Know the new rules for post-50 job hunting

With fewer jobs at your level, your search will be tougher.

61. Give your résumé a face-lift. Lop off everything but the last 10 years. Decades of experience are nice, but employers care more about what you've done lately.

62. Go where you're wanted. Some companies seek experienced workers. Find leads at AARP and Linkedln's site and CareerBuilder's Prime CB (

63. Be (or seem) tech-savvy. "Bust the myth that older workers don't have the most up-to-date skills," says HR expert Martha Finney. Have a strong social media presence and be able to discuss how the latest technological trends affect your industry.

64. Bookmark this! With's Who Do I Know tool, you can identify Facebook and LinkedIn connections who work at the companies you're interested in.

65. Adopt a colleague. Managers with protégés earned an average of $25,075 more a year than their non-mentoring peers, a 2012 study by workplace researchers Catalyst found. "The ability to develop talent is highly valued," says Catalyst's Anna Beninger.

66. Protect your paycheck. High earners are vulnerable in a cutback and slower to rebound. A vice president over 50 takes 20% longer to get rehired than a 41- to 45-year-old one does, recruiter ExecuNet found.

So add skills constantly, even if they're not a perfect fit with your current job. "Companies often seek out hires who can bring new thinking," says author and restructuring adviser Duncan Mathison.

Plus, the older you are, the harder it is to regain your old pay after a layoff.

Change in median earnings of reemployed workers:
Ages 25-34: -11%
Ages 35-49: -19%
Ages 50-61: -23%
Ages 62+: -47%
Note: Data from May 2008 through May 2011. Source: Urban Institute

  @Money - Last updated April 17 2013 05:24 PM ET
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