Aug 052013
 

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Uncertainty is all around us. A business or career we thought would stand the test of time becomes obsolete, sometimes is seems it happens so fast you are on the beach and the new career has sailed.

Recently in talking to a friend, who spent two years of college learning what he thought would be a long term career, suddenly found himself out of a job and a career.  After years of experience, which he though was valuable, it all became worthless in an instant when some new software transformed his education and experience into something that could be learned in a few days of study.

Here are some tips to keep you up to date in reinventing your career.

1. Keep your skills up to date. Know what is happening in your career and try to stay ahead of possible changes. Go to conference and seminars. Have a short but important list of blogs and websites that you read and review on a regular basis. Your after 50 career planning should also include a strong reading program.

2. Don’t neglect helping others in their career and personal challenges. Build your network. Your network can be a valuable source of information about new careers and new opportunities.

3. Periodically bring your resume up to date. New accomplishments and skills should be added to your resume. This exercise, in conjunction to your career planning, will keep you alert to how your skills might transfer to  new careers in both your current or an entirely new industry.

4. Adding new skills does not mean spending thousands to getting an advanced degree. Many times there are online learning opportunities that will allow you to learn similar skills, quicker and much cheaper.

5. Consider, in your after 50 career planning, adding another line of income. Often these efforts lead to new more satisfying careers. Learn how others started a small business and made the career change after 50.

A career change after 50 can be rewarding and a long term career solution. You have the experience to do the proper career planning, put this experience to good use and your after 50 career change can be the start of a rewarding  journey.

For a more complete review of career change planning go to http://careersafter50.com

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 »

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 »

Feb 272011
 

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Career changers after 50 have both an advantage and a disadvantage in networking. One their rolodex should be well stocked. Two, it may have been years since they went to people they know for assistance in finding a job.

Thus, they may be aprehensive to involve others in their job hunt. To overcome this reluctance, remember most jobs are found in the hidden job market through networking.

Lets start from the easy to the more difficult. Start with friends, relatives and former co-workers. Hone you networking skills working with people you know. Practice your message. Get it down to 20 or so seconds. What do you do? What are your skills? What do you want to do? Can they help or can they introduce you to someone who might be able to help you?

Now we contact the referrals with the same message. Find others you can talk to about the suggested career. Use local career related groups. Search Linkedin.com. Go to seminars and workshops and local networking gatherings. Plan each action in advance. Keep good records, thank everyone, and when you can offer to assist others do so.

In no time you’ll be having dozens of people helping you in your career change. Through this method your chances of finding the right career  go way up rather than working solo.