There comes a time when you reach a certain age and realise that perhaps you need to market yourself in a different way. Things do change and if you have held down the same job for a while, the chances are your CV / resume might need updating. This is when having a great mature job seekers CV can get you ahead.
With most employers now asking to see a CV or using a CV / resume as part of the recruitment process; it is essential that your mature job seekers CV / resume provides the right information and uses an up to date format or layout. A CV format that worked and got you the job a few years ago may not be so effective today so find out which type of CV format is best for you.
What your new mature job seekers CV / resume should contain
The personal profile of your CV is usually the first section that a prospective employer will read. Therefore you should make sure that you use this section to grab the reader’s interest by painting a strong positive description of you as a professional and as a person.
A great way to highlight your strong points is by using the key skills / qualities section of your CV / resume. Using bullet points to list 4 or 5 of the most relevant skills required for the job will bring them to the attention of the reader. You can then provide examples in the employment section of your CV /resume.
As a mature job seeker you are more likely to have good work experience, transferable skills and knowledge that any good employer should value. The biggest advantage you offer an employer over a younger candidate is experience, so make sure that your CV / resume highlights all these points.
It is not necessary to list your entire employment record – giving the last 10 years should be sufficient. If you have a significant strong selling point make sure that you ALWAYS include it. For example many employers look favourably upon military service – now it may have been over 10 years since you served, but it is something that you should highlight.
Consider how you list your education and qualifications. Is it necessary to list qualifications you gained in secondary school over twenty years ago when you have gone on to achieve much higher qualifications more recently? Moreover how many of those qualifications have been replaced by alternatives? If the person reading the CV / resume does not know of these qualifications they might dismiss them.
Some people underestimate the importance of voluntary work or charity work on their CV / resume. Do you act as a governor in your children’s school, organise sports events, help in local community projects? All these are things that can be included on your CV which could present you in a good light to a prospective employer.
Always get someone suitable to proof read and check your CV for grammar mistakes before you send it out.
Sample mature job seekers CV / resume template
|A highly motivated, vastly experienced and loyal senior manager who prides herself on achieving excellent results by creating great team spirit within a welcoming environment. Able to manage a diverse range of groups ensuring targets are met and that superb results achieved; her proven leadership skills have shown her to be effective in team situations as a diplomatic and tactful leader.|
2005 – date
|Duties: Promoted to Regional Manager. The company grew quickly and as we expanded I was placed on the team to negotiate the successful buy out of a rival chain. Added a further 5 new outlets and successfully introduced a new menu that has now become the signature of the chain.|
1995 – 2005
|Duties: On being promoted to Area Manager I was responsible for the smooth running of the 4 wine bars in my district ensuring that weekly, monthly and annual targets were achieved. Under my leadership the area turnover grew year on year. Voted company employee of the year.|
|Manager||1992 – 1995|
|Duties: On being promoted to Manager I was responsible for the running of the bar. This included reconciling and banking bar takings, recruiting and training new staff members, ordering of supplies, stock management, ensuring customers were satisfied with the service they received.|
|Senior Bar Assistant||
1990 – 1992
|Snobs Wine Bar|
|Duties: Working in a prestigious wine bar, my duties included: Accepting cash and credit card payments, reconciling bar tills, taking customers’ orders, stocking and ordering of wines, also bringing clients drinks and food orders to their tables.|
|Petty Officer (Steward)||
1980 – 1990
|HM Royal Navy|
|Duties: As a Petty Officer, I worked in some of the most important bases (C-in-C Fleet, Flag Officer Portsmouth & Flag Officer Naval Sea Training). My duties included ensuring all junior stewards carried out their tasks satisfactorily.|
|Anyplace for Snobs||HCIMA Degree||2009|
|Snobby School||NEBSM Certificate in Supervisory Management||1990 – 1995|
|I am a qualified scuba diver and during my leisure I enjoy travelling to destinations where I can dive. I am a member of my local amateur dramatics group and as well as writing and appearing in several local productions. I am a volunteer with a local charity and have organised and run a media course for disadvantaged youths in my community.|
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Build your online CV
Before you send out your mature job seekers CV/resume, you should make sure you have an effective cover letter.
Go to our sample CV cover letters section if you are looking for great example cover letters in your field to introduce your CV/resume to a prospective employer.
Alternatively you can download a software program that enables you to produce powerful letters by following their process.
Once you have constructed a great mature job seeker CV and a covering letter that will impress, upload your CV / resume online and get found by recruiters looking for your skills. Then you can search for jobs in your country and overseas, find the latest vacancies and start applying instantly.
Whatever your profession go to our sample CV / resumes by job title page where you can find free examples of:
Sample Change of Career CV / resume
Sample Graduate Admin CV / resume
Sample Graduate Business CV / resume
Sample Electronics Engineer CV / resume
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