Ever since the financial recession that began in 2008, more older workers are re-entering the job market. Some are victims of tough economic times while others have been replaced by younger workers at lower salaries. Many others have opted to continue working instead of retiring. And, a large number of older workers haven’t looked for a job in decades. Getting a good paying job at age 50 can be a challenge, but it’s possible with perseverance and right approach.
Fifty-year-old workers have decades of experience to draw upon, and smart companies seek to use that experience. Older workers have generated revenue and cut costs for previous employers. Employees who can generate results have value, regardless of their age. This is especially true when it is packaged with the right attitude and sold in a positive manner. Make sure your resume focuses on accomplishments instead of just skills. This makes it easy for employers to hire you.
Older workers probably have more extensive networks than their younger colleagues. Over the years, they have amassed a collection of contacts who can help them, so reach out to former co-workers and bosses. Let them know that you are looking for a new opportunity. Tell them about your recent successes. Most importantly, ask them whom they know who might be hiring. You’ll be surprised at how much help they can be!
It takes flexibility to find a good paying job at any age, but it is especially important for the 50-year-old job seeker. According to the Utah Department of Workforce Services, the interview is the time for older workers to show their flexibility. Don't be afraid to provide specific examples of how you have modified processes and created positive outcomes in previous jobs. This is critically important when it comes to applying technology.
If it has been a while since you last searched for a job, your skills may be lagging. According to the San Diego Workforce Partnership’s “Plan 'B' for Boomers and Beyond: Learning… A Competitive Work Strategy,” taking additional courses late in your career can help you find a new job. If you have let certifications lapse, now is the tiime to bring them up to date.
Older workers are often their own worst enemies when it comes to finding a high-paying job. Some overestimate the value of their experience in the current job market. Others become discouraged by the toughness of the job search process. Don’t believe news reports that claim older workers aren’t wanted. Recognize opportunities as they present themselves. Maintain a positive attitude. Prepare for each interview as if it were the most important presentation you’ll ever give, and the results will take care of themselves.
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