- Don’t PANIC. Get help. You’ll flag quickly if you try to go it alone. The staff here at the WGU Career & Professional Development Center will give you as much/little help as you need. Check out everything and use what works for you. There’s a firehose worth of information out there---the trick is finding the trickle that you need.
- Use Social Media. From someone who is allergic to it, try it. A LinkedIn profile with accurate privacy settings will get viewed, and there are jobs on LinkedIn that are listed nowhere else. There is a LinkedIn Job Search Checklist on how to set up your profile on the WGU Career & Professional Development website.
- Identify your passion and stay focused on it. Thinking outside the box is okay, off-planet is not.
- Make a master resume with everything on it. Cut and paste only what you need to answer the job description. If you’re not sure what a master resume is, contact a WGU Career & Professional Development Specialist to help you.
- Consider a pay cut. If it’s the job you really want (you know, the one that will make you jump out of bed Monday mornings with a smile), consider it anyway. Current employment makes a difference on your resume.
- Remember nothing is permanent. No matter your age, your next job is not necessarily your last. The “one job until you retire” idea is as outdated as the Model T Ford.
- Look for jobs where your experience is appreciated. Websites such as Idealist.org, Encore.org, and Work Reimagined may give you new ideas.
- Make Connections. Online connections are very important, but in-person connections are better. Talk with people, like the guy in the coffee line with you, or the lady that cuts your hair---you never know who has a connection for you.
- Modernize your hairstyle and wardrobe. Some say to cover the gray, but I am more comfortable and confident with natural, but nice. If it makes you feel more confident, do it.
- Cut yourself some slack. Job hunting is likely the worst, unpaid, full-time job you’ll ever have. Remember to take some time for yourself.
About the Author
Joy Gruver is a recent WGU Washington graduate (Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies). Adult Educator, Amateur Radio operator, former EMT, and avid recycler. She has several years of experience as an adult educator and is currently seeking a position that aligns with her interests, passions, and career goals. Please visit her LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/joygruver/