Job hunting tips for over 50sPosted by Olderiswiser Editorial
Job hunting for over 50s doesn’t need to be a daunting experience. With a positive attitude, your experience and skills can maximise your opportunities.
For people over 50m job hunting is quite the experience. You’ve amassed a wealth of experience throughout your career, which can help to put you near the top when it comes to your profession. However, there are also considerable downsides.
Particularly, some employers can be put off by your age. Although this is age bias and discriminatory, it is extremely difficult to prove. So, instead, take the bull by the horns and change the way you present yourself to would be employers. With some minor alterations to your profile and CV, you can maximise your opportunities in the job-seeking world.
Modernise your skills
Your entire career has been a learning curve; you have valuable experience and skills, but you need to convince recruiters that these skills remain relevant. In some cases, you may even need qualifications for roles and jobs that you didn’t need in the past.
To give yourself the best chance of securing your next job, update these skills to bring them into the present day. To achieve this, you could take classes or courses with certifications to state that you’re able to complete the intended job. Any relevant licenses you hold will also need to be checked to make sure that they’re valid.
Update your CV
Consider the current condition of your CV. For some of you, you might not even have one or have ever had to use one, but nowadays, these documents are essential. If you are unsure where to start, you'll find useful resources online that can help you create a CV, such as Resumention or CVCentre.co.uk that will also be able to help you create cover letters to go alongside your CV. These services can also provide help with CV writing and consultations.
As a basic start, you’ll need to include an introduction on yourself, your education, your work history and any related professional qualifications. A relevant and concise cover letter gives your job application the best possible chance of success by introducing your strongest qualities and an invitation for the recruiter to find out more from your CV. Write one for each position you apply for, taking care to personalise the letters - and, if at all possible, avoid using templates.
Perfecting your CV
Like most of us, you’ve probably fallen into some bad writing habits, which will be evident in your CV. Similarly, as we get older, it’s common to forget some basic writing skills, which could prove damaging when potential employers consider a CV. Using blog resources, such as State of Writing and Via Writing, can help polish up rusty grammar and writing knowledge and ensure that your job application is in tiptop shape.
Rehearse for your interview
After you’ve submitted your CV, you may be asked to attend an interview. Before the interview, it can be extremely beneficial to rehearse for it. If your responses have a lot of ‘ums’ and pauses, it will reflect badly on you.
Although it’s impossible to tell what questions an interviewer will ask, most will be standard, such as ‘What happened in your last job?’ and ‘Why do you want to work for this company?’ Practice these responses so you’ll be perfect when it comes to the actual interview.
Work for yourself
When looking for a job, you don’t even have to work for another company. In fact, it’s possible to work from home at the computer you’re using right now. This is a career option known as freelancing where you’ll have the ability to work for companies around the world in all kinds of industries using websites such as Upwork and UK Writings.
Elizabeth James, a writer using Ox Essays, states, “Freelancing changed my life. I can work as many, or as few hours as I please and there are always jobs available, no matter what work you want to complete. The review system is good, so you always know that you’re working with a good client.”
Job hunting doesn’t have to be an overwhelming and daunting experience, even if you haven’t applied for a job in years. Although age bias is extremely unfair, it does exist, but with a positive and uplifting attitude, you can maximise your job opportunities.
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