As a mature jobseeker contemplating the start of New Year, you are likely to be asking yourself how you can maximize your efforts so that you’ll begin seeing real results in 2018. How can you eliminate some of the more frustrating roadblocks in today’s youth-focused job market? Moreover, how can you take best advantage of the hiring opportunities that abound in January and February?
Answers to these questions may well be found in evaluating the methods you’ve been using, eliminating those that waste your time and resources, and creating a list of powerful new techniques to move you forward. Just like the beginning of the New Year lends itself to reevaluating goals and creating a list of resolutions for your personal life, this is the time to take a look at how you’ve been conducting your job search. Spend a several minutes assessing your successes and failures. Then write up a set of action steps based on the behaviors that work best for you.
Here’s a list of three resolutions for “Job Search 2018” to get you started:
1) Ignore the negative press. Recognize that there is ageism out there but the media loves to spin bad news. Even more, the statistics they cite are, by definition, generalities. These have nothing to do with you as an individual jobseeker: the ways you’re conducting your job search, how many people are in your network, and how you present yourself to others.
Your attitude about your viability as a candidate underscores everything you do. In order to be successful, you’ll need to present yourself with confidence, energy, and enthusiasm. So rather than feeling discouraged about your age, take pride in the wealth of experience you bring, the challenges you have faced and overcome, and the well-honed skills you’ve accumulated over a lifetime. These are just a few of the true assets of age and experience.
2) Use the bulk of your time employing the most direct route to your next position. People get people jobs. Hiring statistics show that close to 75 percent of new positions are obtained through personal referral. This number grows even higher the older you are and the tighter the job market. Therefore you’ll want to plan your time accordingly—at a minimum you should be spending 75 percent of your time and efforts enlarging your network of contacts and making new connections in your field of interest.
3) Learn how to present yourself as a knowledgeable insider. Be sure to research trends in your industry and be able to speak to current developments locally, nationally, and internationally. In addition to an enthusiastic, can-do attitude, you will need to converse with the knowledge and confidence your research will provide. Preparation is key. Therefore, spending some time educating yourself will pay-off both as you network and as you’re presenting yourself in job interviews.
Be certain to check back soon for more tips and resolutions for 2018. With the right attitude, preparation, and connections, you will be positioning yourself for success. And, if you’re currently pounding the pavement, you know there’s no better way to start the New Year off than with a brand new job!
And for even more key strategies to successfully navigate today’s difficult job market, be sure to check out Land the Job You Love: 10 Surefire Strategies for Jobseekers Over 50. This step-by-step guide shows you how you can turn your age into an advantage and brand yourself for success.