6 Ways People Over 50 Can Find Jobs They'll Love

You actually have one big advantage over younger job applicants

by Nicholas Lore • Next Avenue
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In the new second edition of his bestselling book, The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success, author and career coach Nicholas Lore explains how to examine every aspect of your life relating to your career. Here, he offers advice for people over 50 who are looking for fulfillment in their work.
Older job seekers worry about age discrimination with good reason. Everyone is finding it more difficult to land the right job in today’s harsh market. With corporations favoring younger applicants over seasoned workers, how can people over 50 maximize their chances and compete successfully with the younger generation?
Our brains were designed in ancient times to react to threats. These days, most news about the job market instantly dumps us into that survival-based mode. While this may have helped our ancestors deal with saber-tooth tigers, fear-based job hunting saps our energy, creativity and clear thinking.
If you’re over 50 and looking to find work you love, here are six ways to do it:
  1. Make it a project. If you don’t need a new job right away, forget about job hunting until your target is clear and specific. Design your career first. Then search for the job when you know exactly what you are seeking.
  2. Become a career detective. Look for clues about how you and the workplace best fit together so you don’t wind up squeezed into the wrong job. Since employers pay you to perform specific functions, start your job hunt by thinking about what you do happily, naturally, perhaps even brilliantly: your innate talents and a lifetime of experiences.

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