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5 tips to look for a job after turning 40

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Looking for a job after turning 40 may be less complicated than you think.

Today, talent must show the desire to survive and adapt to new needs of the labour world.

1. Evaluate which is the best possible job for you

There are probably at least two or three jobs that you can do and enjoy. However, to get the best results you should focus your CV in only one possible job.

Prioritize your job search choices by answering these questions:

  • In which job could I take more advantage of my experience, gathered during my years in the ‘trenches’?
  • For which job can I build the best argument on paper?
  • For which job can I build the best case for an interview?
  • Which job offers the higher chances for success?

2. Highlight your experience

When applying for a job you should concentrate on the professional challenges which are more aligned with your career goals and interests.

When interviewed, you should talk about your earlier professional achievements and, especially, about what you have learned from previous professional failures: use your age and experience to your advantage and demonstrate your knowledge to the interviewer. Let him know what you can actually do and how you intend to do it.

3. Show your skills, but don’t show off

Many people tend to compensate excessively when they fear being age discriminated by their age in a job interview.

Remember that the older you get, the more likely your interviewer will be someone younger than you: by trying too hard to show how good you are, you might end up being a bit arrogant.

4. Show your knowledge by asking job related questions

After responding to the interview questions in an intelligent and concise manner, you can demonstrate your competence by asking questions that reflect your understanding of the job you are applying for: ask about the challenges of the organization, and about the main problems that the area where you would work is currently facing.

5. Treat the subject of age directly

You can introduce the age subject in the conversation by showing your disposition to have a younger boss, by demonstrating that your experience will help to solidify team work, or by letting your interviewer know that you are open to face all kinds of professional challenges.

Available at: SHRM