Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Career Transition After 50

A career transition in midlife can be a fantastic way to reevaluate your life and seek out a true passion. But with younger workers willing to work for less and an age bias that is present across many industries, a midlife transition can also be a challenge.

  • Reconsider your values after age 50. Disregard outdated expectations and open your mind to new ideas and job options.
  • Seek support from a few key friends and colleagues you know and trust. Meet regularly and brainstorm ideas and strategies to help you in your search.
  • >LinkedIn is a must. It will help recruiters find you and it’s a great way to network with others.
  • Join all the groups and accept all the invitations that come your way. You never know who you will meet or where a critical lead will be generated.
  • Convey a high energy level in all networking situations and interviews.
  • Make sure your computer skills are sharp and up-to-date. Take a refresher course or hire a tutor if needed
  • Consider updating your style with a few key clothing items or a new haircut.
  • Volunteer or offer to do a pro bono project for the company you’re interested in. Giving a prospective employer a chance to see you in action can eliminate that pesky age bias.
A fashion model or NBA player might not be in the cards at this point, but your post-50 years can be most rewarding when you know what you want in life and embrace it.

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