I often get asked this question ( I have enjoyed a long career as a headhunter). No one is pretending that looking for employment is easy in today’s economy, but stay positive and with the right approach it should be no more difficult at this age than any other decade.Most of the aspects of your jobsearch have been covered in previous articles, so here is a quick summary with links to appropriate resources:
- Planning your jobsearch. Be structured in your approach- treat looking for employment as your job!
- Updating your skills. Do you have the skills employers are looking for in today’s marketplace? Do you need to update professional qualifications or technical skills? Are you proficient in the relevant software packages and social media applications – if not how quickly can you get up to speed?
- Embrace the Internet. Using the internet to find your next job.
- Putting together a CV. Are you highlighting relevant, marketable skills? Does your CV include the keywords employers would be looking for to match your skills to their job? Are you using the correct job titles to describe what you do?
- Preparing for interviews. Preparation and practice are key – don’t waste the opportunity to impress at interview.
- Coping with rejection during the jobsearch process. Learn from rejection and build on the positives.
- Portfolio working. Finding it difficult to find full-time employment? Many people today are embracing at ‘portfolio’ working – looking at a mix of part-time employment and self-employment. If you have skills which are of interest to several companies on a part-time basis rather than one company on a full-time basis then self employment might be a way forward for you. For example many small businesses need help with administration , diary management and social media opening opportunities for individuals with skills to offer support in this area. Others may needsales and marketing help on a part-time/freelance basis.
- Have you always had a dream to turn an idea or passion into a business? Then why not evaluate if your idea is viable as a business.
Remember, women over 50 make great employees – you are far from being at the end of your career and still have plenty of opportunity to progress.