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6 Job-Hunting Tips for Older Workers

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Whether it’s for personal satisfaction or financial need, many retirees and future retirees want to work in retirement.

In a poll of over 3,000 business professionals conducted in 2013, more than 86% said they planned to continue working once they retired.

But employment for older workers isn’t always easy to come by. Americans aged 55 and over experience an average unemployment duration of 52.7 weeks, according to a July 2011 survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s up over 160% since December 2007 when the average duration of unemployment for these workers was only 20.2 weeks.

The job-hunting tips below are tried and true methods utilized by many older professionals in securing new jobs. Try them. They work!

1) Look for temporary or project assignments as they are much more available than full-time jobs. Executives, managers and professionals can often use their current skill sets and experience to work on projects where their background works for them and also for the employers that hire them on this basis. There are many employers interested in hiring on a project basis as in most cases employers do not have to pay benefits for these kinds of jobs and even more importantly an employer can terminate a project based worker with little or no warning and little expense.

Register with temp firms in your local area as they are less concerned with age and are more interested in your skills and experience. Their interview process will give you interviewing experience. Also if you get work through a temp firm, even if it is not the kind of job you are seeking, it helps build your resume for future work assignments.

2) When applying for a job tell the employer you are willing to work on a project or temporary basis. This often gives you a leg up on younger workers who are often unwilling to accept employment that does not include benefits.

Temporary employment can lead to full-time work.

3) Volunteer with a charity or non-profit. Although in most cases there is little or no monetary compensation it is good experience and can possibly lead to employment with a firm that is seeking that particular experience or appreciates your work ethic. It is also easier to find employment while you are working/volunteering as you have a better mind set during interviews. Looking for a job on a full-time basis is not a very rewarding experience and frame of mind is more important that you realize.

4) Consider having your resume re-written or updated by an expert as the resume you used years ago is no longer appropriate. You should have your resume on your computer so you can modify it highlighting the experience most appropriate for the employer and job to which you are applying. A single general resume for all interviews is not the best way to get hired.

5) Get information on the perspective employer prior to your interview.

For example, contact someone who works for this employer who attended the same school you went to saying, “Hi. You and I went to the same school but graduated at different times. I’m interviewing for a position with your firm later this week and, before I meet with the hiring manager, I would like to test out a couple questions I have about the firm on you and see what you think the answers might be.”

Research the employer on Google or Yahoo.

6) Search for a job on job boards that specifically connect older workers with employers seeking to hire them and post your resume on these sites. The search and resume posts are free. Set a job alert to notify you if a position is posted that matches your skills, experience and geographic preferences.

4 Résumé Tips For Older Workers

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Looking to launch a second career? Follow these tips to revitalize your résumé

Every year, millions of Americans over age 55 happily choose to retire. But whether it’s due to a lack of savings or a desire to stay active, many others remain in the workforce, and their numbers are growing: In 2012, 40.6 percent of people age 55 and older considered themselves to be in the labor force, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

With more and more older workers looking to stay in or re-enter the workforce with a second career, it is important to make sure your résumé highlights all the experience and passion you have to offer. With that in mind, here are some tips to make sure your résumé is up to current standards:

1. Emphasize your relevant job skills. If you’re moving into a new sector, it’s really important to highlight transferable skills. Although seasoned workers may have years of experience in one field, it is important to play up your ability to seamlessly make the leap into another, and emphasize any new training or experience. If you’ve done any retraining or recent education, put that prominently, and really highlight it because it shows you’re refreshing your skills … A shiny new credential is the great equalizer if you feel like in other ways you may be disadvantaged by your age.

Don’t be afraid to draw from experiences that may come from volunteering or serving outside the workplace. If the most relevant experience or the most recent experience you’ve had for the work you want to do is in a volunteer or pro bono capacity, just write that. Write that up as you would write any other work experience. Describe your contributions and responsibilities in a way that really exemplifies why that work makes you more marketable for doing that same kind of activity in a paid context.

2. Dance around dates. Many older workers clutter their résumés with decades of prior experience. Instead of relying on your early work history, stress your most recent and relevant professional experience. You really don’t want to list jobs that are back in the 1980s or 1990s so much.

Instead, list relevant work experience from the past decade. If you need to list anything further back – say, from 15 or 20 years ago – try including a “previous work experience” section that lists the company and job title without dates.

Or kick off your résumé with a brief narrative or summary of your qualifications. Employers often don’t really care what you did 25 or 30 years ago. But if that happens to be the most relevant work that you do, your challenge is to find a way to feature that prominently, and one of the best ways to do that is up in the top in a summary. It’s a way to encapsulate a long period of experience and really highlight the relevant pieces of it … even though it was quite a long time ago.

3. Ditch outdated phrases. Thoughtfully prepare and age-proof the job descriptions on your résumé. Be very careful about checking your choice of words and the language that you’re using. As an example of this, if someone started their career way back when in HR and at the time, they were director of personnel and if they put that on a résumé now, it would completely date them … People talk in terms of ‘talent acquisition’ now. So pay attention to your word usage.

Tailor your language by looking at the company’s job posting or list of qualifications. Figure out what that company is looking for, and then use phrases and terminology in their ad to describe what you’ve done. Streamline your language, replacing clunky phrases like “duties included” or “responsible for” with active verbs that showcase your abilities, and nix the tried-and-true objective statement because that’s kind of focused on what you want versus what you have to offer. Instead, use a summary of qualifications or a profile to open the résumé and really highlight your value proposition – what it is that you have that really would be valuable to the next employer.

4. Reformat. The most important thing to keep in mind is that your résumé just needs to look like a résumé from 2014. Even your font choices could inadvertently reveal your age. For example, Times New Roman is certainly OK, and it’s acceptable standard font on résumés, but you could go with something that’s a little bit more modern, too.

Stick to the traditional education and experience format, but make sure your résumé can lead potential employers to your online presence. Include links to your LinkedIn profile, and indicate whether you’re active on social media, such as Google Plus or Twitter. If that’s part of your profile, that’s a good thing to put on your résumé, especially if you’re worried about ageism issues. You should be investing in your LinkedIn profile as much as or more than you are investing in an old-style résumé … Make sure that it shows you’re fluent with the way people are finding work today.

Original from Huffington Post