Four Ways to Think About Your Job Search Strategy in Your Later Years

As we get older, the way we view work can change.

We may be re-entering the workplace after a long absence, laid off after many years with the same company and/or thinking about totally different kinds of work and wanting big changes. All of this has to be balanced with the reality of our financial needs, health, family responsibilities and today’s changing nature of work.

In this video, Elizabeth White, author of 55, Unemployed & Faking Normal, recommends that job seekers be realistic and willing to compromise and make some hard choices:

Here are four ways to help you think about the changing nature of work, your choices and what’s realistic – while keeping your financial needs in mind:

1. Re-Invention. You might be thinking about pursuing a totally different career with a role that is totally different than what you previously did. Successful reinvention involves looking carefully at your previous work history, the pros and cons of making a career shift and specifically what you want to do.

2. Re-Careering. This can be voluntary or involuntary. Involuntary re-careering means changing occupations, employers or industries because of lay-offs (perhaps a field has changed so much there are few opportunities remaining) or needing to return to work for financial reasons. Voluntary re-careering is when you choose to leave a job, retire, launch a business or explore a field or subject that has always been an interest or passion. Re-careering may appeal to you because it can be less demanding, more flexible and part-time. This can also be the step you take before transitioning into retirement.

3. Re-Prioritizing. Look at work and the role it plays in your life. What is most important in your life? You may decide your hobbies, family, health and other interests are more of a priority than high-level responsibilities at work. Reflecting on this can influence the kind of job you want.

4. Re-Vitalization. This involves trying to get your current work or career back on track. It includes analyzing job opportunities in your field, taking a long hard look at yourself and identifying what skills need to be renewed and upgraded.

Betty Szudy
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