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I've been a successful studio musician for many years. My industry has changed and people who do what I've done have largely been eliminated. I have related skill sets that I've tried to follow up on but the entire industry is in a deep slump and funding for new projects has dried up. So I'm looking around at what else I might do, and I've applied for a couple of jobs at colleges in music-related technology roles. Beyond that I really haven't got a clue how to move on, and where or how to look for a new career. I've never done anything other than music performance and music recording since graduating from college.

 

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Hello,

 

I will be 56 this November and have made my career as an executive assistant to C level executives.

 

I am considering moving to be near my son and his family and would like to understand how I can go for a management position.

 

After 30 some years, I think I bring alot of management level skill sets

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My value is classroom experience in all levels of K-12 education.  I also have served as a site administrator as well as the district office.  My specialized training for CTO helps me understand the big purchase vision in terms of legal requirements and hoop.  Therefore, "I get it": I understand the challenges and the doubt prevalent with schools, and educators.  I also can talk as "one of them" as teachers often feel that sales people and trainers are outsiders and don't understand the realistic situation in the classroom.

 

What I don't know is how to convey that to employers.


Thanks so much for drilling down -

 

So your target market is, if I'm getting this right, school districts - as well as perhaps individual private schools? - implementing curriculum and technology.  When you say "specialized training for CTO.." are you referring to chief technology officers, or is this another acronym?

 

Your LinkedIn profile, in the "About" section is the place to state this clearly.  People usually miss the importance of the About section.  It's not a summary of past jobs/accomplishments.  It's a place to state the "why" of what you do, plus a few highlights of "how" you have made a difference in doing it, plus an aspirational "where" you are looking to take this talent of yours going forward.

 

You already have the seeds of this in the paragraph you just wrote to me.  So I would recommend looking at revising your LinkedIn accordingly and using the 2000 characters available in the about section to fully flesh out your value proposition in your area.

 

As to jobs specifically, I would not wait for job openings to be posted.  Sure, you can always search on keywords and things will come up.  But I would be more pro-active and identify the companies that provide these services to your target market.  Network your way (through LinkedIn and through your own network) to the decision-makers at those providers and develop relationships there.

 

Give them a reason to connect with you by analyzing the gaps or opportunities in your market, and coming up with solutions to address them.  In your outreach to these providers, you're not "looking for a job," you're "doing research" about what's going on in the market and looking to get their take.

 

Develop relationships as a fellow professional and as a thought leader (after all these years, and your significant experience, you've earned it!) - not as as a "supplicant" with your hand out trying to land a job.

 

Your relationships, and the respect that you develop based on the insights that you offer, are what will lead you to the kind of job you're seeking - whether directly, or through referrals.

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My value is classroom experience in all levels of K-12 education.  I also have served as a site administrator as well as the district office.  My specialized training for CTO helps me understand the big purchase vision in terms of legal requirements and hoop.  Therefore, "I get it": I understand the challenges and the doubt prevalent with schools, and educators.  I also can talk as "one of them" as teachers often feel that sales people and trainers are outsiders and don't understand the realistic situation in the classroom.

 

What I don't know is how to convey that to employers.

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@JohnTarnoff I need help with search terms for the various job sites such as Indeed or Zip Recruiter. I am looking for the types of jobs where I would go out to the customer and train them and support them in their product use.  What would be the title of such a position? 


 

Thanks for your question @SchoolAdmin!

 

I would expect that "trainer," "product demo," "training," "product support," "customer training" are the basic search terms you would use to find such job postings.

 

More to the point for me is: what is your actual field of expertise that someone would hire you for?  Don't be a "jack of all trades" and represent yourself as someone with the ability to train anyone on anything.  That's not going to fly.  You need to already be a specific, niched solution to what your employer needs.

 

Have a clear sense of your value proposition before you start searching for open positions, and be able to clearly state what that is.

 

All the best

 

John

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@JohnTarnoff I need help with search terms for the various job sites such as Indeed or Zip Recruiter. I am looking for the types of jobs where I would go out to the customer and train them and support them in their product use.  What would be the title of such a position? 

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Getting turned down for the jobs you're applying for?

Worse yet, can't even get called in for an interview?

Afraid you're stuck on the job search hamster wheel forever?

 

doran-erickson-508459-unsplash.jpgStop what you're doing and consider that going freelance may be you best strategy.  Take everything you've learned in your life-long career, including the skills, the wisdom, the insight (that can only come from experience), and put it to work in a specific, targeted way for a bunch of clients, not just one single employer.

 

Of course there are challenges to going from an employee mindset to a freelance mindset.

 

Check out my recent blog post on this subject: https://johntarnoff.com/freelance-101-how-to-start-your-second-act/

 

Let me know what you think?

Already made the transition to the freelance lifestyle?  Share your experience and your tips and tricks to help others successfully follow in your footsteps!

 

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Thanks, for sharing your insights @JohnTarnoff. Great way to kick this off. We're glad to have you in the AARP Online Community for the next six weeks!

 

For those who would like to ask a question, please do so by reply post. Thank you!

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Hi, Everyone!

It's a pleasure to be here on the AARP forum to support you in extending and reinventing your career.

 

More and more of us are delaying retirement.  This makes more and more sense at a time when people are living longer and need more savings to support them in their longer lives.  But we also are a more engaged generation and want to stay active and involved in work - which provides great satisfaction and also keeps us healthy!

 

But the big problem that we're having is  convincing employers to keep us around!  According to a recent ProPublica/Urban Institute study, 56% of all employed people over 50 will be forced out of their jobs one way or another.

 

That's a staggering figure...

 

My prescription is to stop chasing job openings and to start chasing professional relationships.  Your network is your number one career asset.  85% of jobs are filled through referrals, NOT through job applications.  So you need to tap into your existing network and build new connections.

 

I'm sure we'll be talking more about this over the next six weeks!  

 

Tell me your story and I'll do my best to give you some actionable advice.

 

John

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