When you're over 50 and looking for work, it can seem like a daunting task. Starting with CVs, mock interviews can overwhelm anyone. And while you thought that these days were long behind you, you need to get ready to approach them with a fresh perspective. Needless to say, age bias can be a factor, but it doesn't have to deter your efforts. There are surprisingly many organisations out there who are looking to hire mature talent Although some employers might look for young, less mature hires, older workers have lots to offer, as many smart organizations realize.
The key is to position yourself as a relevant candidate by keeping an active, updated professional account that can provide companies the right information about you.
On WiseAtWork - we curate jobs from employers who are specifically looking for older, mature candidates - so you thankfully dont have to worry about ageism, but be excited about this new second career exploration and present yourself in a qay that truly highlights your unique qualities.
Here are our 4 top tips on best practices
- ALWAYS update your profile with a recent photo
Having a photo helps people know more about you and is a great way to introduce yourself. A well taken, recent picture goes a long way in building trust with a recruiter, so make sure your profile has a picture now!
Who are you and what do you bring to the table? People want to know that in a glance and a headline is a great way to share this information. Make sure your headline is sharp and says as much about you as well as how you can help others. It is a value proposition statement and people should immediately see the benefit in getting to know you.
Having a profile without a CV does not help when you're actively looking for a job. Make sure you have an updated CV attached to your profile. You don't need to share your contact details at this stage but having all relevant education and professional information is a must.
Apply to jobs, update your profile regularly and write blogs on our community blog section to become a thoughtleader! You can also list yourself as an advisor or list your business to promote yourself amongst the community.