The Internet has provided me with many approaches to change my career. What I’ve learned in the last 5 years is that even as I make a decision to change, technology changes so quickly that I’m pushed to make more changes.
Notice I didn’t say motivated. There are times when I just as soon not make any changes or learn something else. The problem is if I stand still and do nothing I lose out on what I want to do.
According to the statistics there were 78 million boomers working when they hit 60 in 2006. Most of these told the pollsters they expect to work until 70 because they needed the funds or it afforded the lifestyle they wanted or they simply liked what they were doing. Unfortunately, many lost their jobs during the recession and tens of thousands were never able to find work.
There are two problems here. First, many of these 78 million can expect to live to be 90 years old. Secondly, if they aren’t Internet savvy no one is going to hire them.
Therefore, your first tip is to become Internet savvy. Know how to send email, how to use smart phones and text, find whatever you want to find on the internet, and listen to webinars.
Then Google yourself. I also use Google before I hire anyone. I look up that person and try to find out as much information as I can about them. Type your name in the Google search bar and find out what happens when it comes up. When I type in my name, there are over 50,000 results. That means I am credited with my name being on the Internet for at least 50 thousand times.
The search engines will be able to find me. Will your next job interviewer be able to find you? This is especially important if you’re looking for a high profile job.
Your next step is to update your resume. You need to have a career change resume because you’re probably not trained in this area and your interviewer wants to know why you’re qualified. Update yours to include information specific to the type of job you want. If you want to work for a non profit, list the volunteer work you’ve done for organizations.
Network what you’re looking for with friends and family. If you’re active with a group let them know about your quest. You never know who their sister in law is or where she works.
You may also want to outline your passions, hobbies and goals in life. You may be 65 but you have another 25 years to live and you’re entitled to goals and ambitions.
If there’s a specific job you’re applying for include a list of your skills or personality traits you’ve acquired during your education or work experience that will benefit you in your new position.
More on changing careers in mid life for my next post.