How to Find a Job If You're Over 55

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If you are over 55 and trying to get a job, your age doesn’t have to be a stumbling block. Go into the job interview with confidence and enthusiasm, and be prepared to tell the interviewer the reasons why you will be an asset. It doesn’t hurt to get a makeover, so to speak. You want to show that you keep with the times by wearing stylish clothes or getting an updated hairstyle. Finally, do not do all the talking, especially about all your past experience. The interviewer only wants to know what you will specifically do for him.

  • Update your resume. Change it from one that is focused on dates to one that focuses on skills. You may want to limit your work history to the last 10 to 15 years, according to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

  • Be positive in the interview. Smile and do not act defensive. Do not give the impression that you believe that you are overqualified for the job. Rather, keep focused on what you can do for the company. In addition, let the interviewer know that you plan to work at least 10 years, or whatever your case may be, to demonstrate that you plan to stay awhile.

  • Consider working for a temp agency. Older workers often find work through them, according to AARP. This is a good opportunity for older workers to learn new skills and different careers. Most jobs last 3 to 5 months, and many turn into permanent jobs.

  • Be able to submit your resume online. While the last time you may have submitted a resume was on paper, now many resumes are submitted online. Because many resumes are scanned electronically instead of read by a live person, use keywords particular to the position. You may have to tailor your resume to each online job for which you apply.

  • Become involved with networking. Reconnect with people you have not kept in touch with. Join committees or volunteer so that you will meet new people. You can also network online. AARP has a forum called “The Water Cooler.” You can also join Linkedin where professionals go to exchange information and opportunities.

  • Start your own business. Do not use your retirement income to do this. Get a small business loan instead. The Small Business Administration has a Small Business Readiness Assessment Tool to help people determine if they are ready to start a small business. You can also go to the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), informally known as the “Counselors of America’s Small Business Owners,” a national association that helps small business owners. The staff can give you a personal business coach.

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