As an older job seeker there are different things we need to concentrate on. So how do you approach your job search as a more mature job seeker? What do you have to do differently than a younger person?
How to approach your job search as a mature job seeker
The fact is with the advancement in medical practices and technology people are living longer. It also means that many are having to delay retirement and extend their careers.
According to figures from DEMOS the combination of declining birth rates and greater longevity means that by 2030 the number of people aged 50 and over will have reached 46 per cent of the total UK population, rising from 33 per cent in 2002. Many companies now realise that they have a large pool of experienced, reliable workers at their disposal. With this knowledge it may affect how you approach your job search as a more mature job seeker.
Your Mature Job Seeker CV or resume
As we have stated in the writing a personal profile page, the first thing that the person reading your CV or resume will take notice of is your personal profile. Use this three to five sentence statement to underline your strengths by carefully selecting positive words such as ‘experienced’, ‘loyal’, ‘committed’, ‘dedicated’ etc.
The greatest advantage a more mature job seeker has to offer to a prospective employer is their experience. It is imperative that your mature job seeker CV or resume reflects this and that you demonstrate to the reader that your age is not a negative, but a positive.
In the employment summary section you do not need to give every job you have had. However if you have been with one organisation for a long time and progressed to a senior level; it may be highly beneficial to highlight this. One way of doing this is by treating each promotion as a separate job within the section.
Highlight as many achievements and triumphs as possible.
Illustrate any supervisory or leadership roles that you have held and give examples to support your claims. Bear in mind that a CV or resume should ideally be 2 pages in length so you should be very selective about what information you include.
Remember that your mature job seeker CV or resume should be designed to get you an interview or application form – this is where you can go into greater detail about your career history.
One thing we would always recommend is that as a mature jobseeker you include any time you spent in the services (Navy, army, air force, police, fire or ambulance) irrespective of how long ago. The fact that you have served often gives a positive image of a disciplined, loyal person who can work well with others and can be relied upon in many ways.
Whilst the education section is highly important to a younger candidate; it may not be so important to the more mature job seeker. Give only the highest qualifications and most importantly those most relevant to the role for which you are seeking. Let’s face it unless you went to a prestigious school that will reflect positively on you, the chances are there are more important factors that will sell you to the reader.
For an example CV that can be used by a mature job seeker click HERE
Building a network of contacts as a mature job seeker
As stated before, the greatest advantage the mature job seeker has over their younger rivals is their age and experience. This is the time to make use of them. Call in those favours. Speak to contacts you have made over the years and let them know that you are available.
Many jobs are not advertised, so networking is regarded as the best way people can find new employment. Keep in touch with former colleagues and managers.
Ask relatives, friends and neighbours, if they know of any vacant positions. A personal recommendation is an excellent method of obtaining a new position. Being recommended from someone who either works for, or who knows the person who is recruiting, you will have put yourself in the front of the line of applicants. Another option you could consider are low stress jobs.
Go to our best way to build your network of contacts page for great advice and you will greatly improve your chances of landing that job.
Conducting an online job search and the best job search engines for a mature job seeker
With the growth of the internet, many organisations now actively recruit online. More and more companies and organisations have embraced and incorporated information technology and the internet. As a result you are increasingly likely to find yourself having to apply for jobs online.
This involves uploading your CV or resume onto a website. There are hundreds of job search sites, so which ones are the best for the mature job seeker? We have added some of the best job search sites that are geared to the more mature person. Simply click on the relevant link below and you will be able to access these top search websites:
These are just some of the best web sites that specifically cater for the more mature job seeker. If you know of a great job search engine or if you would like your site to be added to our list, please use our contact form and we will include it.
Don’t be afraid to ask!
Being out of work can be a frustrating time. Try not to get disheartened, job search stress can be avoided if you get the necessary help.
These are just a few organisations that offer a wide range of valuable support.
As the number of people over forty continues to rise (especially amongst women), the need to address issues such as midlife career change, relationships and surviving job loss also grows.
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