50+ and job searching? Here’s help to find a job that you’ll love

Author Nicholas Lore, author of "The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success" offers up his top six tips to help people over 50 find a job they love:

Make it a project

If you don’t need a new job right away, forget about job hunting until your target is clear and specific. Design your career first. Then search for the job when you know exactly what you are seeking.

• Become a career detective

Look for clues about how you and the workplace best fit together so you don’t wind up squeezed into the wrong job. Since employers pay you to perform specific functions, the first place to look is what you do happily, naturally, perhaps even brilliantly: your innate talents and a lifetime of experiences.

• Focus on your strengths

There is a split in hiring strategies today. Some organizations look for the person with the perfect resume. Others know that, in an ever-more-competitive world, they need to find the best people.  That’s where you have an advantage over younger workers. You have the experience and wisdom to get the job done well now.

• Research jobs that seem to fit

Read, search online, and talk with several people who do exactly the job you are considering. Keep whittling down until you can decide on one or two specific job descriptions. Specificity has power. Casting a wide net is usually a mistake because you can’t be everything to everyone. Start your job search with a definite target.

• Conduct a smart job search

Few people find the perfect job through online job listings. Decision-makers prefer to hire people they know. The most effective strategy is to find creative ways to get to meet and speak with several decision-makers: people who could actually hire you to do the job you want. Then, when a job becomes available, you have something better than the perfect resume, you are known. You are more than just an anonymous resume.

• Persist. An effective job search takes time

You will be rejected several times, perhaps many times before you land the job you want. Since we all tend to resist discomfort, it is natural to avoid any activity that leads what the mind interprets as failure. As a result, people often give less time each week to their job search. Defuse this by realizing that you will hear “no” many times before you hear “yes.” It is just part of the game. One man got a piece of graph paper and marked an x in one box each time he was rejected.