Getting a new job after age 65 isn’t the same as looking for one when entering the work force. However, it’s something many people are considering. A survey by the Employee Benefits Research Institute in 2013 found that 36 percent of the respondents expected to retire after age 65 while 7 percent didn’t plan to retire at all, Forbes reported
These eight tips can make your job search a lot easier when you reach age 65 and still want to work, according to Forbes, U.S. News & World Report and CBS News.
Downplay your age when looking for a new job, experts told U.S. News & World Report
. Don’t put graduation dates or other indicators of age on a resume. Some people drop a job or two from the beginning of their career history if it was too long ago.
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Focus on actual examples of achievements and accomplishments with previous employers, U.S. News & World Report said. If possible tie the accomplishments to positive financial effects made on the company.
A common myth is that older workers aren’t good with new technologies or that they are resistant to change. A good resume includes a person’s abilities to work with current technologies regardless of age.
Older job applicants can use their experience to give tips or suggestions to a potential employer when following up a resume or job interview. It can be new information, a technique used successfully in the past, or anything that promotes you as an innovative problem-solver.
Include companies that aren’t hiring in a job search. While it sounds counter-intuitive, many job openings are never publicly posted. By applying before an opening is advertised, experienced workers can beat out the hundreds of applicants that will come when the job is up on a hiring site.
A LinkedIn or other website profile helps employers find employees. A study by the Society for Human Resource Management reports more than 75 percent of employers use social networks to recruit, CBS News reported
. A profile should include examples of achievements and a photo that makes a person look friendly, approachable and energetic. Mention activities or hobbies that are physically and mentally challenging instead of traditional examples that might be thought of as old.
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It might seem obvious, but try to get physically fit. Health care is a huge cost to employers. The health of a prospective employee affects an employer’s decision.
Managers often worry about hiring an older worker to work for a younger manager. Even when looking for a new job after 65, emphasize your ability to be a good team player and any experience as a mentor to younger employees, Forbes said. Employers want to know they are getting a savvy, role model and a valuable member of the team.
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