How To Find A Job When You Are Over 50

How To Find A Job When You Are Over 50 – Here Are Some Tips

For the older generation, finding a job can seem like a daunting task, but for people over 50 years old, it is important to begin thinking ahead and planning.
Here are some helpful tips on how to find a job when you are over 50 years old.

-Search for jobs that match your skills and experience. People typically have a set of skills they know they have, so look for jobs that match those abilities.  This can be tricky because you can’t just assume the job will be available, but you also have to be realistic about yourself.  It may be tempting to reply to a job opening that seems more than your skill set, but will it last?  Most employers require that someone with your experience and skills apply, so it is important to check out the requirements.

-Start finding out what kind of companies are hiring now through online sites or word of mouth. You can learn a lot from people who have been through the process.  Comb through their tips and see if there is anything that would help you in your search for a job.  You can also ask them if they know of any job openings coming up in the future.  They may not be able to give you the exact position, but they could offer tips on how to find it and get noticed by employers.

-Consider different types of jobs you will enjoy.  There are many jobs that you didn’t know existed until you started looking for a job.  Oftentimes, people just go through the motions of sending out resumes without really finding out what they want to do first.  Take some time and think about jobs that match your skills and talents.  Your resume will have more substance if you start off with something you know you have experience in or are interested in doing yourself.

How To Find A Job When You Are Over 50

-Make connections with people in your field; and it can be great if they know of jobs coming up. Even if you don’t get a job directly from their information, there is a good chance when you do find a job that you may know people at the company, so starting out with someone who has been through the process would be helpful. 

-Consider freelance work. If you create an online profile for yourself, businesses will see it on their websites and could contact you for more information about the projects they are working on now or in the future.   This can be an opportunity to work outside of one’s usual field and make some extra money.

-Take a job that is interesting or challenging.  There is nothing worse than choosing a job you don’t enjoy just to pay the bills.  Find the right job for yourself, not just what someone else wants you to do.   You may run into some problems with your boss or coworkers, but think about how much you will enjoy going to work each day and how great it would be if others were as excited as you are about your job.

-Give off a good first impression to potential employers. This can make or break whether someone offers you the job or not.   Have a positive attitude and be willing to answer questions about yourself, even if they seem intrusive to you at first glance.  You can learn a lot from this process, which is an important step to finding a dream job that you will love.

-If you are planning to go back to school or change careers, know that many jobs are out there for those who need additional training.  Take advantage of the opportunities that come your way and soon your good deeds will be rewarded with a great job.

-Keep your résumé up-to-date with current information. Never throw out something just because it’s old as it may come in handy one day.  Employers seek experience first and foremost so make sure it has the most updated information possible when applying for jobs now or in the future.

-Always assume you are the number one candidate.  Even if you aren’t, there is a good chance that if no one else applies, then the job is yours.  Don’t take it lightly; treat every application process seriously and give all of yourself to the job search process.

-Remember that finding a job can be both an art form and a science.  So, you may not find an employer that will offer you a job right off the bat.  Remember that many people are looking for a job; so don’t get discouraged when the first attempts don’t work out.  Don’t give up and keep at it.  Before long, your efforts will pay off and you will be on your way to your dream job.

The video at the top of this post is from the Marie Forleo Youtube Channel.

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