4 Tips for Finding a New Job After 40

After a lifetime of work, with one job flowing seamlessly into another, it might seem (in hindsight) like it was always easy to get a new gig. Unfortunately, the reality is that finding a new job can be harder as you get older. But not to fear! It's possible to find a new job, or even change careers completely, even as an older member of the workforce. Whether you're looking for a new challenge, or forced to look elsewhere after a layoff, there's no time like the present to make yourself into the best new employee your future boss ever had.

6 Key Supports to Have in Place for a Midlife Career Shift

Changing careers is more common than you might think. After a time, the excitement and novelty of a job, or even an entire industry, can wear off and we realize we need a change. Perhaps new management or protocol/procedures help to push us toward the decision. Maybe, changing careers (often during our mid-30s to early 50s) is about chasing a dream, old or new; and who needs a better reason than that? For one reason or another, a lot of people decide at some point along the way to shift careers. It can be an exciting and ultimately rewarding choice, but it's important to make the proper preparations before taking the leap. Here are a few key supports to have in place before making a midlife career shift.

Your Mid-30s Is a Great Time to Change Careers

There is nothing wrong with changing careers at any point in your life -- in fact, there is a lot to be said for it. After years of doing the same thing, the challenge and the excitement can wear off, and it can start to feel as if you're ready for something new. Statistics show that most people will make a career change five to seven times over the course of their life. Not all of these changes are major, but whether you're considering changing your whole career, or just shifting from one job to another within the same career category, your mid-30s are a great time to shake things up.

The Best Way to Stay Excited About Your Work: Take a Job You’re Not Quite Qualified For

We spend so much of our lives at work. While making money, having good benefits, and experiencing marked success are important, it might also be nice to actually be excited about the job you do. The benefits of having enthusiasm about your work, and passion for your job, are not to be underestimated, and staying challenged and stimulated by your occupation might just be the key.