Starting Over: Looking for Work After 35
You make decisions based on current situations or future goals. If people can go out there and start a YouTube channel or become Instagram famous, I should be able to take a chance and find me a new job. Starting over and looking for a job after thirty-five is not the end but a new beginning. With everything being online and mobile, the job search would appear to be easier now. For those who don’t know where to start, I have a few suggestions.
Update Your Resume
Look back at all your current and previous jobs, and make a list of ALL the things that you do. Emailing, phone calls, scanning, filing, assistant to the manager, cleaning, etc. List everything. With some jobs, the list of job duties grew the longer you were with the company but the pay didn’t. A hobby is another way of saying you have additional skills. I compiled a list of computer programs that I use daily in school and at work and put them on my resume. I send emails back and forth to management, so I put emailing as a skill. The hardest part is sitting down and making a resume.
Save A Copy To Your Phone
With the latest iPhone 7 (iPhone 8 coming soon), Facebook, Snapchat, game apps galore, you should put your cell phone to use. Waiting in line at a fast food restaurant, going to the DMV, or while sitting at your current job on your lunch break and search for new jobs. I did. When I finished my resume and cover letter, I saved them to my android phone. It’s easy to send them as attachments with the cover letter, I downloaded Google Docs to edit. The recipient of the cover letter changes so I modify to fit accordingly. I also used my Samsung notes app and added in the addresses of all my jobs, schools, and references so I would have them available when filling out applications.
Download Job Apps
I use Indeed and ZipRecruiter. I uploaded my resume with their apps as well so I can do the one-click reply. The one app that people tend to ignore is Craigslist. I have gotten more responses with Craigslist and Indeed would be second. If you have a LinkedIn page use that as well. Depending on what you are looking for, it’s a nice backup resume to have. Anything I couldn’t put on my resume, I put it there.
If anyone tells you to be careful on Craigslist they would be right on telling you so. I looked in admin/office, customer service, education, and writing/ editing categories. I looked under gigs, part-time and etc. categories. Watch out for those assistant positions. With those, it’s easy to be trapped in an interview in the google hang out. Last week, I applied for an Admin position and they directed me to a different recruiter where the interview took place in google hang outs. They asked for my name, address, phone number, an email address which all were on the resume when I applied for the position. At the end of the interview, they asked for my banking information. When I lied and said I didn’t have an account, the interview was over. Here is an example of the response letter they sent me."Thank you very much for taking the time to reply to my message for the personal assistant position. After carefully review the quality of your resume and response to the questionnaire was highly considered and I believe you would be the ideal candidate for this role. I would have loved to meet you before we got started but I am currently in London signing some contractors. We can meet and talk more about the role in detail, but for now, can you please assist me with the day to day operations with the business in the U.S."Overall, I am fortunate that most of my experiences with Craigslist have been more positive ones. If they ask for google hang outs, chances are it’s a scam.
When the job search went stale, I went to a temp agency. This may not be the best avenue for some people because of job seniority, benefits, or financial obligations, but for me, (and yes, I had bills to pay too) this was a better choice. I used the temp agency as a way of trying on different job hats until I found one that I liked. If I didn’t like it, it was okay. All I had to do was get through the assignment. Before my assignment ended, I called to see if they had something else lined up. You have a higher chance of waiting for work versus you taking the initiative.
Think Positive & Outside The Box
I admit to applying to positions that I wasn’t 100% qualified for. The worst they could do was tell me no and send me a “going with another candidate” email. Even if I apply for 20 jobs on Monday, I am still going to apply for 20 more on Tuesday and so forth. I am setting up appointments and keeping track via excel job hunting file. This part may seem naïve to some people but the hard work is paying off. This week I had three job interviews and after I finish this article, I am going back to the job search. I want my persistence and work ethic to pay off. Praying about getting a job is necessary but I must put in the work. Cliché but true. I hope these were insightful to anyone under or over 35 still looking for work. Believe me, I am not trying to paint a perfect picture. I am just giving advice on something that I've done and has worked for me.