Getting a new job after age 50 can be daunting, especially when the Human Resources person is half your age.
Older workers have a lower unemployment rate than the rest of the population, according to The Washington Post
. For those unemployed older workers looking for jobs, it will likely take longer to find a new position, and the pay on the new job will likely be less than their previous job, the Post said.
Here are five tips experts advise to help older workers land a new position:
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1. Streamline Your Resume
Make sure your resume is focused on what you can do, not when you did it. Eliminate certain dates from your resume, like the year you graduated from college, or the number of years you were at a particular job, Salary.com advised
. That will keep the focus on your abilities rather than your age.
The advantage of being older than 50 is that your peers are running the company. You know people who are advanced enough in their careers that they will be aware of opportunities. Another tip from Salary.com is to get your name out there with people you know. It is the best way to get that streamlined resume in front of the right hiring manager.
3. Try Online Resources for Seniors
Certain websites are targeted at people older than 50 who are looking for new jobs. Seniors4hire.com and Retirementjobs.com are both resources targeted at older workers.
4. Showcase Your Wisdom not Your Longevity
Focusing on life experience, including wisdom and good judgment developed over time are more likely to get you hired than the fact that you stayed on a job for a long time. There is little difference to hiring managers between a person who spent five years in a position and a person who spent 20 years in a position, Seniors4Hire.com said
. Both know the skills well.
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5. Presenting Yourself Well
Seniors sometimes fail to put forth their best professional effort in job hunts, Seniors4Hire.com founder Renee Ward said. "I've read way too many poorly written resumes. I've gotten lots of feedback from hiring managers to know many older job seekers do not present themselves well in an interview,” she said.
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