5 Tips for Older Job Seekers Hoping to Land a New Position in 2013

Older Job SeekersAlthough the unemployment numbers for older job seekers have started to improve, many folks are still struggling to land a new job this year.

How can older job candidates improve their chances of employment in 2013? Check out these five tips:

Don’t Get Another Job, Run Your Own Business
If you are near retirement, you may be afraid of low returns on your fixed income investments. You can keep working for some cash flow. But this job market is tough! Skip the job search and go run a business. Use today’s low interest rates to get a cheap loan. Then, find a business with healthy cash flow and a bored owner and buy it. Or take your years of expertise and contacts to freelance.

– Alan Carniol, Interview Success Formula

Utilize Niche Job Boards And Social Platforms
Older job seekers should actively embrace technology for their job search. Utilizing social media outlets, blogging, and participating in forum discussions regarding industry topics. Older job seekers should also spend more time looking for openings on niche job boards.

– Mark Lesiw, Careerleaf

Embrace New Technology in 2013 to Land a Great Position
The easiest way for older job seekers to find a great position is to debunk the myth they aren’t as up-to-date on technology. Older job seekers should make sure they’re utilizing social media to both connect with employers and simultaneously show they know how to use technology to their advantage. They can also record a video resume to both demonstrate their comfort level with emerging technology and show off their personality and communication skills.

– Josh Tolan, Spark Hire

Pitch Your Ideas, Not Your Past
It’s a new year and it’s time to approach job seeking in a new way. Step away from the mindset of applying to open positions with a resume, and instead, write a 1-page job proposal. This approach presents your ability to innovate, execute, problem solve, adapt, think critically, and be resourceful all in a single page. A 1-page job proposal allows you to identify and address a need in the company you are interested in, then provide your own, unique solution without any bias towards your age, experience or background.

– Joanna Riley Weidenmiller, 1-Page Proposal

Holidays Are for Giving: Network Like a Social Media Santa
During the holidays, many job seekers exhibit a high level of desperation. Often, this humbug attitude shows up in the form of an “I need a job NOW” or “I’ll take anything” attitude. To differentiate themselves, successful job seekers take the opposite approach; they become Social Media Santas. Instead of being in “take” mode, they give their time to help others while extending relationship-building good wishes to those in their network, making their contacts more willing to help them achieve their immediate career goals.

– Mark Babbitt, YouTern

For this post, thank you to our friends at Come Recommended.

Guest Expert:

Heather R. Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for job search and human resources technologies. She is also the instructor of Find Me A Job: How To Score A Job Before Your Friends, author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships (2011) and #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010), and writes career and recruiting advice for numerous outlets.

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