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Career coach: 3 tips for baby boomers wanting change

I often hear from baby boomers who have been laid off or are thinking about changing careers or doing something different with their work lives. Some feel, given their age, there may not be hope for them in today’s marketplace. That would be a grim outlook for the 78 million boomers.

But rest assured, there is hope — and many resources — for older workers. This is especially good news, as the Bureau of Labour Statistics, Census Bureau and others estimate more than 80 percent of baby boomers (who will, on average, live to be 83) plan to keep working after retirement to remain active.

For baby boomers needing or wanting to make a career change, there is some specialized advice and services to help them navigate into a new career field.

 

1. Figure out what type of work you may be interested in

Baby boomers may not want to do the same type of work after age 50 that they did when they were younger. More than 50 percent of working retirees say they want to work in a new profession. The National Business Services Alliance has a job match survey that compares a person’s work interests and personal characteristics to hundreds of job profiles, providing them with a list of best-fit jobs. After users finish identifying work interests, they can identify their transferable skills and see enhanced job match results.

The Labour Department has an online tool to help people consider career options related to their original career. By entering your current or previous job at the My Skills My Future Web site, you are able to see other career fields that might give you ideas of alternative careers to consider (which have some similar characteristics to your previous job). It also enables you to narrow your search based on certain work-related characteristics and even list locations by zip code.

 

2. Keep your skills current

AARP offers Work Search, an online skills assessment system for job seekers. It helps identify the types of jobs you may be best suited for based on your work interests, personality characteristics, and the work/life skills you already have. The Work Search system also provides skills validation tests based on a person’s assessment results and numerous free online Essential Skills courses, which can be used to help to upgrade the skills needed to increase your qualifications. Another valuable site from the Labour Department is Career One Stop, which provides more information on training programs.

 

3. Use websites designed to help boomers

Some boomers may not have had to update their resumes or write a cover letter in 30 years so they might need help with this. They may not have learned how to network using social media. To do all this, they should refer to some Web sites designed specifically to assist boomers….

As many companies know, baby boomers and seniors have much to offer the workforce, whether as full-time employees, part-timers, consultants or in other creative work arrangements. Some statistics have shown that more than 50 percent of U.S. companies are willing to negotiate special arrangements for older workers just to keep them in the workplace. If you are one of these older workers, take advantage of the career resources out there, many of which are free, to get yourself set up for your next career move.

 

 Reinvent Your Career would like to thank dalton daily citizen  where this article first appeared.

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