Did you know that last year, higher than 20% of seniors over 65-years-old were either looking for work or working through their retirement?
More Americans Working or Looking for Work After 65. It’s not uncommon for those over the age of 65 to remain in the workforce for a variety of reasons. You need the money or benefits.
4 easy ways to look for a job after age 65
1. Develop a “Growth Mindset”
Your mindset is everything.
The term “growth mindset” references those who believe their talents and skills can be constantly honed for the better through feedback, quality work, and varying strategies to keep you engaged mentally and physically.
This is different from having a “fixed mindset” – those who believe they’re born with talents or gifts and don’t need to do anything else to better themselves or their talents.
Developing a growth mindset takes time, constant dedication, as well as a desire to want to be better – setting being the best version of yourself as the goal.
Before applying for any job, before creating any online profiles in job search engines, start with the following questions:
- Why am I doing this?
- Why do I want to work?
- What’s the seat of my motivation?
In order to answer these questions effectively, you have to reach deep inside of yourself and answer the questions honestly.
Write your answers down if that makes things any easier.
The goal is to steel yourself (your mind) for once you put yourself out there on the job market that’s full of people younger than you.
You’ll face rejection, undoubtedly. However, if you develop your growth mindset beforehand, you’ll view that rejection as redirection to a better opportunity.
Once you’ve determine your “why” and strengthened your mindset (which is something you never stop working on), you’re ready to move to the next step in finding a job after age 65.
2. Discover What You Love
If you love what you do, you’ll never work again a day in your life.
Maybe you’ve worked 20+ years in an industry that you may not have really enjoyed, but it provided for you and your family.
Well now that that’s over, why not take this time to develop a passion or a skill you’ve put off in the past?
The beauty of retirement is that you now have the time to further develop your interests and do things that you love doing – without the restrictions that may have held you back previously.
Have you ever wanted to start your own business?
Now’s the time to give it a try.
Create a business plan.
Think of what you love to do and ways to capitalize on that monetarily.
Develop a process on who your target audience is and how you could reach them.
Are you selling a service or a product?
Do you plan on working from your home or in a brick-and-mortar location?
Reach out to fellow entrepreneurs, as they’ve been in your position: starting from the beginning.
In order to succeed and maintain your business, you have to learn to make connections and develop relationships with people; that’ll take you further than you could ever imagine.
Not looking to start your own business?
That’s fine too! There are a ton of opportunities for those seeking a job after age 65.
Think of possibly consulting in an industry you’ve worked in for years. This would give you an advantage in the job pool since you have years of experience and technical “know-how” that would be an asset for any company.
You have to move past the fact that you’re over the age of 65; you have valuable skills that would benefit anyone that hires you.
Some other great positions for you to think about include:
- Office Management
Do any of these pique your interest?
3. Leverage Your Own Network
Everyone has their own internal network of people – including you!
When looking for a job after age 65, start with the basics, including:
- People at your place of worship (i.e., church, etc.)
- Your children and grandchildren
- Former co-workers
- Former managers or team leads
- Family members outside of your immediate family
- Friends of your spouse
The list goes on!
Reaching out to at least five people a day will put you at a better chance of someone knowing someone who’s looking to hire someone with your qualifications.
Easy enough right?
4. Create Online Profiles on Job Boards
Some of the top job boards include:
In order to increase your chances of finding work after age 65, create online profiles on popular job boards.
This will allow you to upload your resume, allow recruiters to find you, save your personalized job preferences, and make it easier to apply for jobs since all of your information is saved into the website’s database.
Look for jobs that interest you and fit what you’re looking to do.
Need help in knowing what to say or what to include in your profile?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Your spouse, children, grandchildren, friends, etc. can be of great value in choosing the right words to get the right eyes on your job applications.
In a pool of applicants, you want to make sure that your application stands out amongst the masses.
No boring cover letters.
No standard template resumes.
Inject your personality into the application.
Show who you are; adding that bit of magic that only you can will cause the hiring manager to take a second-look at your application – without hesitation.
Looking for a job after age 65 doesn’t have to be a long and difficult process.
By developing your mindset, thinking about what you want and love to do, talking to people within your network, and casting a wide net of job applications, you’ll be working in no time!