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Job Searching Over 50: 8 Secrets for Success
by Lisa Rabasca Roepe at themuse.com
For the last seven years, my friend Sherry Frear, 57, has been searching on and off for a new job. The Arlington, Virginia-based landscape architecture and historic preservation professional recently received two job offers for federal government positions, both at a higher salary and skill level than her previous position, and she attributes her success to two factors.
She only applied for positions that allowed her to leverage her expertise and years of experience. She also made an effort to stay current on the software typically used by professionals in her field.
Anti-Ageism Job Search Success Stories
by Janet Scarborough Civitelli at vocationvillage.com
Ageism is one of the most frustrating challenges for job seekers age 50+ (or younger in many industries) so I started collecting anti-ageism success stories so that job seekers could study real-life examples of people who launched or continued careers when they were older. The employers are all named to give credit but the job seekers are anonymous because some of them did not want their names to come up in a Google search about ageism.
Special to Nifty50s
Practice Till You Sizzle!
by Phil Stella, Effective Training & Communication Inc.
I hate to trash a childhood fantasy, but practice doesn’t really make perfect … it only makes permanent. Only perfect practice makes perfect.
I’ve ranted before about why job seekers shouldn’t try to memorize their interview responses. They should learn them through practice and refinement of message content and structure. So, Practice Till You Sizzle so you can Sizzle During Your Interview.
20 Ways to Stay Motivated During Your Job Search
These time-tested suggestions will prevent your search from getting you down
by Karen Burns at usnews.com
The longer you look for a job, the tougher it becomes. Who could blame you for feeling despondent, discouraged, depressed—even bitter? Some days you may not even feel like getting out of bed.
Unfortunately, not only is depression, well, depressing, it also makes it harder to get out there and look. And the less you get out and look, the less likely a job offer will come your way. Even worse, prospective employers tend to be turned off by negativity.
Show your support for all the age 50+ job seekers.
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.
Before joining a professional organization: try before you buy
According to National Public Radio, there are more than 92,000 professional associations in the U.S. Regardless of your job, regardless of your career path, there is most likely a professional organization appropriate for you.
But which one? Some are straightforward. Society of Automotive Engineers. There is little doubt as to its main focus. But what about the American Marketing Association? Should you join if you’re in sales? Should you join if you develop websites? Who’s to say?
But why join at all? When you get right down to it, there are two reasons to join a professional association: professional development and networking. As a job seeker, you should be especially interested in the networking.
Of course membership in any these organizations is probably not inexpensive. We’re talking a significant financial investment. And since you don’t have an employer to pick up the tab (which fewer and fewer are doing these days, by the way) you will have to shoulder that financial burden alone.
This makes the question of which to join even more compelling.
The good news is that, in most cases, you can test drive them. Most societies allow “non-members” to attend events. (This is especially true now since most “meetings” are virtual and many are free to attend.) But even if you have to pay extra to attend a live meeting as a non-member, this is a good investment to see what the group is like, who the members are, what is the quality of the presentations, etc. Bottom line: to see if this group can benefit you.
If it is a live meeting, arrive early to begin networking with whomever is there. You could even offer to help with registration as a way to get a good read on the attendees. Then you’re on your networking way. Who else belongs (in terms of companies)? What are the programs like? Are there opportunities to get involved where you can mix and mingle with other members?
One final note. The national organization and the local chapters may be very different in a variety of ways. This is why it’s important to check out your local group. They could surprise you – either way.