May 292011
 

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Networking as a job search strategy the traditional way can be an inefficient use of your time and resources. This is not to say that normal networking will fail to point you in the direction of a possible job opening. Many times this may be true but there is a better way to make networking more productive than the traditional methods. Continue reading »

May 222011
 

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One advantage the after 50 job hunter has against their younger counterparts is a wealth of experience. With the experience comes accomplishments, a long list of co-workers and supevisors, working with customers and vendors. From this experience comes the most valuable thing of all, satisfied supervisors, customers and co-workers. Now the challenge is to turn this information into something memorable in the resume. Here is a suggested way to spice up your resume. Continue reading »

May 082011
 

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After 50 job hunting strategies include doing the best job possible in your job interview. You have to increase your skills in this vital area if you want to find the right job.

All job interviews after 50 can be stressful and a bit of a mystery. To be successful and improve the probability of being asked back for additional interviews or getting a formal job offer here are some ideas to get you on the right track in your job interview.

Even though you may have some experience at interviewing it’s not a good idea to wing it. Interview preparation is the key to a successful interview. Do you come across as a positive up-beat individual that can bring value to the position? Your preparation will demonstrate your interest in the job. Preparation will increase your confidence, allow you to give concise measured answers and to ask all the right questions.

Your questions to the interviewer will be used to find out about the employer’s problems and the challenges facing the job. Only with this vital information will you be able to demonstrate you are the best person to solve them. And in job hunting after 50 you’ll have stiff competition so use your cunning and experience to get the job.

A vital part of interview preparation is to hold mock interviews, tape them and critique your answers, demeanor and overall presentation. Make sure you smile, are engaged and are actively listening to the questions and comments of the interviewer.

You start with writing possible tough questions on one side of a flash card. Write out you best answer on the other side. Make sure all your answers are positive, clear and concise.

Even if your last boss was from another planet, and no one got along with him; when asked to describe your worst boss and why, go for the positive answer. At the very least you learned what not to do. Keep going over the mock interview until you get it right. Remember in making a movie, they often go through 10-20-30 or more takes until they get it right.

Everyone in their working life has failures. Don’t try to hide your mistakes and come across as a know it all. Freely admit everything has not been perfect, but weave into your answers what critical things you have learned from them and how they have made you a more valuable employee. If you have a story to add along with a measurable accomplishment, this will give the interviewer added reassurance you are the one for the job.

Make sure the job interview is a two way street. Failure to ask questions about the challenges facing the position, the priorities facing the job and promotional opportunities will lose you points with the interviewer. A more critical result is you will not have adequate information to make a correct decision if offered the job.

You know how to do proper research, search for more information about the employer, go back to your network. They can provide you with valuable information, and maybe a contact within the company.

After 50 job hunting can be a challenge, with the job interview the most stressful, but with proper preparation you can beat out your competition for the right job. For more ideas and information on after 50 job hunting go to http://careersafter50.com  Learn how others over age 50 built career plans that helped them change careers and find new jobs.

May 072011
 

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Job Hunting After 50: Don’t Let Age-Bias Hold You Back!

Is there age discrimination in the job market today? Ask anyone job hunting after age 50 and they will likely say, “Yes.” The problem in most situations it’s a very difficult thing to prove.

With the high level of competition for most jobs; after 50 job hunters and those over 50 looking for a new career seem to be facing an uphill battle for available positions.

Here are five ideas the after 50 job seeker and mid-life career changer can use to level the playing field: 

  1. Change your way of thinking. If you think old, act old and constantly talk about the past: guess what? You will be thought of as old and probably out of touch.

Change your way of thinking. You are not old, you’re experienced. Get physically active. Learn new skills. Study and acquire new qualifications. Think and discuss the future. Stay positive and project the right attitude. Do these things and the age issue will fade away.

2.  Get aggressive in selling the benefits you offer a prospective employer. Use your cunning and experience to market yourself against younger candidates. You have a record of accomplishments that match up well with the employer’s needs. Take advantage of this fact.

In a job interview take the issue of age head on. Weave into your interview answers that you are physically active, have learned a variety of new skills in the past two years and have effectively worked for a variety of younger supervisors. Don’t leave these unspoken questions unanswered as they may be negatively used against you at decision time.

3. Focus on one job at a time. Even though you may be skilled and could qualify for a number of varied jobs your job hunting focus should be to go after only one job at a time. This means to focus like a laser on the employer’s needs. Write your resume and cover letter to emphasize accomplishments that fit the employer’s template for the open position. Remove anything from your resume that may detract from their attention on this one job.

Your goal as a mid-career job hunter is to meet and exceed the job’s requirements. If in your experience you performed a function only about 5% of the time and it’s the number one need for the employer amplify your skills in this key area.

For the next job this function may not even be listed so your resume writing plan is to always match the employer’s needs. It’s a bit more work but it will pay off.

4. Clean up your resume. Take out experience over 15 years old. Remove dates of college graduation. Strongly emphasize your strengths and accomplishments. Make sure as mentioned previously that your skills and accomplishments match as closely as possible what the employer is looking for.

When finished ask yourself, “Would I hire this person for this position?” If your answer is a strong, “Yes,” you’ve got a powerful resume. If the answer is, “No,” you’ve got some more work to do.

 5. Selling the benefits of a product is a successful marketing approach. So in marketing “You,” the benefits and value you bring to the job will be your most telling argument.

No employer is looking for twenty-five years experience but is much more interested in what results you’ll achieve if offered the job. Your accomplishments demonstrate a history of providing a financial benefit to your previous employers and it’s up to you to show how you can be just as productive in your new position.

As a job hunter after age 50, you must highlight your strengths and the age issue will fade into the background. For a more detailed discussion of careers after 50 and career change planning after 50 our site http://careersafter50.com has a wealth of information you can use right now.