We all spend much of our work lives grumbling about our bosses, co-workers, and long hours, but we need our jobs. Losing your position anywhere will make you forget all your former complaints, since you will focus more on the security and purpose of a steady paycheck and a reason to get up in the morning.
Sudden unemployment will affect the mature worker even more strongly. Gone is the confidence that you can take your skills and experience to another employer within weeks of searching for a new job. Frequently, the mature unemployed have lost the skills necessary to market themselves to a new employer. Worse, most companies will prefer to hire younger, less experienced, and consequently cheaper staff.
A study by AARP confirms the dire state of the job market for people over 50. You’ll be unemployed appreciably longer, and usually, make less than you did at your last job.
Keep reading to find out how you can beat the odds and find a satisfying job after age 50.
There are many online resources available to Virginia Beach seniors that will speed the job-search process.
Retired Brains has a funny name, but provides some serious job search information and resources to get seniors back into the workforce. You’ll find informative articles, a frequently updated blog, and of course, a comprehensive database of jobs offered specifically to seniors.
The Senior Job Bank is another online jobs directory that solicits offers from companies that are committed to hiring mature workers. Just like Retired Brains, you’ll find lots of great information that will bring you up to speed with what you need to know to bag that new job.
The Senior Community Service Employment Program will place low-income and unemployed seniors into a paid training program that has the goal of getting participants into unsubsidized employment within two years of starting.
Participants can be placed in government offices, local schools, and a wide variety of nonprofit and private organizations to learn marketable skills.
You’ll be provided will career guidance and tutoring, as well as guidance throughout the course of the program aimed at finding you productive employment.
Although it can be a big step, and somewhat of a risk, self-employment could be the route you take to have job stability. If you have an idea for a product or service that you can provide, parlay that into a going business concern. Success can mean that you become the employer!
If you need to update your skills (and your resume), consider volunteering at a local hospital, nonprofit, or school. You’ll refresh your skills, possibly learn new valuable new ones, and have a new (recent) entry on your resume to demonstrate your value to a potential employer.
In today’s fast-paced, technological environment, you need to think in different ways and try new things to get the job you want. With perseverance and informed effort, you can be back in the workforce quicker than you think.
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