Older Job Seeker 50+ Starts New Career!
Welcome to this week’s blog. As many of you know, there is a lot of discussion for the job seeker 50+ in 2020. And, I write success stories and valuable tips for the job seeker on how to write resumes, search for jobs, prepare for the interview, informational interviewing, social networking, salary negotiating, positive thinking, managing change and mastering success, volunteering and public speaking. If you’re a job seeker 50+ and/or know someone who is, this week's blog is just for you. Read on…
Job seeker 50+ transitioned from Occupational Health Nurse from a manufacturing plant to a School Nurse position for a public school district
This is a true story. Frida worked for a manufacturing plant as an Occupational Health Nurse for 15 years. I met her when she attended a career transition workshop I was facilitating. When I asked if anyone had any questions or concerns, Frida was the first to raise her hand. The first thing she said was “I just lost my job. Now, I’m a job seeker 50+ years old and concerned my age will prevent me from getting another job.” Little did she know her concerns spoke for so many job seekers today.
First, we discussed her positive attributes she would bring to a new employer. Some of her personal traits were detail oriented, knowledgeable, great communicator and listener. She also remained up-to-date with her nurse training and certifications. I suggested she focus on her strengths and accomplishments instead of her age because sometimes attitude is everything. A positive attitude is necessary to reach your potential. Without a positive attitude you cannot.
I remember seeing her again a few months later at the company Alumni Holiday Party. I asked her how she was doing as a job seeker 50+, how the interviews were going, and if she remembered to send the proposal with her thank you letters. She said “I didn’t have a chance, I got hired right away.” She was excited as she told me about her new job. She said “I am now the School Nurse for an entire public school district. And, I have summers off.” She said she realized with her previous concerns she may have missed out on this opportunity. The school district was looking for someone with her experience, motivation and maturity.
I recently read more valuable tips for the Job Seeker 50+. One of my favorites was from Don Akers, MBA. He was a job seeker 50+ that landed a job mentoring the younger generation of employees for the company that hired him. Did you know that surveys show many companies today recognize the generation gap and the value of hiring job seekers 50+ to eliminate the knowledge gap. The companies who haven’t recognized this will soon find out they are missing the value that only the baby boomer generation can fulfill. Don Akers wrote a lot of great tips for the job seeker 50+. You’ll find his comment on LinkedIn Group, Hiring for Hope Job Angels. Click on the link and it will take you to Don Akers comment in the Manager’s Choice section under Discussions.
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