Regardless of why you want to stay in the workforce or go back to work after retirement, you may find it challenging to compete with the younger generation. However, there are resources to help you find employment, as well as things you can do to deal with the fact you may not have kept up with the latest and greatest technology.
Resources for Seniors
Worforce50 is a job seeker site specifically designed for people over the age of 50 looking for work. It’s open not only to job seekers but to employers as well. Employers looking to attract older, more experienced workers post jobs to the site and look for potential employees.
If you are looking to supplement your retirement or just need a new career, using a job site can help find your next job. AARP also has a program called Back to Work 50+, which is designed to help older people not only find work but also gain new skills to make them more employable.
Tips for Finding a Job
You know you’re great. You know you may have more experience than any of the 20-, 30-, or even 40-year-olds a company is currently employing. In order for them to know that, you need to get your foot in the door.
Land a job interview and ultimately the job after you’ve shown them what a great candidate you are? That’s pretty straightforward. The problem is getting that first foot in the door so you have the opportunity to do just that.
When you put together your resume, make sure you are not including any age indicators. For instance, do not put the year you graduated from college or that you’ve been in a field for an extended period of time. Nothing screams old more than seeing 30+ years of experience. You may be older, but it doesn’t mean you need to look that way on paper.
Your age is an asset, yet making a younger hiring manager see how valuable your experience is can be difficult. You may need to brush up on some skills, including interviewing. Rely on your track record and direct experience related to the job you are seeking, as opposed to the number of total years you’ve spent in the workforce, and avoid talking about your entire career history.
If you haven’t kept up with the technology needed for the job you want, consider investing in training to acquire the necessary skills. The best investment is in yourself, after all, and showing potential employers that you have those skills can be invaluable in landing the job.