Job Search After 50

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Job Searching Over 50: Common Mistakes to Avoid

So many job hunting advice columns focus on those just out of college or professionals only a few years into their career. What if your years are a little more "golden" than that? Finding a new job at 50, 60, or older can seem challenging. There are many unique considerations that lead to common pitfalls. If you're job searching later in life, you can still find the success you desire. GetFive career...

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7 Simple Mistakes That 'Age' You on Your Job Search

Job searching over age 50 can be a wonderful opportunity to find your calling and renew your passions. It also can come with some unique challenges. Although age discrimination is illegal, mature job hunters know that it's difficult to compete with younger professionals at times. What can you do to overcome these challenges? Successful job searching means promoting your personal brand. You want words like expert, experienced, driven, and connected...

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Unretiring: Tips for Returning to the Workforce

According to a 2017 Rand Corp. study, 39 percent of Americans 65 and older who are currently employed had previously retired. It's not necessarily because they need money; they missed the challenges, feeling of accomplishment, and camaraderie that come from the workplace environment. If you're retired but miss working, clearly you're not alone. Reentering the workforce isn't impossible with a few smart steps. In fact, you can find career satisfaction and...

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Perception Is Not Always Reality: Older Workers Have a Lot to Offer

There is a widespread perception among job hunters that companies are only interested in hiring young people who they can pay less than more senior applicants. In many of GetFive's small-group strategy sessions, our more senior-level members point to three main reasons they think employers are passing them over for younger but less experienced professionals: They are viewed as too senior level or overqualified for positions Companies feel they cannot afford to hire them...

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Too Old to Get a New Job? Think Again.

Too often, people believe those over 50 are doomed to have an especially hard time searching for a job. But many members and alumni of GetFive, some of them in their 50s, 60s and even 70s, have found that by embracing the 5-Step Method they were able to find a job. At GetFive, we believe a person’s age may not be the reason for difficulty with searching. Of course, age...

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How to Get a Job When You’re Over 50

Losing your job is hard, but if you’re an older worker, it’s even harder to get back into the workforce. But despite difficulties, Renée Rosenberg, Career Coach with The Five O’Clock Club and author of Achieving the Good Life After 50, says her clients are getting jobs. In fact, she thinks prospects are looking up for older workers. According to Rosenberg, one of the biggest issues to come up for...

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Don't Be a Victim of Ageism

There is no question ageism exists. Millions of highly skilled, competent people who are over 50, 60, even over 70, would love to get out there and put their experience and know-how to work, but can’t. Some have given up, and some believe they are being treated unfairly and their age is to blame. However — and this might raise a few eyebrows — it’s not the hiring organization that’s the...

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Don't Apologize When Asked the 'Overqualified Question'

After years of building experience and honing in on their expertise, most people dread hearing the phrase “overqualified” in an interview. The term rarely makes sense. Most people are capable of doing a job or they are not. So what does this word mean? It’s probably that in most instances, when someone asks why you would consider a job you’re overqualified for, they believe some ulterior motive is at work....

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Pest or Pro: A Quiz to Help You Master the Art of the Post-Interview Follow-Up

Who doesn’t like hearing “thanks?” Virtually, everyone – including hiring managers – appreciate expressions of gratitude. In one survey, 91 percent of hiring managers polled said they liked it when job candidates sent some message of gratitude after an interview. [1]But everyone knows there’s a fine line between looking like a true professional and coming off as a pest. Do you know how to walk that line? Here’s a simple...

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How to Redirect the Interviewer When the Word ‘Overqualified’ Comes Up

When you reach a certain level in your career and lose your job, chances are good that at some point during your job search and interviews, that hideous term “overqualified” will rear its unwelcome head. How should you respond when it does? First, let’s interpret what hiring managers are telling you when they trot out this term. They may say or imply that your skills and experience far exceed what...

From Consultant to Full-Time: Job Hunter Cathe Neukum Reports at HR Breakfast

Many people wind up at The Five O’Clock Club because their employers provided this outplacement benefit when they lost or were perhaps going to lose their jobs. But others, like Cathe Neukum – who reported on her successful job search to hundreds of HR professionals at an HR Network Breakfast  – are “retail clients,” paying their own way simply because they’ve decided to re-examine their career trajectory. Having such members...