By its very nature, the word "transition" means that something undergoes a change and passes from one state to another. That can be taken to mean that boomers will have to recreate themselves to find new opportunities. "How is that done," you ask?
- Transfer to jobs with new skill sets by finding out what is transferable
Transferable skills such as communication, problem-solving and analysis are always in demand. LaWanda Woods, from John Tyler Community College, provides an illustration of transferable skills in this example of resume writing:
For Career Changers: Accomplished administrator seeking to leverage extensive background in personnel management, recruitment, employee relations and benefits administration in an entry-level human resources position. Extremely motivated for career change goal and eager to contribute to a company's HR division.
- Master resume writing and learn what today’s red flags and taboos are:
Spelling and grammatical errors, too much information, outdated skills such as: “typewriter efficiency," and anything else that dates you should be removed from resumes.
Boomers will still have to execute, figure out industry trends, work long hours. Remember, it’s about re-education, and it is a job after all.
- Use a network of colleagues, friends and professional organizations to locate opportunities:
Keep in mind that social media is necessary, and is more so than you thought. Boomer workers will need to know marketing, PR, communications, branding, project management, customer service, analytics, etc. Using Twitter and LinkedIn are not enough.
Mature workers may also have to learn to moonlight at another job until theirs takes off
Find out which jobs are going to be most affected by Baby Boomer career changes and fill the gap.
Still, in terms of Baby Boomer career changes, many will choose to work for themselves.