Finding a Job at Any Age

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It’s a common task that almost everyone has to conquer at some point in their life: the task of finding a job. The reality of hunting for a job, going through numerous searches, and updating your resume and cover letters can be daunting. Then, add in your experience level, and unfortunately, your age, and things might get tricky. Some like to say that finding a job is a full-time job in itself. If you are in the market for a new job, here are some tips to help ease your stress and make your search a little easier, no matter your age.

In Your Twenties: 

You are fresh out of school and ready to take on the world with a new career. But you might come across a few problems, such as your age and experience level. To overcome this, start with polishing up your resume. You may not have much job experience at this stage in your life. To help fill your resume, list any jobs, internships, volunteer positions, honors, skills, and coursework. Be sure to tailor your resume to each position you are applying for and make it relevant to what qualifications the job requires. That way you are highlighting what you could bring to the job. Also, always proofread and correct any typos. Employers usually discard any resumes or cover letters with grammar and spelling mistakes. Lastly, continue learning new skills. The more abilities you have, the more hirable you’ll become. Part of finding a job is getting your foot in the door and networking, especially for the job searchers in their twenties. Bring your resume to various career and networking events held by your college or university, or in your community. Starting to build those professional relationships at the beginning of your hunt will help you secure a position when the time is right.

In Your Thirties and Forties: 

At this point in a person’s life, there are many reasons why someone would be looking for a new job. The first step in your job search in your thirties and forties is determining your strengths and in what career they would be beneficial. Think about what interests you, and what type of career would make you happy. Then, find professionals in that field and network. If you can, complete an internship or “job shadow” a leader in that position to get exposure to the company and job. Another option is to volunteer with a nonprofit in that career field. This opportunity allows you to network with employers, and vice versa, so they will get to know you, which can be helpful when a position in that organization or field opens up. An advantage of exploring a career field while applying for jobs gives you a chance to see if you need to further your education or get qualified for a certain occupation. There are many options available for continuing your studies while working, such as online classes offered through colleges and universities. One downfall to this part of the job search is the time an internship, networking, and job shadowing takes. Be sure to attend different events in your community where you’ll have the chance to network. Also, think about your family and friends. Do they have a professional connection that would help you? It never hurts to ask.

In Your Fifties and Sixties: 

It is a harsh reality that finding a job later in life can be tough and age discrimination does occur in the job search. Some employers view people in their fifties and sixties as being too expensive or not wanting to work or stay for long in an entry-level position. However, this is not true. People in this life stage can offer professionalism and usually have a strong work ethic earned through their maturity. A person 50 or older will automatically have more experience and knowledge, perhaps in a variety of fields. During a job search, this is a quality to highlight on your resume and in your cover letters. Emphasize your accomplishments and where you have been a leader in various occupations. However, you do need to explain in your cover letter any gaps in employment, or why you are applying for a job for which it may seem you are overqualified. Leave off years from your education and shorten your resume to focus on jobs held within the last ten years. Along with your abilities already acquired, show off your skills and interests in current news and events, and how to navigate technology. Try to stop thinking about your age as a burden in the job search, but instead, as an advantage you can bring to the job.

No matter what your age is, all of these tips can be useful in a job search. Be confident in your abilities, skills, and experience, and before you know it, you’ll find the perfect profession for you.

xoxo,

Megan

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Post-College Depression: It’s Real and That’s Ok

You just graduated from college and finally have a degree in an area that interests you. So, now you are supposed to find a job and begin your career, right? But what happens when you aren’t sure you want to go into that field now or employees aren’t calling you back or in for interviews?

You get depressed.  Very depressed and that is exactly what happened to me. The last semester of my senior year I thought I needed to have a job immediately after graduating, that I needed to begin my career right away. After applying the majority of Spring semester, graduation finally came, but a job didn’t. June-no job. July-no job. Get the picture?

As more time went on, I got more depressed. I slept a majority of the day, ate (and cried) more than I should have, and watched t.v… a lot. (Trust me, I could tell you want happened with Days of Our Lives and Gilmore Girls that whole summer.) I thought maybe I should have gotten more experience, or done more internships. My friends were getting jobs and starting their lives, so why wasn’t I? What was I doing wrong? These thoughts had me up at night worrying and frantically searching the Internet for jobs. At some points, I didn’t care what I dI’d, as long as, I was working.

Then, something happened. I began freelancing and writing for a local magazine. Shortly after that, I realized it’s ok to not have a job right out of college,  it’s ok to “be lost” for a little bit, and it’s ok to not be sure of what you want in life. Being lost and spending a few months figuring out my life was a blessing in disguise. I went from being overworked and overbusy for four years to not having anything on my plate. I got to be, well, just me.

This time of being lost gave me a new perspective and allowed me to do things I wouldn’t normally have time to do. After this realization, I became happier. Yes, it took time and I’m still working on it, because I’m still working towards my career dreams.

So, if you just graduated and aren’t employed, don’t worry. Fill your time with other things, such as:

  1. Travel
  2. Learn a new craft or language
  3. Spend time with family and friends
  4. Freelance with writing, DIY projects, etc.
  5. NOTHING–you don’t have to do anything, if you don’t want.

Eventually, you will feel better and the depression will ease. You’ll begin looking for jobs and find one. Each day brings something new. It can be scary, because you are heading into the unknown. Put the great big world on top of that and things can get messy.

Post-college depression is real….and that’s ok, because you’ll be ok.

xoxo,

Megan

Just Show Up

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The quote above is one of my favorites! I believe  hard work, determination, and participating in life will make you successful. By just showing up, you just might meet the person who will make an impact on your future.

My advice-show up and participate in life, because you never know what could happen!

xoxo,

Megan