If you’re a job seeker over 50 you may be struggling to find work. OK, let’s be completely honest here. Even though we have legislation which states employers shouldn’t discriminate against older job candidates, is this always the case?
Sadly, in reality older job candidates are just not taken seriously enough. But by following these ‘Job Seeker over 50 Top Tips’ you can change all that.
Added to this, lots of women in their late 50s or early 60s have been informed they’ve now got to work for many more years before they can claim their pensions. This has put many women aged over 50 under pressure to work longer.
So if you’re a job seeker over 50, how do you get a job?
Well, all is not lost, but you do have to get real here. You’ll have to stay up-to-date with modern recruitment tactics and strategies if you’re going to stay ahead of the game.
If you’re an older job hunter and find yourself looking for work this can be a daunting task and one you need to take very seriously.
Your circumstances can be very different, for example, you are:
- Being laid off
- Being made redundant
- Returning to work after taking care of children
- Returning to work after taking care of an elderly relative
Whatever the reason, getting a new job or returning to work when you’re over 50 isn’t as easy as people would have you believe. But it isn’t impossible. You just have to understand what employers are looking for. Then you implement the tactics or strategies needed to convince them you can do the job well!
Tip 1: Revamp Your CV or Resume
There’s a danger when you’ve worked for 30+ years to try to add every job you’ve ever had into your CV or Resume. This is a BIG mistake. The document shouldn’t be more than 2 pages – unless you’re going for a job as a CEO of a major company.
Your employment history on your CV/Resume should go back around 10-15 years and be matched specifically to the job description… and no, ‘one-size’ does not fit all!
Employers are just NOT interested where you went to school or which certifications you took as a teenager. They are more interested in your life’s skills, experience and qualifications and, more importantly, how you can add value to their company.
Highlight all your relevant experience and skills and include action words like:
These words will show employers how you have actively participated in duties and tasks in your previous jobs.