An Article for Those Over 50 – and Those Under
Last weekend, there was an interesting article the NY Times profiling five older jobseekers as they searched for new jobs. The article highlighted five very different approaches and thought processes to job searching – not to mention the comments shared by readers, which were also all over the map.
I wanted to share my thoughts on the article and what I saw as some key take-away points:
First and foremost, everyone (whether you are now 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, or 80) needs to recognize and appreciate that what most of us got educated in during school most likely needs upgrading.
Second, most of us recast ourselves in every new position we take. For one employer, I might be the go-to team player. In another, I am the dependable boss. In yet another, I am the subject matter expert on XYZ. Reinventing ourselves is something we do all the time – but it seems really hard when we are unemployed and looking to do that while pitching for a job. If you are constantly thinking about the roles you play well and what you enjoy, it might make transitions easier.
Third and lastly, I enjoyed reading the diversity and creativity that the five profiled jobseekers showed. Whether it is taking up a hobby as a money-making enterprise, or moving abroad, there was a spirit of making a break from the past in order to find a new path. This is certainly not the strategy for everyone – but it is worth thinking through your own version of what this could look like.
Angie Kamath, who oversees Workforce1 as the Deputy Commissioner of Workforce Development at the NYC Department of Small Business Services, shares her perspective on Workforce1 and the New York City job market in her weekly Jobs in New York City column.
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