I’ve been getting lots of calls on radio and several emails from people over 50 who want to change careers or land a new job. Many, though quite accomplished, are very concerned that their age will be an issue in finding a new job. Here’s my advice if you’re concerned about landing a job over 50:
—Write out your ideal job description(even if you think it’s impossible.) By articulating what you want, you are in a better position to tell others about what you are looking for and increase your chances of finding it. You’re also less likely to settle for the first thing that comes along.
—Read career books. Betsy Cummings book, Job Hunting Over 50, offers practical advice and useful tips. I interviewed Betsy on Martha Stewart Living Radio and got great response from listeners on her advice.
—Go online. AARP has an entire career site dedicated to people over 50. Their site even includes the list of best employers for people over 50! Seniors for Hire is also a job hunting site specifically for people over 50.
–Of course, career coaching can be of help in offering your specific advice on your situation. I’d be happy to do a complimentary 30 min session for anyone struggling with this issue.
And let me know – Has age been an issue in your career? Or have you found the “career fountain of youth” and been able to sustain a great career well over 50?
Post your comments below. I’d love to hear from you!