Unemployment isn’t easy for anyone, regardless of their age.
But unemployed women over 50 may find it especially difficult to find opportunities. Those struggling to find work can consider the following strategies:
Revisit your résumé. Women over 50 have no doubt updated their résumés to reflect their most recent professional experience. But they may need to trim some of the fat in regard to their work life 10 or more years ago. Today’s hiring managers may only be concerned with recent experience that illustrates skill sets that are relevant to today’s jobs. Also keep in mind that computers are selecting the first round of candidates now. So make sure keywords from the job listing appear in your resume.
Embrace 21st century job hunting. Finding a job in the second decade of the 21st century is unlike job hunting in decades prior. Networking can mean the difference between unemployment and landing a job. Go to job fairs and join professional organizations that host events where professionals in your field can gather.
Turn your age into a positive. When interviewing for a job, applicants should make an effort to showcase their enthusiasm about working with and learning from younger colleagues, while also noting their desire to commit long-term to a company. Some hiring managers may even view older candidates as potentially more reliable than younger workers simply looking to gain experience before moving on to the next opportunity.
Finding work after 50 is not always easy, but job seekers can still break in with a polished resume, a positive attitude and a creative approach.