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EP 1170 Job hunting when you are over 60

Over 60 Job Search | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

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Mostly advice I read online for people who are over 60, frankly, it is infuriating. It basically suggested all you want to do is retire, have the easiest job imaginable... You might as well be a Walmart greeter or work for messenger service as a dispatcher. Awful stuff!

Most people I talked to who are over 60 aren't ready to slow down. They are looking for careers in income comparable to what they been earning throughout their lives. What good is it to be advising someone to take a job as a dispatcher? Ridiculous.

Here's what I want to suggest. There are lots of people who know your work who are in different organizations. In this is the prime time for networking. You get yourself out there talking to people who know your work, who you been involved with before who are different organizations. You get yourself a networking groups, You start talking to people. You apply for jobs.

Focus on recent work that you done, not the stuff that you did, let's say, not the stuff. When Richard Nixon or Gerald Ford were president. Focus on work that you done over the last 10 or 15 years of your career in your resume.

Again, network relentlessly. If you're not in shape, make sure you get into shape. Spend a little time at the gym. That's if you're out of work. If you are working at want to change jobs, they look at is like any other job search. You're looking for quality opportunity. You're not looking for someone's third-rate choice..

Don't buy into the bull. You have options out there galore. Yes, it is true that there is ageism and there going to be some firms where their bigoted managers who are good be out to get you. Welcome to the world.

And, that was certainly true when you were 20 and their bigoted managers there who wouldn't give you a shot either. This is just the other end of the curve.

Get yourself out there talking to people. Get yourself out there with responses to ads. Focus on the networking because you have far more options and far more opportunities now with networking than you did when you are beginner.

Dealing with Ageism in a Job Search | No BS Job Search Advice is an article I wrote about this


JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2000 episodes.

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