If you find yourself in a long unemployment line, staring at the back of the head of the person in front of you and wondering how things have come to this pass. Take heart, there is a job out there for you. Even in this economy.
The June of 2008 US News and World report listed the jobs that older Americans are most likely to find available. I will use this article as a jumping off point in the search for jobs for mature Americans. We will not visit all of the jobs and professions in the article because in our current economic straits, some of the jobs would be untenable. For instance, real estate broker does not seem like a particularly good job to have right now even if it was available.
The jobs we will look at are:
1. Retail Sales/ Sales worker
3. Secretaries/Administrative assistant
4. Tax preparer
Let’s make a few simplifying assumptions. First, let us stipulate that the elderly worker is willing to move to get a new job and that he is willing to train for a new job if necessary. These assumptions may not be as arbitrary as they seem. If you and a large number of coworkers were laid off, it is less likely that the particular skill that you have is not in demand in the place where you live. A willingness to retrain and a willingness to move virtually doubles your chances of getting a new job.
Given that we are talking about an older worker, a long apprenticeship is out of question. Jobs like engineer, doctor, lawyer, and machinist are out unless you already possess those skills.
Of the four areas we have decided to look at let’s see which one would be the most fruitful. We are going to use one of the large popular job search sites to do our looking. Namely Yahoo’s hotjobs. We are going to simplify our search criteria to make it easier to search and find the most jobs.
Let’s search on the word “retail” by typing that word in the keyword box and clearing out anything that might be in the City or Category boxes. Then push the search button. I get the following:
1. Retail: 21,944 jobs
A very good supply. Let’s try some similar search terms:
A. Sales: 36,938 jobs
B. Worker: 8,513 jobs
2. Driver: 15,167 jobs
A. Truck: 8,372 jobs
3. Admin 16,455 jobs
A. Administrative 16,455 jobs
B. Secretary 7,511 jobs
4. Tax 3,451 jobs
A. Tax Preparer 65 jobs
If you are doing a thorough job search you might want to compare these results with those from the job search sites like Monster and HeadHunter. If you really want to wade through all the jobs in the working universe–and if your skills are not much in use you may have to–I recommend one of the meta search engines such as Indeed, JuJu, or SimplyHired. The meta job search engines allow you to search all the little job search sites in one fell swoop.