And that other person who is bored may be the Millennial who is in charge of hiring for full-time and contract jobs.
That's exactly why providing any flashback to the past by older professionals is dangerous to their brand.
The flashback doesn't have to occur in a formal job interview situation. It could happen in a totally social context.
For example, a former colleague from an oil company from decades ago transmitted an email containing an old photo of two members of the department on a fishing trip. One in the photo had recently died. The other had died years ago. Those on the receiving end replied with supposedly sweet memories.
In addition to being bored, I thought: Hey, those guys are living in the past - and they are dumb for outing themselves as belonging to yesterday. I wouldn't hire any of them to even key in data for my two enterprises.
Times are volatile for all businesses. We scramble just to keep up-to-date. That includes learning new technologies and sorting through what the so-called experts contend.
Through coaching those over-50 I have come to notice that there is a default of remembering what seems now to have been the good old days of a professional life. That can be a career-killer.
First of all, the memory is likely faulty. Work is called work because it is work. If there were the good old days those were probably vacation ones. The difference between then and now is that the problems were different - not non-existent. I remind those I coach who are changing jobs that they are trading one set of problems for another. They are not arriving at The Promised Land. There is just The Now.
Secondly, a longing for what was reduces the hunger for what can be. If ghostwriters are recalling the golden days of preparing opinion-editorials for brandname print publications, they are not totally focused on how to exploit the current digital ones for client messaging.
And, three, nostalgia of any kind brands professionals as "old." It hovers over the relationship like a voodoo curse. Ageism is rampant. Those hiring look for any reason to rule out those over-50.
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Full Disclosure: I directed the sender of that nostalgia-packed email to take my name off the emailing list. Those on that particular network obviously are not useful to advancing my professional objectives. Continually, we must impose what executive coach Henry Cloud calls "necessary endings" on what was.
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