How to Reenter the Workforce After 50. Whether you have retired and are feeling listless, lost your last job or stopped working to raise a family it can be a challenge to find a new place to work when you are over 50. Luckily in today's environment people are staying in positions for shorter amounts of time which can work in your favor. Use these steps to help you reenter the workforce after 50.
Understand your goal in finding a new job. When supplementing a retirement income or getting a job to prevent retirement boredom you can find a part-time position that does not require all of your skills. A position that is your only source of income will most likely require additional abilities.
Decide what industry you want to work in. You can go back to a past type of job or choose a new line of work. Select all options you're interested in to investigate.
Research available positions based on Step 1 and Step 2. Think about what you liked and did not like about past positions before you decide what to apply for. Your past experience can help you to find a job that is rewarding on a personal and monetary level.
Create your resume and be sure to include any volunteer positions you have had during your time off as well as hobbies that have kept you busy and sharp. Stay at home parents can also use the skills used to manage an entire family (multi-tasking and organization of schedules as an example). Include anything you have been doing to stay on top of industry changes over the years.
Apply for the positions you're interested in and while you're waiting for a response, use the time to research those companies. Practice your interview skills and look online for what has changed in interviewing techniques. You can also find books on interviewing that list common questions and the type of answers that are expected.
Continue applying until you find the position for you. Branch out into other industries if you had decided to only try the one you worked at in the past. Expand your applications to positions you may not think you're qualified for or that don't fit exactly what you are looking for if you have trouble. You may be surprised by what you find.
Use your contacts from past position to help you get started. Not only can they serve as references they may know of a job that is right for you and can put in a good word. Use this as an opportunity to branch out into a new career if there is one you always wanted to be involved in. Most of your skills are probably transferable to other industries.
Don't use only your past job experience on your resume. You have to explain what you have been doing while you were out of the workforce or it could appear that there is a reason you have been unable to find work. Don't think you need to take the first position offered to you just to make money. Hold out for a job you can be happy in and take a part-time position in the meantime if you need money to get by.