Over 50? Use These 10 Rules to Your Advantage in the Job Search
Over 50 ? Use these 10 Rulesto Your Advantage in the Job Search! Jean Erickson Walker, CMFwww.jeanericksonwalker.com 503-816-5956 firstname.lastname@example.org
“This time, like all times, is a very good one,if we but know what to do with it.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Rule 1: Take control of your career Know yourself Understand the marketplace Identify your market niche Create your marketing plan Become a career entrepreneur
“Be an entrepreneur, an explorer, challenged and excited about the frontier of your own life.” The Age Advantage by Jean Erickson Walker
Rule 2: Recognize your age is anadvantage If you think it is, you’re probably right; if you think it isn’t, you’re definitely right.
Hiring AdvantagesDepth and breadth of experienceGood judgmentInterpersonal skillsWork EthicsCommitment to company goalsCredibility with stakeholdersPolitical “savvy”
Perceived Hiring Disadvantages Inflexible Lack social media skills Corporate mentality Difficulty working for younger boss Too high salary expectations Ingrained prejudices and biases Locked in past ways of doing things Authoritative leadership style
What is unique aboutyou? No two starfish are alike……it’s about who you are, how you do what you do, not about your titles, employers or even your skills and accomplishments.
Do a Thorough Self-AssessmentWhat is your unique product or service?What are your product guarantees?Who is the ideal customer for your product or service?What differentiates you from your competitors?What are your core values?What are your top three priorities in life?What are the common threads of your successes throughoutyour career?When are you most energized, most creative, mostproductive?What are the circumstances, the culture, the profiles of theorganizations and the people where you are most successful?
Create an Impact! Resume Cover Letter Interview Your brand is your guarantee. Is it consistent, comprehensive, visible? Is it focused on action, outcomes and promise for the future? Is it authentic?
Take a Strategic View of JobListingsWhat does it say about the company’s needs?Is the company leadership team in transition?Who is the company’s primary competition?What is happening in the global marketplace?Where are the Private Equity firms investing?What are blocks the company may not beanticipating?
Rule 8 : “Do something. Do anything. Get Going. Posthaste.“ Tom Peters Finding a job is a full time job. Plan your work and work your plan.
Keep your eye on the goal Keep challenging your perceptions, ask fundamentally new questions throughout the process, test the validity of your assumptions and make adjustments. Never assume the next ice flow will be the same as the last.
“Obstaclesare thosefrightfulthings yousee whenyou takeyour eyesoff thegoal.”Hannah More
It’s Who You Know that CountsCreate a powerful Linked-in profile, reach out to growyour presenceStart a blogGet involved in professional associations; go toconferencesParticipate in networking groups at your levelVolunteer: Be visible!Call up old customers, vendors, professional colleaguesRe-connect with recruitersJoin a community task forceWrite an article; teach a class