In today's economy, many older people are finding themselves in need of a job. If you are a senior looking for work, you might feel out of the loop. It helps to have some idea how to go about job hunting as a senior, because it is different from job searches as a young adult.
Here are some tips to get you back into the world of work and hopefully increase your chances of success.
Update Your Resume
Seniors may find that their resume is extremely long after their years of experience. Consider going over your resume with someone who is an expert or experienced. He or she can help you pare it down to include relevant information and highlight pertinent skills and experience. Even if you don't go with an expert, do your research to find out what modern resumes look like and what employers want.
How can you practice the job-hunting process - from sending out a resume to getting an interview - without endangering your chances of success? One thing you can do is apply for a job you're not interested in, or that is not a good fit. That may sound odd, but think of it as training ground. You can practice interviewing skills without so much pressure.
Another good way to practice is to have a friend or family member ask you interview questions.
Look at Temp Firms
Temp agencies are a good way to get your feet wet. A lot of temporary job firms are more interested in your experience than your age, and it's not unlike another form of practice. If it's a temporary job, you can learn from it even if you are moving on.
One important way to stay competitive in the job market is to update and build your skills. There are learning communities on the internet specifically geared to get you up-to-date on important skills like computer knowledge and organisational skills. Also, friends and family members can help you brush up on your skills or learn new ones that are necessary in today's workforce.
Emphasise Your Experience
Did you know there are companies that seek to employ seniors because they value your experience? Groups like AARP offer a comprehensive list of such companies. When you apply for jobs, make sure you emphasise your life experiences that are relevant to the position, from parenting to running a household to skills honed in prior job experience.
Many seniors have been leaders in their children's schools and extracurricular activities in the past, too - this is relevant experience, so don't forget to include and emphasise it.