Are you over 40 and looking for a career change? If your age worries you, remember people 10 and 15 years younger also have their excuses. Excuses are always going to be there.
What is holding you back and how do you move forward?
WHAT ARE YOUR STRONG POINTS?
Let go of negativity that seems to guide us and write down your experience. YOU are very experienced and after all these years YOU are very much aware of talents you possess.
GO BACK TO SCHOOL
Once you decide which qualities you wish to develop, it’s time for the learning process to begin. Look at your options both in person and online. Check out local community colleges (a great source to take extension courses) and online sites (ie: Udemy, Coursera, Skillcrush). Whatever you have in mind, there are opportunities to learn new skills.
WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT?
Ask yourself why exactly you feel like changing your current job. Is it just that you have had enough of it, or you need different working conditions? Either way, do not be afraid to demand what you deserve. Never settle.
CREATE A GREAT RESUME
After all those years at work, your resume definitely has something to show to the world. Admittedly, the job search landscape has changed. Do your homework and create a stunning read because it will take you places.
NETWORKING IS EASY
Being over 40 has a great advantage when it comes to networking because you have met a lot of people during your career. Therefore, you have quite a long list of contacts you could reach out to for networking.
Deciding to change a career at 40 (or over) is a decision worth every praise. With this advice, you should be able to make a swift and successful change.
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I have a very generous benefits package which includes 6 months of 20% sabbatical and I can even go out out on STD which would be my full time salary for 4 to 8 weeks.
The last three years has destroyed my mental health and each job I move to it seems to be getting worse. Toxic work culture is real. My current company knows that I have complained about the bullying but they do nothing about it instead they encourage me to take a sabbatical. The problems will be the same, I have major anxiety so not sure if I could even relax and not in the mood to strategize how to deal with toxic work environments. Everyone on this page complains about it. How can we stop this !!
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How to find a job with unusual talents and passions?
Recently, I took a career assessment and it came back with these 3 areas: top talents (execution, compassion, and inspection), solid talents (justice, discernment, logic, organization, connection, and communication), and passion (advocating, caregiving (I enjoy taking care of people), and finishing (whatever it is I started)). I know I don't want social work or teaching. I have no idea where to start.
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I am preparing for an interview and I am trying to figure out how to describe a time when I improved processes.
I need to look at this more creatively rather than solely my duties. I have worked several jobs and advanced in my duties, but my mind is blocked with this question. I know I have improved my own timelines through efficiency, but I am struggling to think of examples other than that I have learned in my processes what causes bottlenecks or delays, and made small changes in my own personal processes to become more efficient. But I cannot think of something better than this where I implemented something and the company adopted my ideas. My work has been accounting/bookkeeping. I know there are ideas, but I am drawing blanks of great examples where I improved processes.
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Experience with BlueSteps or equivalent?
Hi, I am looking for an executive type position and have stumbled upon several suggestions to register for BlueSteps. They supposedly offer access to executive recruiters. Anybody here used them? Are they legitimate? Any other services to get on executive recruiters radar? I work in Financial Services industry.
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My company where I work as a security guard has decided to take part in a local pride parade.
I am all for diversity and inclusion and have even worked for pride events for several now. However I have been notified that the office of emergency management and special forces will be in place at this years parade due to the significant and credible threats that have increased as the event draws more attention. I live in the same town as the Club Q shooting and for the first time I fear for the safety of not only myself but our entire team and all of the people who visit our business. I know I will face a backlash if I do not participate in our first team event in ages. My concerns when brought to a supervisor were dismissed because backing out of supportive efforts has recently proven to have financial consequences for the larger corporations that have had a wishy washy position. My profesional experience and years of dedication to safety and security as well as my insider knowledge in the security community has been ignored. I can't protect everyone, I cant guarantee sales, and I can't predict the future. What should I do to opt out (which is what I feel is the safest thing right now) without being shunned for electing not to participate in a very public and potentially dangerous team event?
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I recently interviewed for a job that I was really excited about.
The company decided not to move me on to the final round of interviews. Is it ok for me to ask the recruiter for feedback behind their decision? This was for a high level executive position that I definitely am qualified for. The interviews I had went really well and I just can’t stop thinking about it.
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