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Try These 7 Smart Strategies to Find a Job

AARP Foundation outlines steps to help adults 50+ compete in market

The job search process has changed, and AARP Foundation wants to help you find your next position. It has created a written guide and a video series featuring seven smart strategies designed to help adults age 50-plus compete with confidence in today’s job market.

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The strategies are (links go to videos):

Target your job search

It’s important to identify your strengths, skills and accomplishments. “An online assessment can help you identify your skills and clarify the things that you value in a job,” says Lori Strauss, manager of workforce programs for AARP Foundation. “Even better, it will save you time in the long run because you won’t be chasing jobs that are not a good fit.” Next, decide on a target and identify in-demand hot jobs. Finally, apply for jobs that match your experience and skills.

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Create personal marketing tools

To market yourself, AARP Foundation suggests you complete a job-history worksheet to use to update your resume with career accomplishments and create a “30-second commercial” about yourself that helps you understand the skills you bring to the table. Also market yourself using social media.

Conquer the job application interview process

The strategy guide outlines how to brush up on email basics, apply for a job online, and practice answers to interview questions.

Get new work experience and skills

A willingness to learn something new will help you stand out in the eyes of employers.

Meet people who know people

Finding a job in today’s market is equal parts what you know and whom you know. Make a list of people who can help you in your job search. Be specific and stay focused when you talk to them about your job search.

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Connect with organizations that find candidates for employers

It’s important to know where to look. Research staffing agencies online, visit your local American Job Center, and learn about your local Senior Community Service Employment Program.

Take time for yourself

Create a weekly job search schedule and a new budget, and build your support system.

To learn more, and receive your free copy of 7 Smart Strategies for 50+ Jobseekers, call AARP Foundation toll-free at 855-850-2525.

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