- slide 1 of 4
- slide 2 of 4
Labor statistics also say that the average person born in the latter years of the baby boom held 11 jobs from age 18 to age 44, and tat more than three-fifths of those jobs were held from ages 18 to 27. What does this mean for boomers? It says: you’ve done it before, so just tap into your inner need for change because you can facilitate Baby Boomer career changes.
It’s all about transitioning to new careers, but a better way to describe it may be career reinvention.
Since some of us will be working until we’re pushing up daisies, what is needed to stay in the working day game?
- slide 3 of 4
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Spelling and grammatical errors, too much information, outdated skills such as: “typewriter efficiency,” and anything else that dates you should be removed from resumes.
- Keep passion tempered with reality:
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.
- Teach, train or coach:
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.
- slide 4 of 4
Gauging the labor force effects of retiring Baby-Boomers http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2000/07/art2full.pdf
Resume writing reference: http://www.jtcc.edu/downloads/academics/ResumeWriting.pptx
"Occupational Replacement Needs,” in Occupational. Projections and Training Data, Bulletin 2521 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, May. 2000), pp. 71–90. http://filer.case.edu/stl3/Mgmt%20395/Final/Retire.pdf