Lost your Job? Retired? Looking to be rehired?
If it’s been a while since you looked for a job, you may want to add a new tool to your search: websites that focus on jobs, careers and information for older workers.
Some 20 websites now cater to older job seekers—double the number in 2008—and comprise a growing subset of about 50,000 sites that offer career databases or job listings. Among the leaders are WiserWorker.
As you begin your job search online, consider the following tips:
Look for targeted websites, focused on one audience such as the 50-plus worker or one profession or one geographic area. They are smaller and more likely to have something that meets your particular skills, qualifications and personal requirements.
Generally, you should not have to pay for job listings or to post your resumé online. Some sites do offer services like resumé reviews or career coaching that have fees, but the basic service—job listings and a little advice—should be free
Know who you’re working with. If there isn’t any real information under the About Us or Contact Us links (like a name, address and phone number), don’t use the site. Real businesses have no problem giving you their names and contact information.
Use the Internet to Find Out About Possible Employers
Use the Internet to learn about career fields, types of jobs, and industry trends.
Find lists of trade and professional associations. Contact your local chapters. Attending meetings or conferences is a great way to network and learn about an industry.
Learn about a specific company or organization from its own Web site and from articles and opinions posted on Internet business sites.
A company’s website provides names and contact numbers for staff. Use them to network and arrange informational interviews.