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How To Find Jobs When You're Older

Older workers often have special consideration that can help them determine the types of employment they should look for.


  • TIP: If you feel that a potential employer is discriminating against you based on your age, you have a right to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • Step 1: Join a career or job support group if you lack confidence about re-entering the job market as an older person.
  • FACT: Did you know? Seventy percent of older workers plan to retire later than they had previously thought they would.
  • Step 2: Prepare for each job interview by learning as much as you can about the potential employer's business.
  • Step 3: Develop a job-search plan that includes networking with people in the fields that interest you to learn of opportunities and preparing a resume. Consider upgrading your job skills by taking a class or even trying an internship.
  • Step 4: Identify the types of jobs that are most in demand, and the employers that hire in those areas.
  • TIP: Check the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook for thousands of job descriptions, required skills, and anticipated demand for workers in these jobs.
  • Step 5: Consider flexible or alternative work, including part-time work, telecommuting, consulting, entrepreneurship, and temporary work.
  • Step 6: Take a personal inventory of the kinds of activities you like and dislike, what things you do well, and what you enjoy doing at work and in leisure.

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