Regardless of age, it is important to stay current and involved when it comes to searching for new employment. Being an active job searcher requires much more than just submitting resumes in this competitive work environment. Below, find a few tips, as well as an article from the Wall Street Journal regarding actively pursuing employment.
- The resume is your first impression. Make sure to have more than 1 friend or family member review your resume for grammatical & spelling errors. Do not ever rely on spell check as a substitute for educated human eyes.
- Stay current and focused with your networking. It is important to let friends and colleagues know that you are actively pursuing a new position, as you never know what doors may open. Actively research any job fairs or other social / networking opportunities which may be in your area.
- Always be prepared for your interview. Not only is this your opportunity to make your first impression, but by doing some extra research on the company and the position (check the company’s website for details) shows your ambition before you even walk through the door.
- Do not get discouraged. Look at every unsuccessful interview as an opportunity that may lead to a better job, and a learning experience for your next interview. Do not be afraid to follow up with the person you interviewed with. Sometimes a simple e-mail thanking them for their time can go a long way.
Looking for a Job When You're Over 55
Sue Shellenbarger answers readers' questions.
Q: I'm looking for a job at age 58, after 10 years out of the workforce caring for aged family members. I recently earned a two-year degree in accounting, and I have experience in sales and office administration. Any advice on getting interviews?
—P.M., Poulsbo, Wash.
A: The usual job-seeking rules apply, with a few added twists for a worker at your life stage. Networking is critical, and older workers shouldn't hesitate to reach back decades to high-school friends and former colleagues, plus their adult kids and their kids' friends, says Kerry Hannon, Washington, D.C., author of "Great Jobs for Everyone 50+." Tell them what you want and ask for advice on getting a face-to-face meeting, Ms. Hannon says.
Focus on industries that welcome workers over age 50, including health care, education, government and nonprofits, Ms. Hannon says. A listing of the 50 best employers for older workers can be found via a Web search for "AARP best employers." Job boards can provide clues on who is hiring. "Never lose sight of the fact that you bring some valued assets, such as loyalty and reliability," that many younger workers lack, Ms. Hannon says. Many small businesses hire older workers because they can step into a new position without training.
Build the body of your resume on a concise description of current skills and outcomes. Organize it by functional area, such as "office management" or "accounting and bookkeeping," rather than by date, says Maria Escobar-Bordyn, an executive coach and co-owner of Bridgeway Career and Professional Development, Bellevue, Wash.
Include any skills used in caring for family members, such as budgeting or managing paid home-care workers. Make it easy for employees to see how you would fit by describing outcomes in language that matches the job description, Ms. Escobar-Bordyn says.
(Copyright Wall Street Journal, 2014)