Finding a job can be a daunting experience—even more so if you’ve been out of the workforce for decades or recently lefta job you’ve had for years. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are some tips from SimplyHired.com to help job seekersaged 55 and over to streamline their job search and get back into the game!
Who do you know?
In stark contrast to young workers, older workers have been contributing to and investing in their professional networks foryears. Leverage these relationships to help get your foot in the door. By calling up an old colleague or leveraging your businessconnections on LinkedIn®, getting an interview can be easier than you think.SimplyHired.com’s integration with LinkedIn via our Who Do I Know?™ feature makes finding these relationships simple bydisplaying business connections along job listings in your search results. You might even find you have connections at companiesyou didn’t realize you had!Creating an account on a social media site such as LinkedIn will not only help you land an interview, but it also allows you to easilyrecommend an old colleague, join groups and associations and join in on group discussions. According to Quantcast®, 32% ofLinkedIn users are over the age of 50, and that number is constantly rising. If you don’t have a LinkedIn account or other socialmedia account, now is the time to sign-up.
Experience is your greatest asset
This will set you apart from younger applicants. Advertise the fact that you have the knowledge they are looking for and drawconcrete examples from your experience. Research the company’s website and pay careful attention to their current problems andneeds—you can likely convince them that you can solve their problems with a small amount of creative thinking.
Keep up with technology
Technology today can completely change tomorrow, and that has been an issue for older job seekers. It’sextremely important to keep up with technology and for older job seekers to emphasize their flexibilityand willingness to adapt to new technology. Try taking a computer class at your local communitycollege to learn the basics or even venture into HTML, or read up on some technology blogs such asTechCrunch® or Mashable® in your spare time. Not only will you better prepare yourself for your next job, but you’ll also be seen as a technology guru when you bring up the latest trends in conversation!
Know what you want
After being in the workforce for a number of years, consider how you want to spend your life for the next 20 years. Are youhappy with your current career or do you want something different? What is your ideal work day and structure? Special filters onSimplyHired.com can help older job seekers focus on jobs that will fulfill their specific needs—whether they be dog-friendly jobs,part-time hours, etc.
Tips for Older Workers
How to Find a Job When You’re Over 55
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