Must read MarketWatch article 14 Tips and Resources for Finding Work in Retirement.
Very much appropriate for workers of all ages.
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According to a CareerBuilder survey forty-five percent said they will look for work post-retirement. Among those who do plan on working after retiring, consulting, retail and customer service work are the most popular disciplines.
The survey also provided good news for workers looking for employment at the end of their careers. Fifty-three percent of employers plan to hire mature workers (age 50+) in 2014.
The 4 Things Older Job Seekers Are Doing Wrong
By Kerry Hannon as seen in Forbes.
1. They’re not stepping up to the plate. If you genuinely want to land a job, you need to get in the game. The would-be job hunters AARP surveyed used the words “may” and “try.” That’s a tad tenuous and wishy-washy. To me, it doesn’t sound like a crew who is in it to win it. My advice: Don’t just noodle the idea. If you want a new job, get serious. Yes, it takes time — 10 months, on average, for someone over 55, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But, like anything else, if you want to be successful, you’ve got to put your heart into it.
2. They’re setting their money expectations too high. A whopping 74% of job hunters in AARP’s survey said they want a new position to make more money. But the sad truth is that pay is one of the biggest roadblocks for job hunters over 50.My advice: Rather than accept a position where you will resent the pay or walk away from an offer that is not up to snuff, consider ways to negotiate.
See if you can bump up your benefits — more flextime or telecommuting, more vacation days, new workplace development and education opportunities and other perks. A flexible workday might be more vital to you now, giving you more time to do the things you value, such as travel or learning. Health insurance, retirement savings plans and paid time off can play a critical role in defining your ideal job more than base pay, too. Don’t get so caught up in prestige, salaries and titles that you become blind to prospects and great opportunities to move in new directions.
3. They’re not keeping their skills up to date. More than one in five of the job seekers AARP surveyed (21%) said their “need to update technology skills” may hinder them from getting a new job. I know: It’s hard to pull your head up from your current projects to find time, and, often, the money for skills training. But if you want to get hired elsewhere, you must prove to an employer that you can improve its business and bottom line, and that means having the necessary skills. Look at the precise requirements of the jobs you’re applying for. If you don’t have them, get them. A hiring manager who sees that you’re taking classes or working toward a professional certification knows that you’re not trapped in your ways and are willing to learn new things.
4. They’re not using the best job-search tool. The job seekers AARP surveyed said the tools they most commonly used in their search were: online listings (62%), personal contacts (40%) and company career listings (33%). It’s not that online and company listings aren’t a good place to start looking for a job. But most positions are filled either internally or through referrals. That’s why I urge job hunters to network, network and network. Those personal contacts can be gold. Make it a point to tap your friends, relatives, former coworkers, social media connections and anyone else who springs to mind.
If there’s a specific industry you’re interested in, join an association associated with it. Attend industry and professional meetings and conferences. College and university career centers help alumni, too, through networking events and workshops. Join a job seekers meet-up group in your town or launch your own. Get together with these people on a regular schedule to share contacts and leads and help each other stay confident, active and responsible for your job hunts.
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