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 312011
 

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In almost every job change at 50 and job hunting at 50 and beyond you will have to go through a job interview. How well you perform will go a long way in determining if you make a successful job change. If you want to master any job interview is dependent on your level of job interview preparation.

Since you have years of work experience you may assume you have all the skills necessary to score in the job interview. Even if you have conducted dozens of interviews making this assumption can prove fatal to getting the desired job offer. If you want that new career after 50 you must plan and prepare for the job interview.

Job interview preparation means a higher level of confidence. It means you have researched the employer and the job and are prepared with a range of probing questions so you have a complete understanding of the job and if the job and employer are a good match for your interests and skills. Failure in this area could mean you may be in the job market in a few months because the interview failed to provide you with sufficient information so you could make a proper decision regarding the job offer.

To make the job change at 50 and even a career change at 50 your key to success is proper interview preparation. For more on this subject go to interview preparation. Start you job interview preparation with employer research.  Improving you communication skills will go a long way to improving your job interviewing skills.

Finally job hunting after 50 requires a higher level of job interviewing skills-learn how to turn you age and experience into a winning interview performance. Continue reading »

Jul 132011
 

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Job hunting after 50 can be a significant challenge. Aside from writing a winning resume and cover letter, networking to find the right job and job interview preparation there is still one area that many overlook. And it might be the most critical aspect of effective job hunting and is a valuable after 50 job hunting tip. Continue reading »

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 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.

Apr 142011
 

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job interview tipsYou’re over 50, job hunting and job interviews are few and far between. You have an interview scheduled for a job that you qualify for and would love to get a job offer. Continue reading »

Apr 042011
 

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job inteview tipsWhat is the one factor that makes the work place hum? That clearly makes the company a good place to work? A company that is growing and expanding and beating it’s competition? An organization that consistently surmounts problems? Continue reading »