When so much of the careers advice available on the web is aimed at graduates or young professionals, it is easy to feel discouraged if you are neither. But don’t lose hope as there are things that you can do to change perceptions about being an older jobseeker, including your own.
Focus on your assets
Instead of viewing your age as holding you back, try to focus on the positives that being older can bring to the workplace, such as experience, knowledge, maturity and a perhaps an extensive work history. There is evidence to suggest that older candidates are more loyal, even-keeled and reliable than younger ones, who might be more focused on climbing the career ladder.
Draw attention to your accomplishments
Try to make the most of your CV by not only presenting a chronological list of all your previous employment, but also by highlighting the results you have delivered. Briefly outlining your measurable achievements from each role is a great way to stand out from the crowd. Take a look at ‘Five things to-do when writing a CV’ for more helpful advice.
Understanding what’s going on in the industry you want to work in is a great way to show you would be ready to hit the ground running in a new job. Read as much as you can about latest developments and trends by looking at trade specific websites relevant to the industry you wish to go into.
Consider jobs where age is valued
Think about jobs in which age is considered an asset. For example, the social care sector or organisations working with youth, where maturity and wisdom will be invaluable.
Whatever your age, it is never too late to change careers. Try not only to think about the kind of work you have done previously but also consider exploring new possibilities. Why not use the skills you have learnt through a hobby, voluntary work or past interests and you might be surprised to discover potential in areas you didn’t know existed.
Although it is important to be realistic and be open to new possibilities, it can be important to look for jobs that suit you and what you are good at, rather than applying for as many jobs as possible.