Second Career Changing careers in mid-life
Life is short—don’t waste another minute in a career that no longer suits you. One of the best things about reaching
retirement age is the ability to re-invent yourself. Creating a new
career, working part-time in an industry you’ve always wanted,
starting a new business or volunteering your time can change
your life for the better.
Continued employment after the age of retirement is generally
for one of two reasons—financial or life enrichment. Working
can be good for your health and make you feel younger while
allowing your savings to grow. Social activity and the feeling of
contributing to society can make you feel alive and youthful—
you’re only as young (or old) as you feel.
How do I find a job?
Step 1: Think about what you would like to do.
Make a list of your skills and interests; don’t leave out
anything—you might be surprised at what you find. Then,
make a list of possible jobs you’re qualified for or would like
Step 2: Make a list of your target employers.
What types of companies could benefit from your expertise
or skills? Rather than blanketing companies with unsolicited
resumes, research companies and network… network…
network. Find organizations with ties to your chosen field and
Step 3: Write a resume.
Write your resume for the job you want. It may have been
20 years since you’ve had to write a resume, but it’s now time
to hone those skills. Take your experience and find a way
to apply it to the type of second career that you want. For
example, you might have been in the banking industry, but
want to work with children now. You might be able to take
that experience and become a substitute math teacher or you
might decide get a teaching certificate in your spare time prior
to retiring and then find a teaching job.
Step 4: Prepare a list of references relevant to
the job you are seeking.
Step 5: Use job search services.
You might want to enlist the assistance of a headhunter or
an employment agency. These services are free to you as the
companies hiring pay for these services.
Most job postings occur online. You can post your resume
online and search for jobs on: Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com
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Step 6: Persistence.
Don’t Give Up. It takes time and a lot of effort, but you can
do it. |