Making a living after the age of fifty is not something that is handed to you; you have to work towards it. My dad is over fifty and almost to retirement age and he has worked toward finding employment. It is true that you will need to work harder at it because a lot of companies would rather train someone who is younger than you. The companies will often look at older people as a liability to them because of their health.
Keep in mind that you will be fighting a battle that is fought everyday but you can still make it in the employment industry.
Older people will usually have more experience than younger folks. Use your employment history as an advantage but only if you can say that you have been at the previous companies for a while and knew what you were doing.
Keep up with the physicals so that you can pass them. Physicals are done to make sure that the person in question will not be a liability to them. Most physicals are performed by having the person to do push-ups, climb up and down a latter, bend at the knees with your back straight, and lift weights that are around 50-100 pounds. There may be other things that you will need to do in the physical. Get to know some of the people that work in the company and ask them about the physical and what the company will have you to do in it.
Practice for the physical for a couple of minutes each day before the interview. If you are not in shape, this will be the perfect reason for you to get your body into better physical condition. When practicing for the physical, use proper techniques so that you do not injure yourself and if you start to lose your breath or feel dizzy, sit for a while to calm your heart rate down.
Most employers will hire people between the ages of twenty-five and forty-five because they believe that they are more capable of performing the job and that they will also have experience. Be prepared for a lot of no’s before you here a yes. We all know that there is a law against discrimination but this does not mean that the employer has to hire you just because you are an older person; this only means that they can’t deny you a job if you can prove that you have the right capabilities and experience to perform the job. This being said, if there is someone who is in their thirties that has the same capabilities as you, who do you think that they will hire?
Dress for success and show them that you are working material. I have seen a lot of younger people go into an interview with holes in their jeans and get hired. Dressing like you are going to your Sunday school might be a little over doing it but dressing like you are going to court is the right way to go.