How to Manage Joblessness After 50
Here are some suggestions to assist you if you become unemployed in your 50s or 60s.
- Get looking right away. A 2015 AARP Public Policy Institute survey found that people who start their job search right away have a better chance of finding employment than those who wait.
- Recognize your personal priorities. Examine yourself before you begin your job search. What number of hours a week are you looking to work? Where do you wish to work (and do you want the option to work from home occasionally)? Do you prefer project work, consulting, or contract employment over a full-time, permanent position? Finding the ideal role may be aided by this.
- Your abilities can make you stand out. Your chances of finding job again heavily depend on the value you can provide a potential employer. Identifying your unique selling points should be a part of your self-evaluation.
- Check to see if your resume shows your age. For senior job seekers, a distinct resume strategy is used. The resume is not a comprehensive “obituary” of your career history. Instead, simply count your most recent 10 to 15 years of experience. Additionally, make sure that everything of your experience—not just the places you’ve been—relates to where you’re going next.
- Financial issues. Do some salary research for the positions you’re interested in. A pay cut might be necessary, but it’s not always the case.
- Who you know is often important. Your personal network of contacts is 3–10 times bigger than a 25-year-compared old’s to younger job seekers! Talk to people instead of just sitting down and filling out applications for jobs online!
- You can stand out because of your attention to detail. You can learn more about the specific issues that a potential employer needs fixed by conducting research on them.
- Get ready for the job interview by practicing. It’s possible that the format of today’s job interviews will differ from your expectations. During the interview, you might have the opportunity to speak with several people at once, either in a group setting or over the course of a single day. A video interview or a Skype interview may be used for your initial interview. To move on to an in-person interview, you must be proficient with the technological component of a virtual interview.
- Put on business attire. Personal hygiene is crucial, especially for senior job searchers. A good haircut and outfit can make you look ten years younger. However, wearing the incorrect makeup and attire can make you look older than you are.
- Keep in mind what makes you unique. Why not employ someone who is younger or less expensive? because older workers, such as baby boomers, are known for having a better work ethic and more knowledge. Keep in mind that you deserve it!