Nov 012011
 

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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. Continue reading »

Sep 052011
 

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career change at 50              Moving to a new career at 50 can be a daunting task. Here are some job hunting tips and mid-life career change ideas.

Research and knowledge is the key. The more information you have on the new career the more likely your change of careers after 50 will be a success. You will likely have a wide circle of friends, co-workers and former colleagues. Make use of this network to find out information about the new career. Prepare for and have a series of informational interviews with individuals working in the planned field. Continue reading »

Jul 032011
 

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After 50 job hunting can be a journey into the unknown. It’s easy to become discouraged and reach the conclusion that the right job is just not going to be found.

Then you either give up or take a lesser job where your skills and grossly underutilized.

Let’s get your midlife job search back on track. If you are thinking of changing careers after 50 these ideas are applicable in your job search as well.

1. Build an online presence. Google your name. What comes up-at least on the first page of ten items? Nothing there: your have some work to do.

2. Sell accomplishments. This is what the employer is looking for-regardless of your age.

3. Redraft your resume. Make it as age neutral as possible. Write a seperate specific resume for each job. Match your accomplishments to the employer’s needs. Don’t forget to write a great resume cover letter.

4. Control what you can control. Don’t waste time on worry about things you have no control over. Stay positive and move forward.

For the whole article and a more complete discussion on these four ideas go to job search after 50 to get your job hunt unstuck and moving again.

Jun 092011
 

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If you were asked the following question in a job interview how would you respond?

“Tell me about a typical job and week in your job hunting activity?”

The interviewer is attempting to discover if you have a robust and varied job search strategy and if that type of effort would carry over if you were offered the job. Your answer is doubly important if you are conducting an after 50 job hunt. 

A job search after 50 has the added baggage of age, varied experience so you have the skills and qualifications to qualify for different jobs and usually you’re searching for a senior level job where there are fewer opportunities. Then throw in a possible career change after 50 and your job search planning becomes even more important.

For more on how to properly answer the above question go to Make your Job Hunting Activity Mirror what you would do on the job.

Jun 032011
 

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Resume writing after 50 can be a trip into the unknown. It may be a number of years since you’ve looked for work, and it’s clear the job hunting world is changing.

For the mid-career job hunter your relevant exprience and accomplishments could result in a resume that could run on for three or more pages. Not a good idea to give the hiring official your entire life history.

Let’s see what you can do to save some space on the resume and get it down to two pages and perhaps one page. List your accomplishments to match as exactly as possible to the needs of the job. Everything else is unwanted baggage. For example, if the employer is looking for a Customer Service Manager, and their number one need is to motivate a large group of customer service represenatives.  There is no mention of budgeting skills. You are shooting yourself in the foot by leading off with an accomplishment highlighting your superior budgeting skills.

Here’s the small item that will have a big impact on your resume and make it more readable. When you list the name of previous employers, don’t list the street address or phone number. That’s it. If you have, for example five previous employers listed you’ve just saved five lines.

Another bonus tip, always provide content of your employers. Such as, “Regional wholesale switchgear provider, 150 employees in 4 midwest locations.” Do not assume the prospective employer knows details about your employers, even in the same industry and in the same town. Continue reading »

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.