Monday, November 23, 2009

5 Job Search Strategies for Older Workers

Are you one of the millions of older workers trying to figure out how they fit into today's job market? Don't be discouraged. There are good job opportunities for workers who have lots of experience.

Your biggest challenge may be figuring out a good job search strategy, especially if you haven't looked for a job in awhile.

Whether you're considering a career change or seeking a new job in your current field, this video by Patra Frame will get you started. In a nutshell, here's what Patra suggests you do:
1. Assess your technical skills.
You may need to upgrade your computer skills to compete for your new job.

2. Work your network.
Get familiar with online social networking communities like LinkedIn.

3. Look at your attitude.
Don't let depression or a negative attitude get in the way of new job opportunities.

4. Ask for advice on how to present yourself.
Get a reality check on your wardrobe to be sure your physical presentation is appropriate for the new job you seek.

5. Understand current job search methods.
Learn the importance of keywords in your resume; know how to email and post your resume online; and understand what techniques recruiters use to find top job seekers.

Now, watch this video to hear Patra explain the details of these points.

What experiences have you faced as an older job seeker?

More on the topic:
Changing Jobs at 54
Too Old to Change Careers?
Snow On the Roof and Still Smokin’ Hot!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This website is a huge to me. 54 and starting over due to new management, new ideas, politics, dissappearing job duties, and exclusion from new projects. Took early retirement but can't live on it but it beat getting fired, unemployment checks and no insurance. So this website has put me on a better track to improve on my job hunt stategy, resumes and cover letters. I was in my department for 11 years and 27 years with the company. Best of luck to them and I'm going to keep on going !!!!!