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How Can Your Senior Loved One Find a Job?

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Searching for a job later in life is a new experience, and your elderly loved one may need to think outside of the box if he or she wants new employment after retirement. West Bloomfield, MI, elderly care experts have a few tips to help your loved one secure a position that fulfills his or her needs.

Use Age as a Highlight

At first thought, it may be tempting for your loved one to brush over the fact that he or she is older. However, there are some advantages that come with being over 65. Encourage your loved one to turn age into an asset by emphasizing how he or she has honed critical thinking skills and leadership traits during years of experience. 

Update the Resume

Although your loved one may have many skills that set him or her apart from younger applicants, an updated resume with new skills demonstrates his or her willingness to continue learning. Do some research to find out which skills are valued in your loved one’s preferred career field. Then, enroll your loved one in a computer class or encourage him or her to learn another type of technical skill that will act as a modern addition to his or her qualifications.

Get a New Email Address

Using the wrong email server can make your loved one seem out of touch. An old AOL or Yahoo account hearkens back to the days of dialup Internet. Establish a new personalized email account for your loved one to make it less obvious that he or she has been using the Internet longer than the potential employers have been out of high school.

Establish a Professional Online Presence

Employers today utilize a variety of tools to vet potential applicants before they ever arrive for an interview. Do an online search on your loved one to see what types of information may be revealed. Though it may seem like a good thing to have no online presence, it may make potential employers wonder why your loved one doesn’t show up. Alternatively, embarrassing photographs or past public posts on social media need to be deleted. Encourage your loved one to set up a professional profile on LinkedIn that emphasizes his or her best qualities.

Having a job can give your loved one a sense of purpose and boost his or her overall wellbeing. For additional suggestions to help your loved one live a healthier and happier life, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our dedicated caregivers are available 24/7 to provide social stimulation, assist with exercise, and help with a wide array of everyday tasks. We also offer comprehensive Parkinson’s, post-stroke, and Alzheimer’s care West Bloomfield seniors can trust and rely on. For more information on our in-home care services, call a friendly Care Manager at 248.283.0835 to schedule a complimentary consultation.