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Tech Tips for Seniors Transitioning Careers

By Jim Blue
August 3

Whether you have been forced out of corporate life due to downsizing, left on your own to start your own venture, or are looking to re-enter the job market, chances are that you will need to brush up on basic technology skills. Chances are that you have not been in the job market for many years and the process of looking for employment has changed radically. 1.    Take an inventory of your existing equipment at home and determine what is usable and what needs to be replaced. 2.    If you currently share a computer with other members of your household, consider buying one for yourself. 3.    Find a place in your home to work without background noise and traffic. 4.    If you don’t have wireless Internet access at home, have one set up so multiple computers have Internet access simultaneously.  Make sure your wireless network is strong in your work area and secured with a password. 5.    If you only have one e-mail address, set up another for business purposes only. 6.    Consider purchasing an all-in-one printer, scanner, copier, fax machine if you don’t already have one.  If it is wireless, there is no need for more than one printer. 7.    Don’t bother adding another telephone line at home for business purposes.  Use your cell phone. 8.    Since you no longer have a corporate support line to call, find a reliable tech support person and set up a maintenance program for your equipment. 9.    Since recent surveys indicate that 3 out of 5 people find that they spend more time working outside their office, consider upgrading to a smartphone (blackberry, iPhone, or android) which will give you access to your e-mail and the Internet on the road. Jim Blue is the CEO and owner of BlueTutor.com. He is a technology adviser, personal computer tutor, author, professional speaker, and the host of “The Keeping Technology Simple” BlogTalkRadio Program. Jim has 20 years’ experience in the technology industry. Prior to establishing BlueTutor.com, he was a senior executive in the consumer products field and has extensive international business experience.

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