Feb 272011
 

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Career changers after 50 have both an advantage and a disadvantage in networking. One their rolodex should be well stocked. Two, it may have been years since they went to people they know for assistance in finding a job.

Thus, they may be aprehensive to involve others in their job hunt. To overcome this reluctance, remember most jobs are found in the hidden job market through networking.

Lets start from the easy to the more difficult. Start with friends, relatives and former co-workers. Hone you networking skills working with people you know. Practice your message. Get it down to 20 or so seconds. What do you do? What are your skills? What do you want to do? Can they help or can they introduce you to someone who might be able to help you?

Now we contact the referrals with the same message. Find others you can talk to about the suggested career. Use local career related groups. Search Linkedin.com. Go to seminars and workshops and local networking gatherings. Plan each action in advance. Keep good records, thank everyone, and when you can offer to assist others do so.

In no time you’ll be having dozens of people helping you in your career change. Through this method your chances of finding the right career  go way up rather than working solo.

Feb 252011
 

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Careers after 50 and stories of successful career planning-leading to career goals through planned career changes.

Here are eight stories of over 50 career change planners that build detailed career plans, worked their plans and either found their dream career or are well on their way to qualifying for their planned career. Continue reading »

Feb 242011
 

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Job hunting: here is a tip to improve you resume cover letter.

Marketers have learned that the post script (PS) at the end of the marketing letter gets read more times than the entire letter. So in writing your resume cover letter hold back a valuable tid bit for the PS. You can emphasize a particular qualification that you know the employer is looking for. Maybe it’s some unique focused training that you have or some experience that will vault you ahead of the pack. Continue reading »

Feb 232011
 

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Career change planning at 50-serendipity, fate, chance, dumb luck or do you have a career plan to move you to your dream career and perhaps take chance out of the equation?

Planning career change after 50 in tough enough so how about adding some dumb luck to the process? We all know people that seem to have good things constantly happen to them. A business opportunity, a promotion, finding money on the street or a new job just seems to come into their lives by chance.

What is it chance or luck? Or is it perhaps something else that you can prepare and plan for and have some measure of controlling the outcome? Continue reading »

Feb 222011
 

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Career change at 50 can lead you down a number of paths. It’s understood that in any journey a good roadmap is a must (with a nod to a GPS). How you put together and work your plan for your career change will greatly determine your end results.

Feb 192011
 

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Career planning after 50 can sometimes be a scary process. Any time you move into the unknown can be difficult. Career planning at any age requires, self-assessment and study and research to find the right career that matches your interests and skills. Continue reading »

Feb 092011
 

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Career change after 50, it all starts with research. What are your interests? What don’t you want to do? Where do you want to work? Is self-employment the answer? What are you really good at? What things do you not seem to be able to master?

These and many other questions need to be answered before you take the plunge and change careers after 50. Changing careers is not like putting on another suit of cloths. If you’re running away from something or someone and you make a mistake you’ll find yourself in the same, not to happy, situation and career.

Take your time on your career research. Build your career plan. And work your plan every day.

That’s the route to success. Find out more at http://careersafter50.com. Learn about others who made successful career changes by building a flexible career plan and learned that good things do not happen overnight. Read about their stories at career plans after 50.