Don't stereotype younger workers (or bosses). You shouldn't assume that you know something about a coworker simply because of their age. Misty Johnson, assistant director of recruiting and diversity at the Principal Financial Group, noticed that some of the older workers automatically assumed that all the summer interns would be technology savvy, which is not always the case and can be off-putting to younger employees. The same goes for younger supervisors. "Remain positive and remain focused on what you can do for an organization to add value rather than operating with a chip on their shoulder," advises Sweere. "Focus on the accomplishments of the past that you can bring forward and apply to future opportunities you are presented with."
Pass your knowledge on. Companies want older workers willing to coach and mentor younger workers. "We're basically looking for the ability to share ideas, good interpersonal skills, and good communications skills," says Walter Caldwell, manager of staffing resources at the Aerospace Corp. in El Segundo, Calif. "Not only do we have to come up with solutions, we have to be able to explain how we got to a certain point and explain what needs to be done to fix a problem."