Image by kodama (home) via FlickrJobs 101: How to conduct a job search for older workers
This article started life as a comment on a blog. I then posted "7 tips for 50+ workers" on my blog earlier today and got a great reaction along with a number of additional ideas. With the additional tips and suggestions, here are 15 great ideas to help older workers conduct a successful search
My thanks to Angela Rao-Brown, Angela Rosario, and Maurene Kaplan Grey for their additional contributions.
I spoke recently with a client who had sent out over 750 resumes in a year and received only 4 responses. I was
aghast astonished by this, and by his resilient reply.
That’s better than some other people my age that I know, so I must be doing something right!
As we continued the conversation I made a number of suggestions for him to consider as part of his on-going job search. Here is the plan we cam up with, along with a number of other suggestions that were crowdsourced from my blog readers.
- Utilize non-traditional search tools. I recommended a number of job aggregators and local boards outside the big 3 - Indeed, SimplyHired, workforce50, Linkup, jobshouts, etc.
- Network in non-traditional groups (tech, social media) to break challenge age perceptions
- Consider other opportunities – contract, consulting, – look for work places like elance, Guru, Sologig, odesk, and others. Consider teaching at colleges or on-line at schools like Webster or the University of PHX.
- Get over the idea that you have to work in a certain business sector. Stretch boundaries. Consider non-profit, etc
- Increase your geographic reach. Consider New Orleans, for example. Relocate if necessary, and if possible. You can always move back where you left down the road if you want to
- Increase your voice wherever possible, with relevance. people will see it. It might help, and certainly can’t hurt!
- Spend time on new things just for you. Be assertive about your job search, but don’t let it consume you.
- Be sure to post your job search on locations like LinkedIn and Facebook so your extended network is aware, but don't be annoying or appear desperate.
- Open your mind. Be receptive to any opportunity, and don't let preconcieved notions turn you off to any potential opportunity.
- Consider reading HR blogs for job advice. You can find over numerous bloggers and contacts by visiting just two sites, HR Alltop and HRM Today.
- Join (or start) an "accountability" group--3 or 4 people who meet once a week and hold each other accountable for job-search commitments.
- Volunteer. The United Way, for example, can place you in a position that requires your skills. Broadens your network.
- Seek a "hold-me-over" job before you need to dip into your savings. It can be a one-day-a- week job in retail. An evening job bartendering.
- Seek opportunities to get out of your comfort zone.
- Build a personal brand. See the slideshare presentation Me 2.0 by Maurene Grey.
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