers and even in our middle years. Those kinds of behaviors raise questions about our worth. And self confidence.
When I was starting out again, after my college-teaching career path fell apart, I offered to work for free until I learned the job. The University of Michigan research department hired me but didn't require free labor. That was then. I was in my late 20s.
I don't do that now when seeking contract assignments. That includes doing unpaid samples as a step in the hiring process. I had already presented a portfolio of diverse samples. I discussed the organization's needs with it. If it wants further evidence of my abilities then it will have to treat that as a paid assignment.
In addition, we can't gush. There's a line between passion about the field and the kind of enthusiasm that screams lack of confidence.
A third no-no is to not negotiate terms and conditions. If we are competent in marketing and sales, there is plenty of work out there for us. Therefore, it signals that we are in demand if we negotiate.
Can all this be summed up as maintaining our dignity while searching for paid work? That's right on the money.