How to Find a Job as a Baby Boomer
Years spent behind the desk have paid off and you’re sipping Bloody Mary’s at brunch every day. Hello, retirement. For some, this is the life they always envisioned during their working years. For others, the need to work is so strong it cannot be ignored, even on the beach.
If you’re in the market for a job as a baby boomer, the landscape might seem competitive or even intimidating. With a younger generation vying for the same positions, how do you make yourself stand out to nab the position you know you can rock? According to Chrissy Scivicque’s article, all it takes is a little update.
Step 1: Update Your Technological Know-How
Your competition grew up with cell phones in hand. Many are capable of sending a text and updating their status than carrying a live and respectable conversation. Even though your experience and people skills will shine through during an interview, the new age work world requires an understanding of technology.
Get on Facebook and Twitter, learn about blogging, upgrade your iPhone and play around with the apps (for those who may not be aware, “apps” are software applications that can help you function in a myriad of ways directly from your phone). At a bare minimum, make sure you’re proficient on a computer with Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Consider taking a few classes to get some sort of certification to help you stand out in the field. A Microsoft Office Specialist is a great certification to have under your belt. So, in your free time, think about how you can progress your new career with continued education.
Another great option – ask your grandkids for help! It’s a great excuse to get them on the phone!
Step 2: Update Your Résumé
We know you’ll blow away your interviewer when you get a chance to sit down, but résumés open doors. Managers are constantly shifting through piles of résumés and only the best of the best get an interview. To make sure you’re one of them, read through your résumé with fresh eyes and make these changes:
1. Ditch the old experience. Only list your experience from the last 10-15 years.
2. Take the dates off your education section. You’ll still be able to let your potential employer know about your impressive degree and certifications, but you won’t invite concern that they’re outdated.
3. List volunteer experience. Volunteering always lends valuable skill sets that potential employers could be looking for. Also, if you’ve been retired for a while, it will show that you’ve stayed busy and engaged in the community.
Step 3: Makeover Your Wardrobe
To your interviewer, you’ve got to appear “modern” if you’re going to be viewed as “capable.” So here’s the fun part. Color your hair, change up the cut and hit the mall. Looking like a million bucks will scream sophistication, expertise and leadership. Not to mention, you’ll feel confident walking in like you own the place. And don’t forget your health! For some internal wellness, check out Dr. Amy’s tip for April.
Are you a boomer who found a job after retirement? Share your best tip with us!