Looking for employment is not easy at any age in today’s economy. However, if you stay positive, take the right approach, and have confidence in your skills, it is possible to find meaningful employment.
7 Tips to Help You Find a Job in Your 60s
#1) Identify the skills you have to offer.
You need to understand both the skills you have to offer as well as the skills in demand in your area.
If you have just come out of full time employment, think about the skills you utilized. Which of your skills are relevant to today’s marketplace? Which are most in demand? Which can you build on to make yourself more marketable?
If you are returning to work after a career break, think about the skills you have developed, perhaps in raising your family such as scheduling, budget management, organizing, catering, or problem resolution. Think how you could package these skills to offer a potential employer.
#2) Update your skills.
Are your skills current? Do you need to invest some time getting up to speed? For example, if you work in administration, are you up to date with the latest software packages, calendar management systems, etc.?
Are you up to speed on social media? This is one of the fastest growing areas for new job creation. Is expertise in this area something you could offer one employer or even several different companies on a part time basis? Portfolio working is becoming increasingly popular.
Are you a member of any professional associations where you can take advantage of any training they offer? Are all your professional accreditations up to date?
#3) Put together a resume for today’s world.
These days, resumes are often scanned in to employers’ systems upon receipt and searches are made against key words. Your resume must contain ‘keywords’ to describe your skills and job titles which are meaningful to employers.
Look at advertisements on job boards. What words and phrases are used to describe roles you have the skills to do? Make sure you have these same words and phrases in the introduction and the body of your resume. This makes you more likely to be selected for an interview.
#4) Network, network, and network some more.
In addition to responding to job advertisements, networking is key.
Network online with people on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
Tell friends, family and former colleagues that you are looking for employment. Attend local networking events.
Make it easy for people to contact you. Print cards with your contact details.
Put together a list of local companies to approach and then consider who you know that can make introductions you.
#5) Thoroughly prepare for job interviews.
When you’ve landed an interview – prepare, prepare, prepare!
Research the company online. If you have the name of the interviewer ahead of time, Google them. See if they have a profile on LinkedIn or Facebook. Look for any common ground. You may know people in common or have attended the same schools.
Prepare answers for potential interview questions. Think about situations you’ve handled which show your skills put into practice.
Ask for a copy of the job description prior to interview.
Wear something that you feel confident in.
#6) Be realistic about your salary expectations.
Be realistic when negotiating salaries. Chances are the person interviewing you has had their salary frozen for some time, or even taken a pay cut.
#7) Remember your strengths.
Remember your strengths so you will feel and project confidence.
You have more life experience than younger applicants. You have more experience dealing with crisis situations. You have more experience communicating across the generations. You are likely to be more flexible if your children have left home.
Research shows that more mature workers are more reliable. You could be an excellent mentor to younger members of staff. Remember these and your other strengths at interviews.
Be confident in your belief that women over 60 make great employees, and that an employer would be extremely fortunate to have you as part of their team.
Good luck with your job search!
Thanks for Ceri Wheeldon for this article! Ceri is the founder of www.Fabafterfifty.co.uk. She has also been a headhunter for 25 years and has lived and recruited on both sides of the Atlantic. For more detailed tips relating to job search, please refer to the careers section on the Fabafterfifty.co.uk website.
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