After half a lifetime of work, with one job flowing seamlessly into another, it might seem (in hindsight) like it was always easy to get a new gig. Unfortunately, the reality is that finding a new job can be harder as you get older, even when “older” isn’t exactly old. But not to fear! It’s possible to find a new job after 40, or even change careers completely. Whether you’re looking for a new challenge, or forced to look elsewhere after a layoff, there’s no time like the present to make yourself into the best new employee your future boss ever had.
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Tip 1. Network Like Mad
One of the best things you can do, when you’re after a new job, is to tell absolutely everyone that you’re looking for one. Networking online is a great way to ease into the game, so if you haven’t made a LinkedIn profile, you should get one going now. Sign up for professional groups that might hold networking events in your field (or one similar to your own). Talk to old friends you haven’t connected with lately, and see how their contacts might be of value. There are no reasons to hold back now!
Tip 2. Update Your Resume
Maybe you’ve been in one job for so long, your resume is a little dusty. Get it out and start your update by reviewing how you phrased past work. Do you have jobs listed that might sound unfamiliar now? Take some time to see your resume through the eyes of a stranger. Would they understand all your past responsibilities? Could you elaborate, or even cut jobs that can’t add to your career story? Make your resume more visible to recruiters with a few tips.
Tip 3. Rehearse Your Story
When you’re out there trying to market a few decades’ worth of experience, you might be a bit out of practice with telling your career tale. A great way to express your worth to a potential new boss, is by having your “elevator pitch” ready. Practice it in the mirror, or with a friend who will give you an honest opinion on your delivery. You won’t want to undersell yourself! Make sure you’re talking about all your best qualities, and get ready to pitch and pitch!
Tip 4. Know Your Worth
Our PayScale Salary Survey can help you understand your value to your next employer before you go into your interview, or even apply for a job that won’t pay you what you deserve.
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