Job-Hunting Tips for Midlife Career Changers

If you've been out of the job market for a while, here's how to jump-start your search.

Changing careers is daunting, especially if you haven’t applied for a job since social media burst onto the scene. But even though age discrimination is real, it’s not as pervasive as some older workers believe, says Mary Eileen Williams, a career counselor and author of Land the Job You Love: 10 Surefire Strategies for Jobseekers Over 50. Williams says the key to overcoming stereotypes about older workers is to get your foot in the door through a personal referral. That will also help your résumé stand out from the thousands of responses employers receive for job postings. When it comes to finding a job, Williams says, “it’s still who you know—I don’t care how big the Internet is.”

That doesn’t mean you should ignore the Web and social media. You should have a profile on LinkedIn that showcases your skills, and you can also read job postings on LinkedIn to identify the types of skills potential employers are seeking.

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Sandra Block
Senior Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Block joined Kiplinger in June 2012 from USA Today, where she was a reporter and personal finance columnist for more than 15 years. Prior to that, she worked for the Akron Beacon-Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. In 1993, she was a Knight-Bagehot fellow in economics and business journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has a BA in communications from Bethany College in Bethany, W.Va.