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 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 »

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 212011
 

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Changing Careers After 50

If you are over 50 it’s likely you have thought about changing careers. Millions of Americans when they reach midlife seem to be changing careers, and without some planning it can be a difficult journey. If your have a working career plan it can be an easier and less frustrating way to reach your career change goals.

Be realistic about your career goals. If you are over 50 your chance of becoming starting middle line backer for the Green Bay Packers is less than remote. However, there are plenty of support careers in Green Bay that will put you in the locker room and in Lambeau Field on Sunday. Clearly define and understand your limitations.


Changing careers after 50 and landing your dream job will not happen overnight. At times you’ll have to work in several jobs along a career path to acquire the necessary experience to qualify for your planned career. While you are being patient, does not mean you cannot begin walking in the footsteps of your planned career.
Here are 10 great tips to get your started on changing careers after 50:

  1. Take a close look at your financial situation. Will the new career mean a cut in pay? How long will it take, if ever, to replace the income of the old career? If there is going to be a pay cut start planning now to make the right financial changes, increase savings, pay off debt so you’ll be more financially comfortable when you do make the career change.
  2. Develop an informational interview. Talk to people already working in the career. You are not looking for a job at this point but information about the career, requirements, education, salaries, and career path are just some of the data required to open up additional research on the new career.
  3. Act as if you all ready have the desired career. Join and actively participate in career related associations. Read and study what experienced individuals do to remain up to speed on changes and new events in the career. Go to trade shows, seminars and workshops that those in you planned career attend. Network whenever possible. Put the title of the desired career on your business card.
  4. Through self-study and appropriate mentors get up to date on technical aspects of the career. If necessary, attend classes at area schools. Add the education to your resume and highlight your new skills in your resume cover letter.
  5. Make use of your entire personal network. Add to your network by searching Linkedin and other social networking sites. Work through your alumni association and area career associations in your planned career field. Plan all your contacts, follow-up on all referrals and your networking can be an asset in you career change.
  6. Write out your career plans. Have a periodic meeting with yourself on your progress. Tell others about your plans and enlist their help in making your career change happen.
  7. Be flexible in moving into your new career after 50. Perhaps working as a temp or a contractor would be a good first choice. Develop and look for options.
  8. Keep your resume up to date. As you complete relevant study update your resume. Emphasize your experience and accomplishments as they match the new career job requirements.
  9. Attitude is everything. Read appropriate books to keep you in a positive state of mind. Associate with others with the same positive attitude.
  10. Add exercise and diet components to your career plan. It will build on your confidence and reduce stress; you will come across in your job interviews as engaged and physically fit. Two factors that work strongly against the over 50 stereotype.

So here are 10 tips that you can start working on right now to make a planned career change after 50. Don’t let your age hold you back. Your dream career and job is out there isn’t now the time you found it?

For more about career planning at 50 our web site has a wealth of information. Go to http://careersafter50.com

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 »

Mar 142011
 

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Job hunting after 50 is some respects is a numbers game. If you only go after jobs in which you are 100% qualified you restrict your universe of possible job opportunities. So how do you position yourself to “qualify” for more job openings? Continue reading »