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The Do’s and Don’t Do Too Much’s of Over 50 Jobs Hunts

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The Do’s and Don’t Do Too Much’s of Over 50 Jobs Hunts

Post by Guest on Fri Apr 22, 2011 8:10 pm

The Do’s and Don’t Do Too Much’s of Over 50 Jobs Hunts


Hunting for a new job after age 50 is still a challenging and
frustrating task for hundreds of thousands of Americans. In our society,
a 55 year old is hardly old. And yet, older workers are having the
hardest time bouncing back after a job loss. Let’s look at some tips
from those who have been there to see what works and what is not working
out.

Who Is Unemployed?


You may associate unemployment with lower skilled workers. But in
today’s economy, all sorts o oderf people are struggling. This includes
teachers, engineers, accountants and other professionals. There is a
real barrier to entry (the Gray Wall) for workers in their fifties and
sixities. All this is coming down at a time when most older workers say
they have no plans (or ability) to retire at 65.
DO

  • Learn to network. Honestly,the old proverb that
    says – it ain’t what you know it’s who you know – has never been more
    true. Remind your old coworkers and friends that you are looking for
    work. If they are employed, they are likely to be in the best place to
    spot a job for you.
  • Learn to use online networking well. It is one
    thing to sign up for an account on Facebook or LinkedIn. But to really
    use these tools, you need to spend some time figuring out how they can
    work for you. You need to take the time to invite associates and friends
    into your network. Make posts that are relevant to your job search so
    you can get noticed. Use online tools to keep your face in the minds of
    potential job sources.
  • Make sure your resume is updated and contemporary looking.
    The old rules about developing a resume are not really always true any
    more. You may want to use a professional service or look up free
    information online about how to develop a resume for the 21st century.
  • Try to develop resumes and cover letters that are specific to each job you are seeking.
    Let us say you have experience as a teacher. You may be applying at a
    private school and a corporate training company. You need to target your
    information to each of these jobs which have different requirements.
    Let the employer, in each case, why you would be a valuable addition.
    This has been more effective, with fewer job applications, than sending
    out dozens of copy-cat resumes to different types of jobs.
  • Try to understand why you get job rejections.
    Instead of taking rejections personally, try to understand why the
    hiring manager chose another applicant. Was it your age? Was it a lack
    of some of the desired skills? Did you fail to connect in your
    interview? In my opinion, you have little to lose by calling the hiring
    authority and asking the question! These people are human too, and many
    will try to help you. In fact, they may consider your questions as a
    point in your favor and keep you in mind for the next opportunity. I,
    myself, had had hiring managers tell me exactly what to do in order to
    be considered for a specific job.
  • Can you fix the problem? If you failed to give the
    perfect in your interview, maybe you can work on being better prepared
    next time. If a lack of skills got you passed over, you may be able to
    be trained online or at a local community college.
  • Be Flexible. Be Flexible. Be Flexible. Sure, you
    may have had your last job for 30 years. But you do not always have to
    take your next job with the thought it will last for decades. Maybe you
    need a “step-up” opporunity in order to get you a paycheck, updated job
    skills, or a chance to move up. You may also need to consider taking a
    step backwards. If you were a CPA, you may just need to preform some
    book keeping to tide you over.

DON’T (Or Not So Much)

  • Be wary of relying on big Internet Job Boards or Local Job Fairs.
    People do get hired by sending out resumes to online advertisers or
    attending big job fairs. However, I am hearing a lot more negative
    reports lately. This is no job market for the passive. You cannot
    just pass out several dozen resumes and hope you get several decent job
    offers back.
  • Be wary of Job Scams. Preying upon the vulnerable
    will always be with us, I guess. However, along with increased
    unemployment we have an increased number of reported job scams. Some of
    these scammers hang out on web based job sites looking for fresh prey.
    Some of these offers are pretty tricky, but having to pay any fee to get
    a job shoud set off some alarm bells.
http://www.over50web.net/jobs-2/over-50-job-hunt-tips-warnings/

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Re: The Do’s and Don’t Do Too Much’s of Over 50 Jobs Hunts

Post by Guest on Fri Apr 22, 2011 8:13 pm

Get Some Tips For A Job Search Over 50




Over 50 Job Hunters



We have posted before that unemployment has hit older workers even
harder than the general population. There is even a phrase for it, and
it is now known as the Gray Wall.
We know that many older workers are searching for new opportunities,
trying to make a career change, or perhaps just trying to make an
income. Since many older workers have been away from the job market, it
may pay to learn about how the job search has changed, and of course,
how it is just the same.
Avoid The Gray Wall
It is impossible to totally avoid age discrimination in some fields.
On the other hand, remember that you do bring years of experience and
maturity to the table. Please do not apologize for your age, but try to
sell it as an asset.
If you think you may lack some skills, because your formal education
long ago, it may be time to find a quick way to pick them up. Online
classes and community colleges make this easier than it used to be!



Also be wary of self-sabotage. How do you feel about
working for a younger boss. These days, you may have to get used to that
idea, so be wary of projecting any uncomfortable feelings in a job
interview.
Network
The old saying is as true today as it ever was. It is not what you know, but it is who you know.
Offline, you have probably built up a network of friends and past
business associates. These days, you can use the internet to help you
reinforce and add to that network with websites like LinkedIn and
FaceBook. These online resources are a great way to get back in touch
with your old associates, and also to build upon those relationships to
form new ones.
Online Job Sites
If your network is dry, you may try online job sites like Monster.com
and CareerBuilder.com. You may also look at more specific, industry
related sites. For example, computer people like sites like Dice.com.
This is a quick way to find job postings, and also to get your name
noticed by headhunters who may have more leads that are not posted.
State Unemployment Offices
Every state has employment offices. They have job listings and job
training. Sometimes we tend to forget about this valuable, tax supported
resource, but it can be very helpful.
More Job Hunting Tips For People Over 50?
If you have more suggestions, we’d be very interested in reading your
comments. You can register for free and post them here. We do moderate
new posters, to make sure they are high quality (not SPAM) but love to
publish the good ones!

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Post by Guest on Fri Apr 22, 2011 8:18 pm

Updating Your Over 50 Resume!

  • If you have long resume with a lot to present, forget about the 1
    page rule! A resume that is 2 pages long, but formatted well, will serve
    you better than a 1 page resume that is formatted in a tiny font or has
    to leave out key work experience or skills.
  • Forget the “goals” section we used to put at the top. Employers are
    not as interested in what you want as they are interested in what you
    can do for them! Instead of using that valuable space to present your
    ideas about a perfect job, be sure to use it to inform an employer how
    your skills and experience will fit their job.
  • If you read the tip above, you are probably getting the idea that it
    is a good idea to make a resume targeted to each job you are applying
    for. As a person with a long work history, you may be willing to apply
    for different types of jobs. A one size fits all resume will not serve
    you that well.
  • It can be painful, but you may need to trim your skill set. It is
    great that you managed a COBOL project in 1989, but if your new employer
    relies on different technology now, you may want to breeze over that to
    make room for examples of your updated skill set. You may want to add
    in a line about your “legacy” systems experience, just in case the
    employer would find that valuable, but you can probably leave out the
    details. If the employer is interested, you can bring that up in an
    interview.

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Re: The Do’s and Don’t Do Too Much’s of Over 50 Jobs Hunts

Post by Angela J Shirley on Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:50 pm

Why hide the fact that you are in your fifties? They are going to find out eventually. Save your time and gas and be upfront. This way you only go for interviews with companies that are going to hire you. I will be 53 in September and do not hide the fact. Gas prices are too high and my time is precious...

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