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How to Search for a New Job Late in Life – Flux Magazine

How to Search for a New Job Late in Life

words Al Woods

Most people expect to job hunt early on in life after graduating from university or completing an apprenticeship. Once you’ve settled into a career, though, it’s hard to imagine having to search for a completely new job all over again.

It can even be tiresome. You know what your skills are, you know what employers are looking for, and you know what you can bring to the table.

It’s never easy hunting for a job as an older adult, but that doesn’t mean you should give up. Whether you have discovered a new passion or you’re bored with your current career, here’s how to search for a new job late in life.

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Settle Everything with Your Old Job

Your first step to searching for a new job is understanding the best way to leave your current one. You don’t want to leave before having another job lined up, unless you have the savings to accommodate for a gap. Whether you have been dismissed or you are planning on quitting, make sure everything is smoothed out before stepping into your new career. If you feel like you have been dismissed unfairly, there are actions you can take to ensure you get the money you deserve. Monaco solicitors represent employees and help to negotiate a settlement agreement, meaning you’ll come out of the dispute with the money you deserve when you haven’t been treated as you should expect.  

Consider Your Skills

It makes sense to consider what you are good at when hunting for a new job. Many of the skills you possess will have been acquired through your old career, so consider where you worked best in your previous (or current) job. For example, if you were a nurse, you are likely great at communication and working in a fast-paced and often stressful environment.

Network, Network, Network

While younger candidates might have youth on their side, you have something else to offer – connections. During your life, you have likely made connections that’ll help you secure a great role, so use them. Remember to keep networking, too. Whether you are doing the school run or attending a yoga class, make sure to ask about any job opportunities for someone with your experience.

Develop an Online Presence

Having an online presence is handy for getting noticed by other professionals, so set up profiles on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter and start posting professionally. LinkedIn is excellent for professional networking online!

Apply for Courses

You might have plenty of experience in a particular field, but if you want to branch out in your next career, you’re going to have to go back to education. Luckily, it’s now easier than ever to learn a new skill, thanks to the numerous online courses, which even offer the option of studying for a bachelor’s or master’s degree. It might take a while longer if you go down this route, but the qualifications will help you secure a better role to start with.

It might not be easy, but if you have the skills and the drive, it’s never too late to start a new career.

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