Hitting the age of 50 is a milestone that you kind of look forward to making. Yeah, it means you’re getting older, but it also means that life is getting easier in many aspects.  Or is it? What if you wake up one morning to find yourself looking for a job? To be unemployed at any age is unsettling, but when you find yourself unemployed at the age of 50 or older, it is downright scary. 

Chances are, the last time you looked for a job was before the internet exploded with all the different ways to look for a job, so trying to figure out what steps you should take first isn’t so easy.  Gone are the days of scouring the classified ads in the daily newspaper and just walking in, filling out an application, chatting with the hiring manager, and starting work within the end of the week. 

There is so much more to job searching today and getting hired is a whole different ball game. But, that doesn’t mean it’s hopeless! We found some advice and tips for the older unemployed candidate that just can’t seem to get past the gatekeepers.


Keep Strong and Focus on You

No doubt you have already noticed the job market is nothing like it once was, or you probably wouldn’t be reading this article. The job search is exhausting emotionally, mentally and physically. So right up front, you need to focus on you and find ways to keep focused, stay positive, and be strong.  This starts by staying in a routine and the following tips will help too: