The job search process is challenging at any time, but for older workers, the challenges may be a bit overwhelming, especially when changing career fields. Learn how to showcase the experience you have as a veteran employee and highlight how your knowledge and skills can positively impact potential employers from the point you draft your resume until you meet a hiring manager in person.
Scour Online Employment Sites
While older workers may not be as well-versed with online tools as millennials, many user-friendly sites exist to help all workers find the perfect position. Search the web for sites that offer online assessment tools, career guides, virtual career coaches and calculators to help you determine a salary range you can request. Enlist the help of individuals from your professional network to guide you through the process of setting up an online search or even email alerts for job listings to save time as a job seeker.
Visit a Career Center
The tools and resources for older workers searching for employment does not begin and end with online job sites. If you feel more comfortable visiting a job center, check out the agencies funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, such as the American Job Center that hosts more than 2,500 centers nationwide. AARP also hosts a Back to Work 50+ Program that assists older workers with compiling resumes, creating cover letters and preparing for interviews. If you are seeking a volunteer opportunity to boost your resume, consider volunteering with the SCSEP, an agency sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. The agency pairs eligible workers with volunteer opportunities that match their skills or teach skills you may be lacking.
Consider Work-From-Home Options
If you are motivated and disciplined, consider applying for positions that promote telecommuting or work-from-home options. For example, consultants can often work from home and conduct business via conference calls or video conferencing. Writers have ample opportunities to write for national magazines, newspapers and online sites, all from the comfort of home. Consider scouring job sites such as FlexJobs or connect with freelancers on LinkedIn to evaluate work-from-home options specifically for older workers.
Start a Business
Change course with your job search by focusing on how you can start a business. Brainstorm ways you can utilize the skills and experience you already possess and connect with resources such as the U.S. Small Business Administration to determine if grant opportunities exist for your particular business idea.
Older workers don't have to be at a disadvantage when it comes to re-entering the work force, starting a business or changing career fields. Maximize your job opportunities by learning more about the online tools and resources available for job seekers and connecting with mentors and trusted colleagues to get the word out that you are seeking employment.
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