Older workers are punctual, dedicated to the company and have experience to share. But many Boomers find it difficult to even get that first job interview. Juanita Jimenez-Soto of AARP Houston says who you know is still important in job search. "You need people who know people. It’s all about networking. Knowing that person who might have a lead on that new job for you – or even have an opportunity for you themself!" She says to get a LinkedIn Account and update it regularly, use only your last 10 to 15 years of experience and eliminate all dates from your resume.
Business Coach Jill Hickman tells her clients to not be afraid of a Skype interview and practice skyping with a friend before the interview. Hickman says there are ways to navigate the dreaded, What is your biggest weakness on the job? "In an interview, saying words that may leave a 'negative taste' in the mind of the person who is interviewing you may not be the way you want that conversation to end.” Example: DON'T SAY 'I hate it when people lie!' DO SAY 'I hold honesty very highly and have difficulty with those who don't tell the truth.'
Here are some very helpful resources for 50+ Job Searchers. Good luck!
AARP Houston gave us the tips below. You may also find them here.
Here are 7 Smart Strategies for 50+ Job Seekers
1. Target your job search. Know your strengths, skills, and accomplishments and match them with current in-demand jobs.
2.Expose yourself. Customize your resume and cover letter for each job you plan to apply. Be sure to create an online presence.
3.Overcome the job application and interview process.Learn how to apply for jobs tailored to your skills by using keywords tomake your resume stand out. Be sure to practice and polish your interview skills.
4.Get new work experience and skills. Make use of part-time work. Take advantage of volunteer opportunities. Continue your education and update your computer skills.
5.Network.Meet professionals who can help with your job search. Engage with your community and social media.
6.Connect with organizations that find job candidates for employers. Many organizations specialize in job search. Get in contact with one and get yourself exposed.
7.Take the time to focus on yourself and stay strong.Create a job search schedule. Find out if you qualify for income support. Manage your feelings and reactions to challenges on the job and in life.
Finding a job is not easy. With the right skills, connections, and strategies, anything is possible.