Are you over the age of 50 and looking for a new job? Have you discovered that the process of job-seeking is much more difficult than you had expected? Is it all too easy to make excuses: to say, for example, that you are too old to learn new things or too frustrated to show your best self?
No excuse is acceptable when you are searching for a new job. Remember, you are a successful and you can succeed if you put your focus and efforts to that goal! Those who say “I can’t” and those who say “I can” are both telling the truth. So, which one are you? Are you the type of person who can take on a challenge and turn it around? Or are you a member of the pessimistic group who give up easily at the slightest obstacle or barrier? Now take a guess at who will be successful. Do you want it to be you? Well, it’s time to get real.
Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind
Take a good long look at yourself and ask: “Is my age really an issue?” Be objective and honest. Your answer will determine how well you approach and persevere through the job search process
How do you brand yourself? Let’s take a moment to consider the number one challenge faced by those over 50 in search of a job – branding. This is how you go about inventing, marketing and re-inventing yourself to suit different employers and the many different scenarios you will find yourself in as you pursue your job goal. At this age, you having a wealth of varying skills, experiences and attributes to offer. However, where most people in this target group fall short is in knowing how to package these beneficial qualities appropriately by targeting them to suit each specific job opportunity. To do this well, keep the following three key points in mind for your brand:
Industry Requirements: Know and understand the current trends, experience and specialized skills required. Do you know what these are and if you possess these current requirements at the expected level?
Job Role Requirements: Are you seeking roles requiring heavy lifting or strenuous activities. Are you able to meet these requirement with or without accommodation?
Personal Requirements: Consider your personal values and why you are looking for a new job. For instance, are you looking for a more financial rewarding role, greater job satisfaction or perhaps a job that will keep you physically and mentally active?
Once you consider these factors, you will have a better understanding of your strengths, weaknesses, and values. You may want to take a career assessment that can also provide you with greater insight into your preferences and ideal work environment. Together this information will be beneficial as you target and pursue your next job opportunity.