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8 Tips for Those 50+ Adults on the Job Hunt

By    |   Thursday, 18 October 2018 10:22 AM

Hunting for a job when you're over 50 can be a daunting task. You have to overcome numerous obstacles and stereotypes to convince your potential employer you are right for the position, but the situation is not hopeless.

There are a number of opportunities for older workers in the market so, before you lose motivation, here are eight job-hunting tips for adults over 50:

1. Age-proof your CV — Lisa Johnson Mandell, author of “Career Comeback: Repackage Yourself to Get the Job You Want,” found herself struggling to find a job in her later years so she tweaked her CV to exclude jobs from decades ago that made her seem older, according to Forbes. As a result, she landed dozens of interviews.

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2. Highlight your experience — Instead of listing every job you have held over the past few decades, focus on the recent and most relevant positions that show off your experience and accomplishments. According to CNBC, a recent study found that those with the most relevant and current work experience were the top candidates selected for an interview.

3. Find the right fit— When submitting your CV to a company, consider its workforce. Tim Driver, founder of RetirementJobs.com, suggests steering clear of companies and industries that are predominantly made up of younger staff. “If you can be smart about finding companies that are facing problems with turnover, you have a solution for those companies,” he said.

4. Develop a social media presence —According to Susan P. Joyce, an online job-search expert, older job seekers tend to make the mistake of confusing privacy with online invisibility, AARP notes. Recruiters use LinkedIn and other social media platforms to find and research candidates, so get connected.

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5. Continue to develop your professional skills — There is a preconceived notion that older workers are slowing down. To counteract that, attend professional conferences and workshops or sign up for a class to further your skills and knowledge of the industry.

6. Network — You never know who may be able to help you secure a job so revisit your network and reach out to those who you may have worked with in the past or even friends, former classmates, or acquaintances, AARP suggests.

7. Be a team player — Organizations seek team players, regardless of age but older workers are sometimes viewed as stubborn or set in their ways, Driver notes. Convince your potential employer you are a team player and make them understand that won’t have a problem taking direction from younger colleagues.

8. Consider part time work— Temporary or part-time jobs are a great way to help supplement your retirement and also allow retirees the opportunity to stay socially engaged and active, according to RetiredBrains.com. Do not dismiss the opportunity to work part time.

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