Not so very long ago, I was a job seeker. I can certainly attest to the timely and sage advice offered by Eileen Williams about the job search process. Ms. Williams is an author, career counselor, and blogger. Her title, “Land the Job You Love: 10 surefire strategies for jobseekers over 50” is available for checkout at the library.
An enthusiastic and engaging speaker, she invited audience participation so we could all learn something from each other.
Ms. Williams will return to Fremont on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 1 p.m. for a follow-up workshop: “Ace the Interview: Critical Skills for Midlife Applicants.”
From her recent workshop, I extracted some helpful nuggets for the over 50 job seeker:
1.) In the 15 months fromJanuary 1, 2010–April 1, 2011, more workers in the over 50 age category were hired than workers in any other age category. In fact, 1.3 million were hired. Companies need the valuable skills we’ve acquired over a lifetime.
2.) Some Job Seeker Websites:
a) Best employers for workers over 50: http://www.aarp.org/work/employee-benefits/best_employers/
b) http://www.seniors4hire.org/: nationwide online career center
c.) http://www.encore.org: careers with a purpose
d.) http://www.simplyhired.com: easy to use job search database
e.) http://www.indeed.com: worldwide job search database
3.) And the most successful job search activity: networking! Up to 85% of all jobs are filled through networking. So, spend most of your time networking. In the local area, join ProNet inFremont or ProMatch inSunnyvale– these are local professional networking groups.