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Getting a new job has never been straightforward. In the third age, it appears to become a little trickier..............

1. Leverage your network: Reach out to friends, family, and former colleagues to let them know you are actively seeking new opportunities. They may be able to provide job leads or recommend you for positions within their own networks. It’s a fact that way more people at around age 50 and beyond, find a new senior role through their network rather than by applying through adverts and agents.

2. Consider part-time or contract work: Part-time or contract positions can be a great way to transition back into the workforce or explore new industries. These roles often offer flexibility and can lead to full-time employment opportunities. So be flexible….you never know where it could lead.

3. Update your skills: Stay up-to-date with the latest industry trends and technologies by taking courses, attending workshops, or earning certifications. This demonstrates your commitment to professional development and can make you a more competitive candidate.

4. Tailor your applications: Customize your resume and cover letter for each job application. Highlight the skills and experiences that are most relevant to the specific role you are applying for.

5. Practice interviewing: Brush up on your interview skills by participating in mock interviews or seeking feedback from a friend or even a career coach. This can help you feel more confident and prepared during the actual interview process.

6. Consider a career change: If you’re looking for a fresh start, don’t be afraid to explore new industries or roles that align with your interests and passions. Transferable skills and life experience can be valuable assets in a variety of fields.

7. Stay positive and persistent: Job searching can be challenging at any age, but it’s important to stay positive and persistent. Surround yourself with a supportive network and take care of your physical and mental wellbeing.

Its obvious, but start your job search right away to increase your chances of finding a suitable position. And remember for the sake of your mental health to give yourself time off the relentless search. You are unlikely to find a job at the weekend, so use it to recharge your batteries. Try searching for a new role in the morning when you have the energy and use the afternoons for your wellbeing.

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