Advice for Older Job Seekers

  • advice-for-older-job-seekerDon’t leave out your ‘date of birth’ on your CV.  If you do, the employer’s attention is immediately drawn to your age – although this is legally not necessary.
  • For the same reason, it’s generally not a good idea to include the ages of your adult children (they may be older than the person interviewing you).
  • Make your CV focus on what you have achieved and what you have to offer, not on your age.
  • Include an email address. Employers often assume that older workers are not IT literate.  Prove them wrong!
  • Remember that employers buy experience.  Demonstrate how your know-how, maturity and vast knowledge will be of benefit to them.
  • Don’t focus on the bad news stories.  Look at the high proportion of men and women in your age group that do actually find work and build your confidence on their success strategies.
  • Focus on your future skills by learning lessons from the new economy. Remember you never stop learning.
  • Try not to reminisce: “..in my day…”  Talk about the future.  Show flexibility and a willingness to learn and adapt.
  • Even if you are, don’t sound desperate.  Have integrity and know what you are worth.
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY – Don’t apologize for your age!  Believe in yourself!  We certainly do!