In this episode, Marc answers Baby Boomer job search questions with his trusty sidekick, Elizabeth Rabaey. Listen, to pivot your career in the second half of life!
[1:55] Elizabeth is a marketing coordinator for a company selling mining equipment. It is a new job for her, and she is enjoying learning new things. She will discuss her career pivots in a later episode.
[3:09] Q1: My two friends and I are 60+ years old. We live in expensive cities where homeownership is daunting. I moved to Seattle expecting to stay, but now I’m willing to move just about anywhere for worthwhile nonprofit work. Where should I look?
[3:55] A1: This person in their late 60s moved to Seattle to find worthwhile work, without really understanding the location. After two years of being unemployed, the goal is to teach ESL. Some states require certification, others go by ability. Marc suggests finding two locations, network, and ask about requirements, and work to qualify there.
[6:07] Nonprofits want to know who you are. If you don’t have experience, they may want you to volunteer first. Figure out what the demand is where you want to live. Talk to people at each location to get an idea of the market conditions for ESL teachers.
[8:35] Audibel is offering a free audiobook download, with a free 30-day trial. Marc recommends the book, Necessary Ending, by Dr. Henry Cloud. Go to AudibelTrial.com/RepurposeYourCareer for your free audiobook.
[9:20] Q2: I have had two interviews in a year. I have redesigned my resume, and I still get turned down for interviews. If this is age discrimination, how can I get around it?
[9:51] A2: As someone over 50, your next job will not come from applying for an interview. It will come from a relationship. Find someone at your target company, reach out, and connect. The hiring authority wants risk mitigation. Hiring from an internal referral is good.
[11:38] Search for weak ties — people you knew 15-20 years ago who like your experience. They will know people you don’t know.
[15:02] Q3: I’m working through depression. Part of the depression is not knowing what I am passionate about. What do you think?
[15:17] A: There are two issues: the depression, and thinking you have to know what you are passionate about. Marc’s most popular post is, “What if I’m not Passionate About Anything?”.You may be a multipotentialite. You have very broad interests, and you love to learn. You may get bored easily. Your depression may hold you back.
[20:39] Up to 20% of listeners may not have one passion. We’re not all wired the same..
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