Helpful Tips for Mature Workers

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By Cathy Sims and Kent Koopman – SCSEP/ Employment & Community Options

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill.

The single most important tip for the mature worker is to have a positive attitude!!  Attitude is everything!  Once a great attitude is in place, the rest will follow.

Here are seven helpful tips for the mature worker:

  1. Take care of your health!  Visit your family doctor for a physical.  Have your hearing and vision checked and make a trip to the dentist for a beautiful, professional smile!
  2. Update your computer skills.  There are plenty of free classes available.  Make sure you understand MS Word, e-mail and the internet.
  3. Network! Network! Network!  Contact former co-workers, friends, family, and acquaintances to let them know that you are looking for work.  Ask if they will write you a letter of recommendation.
  4. Consider temporary agencies.  Many employers hire all of their new employees via the temporary agencies to determine if they are a good fit for their company.  Even if they don’t hire you, it’s recent work experience to add to your resume.
  5. Update your resume and carry a master application with all applicable information at your fingertips.  Memorize and practice a “30-second commercial” highlighting your skills and qualities.
  6. Research interviewing skills on-line and practice with a friend.  Be sure to stress the benefits of being a mature, experienced, reliable worker with common sense gained through life experience.
  7. Get involved!!  Take a class, learn something new, and make new friends and contacts.  Go to your local One-Stop Career Center for expert advice!!

The world of work is waiting for you!!  Let’s get out there and show the younger generation how it’s done!

Also Check out The Voice of Midlife and Older Women & Working in Wonderland

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