There are several reasons that a person may start a new career after 50. They may be unhappy in their current position or a recent divorce has forced them to join the workforce. Whatever the reason, there are some ways that you can start on your new career path and have it be a successful decision.
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Find a list of the best employers for workers that are over the age of 50. You can find a comprehensive list on the AARP website. The list includes information on the companies' training methods, pension programs and retirement benefits.
Visit the website Seniors4Hire.org. This site posts help wanted ads for employers that are willing to hire older employees.
Let employers know that you are flexible and a hard worker. Ageism can cause employers to feel that older employees will not produce the same amount of work as their younger counterparts. Make sure that potential employers know that you are highly productive.
Familiarize yourself with new technologies. Computer operations are now an everyday part of workplace procedures. You must know how to use e-mail, the Internet and the basics of Microsoft Office.
Consider finding a job that suits your lifestyle. If you are now ready to travel, you may want to get a job that allows you to see the country. For example, there has been a recent surge in the number of senior cross-country truck drivers.
Tips and warnings
- Although employers are not permitted to ask when you expect to retire, you may want to mention it if you feel that they are concerned about it.
- Often, you will have to negotiate your salary requirements. Although you are older, you are still inexperienced and may have to accept the typical starting salary.