Over 50 Jobsearch
Over 50 Jobsearch
Over 50’s undertaking Jobsearch is not an area covered by many of the Recruitment companies and training Providers.
Saga have the Following on their website
Cramming too much information onto your CV is a big mistake. It’s important to clear the clutter and remove information irrelevant or unspecific to the position for which you are applying. You should instead adjust your CV to each job every time, to show you have relevant experience. A couple of pages and 12 years’ relevant experience is more than enough to sell yourself to an employer.
2. Use your age to your advantage
Age can be a useful tool when applying for jobs because it implies experience. With age comes dependability, wisdom, fortitude, a strong work ethic, dedication, promptness, a wealth of knowledge, resilience, plus organisational and communication skills. You may also have good customer service skills and be able to advise and train younger staff. For employers your past track record is the best indicator of your future performance, so think about key accomplishments throughout your career and use them to promote yourself.
3. Using contacts
Contacts and networking are invaluable in getting a job and it’s perfectly acceptable to get in touch with former co-workers, employers, school friends and other colleagues you may not have been in touch with for some time. Websites such as Facebook and LinkedIn have made finding them a much easier task. Even if it doesn’t immediately lead to a job, broadening your contacts is always a positive step on your career ladder – and you never know who you’ll be put in contact with.
4. Prepare for the interview
Practice is the key. If you haven’t been interviewed in a while, it’s important to practice and review your interview skills. It’s useful to find a relatively young professional (recruitment consultants fit this bracket well) and ask them to interview you and give you feedback. It’s important to listen and learn, as your interviewer will have more relevant interview experience in recent years than yourself.
5. Don’t have an attitude
Although it may be tempting, one of the most damaging things to do in an interview is acting as if you are too good to be interviewed by an interviewer who’s younger than you, or showing up with your own personal grudge or grievance. It’s easy to think “I’ve done it all before” and “it should be done a different way”, but if you really want the job these thoughts need to be left at home and you need to be fully focused on getting that job.
6. Embrace the internet
Computer skills and the ability to use the internet to get a job are becoming almost essential. And it’s crucial to take advantage of social media websites, such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. These social media platforms show that regardless of your age you are up with the latest technology. This will help you convince interviewers that you have the ability to work and interact with younger colleagues and excel in today’s constantly-changing workplace.
Monster Advise to over 50 Jobseekers
Monster a well Known recruitment company adds this advice on their website
“The cover letter is dead.” You may have heard this pronouncement from friends or colleagues, who cite the trend toward electronic submission of resumes and the ever-shrinking attention span of application readers as reasons.
But according to those who think deeply about the particular challenges facing job seekers age 50 and older, the statement can be reversed: “Long live the cover letter!”
There are plenty of jobs for people over 50. To help you land one, get ready to write a solid cover letter. It’s an age-neutral communication that can build a bridge from your impressive career accomplishments to the prospective employer’s specific needs and help punch your ticket to a job interview.
That’s why experts recommend using cover letters (or cover messages, for electronic submissions) to introduce professional connections, project youthful energy, demonstrate writing prowess, and — to set the stage for an upbeat interview — adroitly dispense with challenges such as resume gaps and requests for salary history.
Customization Is King
Because older workers have so much to gain through the cover letter, customizing the letter to the opportunity is particularly important. “People send me the same cover letter that they sent to the last 10 positions they applied for,” says Sarah Hightower Hill, CEO of Chandler Hill Partners, a career search strategies firm. “That’s just crazy.”
If possible, start the letter with a reference to a professional colleague who connects you to the prospective employer. “Lead with the person who refers you,” says Carleen MacKay, a practice leader at staffing firm Spherion Corp. If you’ve chosen the connection wisely, you’ll vastly increase the chances of getting your resume read.
Now use the cover letter — a faceless, ageless message — to communicate your core qualifications for the job opening. Resist the temptation to cite years of experience or encyclopedic knowledge of your industry’s history. Instead, concentrate on recent, specific accomplishments that make you a match for the job.
Also use the cover message to showcase your business writing skills and familiarity with the language of your industry or occupation. You’re likely to have emerged from the US education system before it descended into its present state of mediocrity, and this should show in your writing.
Confront Difficult Issues and Put Them Behind You
If elements of your resume might raise substantial questions for its reviewers, it’s best to address these in the cover letter, where you can carefully calibrate your response — without revealing your age.
“It’s important to get stuff like resume gaps out of the way immediately,” says Brian Drum, CEO of Drum Associates, a search firm. The second half of the cover message is a good place to do so.
“If salary history is a requirement of the job posting, one must address it, and not superficially or deceptively,” says Hill. For older workers, especially those who want to deemphasize the high salary history they’ve reached in recent years, “it is appropriate to say, ‘Through my career, I’ve earned salaries in a range from…”
Finally, have a trusted colleague perform a cover letter critique to check the tone of your letter and make sure you’ve avoid embarrassing spelling, grammar and other errors. After all, crafting an important document with care is one of the skills that can help make the case for your candidacy ahead of younger competitors.