Finding a job when you are 50 plus is very much like finding a job when you are 30. There are, however, a few nuances you should consider.
Be Comfortable in Your Own Skin
It’s normal to be nervous when you meet a prospective employer. It’s also critically important to project confidence. How do you do that when you’re shaking in your boots?
1. Prepare, prepare, prepare until your interview skills shine. Practice job interview questions. Role play. Videotape yourself.
2. Put on a great outfit; You know, the one that looks great on you and makes you feel like you can conquer the world.
3. Get a good precision haircut. If you color your hair, touch up the roots.
4. Remember that your best accessory is a smile.
5. Enjoy meeting and having a conversation with a new person.
You are the generation that witnessed the first walk on the moon, and you embraced the microwave. Heck, you practically invented technology, and you can certainly handle the iPod, text messaging, or online shopping!
Last week I did some research and taught myself how to build an online calculator. Build a website. Take a course in advanced Excel. Put your resume on a PowerPoint. Know what it is that you do well, and continue to challenge yourself.
2. You bring a wealth of experiences to the table. Think about how to best translate it into your new environment.
3. You’ve made mistakes and learned from them. You understand your priorities, and you’ve made peace with who you are.
4. You are living, breathing market research! Numerous product launches are targeted to your demographic.