Life STILL Happens at 55+
24 September 2018
Facing an unexpected life event? Having to change your plans? Needing to return to the workforce?
It doesn’t need to be a daunting pursuit – many employers are looking for the experience and knowledge you have. Here are some considerations to ease your return to the workplace:
- Consider “other” options of employment, such as self-employment or contract work – now is the time to do what you really love, what you have always wanted to do – maybe it’s a hobby that could make you money, or a passionate interest. Share your expertise! Worried about funding? If self-employment is calling you, there may be funding available for your start up.
- Market your skills and experience – showcase what you bring to the table – wisdom and knowledge is a very valuable asset. A diverse workplace is where it’s at.
- Consider training up on those “missing or lacking” skills that you may be behind with; for instance, computer software - take advantage of training funds available.
- Network. Not all jobs vacancies are advertised. Tell your friends, past colleagues, and social groups that you are looking to re-enter the workforce, they could be a great resource and/or reference – sometimes it can be about who you know.
- Reach out for assistance, make an appointment with your local WorkBC Employment Service Centre – let them help you redesign your resume, help you brush up on your interview techniques and gain the confidence to get that job.