- Register with temp firms in your local area as they don't care about age but are more interested in your skills and experience. Also if you get work through a temp firm it helps build your resume for future work assignments.
- Try to get an interview with an employer that is not your first choice to practice your interviewing skills. You don't want to go to your first interview in a long time with the employer you are really interested in working for and make easily correctable mistakes.
- Consider having your resume re-written or updated by an expert as the resume you used years ago is no longer appropriate. Click here for free resume writing help.
- Look for temporary, part-time or project assignments as they are much more available than full-time jobs.
- Search for a job in areas that connect older workers with employers seeking to hire them. Click here to search for a job and where you can search for a job in any geographic location by job title or keywords.
- When applying for a job tell the employer you are willing to start working as a consultant or on a project basis; this often gives you a leg up on younger workers who are often unable to accept this kind of employment. Temporary employment or working on a consultative basis can lead to full-time work.
- Get information on the perspective employer prior to your interview. For example contact someone who works for this employer who attended the same school you went to or is a member of your sorority or fraternity saying. "Hi. You and I went to the same school but graduated at different times. I'm interviewing for a position in your firm later this week and, before I meet with the hiring manager, I would like to test out a couple questions I have about the firm on you and see what you think the answers might be." (You might also ask if you can use their name as a reference).
- Look at companies with fewer than 500 employees as employers of this size created 64% of the new U.S. jobs from 9/92 through 2012 even though they employ just 55% of the private sector work force according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Volunteer with a charity or non-profit. Although in most cases there is little or no monetary compensation, it is often excellent experience and can possibly lead to employment with a firm that is seeking that particular experience or appreciates your work ethic. It is also easier to find employment while you are working as you have a better mind set. Looking for a job on a full-time basis is not a very rewarding experience. Click here for volunteering information
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