Older Olim seeking employment have bring with them valuable knowledge and experience. While many Israeli companies could benefit from this expertise, many employers are reluctant to hire older candidates. The challenge is to find ways to leverage a rich life experience into a salary, a consultancy job or towards an entrepreneurial direction.
Older Olim, in their 50’s and up to retirement age, often face special challenges when beginning their job search. Although the job market is open to everyone, and ageism is against the law, even those Olim who arrive with the relevant qualifications making it a challenge to integrate into the Israeli job market.
What are your options?
- Bring your job on Aliyah
- If you are able to continue in the same job, or run your business you will have a smoother Aliyah transition as well as a livelihood.
- Look for work on line either in your current filed or in a new area which you can continue in Israel prior to your Aliyah.
- Follow your entrepreneurial dream
- If you have a business idea, are able to consult, or have a project you want to develop this is the perfect opportunity to explore your options.
- There are resources available to assist entrepreneur Olim with business development under the auspices of the MAALOT program run by MATI – Small and Medium Business Development Center.
- Find a niche and open a business
- Older Olim have created jobs for themselves such as child-minder, dog walker, house minder, handy person, transcribing, selling on-line, tutoring, crossing guard, escort to the elderly, preparing home cooked meals, ironing etc.
How to prepare for the job search:
- Know what to expect in term of your budget: Aliyah Financial Planning (pick the budget that suits you best)
- Calculate the amount of Sal Klita (absorption basket) you will receive:www.nbn.org.il/aliyahpedia/aliyah-benefits/sal-klita.html
- Network using social media with professionals in your field and with other Olim to learn about the employment situation and what options exist using Linked In, Facebook and Yahoo Groups.
- Research your professional field, find out who the main players are and reach out to contacts you may have worked with in the past or have met at conferences etc.
- Be flexible – be prepared to be creative in your job search, to explore a myriad of directions and to have a backup plan.
Read comments from older Go North Olim:
The watchwords for job-seeking Olim Hadashim (new immigrants) are “Persistence” and “Patience’
Yes, I know this sounds like a truism, but that’s because it’s TRUE.
You WILL find a job…you may find and do FIVE before you find the right one but find one you will…and it will be the right one for you. Personally I did FIVE before finding one and then a second which were right for me!
In the meantime REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE IN ISRAEL; HONE YOUR COMPUTER SKILLS; LEARN HEBREW; NETWORK; SHED YOUR PRECONCEPTIONS; and above all…
BE PATIENT and PERSISTENT
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Eli Silas- UK to Karmiel 2010
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