Searching for a job is tough. For those in the 50 and over crowd, finding a job can be even tougher, especially for those that have been out of the job market for any significant amount of time. Let’s face it, the job search has changed over the last 10 years and it is a new ball game out there. If not careful, boomers can find themselves behind the eight ball with no clue how to find work that fits their skill set.
All is not lost, however. There are strategies that can work for this demographic. If you are a part of this community of job seekers, here are five tips to help you get back in the game:
- First, realize that your age is not a limiting factor in your job search. Just because you are an “older” worker does not mean that you are not employable. To overcome this perceived obstacle, you must change your job search focus. Relying on job boards may not be your best strategy, because you can be filtered out on years of experience.
- Second, leverage your age and experience as an advantage, not a liability. Focus on your ability to do the job and why you are good at the job. This is where your sales ability comes into play. Look for opportunities where you can exploit your years of experience and your ability to solve the employer's problems.
- Third, apply for jobs that match your qualifications. What happens a lot to the 50 and over crowd is that they find themselves applying to jobs that fall below their capabilities. In this case, it is easy to see why an employer would balk on a job offer or even an interview. The perception has always been that if a more experienced worker takes a job that they are overqualified for, they would jump ship the moment a better opportunity came along.
- Fourth, realize that you have to own your job search. Online job boards and recruiters may be able to identify opportunities, but this is the low hanging fruit of the job search. To uncover additional opportunities, it comes down to leveraging your professional network. There are multiple ways of networking and many do not include cold calling people you do not know.
- Fifth, consider hiring a career coach. There is no reason to think you have to manage your career search on your own. A qualified career coach can help you by assessing your skills, redeveloping your resume to match your job target, coaching you are social media tools, and helping you stay accountable.
If you are over 50, you can get back in the game. Consider these five strategies to help you move forward.