Strategy for Career-Changing Mature Job-seeker


Layne writes:
I’m coming up to my 55th birthday and thinking about changing careers.
What kinds of things should I do as an older job-seeker to increase my
chances of success?



The Career Doctor responds:
Well the first thing you need to decide is your new career. Because baby boomers are expected to transform the image of older workers and retirement age you also need to give some thought as to how long you see yourself in
this new career — 10 years 20 years?
So assuming you have given some thought to your career change you first
need to transform your experience skills and accomplishments to fit your
new career field. If you have absolutely no experience in your new career field
now is the time to freelance volunteer or temp — to gain valuable experience in
your new career. It’s also time to transform your old resume and revamp it to
best fit your new career. You may need to build your resume around key
skills clusters that are in demand in your new career — what we refer to as
transferable skills. You’ll also want to begin networking in your new career
by joining one or more professional associations — and getting actively involved.
Once you’re ready to start interviewing for full-time jobs in your new career
the most important thing to remember — that many older workers are accused
of doing — is not to sound rigid or unapproachable. Many older workers often
portray a “this is how it’s always been done and I know more than you
because I’m twice your age.” As you might guess that kind of attitude
doesn’t really go over well. Be positive — and showcase your creativity
and flexibility.
You can find lots of other great tips strategies and advice for older workers in
this section of Quintessential Careers:
Job
and Career Resources for Mature and Older Job-Seekers
.

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Layne writes:
I’m coming up to my 55th birthday and thinking about changing careers.
What kinds of things should I do as an older job-seeker to increase my
chances of success?



The Career Doctor responds:
Well the first thing you need to decide is your new career. Because baby boomers are expected to transform the image of older workers and retirement age you also need to give some thought as to how long you see yourself in
this new career — 10 years 20 years?
So assuming you have given some thought to your career change you first
need to transform your experience skills and accomplishments to fit your
new career field. If you have absolutely no experience in your new career field
now is the time to freelance volunteer or temp — to gain valuable experience in
your new career. It’s also time to transform your old resume and revamp it to
best fit your new career. You may need to build your resume around key
skills clusters that are in demand in your new career — what we refer to as
transferable skills. You’ll also want to begin networking in your new career
by joining one or more professional associations — and getting actively involved.
Once you’re ready to start interviewing for full-time jobs in your new career
the most important thing to remember — that many older workers are accused
of doing — is not to sound rigid or unapproachable. Many older workers often
portray a “this is how it’s always been done and I know more than you
because I’m twice your age.” As you might guess that kind of attitude
doesn’t really go over well. Be positive — and showcase your creativity
and flexibility.
You can find lots of other great tips strategies and advice for older workers in
this section of Quintessential Careers:
Job
and Career Resources for Mature and Older Job-Seekers
.