"You just E-mail them your résumé , and you sit back and you wait," says Bankos, who worked at a company that makes steel molds.
Over the past three months, Bankos has steadily lowered his expectations for finding a new job. At the peak of his career, he made
Now he's applying for jobs that pay
Prepare for a lower-status job
Older workers who change jobs after age 51 typically move out of manager positions and into new jobs with fewer responsibilities, less pay, and fewer benefits, according to a recent
Job hunting can take a while
It can be frustrating to spend so much time on the job hunt when you have a solid résumé. "When I got out of college, I had to wait tables and things like that because they told me I wasn't experienced like the older workforce," says
Try not to let your frustration over the length of the job search affect your interactions with potential employers. "There are quite a few candidates out there who may have been looking a while and are panicked, but you still need to sell yourself," says
Get in the door
Of course, you have to get your résumé to the top of the stack before you can score an interview and a new job. "Don't put things on your résumé that highlight your age such as the year you graduated from college," advises
Pick a new field
If you can't find a job similar to your previous position, a layoff is the perfect excuse to test out a new career field.
Tap into your extensive network of friends and acquaintances to inquire about openings in other fields. "Older people often
have an advantage in terms of having a much broader and more extensive network," says Musbach.
Also consider going back to school or retraining for a new field.
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