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Job Search Strategies Over 40

Due to changes in the global economy, many executives are finding themselves back in the job market.  Is job-seeking a young person’s game?

My answers are from my personal experience in Abu Dhabi.

Yes, predominantly under 45. Above 45, those who have and are still being coached by me are not necessarily searching for new ”jobs”. They seek to find what they ”love” or like to do or have been wanting to do all their lives.  Therefore, resulting in ”creating” their job.

Job Search Strategies Over 40

By choice?

My clients – yes, however, according to many other coaches, not necessarily by choice. Many who have either lost their jobs above the age of 45 tend to search for a job until they realize that they are not undoubtedly respected as they were when they were younger.

It may take them 6-12 months, when they ”YIELD” to the idea, that they may consider what their LIFEPATH is.  Yield does not mean the same as resigning.

What advice do you offer them?

This is where I often come into the picture, and I present myself as a FACILITATOR. I ask the following questions: What would you like to see yourself as or what would you like to be doing in 2 years?

If the answer is: ”I do not know” – then I would have him/ her tell me a story in their lives when they were the happiest… regardless of what they experienced.

Most executives have many answers ready; however, after I ask them 3-10 questions, they realize and admit to themselves that they feel that they are in search of a more meaningful job or mission.  This is when introducing them to a self-actualization session. I ask, and they answer – often they talk and enjoy talking about their moments in their lives when they felt enjoyment in what they were doing

Do you recommend they seek additional training or education to pursue these new paths?

Yes, I do – however – after we have found what he/she wishes to do for the next 2-5 years.

Often, late-career changes can mean a change in lifestyle. Is this a concern for your clients?

Interesting question. It is also a susceptible question for most executives.  The income is essential. Very much so.  Their concern is what their income will be once they have resigned from their present position. Often I  suggest they NOT to quit until they have prepared themselves (1 year)  with their newly created co. Or have found a new job.

Executives seem to be at 50+, mainly concerned. After they no longer enjoy their present position to find what their LIFEPATH is. Once found what their LIFEPATH is, this is when they are ready to talk about lifestyle changes.

What advice would you offer someone recently laid off, and over 40?

  1. This is when I take my time to have them realize what the word ”Acknowledgment” means. They learn to acknowledge themselves for all their hard work until the day they were laid off.
  2. If they have a family, first, they must make sure that in the meantime, they are covered and supported by social security or any other support system in this region.
  3. Here we discuss what he/she wishes to do a search for his/her favorite job — anywhere – or create his/her own company.

Alexandra von Hahn

One of the amazing things about what we do is the people we get to meet along the way.  Recently, we caught up with our friend and fellow coach – Alexandra von Hahn.  Alexandra is a serial entrepreneur, author, and coach living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  Originally from Santiago, Chile – she speaks Canadian English, German, Español, and French.

Fortunately, I was able to understand her Canadian English without a translator!

When she is not working with her coaching clients, she can be found whipping up some exquisite culinary delights to featured in her soon to be released the cookbook. Alexandra was gracious enough to share her thoughts about Finding A Job After 40.

If our readers want to learn more about you, where can they find you?

Alexandra von Hahn: www.canadian-cheesecake-co.de

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