We are receiving more calls from concerned people who are in their 50’s and 60’s struggling to gain employment. As a result of these calls, we would like to offer some words of advice that may help in the quest for employment.
The key to success is ensuring that when marketing yourself; always communicate your skills and leadership qualities, backed up with facts and figures demonstrating the positive impact you’ve had with previous employers.
Below are additional practical steps that will help…
- Invest in having your CV professionally typed up.
- You don’t have to put your date of birth on your CV or any application forms.
- You shouldn’t have the year you were born or your age on your personal email address.
- You don’t have to put any employment and education dates on your CV.
- You don’t have to give your age during a job interview or at any stage during the recruitment process and it is illegal for an employer or recruiter to ask.
- You should only list previous experience going back the last ten years and summarise the rest briefly.
- Embrace modern technology, you don’t need to be an expert but you should be able to use it on a daily bases.
- Utilise your network of work colleagues and professional acquaintances to tell you about current or potential opportunities that may be coming up within their organisation.
- If you have not kept in touch with your work colleagues and professional acquaintances over the years, this might be a good time to start reuniting with them via LinkedIn or Face Book, alternatively just phone them.
- When you have applied to a company it will help if you can differentiate yourself from the other candidates. One of the best ways is to try and get someone you know who works for the company to recommend you e.g. searching LinkedIn is a good place to start.
- Research every company before going for an interview by utilising their website and LinkedIn.
- You should try the Government’s careers service as it provides information for hundreds of jobs with the skill set required to apply.
- If you’ve been out of work for a while or there are gaps in your employment history, make sure you include this in your CV. Don’t lie or miss anything out, as it will come up in the interview. Rather than state you were unemployed, try to list what you were doing e.g. member of any committees or groups and any extra-curricular activities.
- Go into an interview with an “executive mind-set” not a candidate mind-set as employers are attracted to energy, insight and experience.
- Consider contracting, freelancing, interim and consultancy work while searching for full time employment as this can give you a good income and build up your knowledge and experience in the meantime.
- Build a LinkedIn profile as this is a good way of telling your peers, industry experts, recruiters and potential employers all about yourself and allow them to contact you.
- Your LinkedIn profile will also allow recruiters and companies to contact you directly as more than 75% of roles are not advertised and as a result are unknown to potential candidates.
- You should join groups on LinkedIn and join in chats/forums as it will help you find out what’s going on and allow you to develop new contacts and access specific job roles you may be interested in.
- You need to be careful how you come across online. If an employer finds your professional profile on LinkedIn and then “Googles” you and finds you on Facebook, but you’re pictured at a party looking a bit worse for wear, it could put the employer off recruiting you. Try “Googling” your name to see what comes up.
The above list should help, however remember; when marketing yourself always communicate your skills and leadership qualities, backed up with facts and figures demonstrating the positive impact you’ve had on previous employers. If you can demonstrate that you can provide the “outcome” the hiring company requires, then truly your age should not matter.
ATR is an equal opportunity employer.
If you have any questions regarding this article or require further information, please call us on 0844 2577 888.