If you are 55 years and older there are job opportunities for you. I received a question on a webinar today asking potential opportunities for job seekers 55 years and older. My response:
First, just because you are 55 old and older does not mean you can’t find a job. The greatest obstacle you may find is you. If you believe you can’t find a position, you won’t. The best way to get a job if you are in this age category is networking. With your years of experience, you will know lots of people. I challenge you to tap into your network and find people who you know. The opportunities will come as you get past your first degree of separation and tap into the people your colleagues know. Who you know that knows somebody, that you need to know? That is an important question for you to answer.
Networking your way into a position may be uncomfortable to you, but it is a valuable skill to master. Talk to colleagues, enlist them into your job search. One place to start is LinkedIn. Get your resume out there. Find people from your past who are willing to connect with you. Set up informational interviews with people willing to share their experience.
Become an entrepreneur. If no one will hire you, create a job for yourself. Start a business. Small businesses are a viable option for those who are struggling to get employed. What do you have a passion for? Can you tun that passion into a successful business.
Become a teacher at the college level or in the various schools from Elementary School to High School We need good teachers teaching this next generation of leaders coming up. Most school districts can’t find good qualified teachers.
Here’s my bottom line: Get creative in your approach for getting yourself re-employed. It may take longer to get employed, so know that going into your job search, but don’t let anyone tell you that you are not employable – Hog Wash! You can and will get a job, even if you have to create it for yourself!!