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Those that are 40 and over may think that getting a decent job in Israel is more of a challenge than it really is.
9/6/2012, 3:09 PM

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Israel’s Best Value Workforce; Olim Age 40 and Over!

Being able to get a job is on the top of the list for most people when considering Aliyah. Those that are 40 and over may think that getting a decent job in Israel is more of a challenge than it really is. Having to learn Hebrew and not having “Protexia” The Israeli term for “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” are true hurdles that must be cleared for any new immigrant. However, with the right attitude, willingness to learn new things, flexibility, humility and just plain old rock solid determination mixed in with a lot of “Emunah” (Faith) are the base ingredients to a successful Aliyah at this age group and truly with anyone for that matter.

Combine that with networking online on websites like Linkedin and Facebook to create your own sort of “Protexia.” Then mix in working with organizations like Nefesh B’Nefesh and to name a few and a good dose of plain old fashion pounding the pavement will get you a job in Israel. Being an oleh (immigrant) over age 40 does have a few advantages over those young whippersnappers and can be the “Best Value” for the money when it comes to being considered for employment. That’s because an immigrant is willing to work for less money and older people have a lot to offer.

“You have more experience; you have more transferable skills, as you grow older your tolerance levels tend to improve…” “You have more experience, you have more transferable skills, as you grow older your tolerance levels tend to improve, older people have less demand of their time; their families are grown up and also have to some extent lower expectations and probably greater stability.” Reported Chaim Emmett CEO and Founder of ( whose key vision is to be recognized as a people led network, finding jobs for people and people for jobs. [in Israel] “An employer that is able to see that is very, very excited about getting that value.” “An employer that is able to see that is very, very excited about getting that value.” Remarked Rachel Burger Director of Employment at NefeshB'Nefesh organization responsible for bringing over 30,000 Jews from North America to Israel and has reported a 97% retention rate!

With all this it is no wonder why many Jews are feeling more confident about moving to Israel. While getting a job for anyone is challenging anywhere in the world, each person does indeed have their own unique advantages and it’s important to “sell” that. An employer wants the best person for the job. Young people are looking to prove themselves and gain experience, while older people are looking for a place to apply their rode tested talents. It’s easy to see why an employer might want to hire an older person. “Whoa man! Really senior!” was the initial response from an employer when Rachel Berger presented a resume of an Oleh over 60.

“Yeah but he’s a real bargain for you because you can’t afford a guy like this!” Rachel shot back. The man that Rachel was presenting had grown many companies in the States, now he is in Israel with basic Hebrew skills, but top end talent. Nowhere in this employer’s wildest dreams could he afford to hire such a man with these high level skills and abilities. “Give him a decent offer and he’s all yours!” advised Rachel. Both employer and employee are now living happily ever after. One great thing about a human being is that we are able to learn. I personally had to retrain myself in many areas.

I came at 45, now I am 52. My profession is printing t-shirts and making trophies, now I am the marketing director of Keshet Yehuda Pre Military Academy’s Aliyah & Integration program. When I first came to offer my services, the program was going in a completely direction and the program was losing a lot of money and had very few students for the amount of time and money that was put into it. While I can still print a mean t-shirt, I was running my family’s business for over 15 years and knew how to make things work. I applied my skills and within the first year the program completely turned around and grew into what it is today!

I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be involved in helping young men make Aliyah that want to join the Israeli army, hosting a radio show or writing articles like this one you are reading now! For me this is only the beginning, currently I am working on developing new ways for organizations to reach their markets without having to break the bank as well as developing other ideas I have. Granted I’m not making what I was making in the States (right now), but I am living in the Land of Israel, happy and am working on improving my skills all the time because I know I have a lot to offer! If I can do it, you can do it! I love this place! Perhaps back in the “Old Country” we were top dogs, but who ever said “You can’t teach old dogs new tricks.” hasn’t met us over 40ers in Israel! Catch Aliyah Fever every Wednesday 12pm Eastern, 7pm Israel time on

David Lev is a prolific writer with extensive experience in media productions. He is founder of Aliyah Magazine and the Jewish TV Channel, with a focus on connecting Jews to Israel. David is an avid explorer of biblical sites; he is also a serving non-commissioned officer with Israeli security forces, which welcomes potential volunteers. Dr. Sam Minskoff, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Jerusalem providing psychological services to the English speaking community, in particular those pertaining to the Aliyah process. He has an excellent reputation for successfully helping a wide range of people in his unique caring way for individual attention. New confidential enquiries are most welcome. Contact either of them:
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