This is the last part of our Journey with Liz as she re-enters the workforce, if you'd like to go back and follow her story, read the Life Strategies blogs!
Liz did talk to somebody about working in recreation in aged care and decided that although the pay was quite low ($20-$25 per hour) it was something she could continue to do for as long as she wanted to. She would need to get her First Aid Certificate and after Googling the position found several that outlined the criteria needed to secure a position. There wasn’t a position immediately available in her area so I suggested organising aspects of her eligibility like her First Aid Certificate, going through her CV for ‘touch points’ that could be worked up to be used in securing a position eg Liz was an extremely empathic person, was not fazed about working in aged care and enjoyed the prospect of having to design ‘lifestyle’ programs to suit the elderly. She even thought she would do a course/s to enhance our knowledge and position her eventually for promotion. All of this she added to her CV to leave at some of the local facilities. Liz was on her way!
Of course finding a position when you are over 50 isn’t always easy. Sometimes you need to compromise and think laterally. You can also use this time to explore other avenues which is why networking is always such a clever way to go. After all who knows who you could meet and what offers could come your way? You maybe surprised at being offered a position you’d never thought of while searching and who knows it could be perfect!
Finally think about volunteering in or joining Chambers of Commerce...any business organisation or otherwise where you can demonstrate any relevant skills. You never know who could be paying attention!
Do you have any hints re securing a position or need advice? If so happy to receive any tips you may have or if you need guidance I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org