Helping Baby Boomers Back To Work – 5 Handy Hints
By [http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Louise_Hunt/2209496]Louise Hunt
By 2014 Over 25% of 45+ age group are Internet users (worldwide) and we would expect it to be even higher now we are in 2016.
It’s almost as if you are now “expected” to be online and if you aren’t, why aren’t you!
It can be daunting when you see so many people your own age “engaged” and “plugged in” to the Internet, you sometimes wonder if you are too old or a technophobic to cope with it all.
If you are intimidated by the “Internet” or “Social Media” then this is the right place for you.
I’m here to reassure you that you can get Online (with a little help and guidance).
Ask yourself: “What is it that I need to get myself up and running online?”
Equipment – all you need is a Laptop and a decent Internet connection – your local Library or Age Concern shop can put you in touch with people who can help and advise you. They also provide locally run courses on how to use Computers and the Internet. There is Saga and Citizens Advice Bureau at the end of a telephone to help point you in the right direction.
As Mark Twain said, age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. We are constantly being told that we need to keep our bodies and minds healthy and active so be brave and take the plunge. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy but it will have it’s advantages when you are up and running Online.
One of those advantages is getting your profile out there, letting prospective employers know you are looking for work and networking in your industry.
Once you are Online, Money expert Julie Measures says these are the top 5 tips to help get you back into the workplace using LinkedIn.
LinkedIn focuses on business connections and industry contacts for employers and working professionals, allowing companies to present themselves through online pages and for users to find job listings and to enhance their connectedness in their area of expertise.
1. Get online
First things first: get a LinkedIn profile. It’s straightforward, Free to use and will connect you locally, nationally or Internationally. You will have access for 380 million users, in 200 countries, covering 24 languages – what’s not to like!
2. Put a face to your name
A professional photo will create the right impression from the start, but be mindful, you can smile and look relaxed if you are in that niche, but if you need to be suited and booted then put on a tie and suit.
3. Be honest
Over 55s are twice as likely tell the truth than 18-34-year-olds, but you need to get your foot in the door so put a positive spin on a negative experience. Show that you can overcome career challenges by listing what you have achieved so far. Demonstrate how you have used your life experiences and problem-solving skills.
4. Clarity and Vision
Mature professionals have a huge advantage over younger recruits because of your Life Skills – having been around the block a few times you know exactly what you want and where you are going so be up front and tell the employer, use your negotiation skills but be diplomatic.
You will have a wealth of experience so tell the prospective employer what you have achieved, how you did it and the outcome (hopefully to the companies bottom line IE Profit)
5. Nation of volunteers
Do you have another area of expertise that show’s how amazing and interesting you are? We are a nation of volunteers so list your hobbies, volunteer skills and other professional qualifications you have gained.
That’s it. You are all set to go get your new job. Good luck.
It’s hard to get back into the workplace especially if you have had an illness or a negative experience in your last job. Help is out there, I will give you the tools and confidence to get your life back under control. Contact me at http://www.louise-hunt.com/contact
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