Job Hunt Strategies for Seniors
By: AJE Recruiting Specialist
Like many Americans, the older workforce has been impacted by the implications of the economic downturn. For seniors in or returning to the labor market, the job search process can seem overwhelming and time consuming. Whether looking for a full-time career or a part-time job to supplement your income, America’s Job Exchange, the leader in diversity hiring candidates such as seniors, offers some vital strategies for senior job seekers.
- Capitalize on your experience and expertise. Seniors are in a unique position, as you have to compete with a younger workforce for limited jobs; however, this can also work to your advantage. Unlike younger job seekers, seniors have age (i.e. experience) on their side. The wealth of knowledge in your field, as well as other special talents and skills you have developed over time is advantageous to your job search as many an employer covets experience above anything else. Highlight this experience in detail in your resume, and in your cover letter outline why you - an older employee - are the choice candidate for the position.
- Take time to select opportunities that are suitable for you. As with any job search, it’s important to outline your particular needs and interests before you start looking for employment. Do you want to deviate completely from what you were doing or would you like to stay in the same line of work? Do you want to seek part-time or full-time employment? What are your financial goals and other considerations? What skills are you most confident about and which do you no longer wish to use? Can you transfer any of your skills or hobbies to a specific industry or field? Once you assess your strengths and limitations thoroughly, you can begin to search for opportunities that best suit you.
- Update your resume. Visit online job boards and search for positions that match your skills and interests to help tailor a resume that matches the job you would like to pursue. Utilize tools like Resume Builder to help craft the best resume. Consider that you may need to take a continuing education course to round out your experience. With courses readily available online and very affordable, this is no longer out of the scope of reason.
- Re-acclimate yourself with the interview process. Year after year, the interview process remains the same. Employers still want to see the person behind the skills. If you have not participated in an interview for a while, you may wish to brush up on your interviewing skills. Read the latest articles and advice to obtain a more thorough understanding of the questions you’ll be asked and how best to prepare. Ask friends and relatives about their experiences. Be prepared.
- Get in touch with old contacts. Networking still remains one of the best ways to secure a job. These contacts are invaluable resources. If you have limited networking contacts, consider joining local senior organizations where you can establish new relationships. Obtain job leads from people you know.
- Research the latest communication trends. Technology based innovations have a huge impact on the current job market. The knowledge of computers is almost a must in order to be competitive. If computers intimidate you, having a working knowledge may be enough. Visit local resources like your library or career center to determine if they offer free computer training courses - most do.
- Take it easy. The job hunting process is still an exercise in patience. Research your options, take the time to prepare and remain confident in your vast experience, work-wise and life-wise.
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