Whether you're 15 or 50, finding a job can be stressful. But have you ever felt that once you are 50 and older, that job search becomes even more challenging? The U.S job market is hot right now, boasting low unemployment numbers. Employers are hiring, so how can you make your experience (aka age) work for you and not against you?
In the last 35 years, the job landscape has changed dramatically. Where your parents and grandparents were probably in the same job until retirement, people today move around from job to job. Whether you're looking for more challenges, are bored, or are just unhappy in your current role. Maybe you're looking to make a career change.
Just because you're over 50, doesn't mean you have to act like it!
Do you have social media accounts? Are you keeping up with the fast-paced world of technology? (If you're a Komando.com reader your are!) Technology skills have become essential for almost any company. Employers aren't necessarily looking at your birth date, but they are looking at whether you're continuing to learn.
If you're looking for your next job opportunity, but don't know where to start, our friends at Indeed can help. Indeed.com makes it easy to search for the right position. You can use keywords and location to help narrow your options.
Some of the top jobs for those over 50:
There are jobs where your age may work to your advantage.
Health care is an always growing industry. As a patient advocate, you can help patients navigate their way through the health care system. Senior patients especially will appreciate having a seasoned person at their side.
Sticking with health care, the need for dietitians is expected to grow over 20 percent in the next couple of years. Dietitians are experts in nutritional science. You'll need a bachelor's degree in nutrition, or a closely related field.
Would you feel more comfortable if your workout buddy was close to your age? Along the lines of health care, the fitness industry is a booming business and there's a big need for trainers who will design workouts for people over 65!
Are you the handy man or woman around your house? You can use your skills and make money. This is great because you're your own boss, set your own hours, and you can use online sites like TaskRabbit or Marketplace to post your skills.
Personal finance adviser
Are you good with numbers, budget and estate planning? You can help people take control of their finances and retirement planning. You do need a Bachelors degree and to pass a certification exam.
Along with the job market, the housing market is booming right now too. To be a realtor, you'll need to complete a number of hours of real estate courses, and pass a licensing exam. This job is perfect if you're a problem solver, and enjoy meeting new people. It also offers flexible hours and if you don't mind hustling, you can make some pretty decent cash!
The bottom line, identify what you're good at and what you love to do. Then update that resume, get online and find a match. Try indeed.com now to find your next chapter!
Indeed is the best place for employers, too
Indeed isn't just for job seekers. Top employers, including Kim Komando use indeed to find the perfect candidates. Look at some of Kim's posts on Indeed:
200 million people visit Indeed every month, meaning you will have access to the most talent in every field. Click here now to find the perfect addition to your team.