Some time ago, veteran journalist, Boomer World blogger, and motivational speaker Beverly Mahone returned to “corporate America,” as she puts it, after seven years of being an entrepreneur. The transition has inspired her to write a post for Boomer World (reposted on Forbes) titled “5 Tips If You’re Job Hunting For The First Time In Years,” and it’s a must-read for older folks looking to jump back into the workforce after prolonged absences. Read on for a summation of Mahone’s advice.
1. Define Your Objective — Why are you getting back in the game? If it’s simply to earn a paycheck, Mahone writes, you might soon find yourself dissatisfied, and that could lead to poor performance, which might result in termination. Don’t let this happen. Have a goal and work toward it.
2. Accept That Things Have Changed — If you’ve been out of your industry for a while, it’s entirely possible (and very likely) your new bosses will be far younger than you. While it may be hard to see 20-somethings as your superiors, you’ll need to in order to thrive.
3. Be Humble — Just because you’ve got a lot of experience and think you can do things better than the higher-ups, it doesn’t mean you can barge in and start taking charge. You’ve got to be humble, Mahone writes, and swallow your pride.
4. Settle for Less Money — What we have now is a classic “employers’ market.” There’s a wealth of young people looking to make their names and establish themselves in their given industries, and as a result, companies have the luxury of being choosey and offering lower salaries. You need to accept this, Mahone says, albeit with one caveat: Never take minimum wage. Doing so “devalues your skills and abilities — especially if you have 20 to 30 years of talent and skills to bring to the table.”
5. Create an Exit Strategy — This goes back to step No. 1; just as you need a plan for reentering your field, you need one for leaving. “Working indefinitely without a plan or purpose only leads to frustration,” Mahone writes.