Are you past retirement age and still wish to continue your career? If that is a yes, you may be wondering how you can still get an equal opportunity in job openings that catch your interest despite your age.

Fortunately, you can still make your application stand out by doing specific tweaks to it and applying a working job search strategy that will get you results.

To help you get started, here are 6 strategies I recommend to make your job search easy:

Be Diligent In Job Searching

When looking for jobs you can apply for, don’t immediately apply if you see that they claim to have “work-at-home” jobs for seniors, especially if the benefits sound too good. These job openings may be fake and do your research before making an application.

Use Your Network!

Some jobs are not immediately available for viewing because some companies fill certain positions with candidates referred to the post or current employees are promoted to the position. Use your network to find out if there are jobs available for senior applicants. Tell them about your criteria and let them know that you are interested in taking on a job.

Highlight Essential Experiences And Skills

Older applicants have many experiences and skills they can showcase in their applications. Companies and businesses prefer someone with experience in the field and the right skill set to fill positions because this guarantees good performance. Highlight them according to the job you are applying for in your resume and during the interview.

Develop New Skills

If you think you are lacking skills, especially if you are making a career shift, consider making time to learn new skills.

For example, if you apply for a coding job, you might want to consider a free coding bootcamp like Bay Valley Tech. You can then indicate in your resume and during your interview that you have completed a course in coding.

Age Proof Your Resume

A great way to overcome age discrimination during job applications is by age-proofing your resume. Limit yourself to indicating your previous work experience and skills to ten years so you won’t be considered too old for the position. It would help if you also changed the wording to a more modernized way to improve it.

Seek Help From A Job Search Site Or Group

If you can’t find a job opening, ask for help from a job search site or group. There are groups and sites offering job seeker assistance for free or for a small premium if the applicant cannot find the right opening. Forums can also recommend the right employers looking for employees with good life experiences regardless of their age.

Conclusion

Even if you are old and past retirement age, you should not let anything stop you from doing what you love, even if it is going back to work. There are a lot of great jobs out there that won’t discriminate against you for your age, and you can show you have what it takes by preparing in advance and being yourself. Remember, you can also make a difference while enjoying work despite your age.

Age shouldn’t deter in doing what you love. Here are some more articles on how to spend your golden years:
A Word Of Advice: I Hate Retirement
Guest Post: RETIREMENT TIME
A Word of Advice: Should I Go Back To Work After Retirement

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25 replies on “6 Jobs Search Strategies for Seniors

  1. Sound and true advice Kally!
    👏👏👏💖
    “you should not let anything stop you from doing what you love, even if it is going back to work. There are a lot of great jobs out there that won’t discriminate against you for your age, and you can show you have what it takes by preparing in advance and being yourself.”

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  2. Great post. You explained this very well. There are those who need to know this information, and not only that, it just may encourage them to keep doing what they love. Absolutely positivity. God bless you. Stay safe. Have a wonderful day.

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    1. For example, instead of using “managing” or “supervising” repeatedly in the resume, you can use “directed” or “mentored”. Instead of “helped”, try “coached” or “facilitated”.

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      1. I know the subject is about older job seekers but couldn’t this also be said about younger job seekers–how not to use certain terms in their job searches, for example, “one off” and “circle back”?

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        1. You raise very good points, Pamela. I used to use “circle back” quite a fair bit in my emails but I stopped because I felt it feels a bit fluffy and now I just use “I’ll come back to you regarding this.”

          Another word to avoid in the resume I feel can be “computer” unless you are applying for a job that fixes them. Most will use “laptop” instead. Same for using “handphone”, try switching to “mobile”.

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  3. For someone who has chosen the creative path outside the system and is unfit for any kind of employment existence, it is quite interesting to read about the hoops and barriers older employees have to jump over to get back into the workforce.
    I can imagine for someone, who has drudged along in the same groove all their lives and has by then lost the ability to appear rejuvenated and energetic, your words must be extremely helpful.

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