Still Jobless? 6 Tips to Get You Back on Your Feet

Finding work in today's economy is hard for everyone—but it's even more difficult if you're an older worker

by Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter
Dr Lois Frankel
Dr. Lois Frankel says constant networking is key to any job search.
Photograph: Courtesy Dr. Lois Frankel

With age comes wisdom—don’t be afraid to make this obvious during interviews and in your resume. “Lose the modesty and sell your brand through a factual accounting of your accomplishments and the strengths you bring to the workplace,” Frankel says. “You have to go into every single interview prepared. You need to go in there having done your research about the company and the field, and really having done your homework in terms of your own self-assessment—what you bring to the job, what you uniquely bring to the company, and you need to be able to speak factually about all of that. So don’t be thinking that you’re bragging. … Chance favors the prepared mind. … If you go in prepared, you’re already going to stand out against probably 90 percent of the people who interviewed.”
The time to find your next job is as soon as you get a job. “You need to be networking all the time, whether you have a good job or your own enterprise,” Frankel advises. "What we saw happen when the economic downturn came a few years ago, was the people who went back to work quickly were the people who had the greatest networks in place."

If your network is slim, Frankel says to start building a pyramid: Ask five people you know and trust for five names. Contact them, let them know you’re looking for work, and ask if they have any suggestions for other people to contact. “You’re not asking them directly for a job, but you’re letting them know you need a job and you’re building a network,” she says.

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