If you’re over 50 and looking for work then the biggest mistake you can make is to get hung up on your age. You can’t be blamed for feeling a little worried when the picture that the media paint of prospects for jobseekers over 50 is one of dire misery, doom and gloom. But just remember to take it with a pinch of salt, as according to the newspapers, things look just as glum for school leavers, graduates, and parents who have taken time out to raise children… it’s a miracle any of us have jobs according to the media!
There are actually plenty of reasons for people over 50 to feel positive about their chances of finding work. The trick is to make sure that you’re approaching your job search in the right way, and we’re about to let you know how to do this.
First of all don’t listen to the news; the media love reporting bad news! Don’t take anything you hear to heart, it’s important to stay motivated and positive at all times. No matter what your age or level of experience, the job market is hard to crack at the moment and you’d be very lucky to get the first job you have an interview for. If at first you don’t succeed then try, try again. And whatever you do don’t blame your age if you don’t get the job, your age probably has nothing to do with it.
Your age is an advantage
Rather than thinking of your age as something negative, sell it as an advantage. Your age will give you many advantages over younger applicants as with age comes experience. Remember that you are highly experienced and therefore also highly employable!
Update your CV
You need to make sure that you are renewing and updating your CV regularly so that it doesn’t appear outdated. Think about your work history and identify your greatest achievements. Highlight these clearly and concisely in you personal profile at the beginning of your CV, sell the experience, professionalism and knowledge that you have gained over the years.
Make sure that your CV doesn’t include realms of irrelevant information. Think about what kind of jobs you’re now looking for and if you have jobs that aren’t relevant from over 10-15 years ago on your CV then remove them. Keep in mind that your CV shouldn’t be longer than 2 A4 pages. If you’ve chopped and changed careers over the years then don’t go into too much detail about jobs that are irrelevant to the industry that you’re trying to get into, concentrate only on relevant work experience.
Remember that potential employers don’t need to know your age so you should not include your date of birth on your CV, neither do you need to include dates when listing your education and qualifications.
Let’s face it, everything is digital these days so you can’t afford to be afraid of technology. Don’t send in paper copies of your CV unless you have been asked to do so, always email your CV or application wherever possible.
Remember, you need to believe in the advantages that your age gives you; if you view it as a positive thing then you can persuade potential employers of this too.