Unhappy with your current job? Do you find no fun, whatsoever, complying by the same job every single day of the week? Switching careers may not sound like a plausible career move when you are in your 40s, 50s or 60s, but, this guide here will guide you on how to accomplish that exactly.
Disclaimers, first: This is not going to be easy, but, it will definitely be worth it.
Listed below are the four ways by which you can compete even with the newer generations of job opportunists:
- Establishing a very strong online presence
Social networking can seem pretty pointless and difficult to you at first, but websites and networks like LinkedIn.com have provided a great platform for socializing and developing professional contacts from around the world, and all of it from the comfort of your couch!
A study showed that 92% of recruiters from some of the top companies used LinkedIn to hire new people to their firms in the year 2014.
A very detailed and elaborate social networking profile is necessary, in today’s world, to complete any resume. This gives a chance for any possible recruiter to analyze you as a person and make you a more attractive candidate for the job. Socializing and networking will also allow you to analyze the job market and look for new opportunities anywhere in the world.
- Learn new tech skills
While being competent in using Microsoft Word is a feat on its own, it will help you many folds if you learn to use other software like Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint, and SharePoint. These skills will definitely bump you up in the list of the likely candidates.
Most firms use software like Excel to maintain a record of everything and for the manipulation of data. It is fairly easy to use, as is every other Microsoft Office tool, and is a very powerful piece of software. You can even use it to create your resume and give a creative edge over all of the other resumes.
With enough proficiency in this offline software, you need to turn your eye to the online tools, like the Google drive. Google drive is a sort of a cloud storage service that allows the user to share files online without having to distribute any copy of the file. Most firms have moved to cloud storage because it is a more reliable form of storage and proficiency in this will help you infinitely in your quest for a new job.
YouTube has many tutorials relating to all of these software and Code Academy, and Khan Academy are some recommended channels.
- Maintain an up-to-date and accurate credit history
To judge if a person can be a valuable member of the team, most firms often utilize background checks on the candidates which involve thorough credit checks. Make sure that your history is absolutely clean and that it does not raise any kind of red flags.
The credit checks will give the firm access to your credit report, and they will be able to see how well you have managed all of your loans, mortgages and credit cards. A study by the Federal Trade Commission showed that nearly 25% of the people have some sort of errors in their credit history which can lead to them being disqualified. An example of this error can be a wrongly mentioned missed loan payment or loans that they never took.
The result: there are 1 out of 4 chances that you may not be able to get the job because of this black mark.
Before applying for any job, make sure you utilize the federal law which allows you a copy of all your credit history free of charge. The history should be obtained from all 3 of the major bureaus, Experian, Equifax and the TransUnion. Check them for mistakes and get them corrected.
- Try the freelancing economic scene
The workplace has changed a lot in the last 10 years and, as a result, it has fragmented into many smaller firms and businesses. This means that there is a very good chance that you may not be working just one job if you are newly beginning a career. Take advantage of this freelance economy and build a solid start.
Elance is a website that allows an individual to advertise his proficiency and skills and enable them to work with different firms with widely different projects.
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The freelance economy, though, demands a very strong online presence, but if you have followed this guide, you are definitely well covered.