Job Hunting Skills: Add Some Luck to Your Job Hunt!
Critcal job hunting skills for the after 50 job hunt
You just started job hunting after 50 and you just found
out that a friend, who lost their job two weeks ago, today found a new job and was offered a better paying
position. Talk about “luck.” Really, you should be so lucky.
If you carefully look into the situation your
friend found himself in, he had been building a support network for years. He had a history of helping others in
a variety of circumstances. He lost his job, focused on what he wanted, contacted his network, and one of his
contacts came through. So “luck” had very little to do with his success and it had a lot to do with preplanned
job hunting skills.
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He had been building a “luck” balance in his
career bank for a very long time. When he went to make a withdrawal his balance was hefty enough that a job that
fit his career objective happened to be available.
Aside from the luck factor here’s what successful
job hunters follow working as “project managers,” in finding the right job:
- Create a job hunting plan. What job or jobs
will you be searching for? What is your employment goal? What employers will you be targeting? Where are
they located? What resources will you be using?
Break down what you plan on doing every day,
every week and every month. Plan on putting in a full week. Spend adequate time in research and study. Keep the
plan balanced and restrict the time you spend looking at a computer screen. Build flexibility into your job
search plan to account for unexpected opportunities and setbacks.
- Organize your job hunting activities. All
successful job hunts start with keeping records, and all your activities organized. If you send out a
tailor made cover letter and resume can you quickly retrieve the documents?
Over time you may have research on dozens of
potential employers, hundreds of tough interview questions and answers, tailor made resumes and cover letters
each sent to dozens of employers, hundreds of phone contacts, thank-you letters, and job hunting ideas and their
resources. This all has to be organized for easy retrieval and follow-up.
Do this right and it will take a lot of stress
out of your job hunting activities. Moreover, you will be more efficient and be able to get more done in less
- Aim with a rifle and not a shotgun in your
job search. A focused job hunt will be more successful than the, “I’ll take anything,” approach. Go after
prospective employers that need your skills and you can provide value to them.
If the employer’s needs fit your skills and
qualifications you are more likely to be hired. Additionally, your employer research will be more in depth, your
cover letter will more closely reflect the employer’s interests, and you are more likely to be called in for an
interview. All steps leading to a job offer. If you expect the employer to guess as to how you fit into their
job requirements you’ll have to wait a long time.
- Write compelling marketing letters and other
documents. Your whole job hunting project is a marketing effort. If you sell what the employer wants you’ll
So from the message on your answering machine,
business cards, format and content of your resume, content of your cover letter, email address, thank-you notes,
internet information when your name is Googled, responses in a telephone interview and preparation and
performance in a face-to-face interview all demand a consistent message selling, “You.”
Selling you that you are the answer to solving
the employer’s problems and filling his needs should be your consistent message in all of your job search
- Stay positive-you’ll work better with a
positive attitude. Employers want to hire positive people. People who look upon problems as opportunities.
Who spend more time on solutions than complaining about the hand they were dealt.
Do what ever you can to maintain an overall
positive job hunting attitude. Read and listen to motivational messages. Stay away from those who look at
everything through a negative prism. Hang out with positive can do people.
- Don’t forget to celebrate small victories.
Take time out to celebrate your first job interview. Need to make 12 networking contacts a week and you do
15, plan on celebrating. Need to get away for the grind of job hunting and its frequent rejections go
fishing on Saturday afternoon or take a long walk in the park.
Add some "luck" to your job hunting after 50
Follow these six ideas to get you job hunting
project started, or perhaps use it to get your current search activities back on track. Build you job hunting
plan and work the plan every day. It will put you ahead of many more qualified competitors and your “luck” will
be more successful than theirs.
Learn what other after 50 job
hunters accomplished by a well throught out career plan. How a teacher moved into a sales manager job she
created, or a tug boat captain who went from the water to a chef's position discover how they and others
applied their job hunting skills to find the right
And for more great job hunting techniques you might want to visit our careers after 50