20 Job-Hunting Tips for the 'Older' Worker

Time to fire up your job hunt--it won't be easy.

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Karen Burns
Let’s face it, when 50-something workers get laid off, it is harder for them to find new jobs. If this is you, it may be time to consider these tips:

1. Expand to new industries and fields. Think: transferable skills.

2. Get on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and any social media pertinent to your field.

3. Don’t turn up your nose at internships.

4. Ditto for entry-level positions.

5. If you’re still wearing “big” glasses, please get yourself a pair of stylish frames.

6. Same for clothes. They should fit well, flatter your figure, and be up to date.

7. You don’t need to dye your hair, but consider a hipper style and cut.

8. Lose weight, workout, get fit -- exude energy.

9. Update your skill set.

10. Consider relocating.

11. Consider offering to work hours that younger workers with families won’t/can’t work.

12. Remember your selling points: great work ethic, breadth of experience, stability.

13. Resume tip: You don’t have to list every job you’ve ever had, just the last 15 years or so.

14. Resume tip: You don’t have to include the year you graduated from college.

15. Resume tip: Learn how to format the document for online submission and scanning.

16. Interview tip: Avoid discussing subjects that date you (e.g., the Vietnam War, Watergate).

17. Interview tip: Demonstrate flexibility and openmindedness.

18. Interview tip: The hiring manager may be younger than you. Don’t treat him or her like a kid.

19. You may be angry at having to hunt for a job. Don’t show it.

20. Some companies actually prefer older workers. Find them. Good luck!

Karen Burns, Working Girl, is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use. She blogs at karenburnsworkinggirl.com.