Helping Baby Boomers back to work – 5 Handy Hints
Baby Boomers: If you are intimidated by the “Internet” or “Social Media” then this is the right place for you.
It can be daunting when you see so many people your own age (inc Baby Boomers) “engaged” and “plugged in” to the Internet, you sometimes wonder if you are too old or technophobic to cope with it all.
Well, I’m here to reassure you that you can do it with a little help and guidance.
Below is a graph which shows active “Baby Boomers” in 2014 on the Internet and we would expect the figures to be higher now than ever.
Over 25% of 45+ age group are Internet users.
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 (Customer service: 0800 300600) and Citizens Advice Bureau England (call 03444 111 444) at the end of a telephone.
- 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.
Once you are Online expert Julie Measures (Money correspondent for Saga Magazine) 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 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 right from the start, be mindful that it creates the right impression, 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 old, 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 (only a few points) 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. Be up front and tell the employer, negotiate 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.
Ref: Saga-Linkedin tips.
That’s it. You are all set to go get your new job. Good luck.
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