Life is funny isn’t it? You think and plan and work diligently towards improving your own circumstances as well as those that employ you, but then life throws you a curve ball.
So I now find myself in the aftermath of quitting a perfectly good job where I was feeling satisfied and fully utilized, in order to care full-time for my ailing father. But that need has now vanished as he has moved beyond this earthly plane.
Now I find myself back in the job-hunting market with all the other over-qualified, experienced and competent folk.
I utilize as many information refining and gathering techniques for this task as I can:
- I subscribe to many career news feeds via my Feedly account.
- I subscribe to industry-specific enewsletters.
- I bookmark employment webpages for organisations where I’d like to work and I check these regularly.
- I keep an eye on career ads in print and online.
- I use LinkedIn to connect with professionals I know and others in the industry.
I have been applying for relevant positions as they arise. It takes me about six hours to write a job application answering the requirements fully.
I worry that at my age my resume looks a little long, but it is what it is, and personally I know that means I am experienced in my field, stable in my work attitude, mature in my emotional intelligence, and at the peak of my ability to contribute in a meaningful and practical way.
I also worry about the mistaken view that the younger one is the better they are to adapt to technology. The ability to handle technology varies from person to person, regardless of age. Some people, like me, have a natural inclination and understanding about technology, and this translates readily across all types of devices, software, databases, utilities, and emerging media. I have the kind of brain that has always understood and enjoyed maths, physics, engineering, technology, manufacturing, database structure, etc. That ability does not deteriorate with age, in fact an ability to laterally link those ideas to new trends and emerging technologies increases with age and experience.
So I use this valuable time to read, listen to podcasts, learn new things, update my eportfolio, write, take on some new projects, exercise, grow vegetables, and prepare healthy meals.
My ‘to-do’ list is still a mile long and there are only so many hours in the day.