These days, trying to get a job can be the project. And let’s not even getting into how much more challenging it is to landing one that you’ll actually like. So, if you’re a woman who is over 50, it is certainly understandable that you may have some concerns about whether you will be able to thrive in the workplace.
The good news is that there are some proven things that you can do to make your job search just that much easier. If you’re looking for employment and you need to be pointed into the right direction about where to start, your search begins right here:
Think about what you really want to do. 50 is not old (it’s really not), but if all goes well, the next job you get just might be the last one that you have before you officially retire. So, you should definitely make it be something that is worth your time and worthy of your experience. That said, don’t be afraid or hesitant to go after jobs that really interest you or to do apply in a field of work that you have the qualifications for but may have not before considered.
Smaller companies and nonprofits are your friend. Tech companies, social media and large corporations may be a bit more difficult to get into, but two places that actually value experience, with age being not nearly as much of a factor, are small corporations and nonprofits. Nearly every city has a website that has a job search blog that is solely devoted to nonprofit positions that are available. Just go to Google and type in “nonprofit job website”, along with your city and state, and see what comes up.
Don’t forget to network. The saying, “It’s not what you know, but who you know” does not discriminate. As a matter of fact, one thing that works to your advantage is that you have lived significantly longer than the typical college graduate, which means that you have had more time to meet other people and establish relationships, both personally and professionally. There is absolutely no shame in letting people know that you are looking for employment. Also, don’t forget to use social media to your advantage. If you don’t have a Facebook or Twitter account, that’s OK. Sign up for a LinkedIn one. It’s the more “grown up” way to professionally network.
Consider telecommuting. You might be amazed by how many people work for companies and report to supervisors who they have never talked to or seen before. That’s because they found a job working online. In this day and time, there are tons of positions that look for people to work from the comfort of their own home by way of being a virtual assistant, a writer/editor, transcribing, billing and a host of other options. Major job search engines like Monster and CareerBuilder have a “telecommute” category. Also, don’t forget to look on websites like Craigslist and Freelancer.com too.
Take a few classes. Every day that we wake up, it’s another day to learn something new. It certainly can’t hurt to use your “down time” to brush up on a few things or to take some new courses whether it’s in computer software, communications or even to learn a new language. With this tip, the main thing to ask yourself is, “When it comes to the job that I really want, what do I need to do to get it?” And then prepare yourself by any means necessary.