The 21st century Job market is a complex and ever-changing landscape that is difficult for even the most experienced would-be employee to navigate. The introduction of technology and computer driven job-search measures has transformed the idea of the job hunt from the familiar meet and greet, to a digital production filled with inboxes and backed-up files.
Many who return to the workforce in their latter years may find the whole operation unnecessarily tedious and time consuming. The need for post-retirement income, returning from operation or illness, or a return from many years of self-employment may be a few of the motivating factors that see seniors challenge for potential position. These candidates are often share many years of experience in given field, have a wealth of knowledge regarding the ebb and flow of the job market, but find it difficult to translate hard earned experience into today’s job market language.
In an effort to ease the burden of re-entry into today’s job market for seniors, we look at 5 effective strategies that may potentially help land adequate employment for the seasoned employee returning to the job market.
Update your resume and personal employment records
The need for an updated resume can not be understated. The potential for a senior to miss out on a well qualified job opportunity is increased when the information present on your resume is not consistent with today’s standards. Your personal records must also undergo scrutiny. If a continuing education course is needed, then the recognition of this is critical to job search success. Update, add and change personal employment information to meet the current standards in your chosen field.
Research the latest communication trends
Iphones, Ipads, Cellular technology, and lightweight personal computing is all the rage currently. These are just a few of the myriad of technology-based innovations that have had tremendous influence on communication in the job search arena. While the vast majority of users may appear decades younger, any opportunity to positively assist the job search should be readily employed.
Re-acclimate with the interview process.
This area of the job hunt may have undergone the least amount of change over the years, but change has occurred never the less. The basic outline may have remained the same but the heart of the interview has seen some changes. The questions in the standard new employee interview may seem a bit more personal and intrusive to those who have not negotiated the process in a few years. Employers had added to their arsenal the image of an ‘ideal’ employee that may seem to revolve more around personal conduct than professional acumen. Prepare for the interview with research and mock sessions reflecting today’s interview process.
Get in touch with old contacts
Previous coworkers may prove to be a wonderful resource for current job trends and realities. Some may have gone on to garner promotions and move on to higher echelons in your given field. They may prove invaluable for networking and reference purposes.
The job hunt while dynamic and evolving, is basically still an exercise in patience. Chances are, you have tread these steps before. Organization, proper networking, and due diligence still rule the day. Take it easy while remaining focused on the task at hand.
These are just few of the tangible strategies to employ for job search purposes. Each step taken in the right direction is a valuable exercise in easing the return to employment for seniors. Good luck and happy job hunting!
For more information of the job search process, check out these articles on negotiating the job hunt.
Job Hunter Telephone Communication tips
How to Add ‘Velcro’ to Your Resume
Public Speaking for Job Seekers
Sources for this article include:
Mind our Elders
San Ramon Patch