Redundant at 50: Tips to Help Your Career Transition

Friday, June 6th, 2014

The unexpected shock of being told your role has been made redundant can take some time to deal with. However, you need to start planning your career transition as quickly as possible. As a mature career professional, you have a wealth of skills and experience to bring to the market, but it is important to have a robust transition strategy. Move into your new role as effectively as possible with these simple career transition tips.

Develop a positive mindset

It is perfectly natural to feel some embarrassment that your employer has made your role redundant. Remember it is your role that is redundant, not you, so you need to focus all your energy on what happens next.  Think about all the positive things you can offer a potential employer, and make sure these attributes resonate throughout your résumé.  It is vital to get your mindset in a place and demonstrate to a recruiter or potential employer that you are positive and confident about your abilities.  Try to put your pride to one side, and concentrate on the proactive steps you can take.

Tackle the likely objections

Many businesses value their mature experienced employees, but recruiters sometimes have misconceptions about putting forward more mature workers. Some people may worry that you are only looking for something to see you through to retirement, and you are not a good long-term prospect. Similarly, some businesses think that mature workers cannot adapt to new technology as quickly as their younger counterparts, and that they will take longer to learn new things. Deal with these objections in your résumé by showing clear examples of your flexibility, your willingness to learn, and the speed with which you can pick up new skills.

Talk to a career coaching service

You may need to seek professional help to smooth the transition to a new career. You may not know what roles are a good match for your skills and experience, and you may have never used online tools like LinkedIn. You may not have even written a new résumé for many years. A professional Career Consultant can help you quickly navigate these challenges. He or she can give you tailored advice that meets your immediate and longer-term needs.  If you are serious about moving to a new career quickly, it is probably worth considering paying a professional for help.

Target your search

Many organisations understand the challenges that matures workers sometimes face, and you may find it useful to target recruitment agencies that specialise in placing candidates aged 50 and above.  Use Google to find organisations that focus on older candidates, and talk to people in your network who may have used these companies before. Your former employer may also have details of agencies interested in recruiting mature workers, so take all the help you can find.

Keep asking for help

There is nothing wrong with asking for help, and you never know who can help you unless you ask. Talk to friends, neighbours, former colleagues and other associates, to ask for advice, share feedback, or just to look for emotional support. Finding work is often a lonely process, and you may miss some potential opportunities because you are too busy to notice them. Exploit the network you have developed over the last few decades, and take advantage of the skills and experience that your contacts can offer.

It is hard to switch to a new career at any time in your life, but it is particularly stressful for mature workers. It is vital that you focus on the value you can offer an employer, so use all your time and effort on positive actions that will help sell you as a first-class candidate for any business or organisation.

If you feel a professional Career Consultant could assist you contact Résumés for Results now!

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