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On this page: Over age 50? You can leverage your natural advantages to find a great new job.

Job Search Advantage of 50+

Because of your age and experience, you have many more options and a much better network of colleagues than younger workers.

The network of people who know and respect you, a network built up over the years, will help you succeed in your job search.

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Most jobs are never posted publicly.  So, your large network is a very big advantage! 

Chances are people in your network are either also looking for work, or they are - or know - someone who is looking for good help. So, you can help, not "use," each other to move ahead with your careers and renew old friendships, too.

That network is gold, right now, and it's something that younger workers usually don't have!

Networking Options

Take advantage of that large network you have to track down that next job. Contact the people that you know and/or have worked with in your career.

You are not begging for a job! You really are just looking for advice on what companies are good places to work, what companies are growing (and hiring), and where there might be opportunities for you.  When you meet someone, don't even bring a copy of your resume (you can offer to send it to them after the meeting - if they are interested).

You are simply asking colleagues and friends for advice and leads. Ask them where they would look for a job if they were in your shoes right now.  Which employers offer a great next place to work?  Which employers would be best avoided?

These are NOT "informational interviews," and you don't need to feel humble. You are just staying in touch colleagues and members of your business network. You may have helped them in the past, and you may help them again in the future.

These are just colleague-to-colleague discussions. Business as usual!

Job Sites

If your network doesn't have any good leads at the moment, you can always check out sites on the Web for opportunities.

Don't be discouraged! A job search is never easy, but you'll make it. Your network, knowledge and experience, and solid skills and work ethic will see you through to a successful conclusion.

Good luck!

About the author...

Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been  observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. In 1998, NETability purchased, which Susan has edited and published since.  Susan also edits and publishes  Follow Susan on Twitter at@jobhuntorg and on Google+.