Hunting After 50: Be Like Jack In Your Job Hunt!
Learn How Jack-age 61-Hunted for a
You wouldn’t know it by reading the news but job
hunters are finding new jobs every day. Jobs are still available, organizations are still hiring so a current job
search should not be considered hopeless. Many job hunters have given up but if you’re determined there is a job
Job Hunting Strategies at age
friend told me about a neighbor, whose name is Jack, who seemed to have everything going against him in a job
hunt. Jack was 61 years old, was slightly overweight, had high blood pressure, had worked a variety of manual
jobs all his working life and had the equivalent of about an eighth grade education. He was too young to draw
Social Security and needed to work several more years to pay off the mortgage on his
laid off from his last job, which he had held for over 10 years, Jack has a series of short term jobs, each
lasting from a week to two months. Clean-up on a construction site, helping a house painter, working cleaning
out foreclosed homes, where just some of the short term jobs Jack found. None were permanent and long
Job Hunting after 50 That
Then my friend
told me of Jack’s success in landing a full-time permanent job. My friend knew the owner of a small local
manufacturing company who told him Jack came in every Friday and asked the receptionist if they had any work for
him. He was always polite, cleanly dressed and ready for work. Every Friday he was told they had
for over three months, every Friday if he wasn’t working one of his temporary jobs Jack made a stop at the
manufacturing company. The word got around the company if Jack didn’t show on a Friday they hoped he found a
permanent job. But after a week or two he’d be back inquiring if they had something for him.
Job Search Success-Jack got a job
needed help in cleaning out an area and moving some equipment. They thought of Jack and when he came in the next
Friday he was put to work. It would be only two weeks but work was work.
Jack showed up
early for work everyday. He as cheerful and worked hard at every task he was assigned. At the end of two weeks
the company found full time work for Jack and he’s been a valuable employee ever since.
Job Search Strategies after
50 that Work
My friend had
occasion to speak to Jack about his job hunting strategy.
organized. Jack carried a small notebook with all his work experience; names, addresses and phone numbers
of former employers. His notebook also contained the names, addresses and phone numbers of all references.
He also listed the names and addresses of all companies and the dates at which he had applied for work.
With notes on the names and dates of all the people he talked to.
- Always be
presentable. You never know when your appearance will help you get a job. Jack was marketing himself as
someone who was willing to do what others wouldn’t do and he would do it well.
- Don’t give
up. Jack had a regular route of possible employers that he tried to stop in every week. If he was working
part-time he used the balance of the day or week to continue looking for work. Whenever possible he would
ask for referrals of other possible jobs and employers.
- Maintain a
positive and cheerful attitude. If you beg you are less likely to find a job than if you are positive and
Learn from Jack's Job Hunting
Regardless of your experience, skills and educational level we
can all learn a lot from Jack’s job hunting strategies.
Being organized will save time
every day in your job search. Your resume and cover letter should always be presentable-no errors and always
professional. This also goes for interviews and meeting individuals in your network.
give up even though he had everything working against him. He worked hard to maintain a cheerful and positive
attitude. He got many rejections but knew there was the right job for him.
example and your job search will be more successful.
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hunting and career change success go to career planning after 50.