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7 Tips for Getting Hired After Age 50
by Emily Brandon at money.usnews.com
It can be especially challenging to find a new job in your 50s and 60s. The unemployment rate for older workers is lower than that of younger workers, but once out of work, older workers seem to have greater difficulties landing a new position. The average duration of unemployment for job seekers ages 55 to 64 was 20.9 weeks in March 2020, compared with an average of 17.5 weeks of unemployment among all workers, according to an AARP Public Policy Institute analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
Here are some strategies to find a new job after age 50.
Avoid "Winging-It" in Job Interviews
by Renee Lee Rosenberg at job-hunt.org
You may be like so many others who are 50 plus, finding yourself, during this turbulent time, fearful and concerned about how to prepare for the guardian of your next job, the dragon at the gate: the dreaded interview process.
The first mistake on the list of Common Boomer Job Interview Mistakes is "winging it."
Reinventing Your Career?
5 Steps To Assess Your Transferable Skills
by Dan Citrenbaum and Jenna Arcand at workitdaily.com
As we all know, most of us will reach a time in our work life when we have to reinvent our careers for an evolving economy. Some of us go back to school while others enter new businesses.
The first thing you want to do when considering a career change is to stop thinking of yourself as just a job title, whether that be financial analyst, human resources specialist, manager, teacher, or homemaker. No matter how you spend the first part of your career, whether it's coaching soccer or fully entrenched in corporate America, we all end up developing a specific expertise.
Landed Out Of Work? Ten Ways To Reset Your Mindset
by Margie Warrell at forbes.com
If you've been furloughed or laid off in recent months, you’re in the company of millions. That can be reassuring in one way. But even so, being out of work is hard. Hard on the pocket, hard on the pride, hard on your mental outlook.
Yet, like all setbacks in life, it’s not the event itself that determines your future but how you respond to it.
Pass it Along
If you attend networking events and go to jobs clubs, you’ve been meeting other job seekers just like you. Mention the Nifty50s to them and encourage them to visit as well. You’ll be helping them and you’ll make an appreciative friend for yourself.
Are you as bland personally as your last job title?
Most job-search experts agree that it is wise to stay away from acronyms on your resume – and other job-related postings (i.e. LinkedIn, etc.). Unless it’s something unmistakable such as FBI, IBM, IRS, etc., you can’t assume that the person you’re contacting has any idea to what you are referring or that your acronym has any impact whatsoever.
The same can be said of job titles and job descriptions. “I worked in supply chain.” OK, what exactly does that mean? Did you manufacture chains? Work on a chain gang? Seriously. Were you in distribution, inventory control? “Supply chain” could mean any number of things.
How about, “I have 10 years experience in business development”? “Business development.” Were you in sales? Did you grow the business through aquisition or expansion? That could mean almost anything.
Keep in mind that you’re trying to impress your potential employers. Does your description of yourself pass the “so what” test? Who is going to be impressed by a bland, watered-down, seemingly meaningless title such as “Project Administrator”?
Put some spice in your past life. This is not to say that you should overly embellish, falsify or mislead. But make your previous work sound interesting, intriguing and action or performance oriented. Even something as innocuous as “Team Leader” implies that you have some leadership capabilities.
Rather than simply putting down what was on your old business card, bring some action verbs into play and describe the exciting, vibrant person you are. Talk about your skills and accomplishments and leave the boring titles on the cutting room floor. Who wants to hire bland and watered-down, when they could hire YOU?