Re: I need a job/career
Like you, I've been in one job for many years. Next year, however, my son graduates from high school and the need for a high degree of flexibility and very short commute time will be considerably lessened. At that point, I will be free to pursue opportunities elsewhere. So I'll be joining the job market myself soon.
Yes, being older and having been in one place for a very long time may be seen as negatives to potential employers. There might be a fear that you're too set in your ways to fit into a new corporate culture, that you're behind the times on the latest office applications and methods, or that someone with your years of experience is going to expect more money than they want to pay for the position they have open. To combat those issues, you're going to need to up your game.
You don't need your resume to be good, you need it to be outstanding. It might be worth it to have a hiring professional take a look at it and give you some feedback. The same goes for interviewing, in that you need to be in top form and it might be wise to get some outside help polishing those skills. Taking a course down at the local community college, or even online, might be useful in figuring out how the job market currently works in your area and your field.
Also, I would suggest getting some updated professional certifications if at all possible. I'm currently updating my MS certificates to the 2016 versions, for example. Or if you've spent the last couple decades using a single software package (Quickbooks, Sage, etc.) and are a whiz with it, go through a bootcamp program and get certified on that software. Updated professional certifications can help signal to employers that you're still actively engaged in professional development, have relevant skills, and are willing to continue learning and keeping up with more modern practices.
Alternately, you could re-train a bit for a career change. That could mean a complete back-to-school re-training, but it doesn't have to. I've been an office manager for years, but in our small business that's meant that I am also the HR director, the CFO, the IT department, the assistant PM, the community liaison, the purchasing officer, and the interim CEO when the owner is out of town or even just out of sorts. So, basically, I have the skills and experience to go into administration or management in a variety of directions. My local area has lots going on right now, and lots coming down the pipeline, that make project management a solid career choice. Thus, I'll be working on getting my PMP over the next year or so. You, too, need to figure out how your skills and experience might translate into a new career. Then take whatever steps are necessary to hone your skills, education, and certifications, in that specific direction so that you're a great candidate for jobs in that specific field.
You'll find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly upon our own point of view. - Obi Wan Kenobi
Last edited by Rowan; 01-26-2017 at 01:16 PM.