Do not give up, even though it may take a while. How long? There is no once size fits all answer. However, according to The Balance Careers, “Over time, experts have estimated it would take very, very roughly one month to find a job for every $10,000 of the paycheck you would like to earn. So, in theory, if you were looking to earn $60,000 a year, your job search could take six months.” Remember…finding the right fit for you is more likely to be a marathon, not a sprint!
Take care of yourself, eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep. Visit the Healthy Living section of AARP’s website for free content tailored specifically to the 50+ job seeker: AARP Healthy Living
Decide what types of jobs you are “currently qualified for” and “willing” to do. In Need of a Change? The Complete Guide To Career Change After 50 Finding Yourself After 50? Which Career Is Right For Me?
Research the employers that hire those types of jobs and learn everything you can about the industry, the work, and especially how they hire people (most public libraries have free Internet). Google is your friend here. Research employers on their websites, find their job ads and study them. What keywords pop up frequently? What can you read between the lines? Read news articles and research competitors within the industry. Their websites and news articles about the organizations are a wealth of information on what they truly value, such as vision, mission, etc.
Apply to jobs using methods that they favor based on your research, follow-up, and apply to others. Follow application instructions to the letter. Now is not the time to showcase your creativity in circumventing their process. Human Resources is your friend (as long as you aren’t a headache for them).
However you decide to apply, make sure you present yourself honestly and in a fully professional manner (both on paper and in person). Don’t Even Go There: Lying On Your Resume–Here’s How You’ll Get Caught Dress For Success: Dressing For Interviews
Network with professionals in the field and let them know you are looking. Two Words–Linked In. YES, you do need a Linked In Profile! It’s free, and it’s essential. One word of advice on Linked In…This is not the place for pictures of your cat and grandchildren. No bad language, no politics, no unprofessional online behavior. Your potential employer is watching, and it matters! Linked In is the place for being yourself, but the professional you. Join professional groups, post industry related articles, participate in professional Q&A…Get noticed! Once you have your profile set up (complete with professional looking headshot), add the link to your resume. Get On Linked In Today: Your Professional Online Presence
Be creative and dedicated in your search efforts. Wishing or getting angry, or depressed, will not help get you a job. Read positive news stories, read positive books, follow positive Facebook pages, and interact with positive people! Check out this guy we just found today…it’s his actual name: Mr. Positive’s Blog
Believe in yourself!
Until Next Time…
Lisa & Anthony