IN THE NEWS: HR expert Sharon Armstrong featured in Associated Press article about older job seekers struggling to overcome age barriers


Contact: Hope Katz Gibbs
Inkandescent Public Relations,
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*HR expert Sharon Armstrong featured in Associated Press article entitled:
“Older job seekers struggle to overcome age barriers as 55-plus jobless rate hits record levels”*

WASHINGTON DC, July 3, 2009 — In an Associated Press wire article posted July 2 in several U.S. newspapers, Sharon Armstrong — author of “The Essential HR Handbook ( and owner of Sharon Armstrong and Associates ( — talked about ways older job seekers can overcome age barriers.

To avoid appearing out of touch, she explained, they could use their time between jobs to become familiar with the latest technologies and social networking sites.

Associated Press economics writer Christopher Rugaber wrote:

Sharon Armstrong, a career consultant in Washington, D.C., urged one client fearful of seeming too old to discuss her use of Twitter and Facebook during job interviews. “I don’t think anyone needs to know when you graduated from college,” she said. “Don’t give people reasons to discriminate against you.”

Once at the interview stage, Armstrong urges clients to prepare for questions like, “Aren’t you overqualified?” Older job seekers say they hear that frequently. Armstrong suggests they show enthusiasm for the job and make sure not to seem to be applying out of desperation. AARP also urges older job hunters to stress their skills and achievements — not their years of experience.

For more information, or to arrange an interview with Sharon to discuss this topic or other HR-related issues, please contact Hope Katz Gibbs, Inkandescent Public Relations, 703-346-6975 /

About Sharon Armstrong — Sharon Armstrong began her career in human resources in 1985 as a recruiter/trainer in a large Manhattan law firm. Since launching her own consulting business in 2000, she has provided training and completed HR projects for hundreds of clients. Sharon is also the author of Stress-free Performance Appraisals, which she co-wrote in 2003 with Madelyn Appelbaum.

About The Essential HR Handbook — This quick and handy resource for any manager or HR professional is a 250-page reference guide published in the fall of 2008 by Career Press. By veteran HR experts Barbara Mitchell and Sharon Armstrong, it teaches managers how to individually manage each employee, starting on his or her first day, manage a multi-generational workforce, appraise job performance, coach and counsel employees, and it provides information on equitable pay, benefits, and total rewards strategies, and helps managers understand how to minimize legal risk.