After 50 Job Hunting: Make Your Job Hunt Work!
Job Search at 50-Work Smart Find the Right Job
With the economy struggling, the working and tax environment going
forward covered in fog; there is no doubt the employers are more reluctant than ever to take on new hires
making a job search at 50 a difficult project. And the recent drop in unemployment
numbers turns out to probably be a government accounting gimmick.
Overall with this hiring backdrop looking for a
new job or new career will not be easy. But a job search after 50 has never been the easiest thing in
After 50 job hunting can be successful
After 50 job
hunting can be a significant challenge but it’s no reason to panic or give up looking for employment
without giving it your best effort.
There are still some evergreen
tactics that never go out of style. A well written resume spotlighting your accomplishments, one of kind focused
resume cover letters, total preparation for all interviews, positive follow-up on all contacts and a robust system
of keeping track of all your job search efforts will always pay proper dividends.
After 50 job hunting tips: Work smarter!
With the current shrinking job market your
competition for prospective open positions will increase so in addition to working full time at finding the right
job you will have to use your experience to work smarter.
Another important factor in the success of your job
search after 50 is to frequently access what is working and discarding what is not. Flexibility will keep your job
search fresh and focused and keep you from spending to much time in unprofitable activities.
Don’t make the job search alone, get help along the
way. Use the expertise of friends and members of your network to analyze your overall job hunt and to guide you in
specific aspects of your job search.
Five job search tips for the job hunter at 50 or older
Here are five ideas to help you in your after 50 job
Get out and about: You
can’t make your best impression through the phone or emails. Go to networking events, take people to lunch,
and have short meetings after working hours. Do what you can to personally interact with as many people as
Work your job search
plan: If you expect your ship to come in, you have to put a lot of ships on a stormy ocean.
Build your job hunting plan, with daily and weekly activity. Work smart and constantly look for ways to do
it better and faster with more job hunting activity. Eliminate just sitting in front of you computer, when
you could be doing some other job search activity that could be more productive.
offers: Don’t reject an offer for work just because it may be part-time, or work as a
contractor on a specific project or maybe at a lower salary. Carefully consider where you might be in a
month or two. Is it experience that will add to your resume? Or qualify you for a wider universe of
possible jobs? Or if part-time will it allow you to continue your job hunt? Is it possible it might lead to
a full-time position?
Network your way to job
openings: Today with so many chasing so few announced job openings employers are overrun with
resumes and job applications. This adds to the overall cost of recruiting, adds additional time to the
process and with the possibility of missing an otherwise qualified candidate.
So it’s even more important to get your resume in front of a hiring
official along with a referral or introduction from someone in your network. Also, in your job and career
research you’ll uncover possible jobs with employers and with some digging will find someone who can
introduce you to an official with the company.
Use geography to your
advantage: Even though you have no interest in leaving you current area, why restrict your
job hunting universe? Many good things can happen if you expand your job hunting area.
You’ll get more interviews. More
experience in this stressful activity will only make you better prepared for the next interview. Interview
preparation for one interview is transferable to future interviews.
You will meet more people, and
if you ask for referrals you expand your network.
If offered a job outside your
area you can then consider all the facts before you say “no.” Further, you are in a great negotiating position:
maybe working at home one day a week or a week a month, the new employer paying some of your additional expenses,
maybe your employer is considering expansion into your home area and you could move back home after a temporary
move, or the new job requires travel which you could return home on the weekends at company expense. The list is
almost endless-stay flexible and don’t turn down a job until one is offered.
These five tips should get
you moving into a well thought out, flexible job after 50 job hunting plan. Remember when you do get a job, keep
working and building your network. You’ll now be in a great position to help someone else in their job search after
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Career planning after 50 is
another section where we discuss the stories of career changers after 50 who planned their way into finding
the right job in the right career. Learn how a classroom teacher planned her way into developing a new job and she got hired into the job and brought alone considerable
benefits for her new employer.