JOB SEARCHING OVER AGE 50

A lot of  people over age 50 and baby boomers are searching for a job.  They are choosing a career over retirement. They don’t want to sit at home every day.  They still have a lot of knowledge to share and are willing to continue working as long as their health permits.  In addition, there are some who still need the income.  They still need to have a job to cover their expenses.  Many have not been able to save for a comfortable retirement, and their social security income is not enough.  Also, most employers don’t offer pension plans.

People born between 1946 and 1964 are often referred to as baby boomers.  Although a lot of them are now in their 60s,  they are still healthy and looking to stay busy.

 

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Unfortunately, a lot of baby boomers have been led to believe that they won’t be able to find a new job because of their age.  They often think that there are no jobs for people over age 50.  If you are in this category, don’t give up.  More than likely, you still have many years of valuable knowledge and experience to share.  You just need to get your foot in the door.

 

Over 50 Job Searching Tips:

 

Revise your resume so that it covers only the last 10 to 15 years of your work history.

 

When you enter your educational information on your resume, do not put in the years you attended.  Only mention the school you attended and the degree you obtained.

 

When you meet with an employer, be sure to show your enthusiasm for the job and your willingness to be a team player.  Express how hiring you would be great for the company, i.e., discuss your reliability, experience, hardworking, etc.  Keep your responses brief.  

 

Attend Networking Events.

 

Join an employment agency.

 

Update your skills by taking classes.  You may be able to find free classes online by doing a search for “free online classes”.

 

Do a search online for “Jobs for People Over 50”.

 

During your job search, if anyone asks you to pay a fee to help you with your search, be cautious.   Research the companies online and check with the Better Business Bureau.

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