5. Money Matters
Research salaries for the positions you’re seeking. Sites like Glassdoor and LinkedIn Salary can help to make sure your efforts are in the right ballpark.
6. It’s Often Who You Know
By simple virtue of having been in the workforce for longer than your younger counterparts, your personal network is anywhere from 3 to 10X larger! Don’t let this invaluable asset go to waste – start reaching out and talking.
Reach out by email, LinkedIn, and good old-fashioned phone calls. And even if it’s been awhile since you graduated, don’t underestimate the power of reaching out to alumni from your alma mater.
7. Be Interview Ready
Beyond researching the company you are about to interview with and the people you will be facing, be sure to dust off your interview skills. This means being prepared for several different interview formats.
Understanding the purpose behind each interview style, and having a plan in place, will give you your best shot at interview success.
8. Start Early
It may take longer for you to land a job after 50. According to a 2015 Forbes article summarizing findings from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it takes an average of 12 weeks longer for those ages 55-64 to land a role versus than those 25-34 (37 weeks v. 25 weeks). Those job seekers who get an early start, however, tend to be more successful in landing a new job than those who wait.
While Baby Boomers and older Gen Xers testing the job search waters for the first time in years certainly face some unique challenges, they also have many advantages. In my experience, a candidate with a persuasive resume and LinkedIn, a robust networking strategy and sharp interview skills will edge out the competition time and time again.
Virginia Franco is a 3X Certified Executive Resume + LinkedIn Writer, Coach and Storyteller whose documents are written for today’s online skim readers and get interviews. She helps clients all over the world to tell their stories and test the job search waters – often for the first time in years or after deciding to make a career change.