Job Search Tips for Older Job Seekers

Job Search Tips for Older Job Seekers

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    Unfortunately for older job seekers, the older you are, the longer it can take to get a job and the harder it can be to get hired.

    What can you do to address age discrimination and promote your candidacy for employment? There are strategies older job seekers can implement to help expedite a job search and to find gainful, and meaningful, employment.

    Job Search Tips for Older Workers

    Resume Tips for Older Job Seekers
    One way to overcome the perception that your age is an issue, is to age proof and edit your resume. Limiting what you include on your resume, from a chronological perspective, can help job seekers avoid the stigma of being considered “too old” by a prospective employer.

    Cover Letter Tips for Older Job Seekers
    Your cover letter is critical, as well. Review these cover letter tips for older job seekers, including what to include in your cover letter, how to showcase your skills, and how to effectively market your candidacy to employers.

    Emphasize Your Relevant Experience
    When writing your resume and your cover letters, there’s no need to mention every job you’ve ever had. Include only the most recent positions and, if you attended college, don’t list your graduation dates.

    Interview Tips for Older Job Seekers
    Tips and advice for successful interviewing for older seekers, including how to make experience an asset, what to wear, how to address age issues and how to stay positive when interviewing can be especially challenging. Your appearance is definitely an issue, especially for jobs where candidates are often younger than you.  Make sure your interview attire is in a current style.  Pay attention to skirt length, tie width, lapel width, color and fit. Keep in mind that appropriate interview attire may not be what you wore in the past

    Fashion Tips for Older Job Seekers
    You can strategically write your resume and cover letter, but you can’t change the basic facts – your actual age and your employment history are etched in stone. However, there are ways you can work on your appearance when you are job searching. And that can make a big difference when you’re interviewing.

    Use Your Network
    Networking is still one of the best ways to find a job. Regardless of when you graduated, if your alma mater has a career network use it to contact alumni in your field of interest. Use online and offline networking resources to make connections to help with your job search.

    Consider a Career Change
    It can be easier than you might think to change careers.

    Get Job Search Help
    If you’re struggling with your job search, consider seeking assistance. There are  non-profit groups, and local libraries, for example, that can assist.

    Keep Your Skills Current
    Everyone applying for employment, regardless of age, needs to be computer literate. If you can’t send an email, or don’t know what Instant Message is, take a computer class. There are classes offered, free or low-cost, by continuing education centers, churches, libraries, and school. The more current your skills, the better your prospects for finding employment.

    Don’t Give Up
    Job searching typically isn’t easy, regardless of how old you are. So, don’t give up. It might take a while to find a job, but, there are employers who understand the value of an older worker with maturity, life experience, and skills.

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    SOURCE jobsearch.about.com
    Unbreen Fatima
    Broadcast Journalist from Pakistan. Currently associated with DW as Freelance Correspondent. Several years of experience as a journalist in radio, newspaper, online and TV journalism.

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