If you’re over 50, you know that job hunting can be even more difficult than when you were 30-something. Furthermore, there’s a lack of job-seeking advice for this age group as well, which makes things even more difficult. Yes, it’s tough switching careers after decades of previous experience, especially when you’re competing with an over-saturated pool of job seeking millennials. Luckily, there are ways to ensure your resume stands out above the rest.
Job Hunting Advice
Stacey Lastoe, Senior Editor at The Muse, reached out to several job coaches to see what they had to say on the subject. She was able to come up with nine pieces of helpful information that can help a job seeker of any age be just as competitive as the younger, and more inexpensive candidates.
> Consider where you’d be valued
Think about looking into industries and jobs where experience and decades of knowledge would be appreciated.
> Make sure to stay relevant
When updating your resume, take off any experience that’s 15 years or older and be sure to market yourself as someone who’s adaptable in this fast-paced and ever changing world.
> Your diversity is key
Instead of thinking of your age as detrimental, consider it an asset.
> Market yourself
When job searching, focus on the things you’re good at and learn how to use them to market yourself. Continue developing your skills, and don’t be afraid to gain new ones.
> Showcase your accomplishments
On your resume, be sure to draw attention to your career accomplishments. Despite your age, employers are going to be interested in knowing that you’re results-driven.
> Don’t resist change
Learn to embrace change. If you’re not happy in the career you’re in – try something new. It’s never too late.
> Stay current
In a time where technology is constantly evolving, it’s more important than ever to stay current. From various publications and concepts to social media, make sure you stay in the know – just like your competition.
> Don’t forget to network
Networking can be the key to finding your new career. Don’t be afraid to put feelers out with specific information about what type of job you’re looking for and why you’d make a great candidate.
> Remind yourself what you’ve accomplished
Although it can sometimes be a barrier, your years of experience can provide you with benefits such as a flexible schedule and higher salary. Don’t forget how much you’re worth!