Networking Your Way to Your Next Job after 50

By Kerry Hannon

Part of Getting the Job You Want After 50 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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If you want to get a job after 50, you need to do some real networking. Networking is one letter away from “not working.” Engage in a full-court press to let everyone in your personal and professional network know that you’re looking for a job. Here’s a checklist to make sure you’ve left no stone unturned:

  • Contact everyone you know via phone, email, social networks (Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter), U.S. postal mail, carrier pigeon, whatever it takes.

  • Look up former supervisors, touch base, and let them know you’re looking for work.

  • Join professional meetup groups in your area.

  • Visit your college career center in person or online.

  • Find a mentor among your personal and professional contacts or online. Visit PivotPlanet to find out about hiring a mentor.

  • Consider reverse mentoring — connecting with someone younger who can learn from and mentor you.

  • Connect with a career coach. The Life Planning Network, AARP’s Life Reimagined, and 2 Young 2 Retire offer coach directories geared to midlife workers.

  • Reach out to recruiters in the industry you’re pursuing.

  • Attend job fairs in your area and online.