Advice for Older Job Seekers: Lisa Lawrence’s Job Search Success Story

Everyone’s job search story is different, but each individual story can inspire and empower others who are on their own unique path. We love to hear how our readers have found rewarding careers in Portland, and we want to share these stories with you to inspire you in your job search and to help us all better understand the local job market! In this success story, Lisa Lawrence shares how patience, persistence, and being discerning helped her find a job with Digital Mark Group.

What do you do for a career? Who do you work for?

I work for Digital Mark Group, where my career is all about helping businesses of any size understand and implement digital marketing campaigns. 

How long did it take you to find this job?

Philosophically, it has taken me years to find this job. In real time, it took about three months. 

How did you find your job? What resources did you use? What tool or tactic helped the most?

I used Mac’s List primarily, and LinkedIn secondarily, to gauge the need for my skill set. In the end, it was my prior knowledge of and working with DMG in a previous capacity that led me to inquire about an opening. 

What was the most difficult part of your job search? How did you overcome this challenge?

I remained patient and discerning throughout the process. I knew that I couldn’t continue the path I was on, but I also wasn’t going to jump from the frying pan into the fire. This was going to be a real change; not just the same job with a different company.  

What is the single best piece of advice you would offer other job-seekers?

As an over (age) 50 job seeker, I had a lot of misgivings about making a change; never let negative social-driven messages about age/workplace derail you. My years of experience are very worthwhile to my employer and to me. 

Why do you love your job?

I love my job because it embodies the future. Marketing is evolving faster than we realize and I get a rush of excitement knowing that I can help businesses successfully navigate the most cutting-edge digital marketing and advertising platforms available.