How is January working out for you? Is your goal a New Job to go with the New Year? You are in good company as many people make a fresh start in the Winter.
What are the key elements in the strategy you have chosen? Will you be:
- Letting people in your network know you are in the market for a new role?
- Making time to research the types of organisations you would like to work for?
- Reviewing which of your skills need to be refreshed?
All of these elements could form part of a positive strategy. For women and men with 20 to 30 years’ experience in the workplace a few extra elements might be useful too.
Older Wiser More Experienced
If you have spent a generation at work you will be in your 40s or 50s. Was your focus achieving results and raising your family? If so you are older, wiser and more experienced.
You are now competing with people in their 20s and 30s. That means you may need extra support to find a workable strategy. Should that be the case, help is at hand.
Your Top 5 Tips
The Guardian newspaper recently asked experts to answer questions from readers about searching for jobs. Here is the link http://bit.ly/Job_You_Love to that conversation. There is some good thinking on offer and the whole discussion is worth a read. If you just want some pointers please see the bullets below.
I asked their panel of experts for advice specific to people in their 40s and 50s. Here are 5 Tips from their comments (what would you add to the list?):
- “Someone in their 40’s and 50’s can bring a wealth of experience – the important thing is to make sure that your CV highlights that which is most recent and relevant to the job you are applying for. You can summarise earlier experience in a few lines or a short paragraph and give the space to bullet pointed achievements where you have added value to your organisation”.
- “Make sure you show technology savvy, your success in working as a team member, and that the language used in your CV is current”.
- “Don’t use job descriptions on your work experience, use bulleted lists. This will help your experience stand out”.
- “The last 10 years in detail is probably sufficient, with an “Earlier Career History” section (without dates) for the earlier stuff”.
- “Make sure you are present at the key social networks for job search, i.e. LinkedIn, Twitter with updated professional profile”.
How Will You Make Use Of This Information?
I hope this information adds value to your search for work that you love.
Feel free to share this information with others who would find it helpful. You can comment here – on Twitter @rogerd_said – on Facebook or continue the conversation on LinkedIn.