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Successful Job Hunting after 50
Use Your Age and Experience to Find the Right Job After 50
Successful job hunting after age 50 can be the
start of something positive with long range beneficial financial results.
You're over 50 and you just lost your job, or the one you have is going to be eliminated and you haven't looked
for work for over 20 years, what do you do?
First, don't listen to those who tell you the world if rife with age discrimination, you'll be looking for work
for months and months and the only job you'll be offered will be half of what you're making now. With some work and
planning you can dispel all these myths. The only fairy tale that has some validity is it might take some time to
find the right job.
First Step in Successful Job Hunting after 50
So the first step is clear, get tough and believe in yourself. You'd be surprised what can be accomplished if
you have a positive attitude and believe it can be done. If you spend time agonizing over a possible age biased job
market you're setting yourself up to fail. Age discrimination is a fact of life but use it to fuel your
Therefore, if you work at job hunting full time, do the required research and self-analysis you will probably be
one of the many job hunters over 50 that find new jobs that are better than the one they left. So let's get started
and build a winning job hunting plan.
Successful Job Hunting After 50 Ideas
Unless you participate in triathlons see your doctor and get checked out for the start of a fitness plan. Start
slow and build up your fitness. You don't need to join a health club, if you do that's fine but walking and running
and some weight work will get you moving in the right direction. Becoming more fit, and plan to lose some weight,
and then doing it, will do wonders to your confidence. Successful job hunting is all about confidence.
Recently, at a presentation to a group of 50+ out of work executives the following questions were asked: Do you
weight more or less now than when you lost your job? Do you engage in at least 30 minutes of strenuous exercise at
least 5 or more times a week? Out of 43 individuals only 3 indicated they weighted less now than when they lost
their jobs and not surprisingly the same 3 answered yes to the second question. Over the next six weeks all three
found jobs compared to only one of the 40 who did not engage in a personal fitness and diet program.
Those of you reading this that has a passing knowledge of statistics know the above numbers are not
statistically significant. But the anecdotal evidence is clear, if you go into an interview, and you best suit
doesn't fit well because you put on 12lbs, the first impression you make is not as good as it could be.
Experience is the Key to Finding the Right Job After 50
The one thing to remember is that those over age 50 have an asset that all employers want, and that is
experience. Don't discount this prized asset. There are many employers who are searching for employees that can
prove they can do something better, faster, within budget, increase sales, reduce costs, do something more
efficiently, and provide great customer service regardless of the age of the candidate.
It's up to you to tap into this employer's need and when you do you'll find the right job, and it likely will be
better than the one you left.
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