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You are 50 and beyond, perhaps you’ve been looking for a job for awhile with little luck, you see yourself changing careers at 50. Maybe you see your current career coming to a dead end and wonder what you’ll be doing. You are too early to retire and perhaps your retirement planning has not been as robust as it could be. Here’s a thought on reinventing yourself and perhaps finding a productive new career.You’ve had enough with big companies HR departments. They rarely respond to your resume or inquiries, they are overloaded with resumes and in the last several years the Fortune 500 companies have shed employees rather than increasing their numbers.

Look closely at the needs of the smaller employer. To make yourself valuable to a smaller employer to have to master three skills. You may already have a head start on being proficient on these skills but lets review what you’ll need to know.

First, you must take your sales skills to a higher level. Selling is the life blood of any organization. Master this skill and it will open many doors.

Second, how well can you translate the sales skills to writing. Basic productive copy writing can be learned. Do well at this skill and you potentially can reach many thousands of customers.

Finally, with the explosion of multimedia and video anyone who can produce effective and simple video and multimedia productions can find potential employers beating on your door. This skill takes time but it can be learned and it will place you several steps ahead of the competition.

A small business will be more likely to hire someone will these skill sets. You’ll create a job where none existed. You may have to work freelance for awhile until you build up a body of work. Building web sites, blogs and effective sales messages take time but in the end you’ll have a high level of freedom, you’ll likely have a number of job offers to choose from (if this is the direction you wish to go).

Many will not choose this path because of the difficulty and possible uncertainty, but this may be the very reason it’s a great career idea. Changing careers at 50 and beyond can be a scary proposition, try this approach even when you find a job. Consider it as an insurance policy. Further it will make you more valuable in whatever career you choose.

For more on careers after 50 job hunting here are some examples of others over age 50 who planned their way into the right job in the right career.

 

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