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Finding a Job After Age 50

Finding yourself out of a job at 50 years old can be scary.  Figuring out what steps to take first is not always easy.  Before the internet, the best option to find a job was through printed classified ads. The internet has caused an explosion of information for jobseekers.  We'll help you navigate through all of this information to create a job search plan that will help you to hit the ground running and find that new job.


AARP Foundation combined advice from job search experts, employers and successful 50+ jobseekers to create, 7 Smart Strategies for 50+ Jobseekers, a guide filled with valuable information about the job search process.  This popular guide offers a strategic approach to understanding how employers look for job candidates.  We’ve taken excerpts from the proven to be effective strategies from 7 Smart Strategies for 50+ Jobseekers, and we’re sharing them with you.

We’ll show you how to make a great job search plan, create the tools that will increase your visibility and connect with people and organizations that can help you gain skills and find a job. Below are a few strategies to get your job search started.

Job Search Strategies

Target Local Hot Jobs

Every job search needs a target. Targeting specific jobs in your area with specific employers that match yours skills and interests allows you to use your time more wisely.

Create Your Personal Marketing Tools

Don't be a hidden jobseeker. Become more visible by creating a personal marketing plan that can get you noticed.

Get New Work Experience and Skills

Connecting with organizations that can help you find your next job and get new work experience and training.

Take Time to Focus on Yourself

When you aren't working, you don't always maintain your physical, mental and professional edge. Use these tips to help you stay focused positive all the way through the job search.

Connect With Employment Agencies

Employers are saving time and money by using a trusted agency or organization to screen job candidates for them.

Conquering the Job Application

Employers want employees who can follow instructions, and your application is your first opportunity to prove that you can do this.

Meet People Who Know People

Employers are increasingly relying on people they know and trust to refer qualified candidates.

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