Will You Search for a Job in Your Late 60s?

September 3, 2012

Changing Careers, Job Hunt

Encore Career Job SearchFox Business recently ran an interesting story taking a look at the growing number of senior citizens who are embarking on encore careers – second careers that they start after retiring from another business. People are living longer today. Because of that, retiring in one’s mid-60s isn’t financially feasible for many people. That begs the question: Will you have to search for a job in your late 60s?

And if so, how will you conduct an effective job search at this age?

The Market for Older Workers

The good news is that there are jobs available for older workers and the competition for many of these jobs is not as intense.

The Fox Business story quotes a job search expert at career website TheLadders. According to this expert, most encore careers tend to be in the social sector. Many elderly workers pursue careers in education, environmental work, healthcare, social services, and other non-profit work.

That’s because many older workers don’t need the larger salaries they sought in their youth. Instead, many older workers re-enter the workforce to make a difference or to experience something new.

Finding a Job in Your 60s

Of course, making a career change in your late 60s will still require some serious job search skills. You’ll have to run a professional job search. This includes following some important resume tips. For example, be sure to highlight both your experience – of which you should have a lot – and your accomplishments. Companies want to work with employees who have made a difference in their careers, no matter their age. You’ll need to show with your resume how you saved your employers money, boosted their profits, or helped them reach significant milestones.

As an older worker, though, you’ll also need to craft a compelling story that explains why you want to return to the workforce. You might explain in a cover letter that you’re looking for new challenges or that you want to share your experience with others. You might explain that after a lifetime of working hard, you’re ready to lend your skills to a profession that can make a positive impact in the lives of others.

But whatever you do, give an employer a reason to pick up the phone and call you.

Preparing for the Interview

You’ll have to prepare for any job interviews as thoroughly as you did when you were a youngster first entering the workforce. Just because you have extensive experience, doesn’t mean that you don’t have to impress hiring managers.

This means rehearing answers to the most popular and challenging interview questions. It means researching the company at which you want to work and it means mastering such social media sites as LinkedIn and Facebook. You don’t want hiring managers to think that because of your age you are behind the times.

Conducting a search for a job isn’t easy today at any age. But older workers might actually have an advantage; they’ve already mastered the working world. They just have to prove this to hiring managers.

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