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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

5 Transitional Jobs For Women Over 50

Many people agree that the job market can be a very competitive and self-esteem stripping place to be. You may be a young, fresh, intelligent, adventurous, ambitious college graduate trying to find your place in the dog-eat-dog career world only to find that your resume has been set aside and replaced by someone with more experience.

This can be disheartening, but imagine the reality of being replaced because you are getting older and considered less productive. This is the case sometimes for women over 50 because they are now competing with all those young, fresh college grads full of energy and motivation.

And the painful truth is that as women age, they do feel a little less energetic. They do feel a little more fragile and a little less physically strong. When women reach the age of 50, they still have 15 or more years before they can retire, but may likely have increasing financial demands.

It is possible that either they themselves or their mate may begin to have some health issues to deal with. They may have some traditional expenses dealing with their grown children, like paying for their son's college or their daughter's wedding. And the old saying about raising children for only 18 years is bogus. Many parents feel compelled to assist their children financially well into their 20's or 30's.

So what are some of the options for women who want and need to stay active in the job market without breaking a hip and without losing their dignity. What if you had been a hard-working waitress for 20 or 30 thirty making anywhere from $15 to $25 an hour. This may not be the most dignified position, but it paid the bills and you survived doing it for all those years. But now, standing on your feet and running around tables for 10-11 shifts is simply killing you.

The truth is, many companies that are looking for sales agents actually mention in their job advertisements that those in the hospitality industry are well suited for that position. This is because servers or waitstaff are already used to dealing with people. They are already experienced in  dealing with work stress and deadlines, getting the food to the customer while still hot and they're still happy, etc. They have learned many good skills about organization and money management that can be used in client account management areas. And sales is definitely physically less demanding in most cases.

So Sales is option number 1 for women over 50. Many companies are looking for mature women to present their products. If your job would require in-home selling, people respond better to women making a pitch to them about certain products rather than men in many instances. This is because of the mother image that folks perceive about women, so women can come across as more trustworthy. Women are usually more warm and engaging in their approach to selling rather than men who sometimes come across as applying high pressure to their sales pitches.

Sales is one of the highest paid careers in the world making well over $100,000 annually if you find the right company. Insurance sales, walk-in tubs sales, home improvement sales and exercise equipment sales are just a few possibilities to consider. Craigslist and Indeed.com have long lists of sales opportunities to examine and you just might find the right one for you.

Now, what if you have worked for 20-30 years in a very high pressure or high stress job like Advertising or Public Relations, Event Coordinator or a company Executive. And now you are ready for a change to something a little less stressful now that you are over 50? You might consider becoming a consultant. Women over 50 have loads of experience in life in general and have learned many skills and trades that they could inspire or teach others to do. So becoming a Consultant is option number 2 for women over 50.

Start by creating business cards of what you consult in and network yourself with the clients that you have previously worked with and asked them to speak for you to others as well. You can advertise as a consultant in the particular field that you have experience in. Opening a LinkedIn account and gaining connections will also spread the word on what you do. More often than not, people want someone they respect to give them advice before they buy a product or use a service. You likely have much to share about your field that others are willing to pay for.

Another possibility for women over 50 is that of becoming a freelance writer. Women at this age have much to say about life in general or maybe about their field of expertise. So becoming a Writer is option number 3 for women over 50. Starting a successful blog has been financially rewarding for some but this is tougher than you may realize. So it might be better to start by guest posting on websites that offer the particular product or service that you feel passionate or knowledgeable about. There are also websites that offer to pay for freelance writers to keep their sites full of fresh content.

You might work on a book about humor, cooking, parenting, your field of expertise or whatever you like. There are many self-publishing sites out there and you could have your book up for sale on Amazon or Barnes & Noble in no time at all. If good grammar and story development are not your specialties, hire an editor. Royalties will begin to trickle in and if the book is pretty good, who knows...

Maybe you are not one of those women who have slaved for the corporate world for 20-30 years until you are tired and ready for a change. Maybe your husband paid the bills while you raised your children and kept house all those years. But now, you find yourself either divorced or suffering from empty nest syndrome and you want or need to enter the job market at age 52. This is certainly a tough time in life for that to happen. But you might consider whether or not you have the entrepreneurial spirit.

If you have a small amount of cash resources, you might look into buying some products wholesale and listing them on eBay. So Self-Employment is option number 4 for women over 50. You may not have to buy products wholesale. You might wish to make some type of craft like BoHo headbands or some type of creative decor. This would keep costs down and profits higher. eBay is one of the largest marketplaces in the world. There is no other storefront in the world that gets the kind of traffic that eBay gets with costs of operating a business there very low by comparison.

Spring Imports is one company that ships women's clothing out of the fashion district of New York and they do not require a minimum order to get started. All they ask is to just sign up for free membership. Orders over $300 get free shipping. If you bought 60 pieces of women's clothing for $5 each and sold them on eBay for $20 each, your profit after shipping costs of about $180 would be about $720. Not too bad a paycheck per week for working at home. Can you sell 60 pieces in a week? It's been done on eBay before, so it could happen to you too.

The last option (number 5) for women over 50 that wish to enter the job market is Domestic work. Child Care, Elder Care or Housekeeping is definitely something that most women are good at. Care.com offers you the ability to sign up for free membership and check out local positions in these fields. Many people want mature women rather than unpredictable teenagers to care for their children or their parents. Pay for childcare and eldercare usually ranges around $10 an hour. Light housekeeping is not typically too demanding physically, and pay usually centers around $15 to $20 an hour.

You may also have seen women over 50 working at Wal-Mart or the Dollar General store, but these positions might include standing on your feet for long shifts and lifting boxes up to 40 pounds each when restocking shelves. Fast food restaurants hire people of all ages, but these positions also require a lot of reaching and stooping and standing on your feet for many hours which might be difficult for some women over 50.

Some women find jobs in the Administrative field, like secretaries or other office positions. And you might get hired for these if you have typing and computer skills that are up to date. Up to date is the key expression here. If you worked in a doctor's office 30 years ago, the data entry and spreadsheet programs that most every office used was Lotus 1-2-3. The word processing programs were Word Perfect or WordStar2000. These are obsolete now for the most part. So if you wish to enter this field, you might need a refresher course on the latest software programs.

If you are loaded with money or if you qualify for grants or loans, you could take some college courses and get your degree and then you will have the same problems getting a job that young college graduates face every day. But this is certainly an honorable goal if goals is what you are shooting for.

So there you have it -5 possible job opportunities to check out if you one of those women over 50 that want or need to go back to work and would like to find something a little less physically demanding.

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