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Career over 50: Reach for the STARS in your jobsearch


looking for job in your 50s imageArticle by Ceri Wheeldon 

Does your past performance show how you can be successful in your next role?

Past performance is viewed by recruiters as a strong indicator of future potential. You need to capitalise on your past successes to make sure you get hired in your 50s.

When seeking employment over 50 (or any age), focus on highlighting your achievements in past roles which can demonstrate to a potential employer how you will be able to add value to the company and the role on offer. Don’t just limit your achievements to paid employment – can you demonstrate strong organisational skills in voluntary roles? Have you contributed to the success of charity events?  Then ensure these are also included. Have you previously been with a company that has gone through huge changes? Use this to show your adaptability.

When hiring somebody new into a team, no hiring manager wants to recruit somebody who is likely to underperform or fail in their role. Inevitably their hiring decision will impact how they are seen within the organisation, and they need to ensure that any individual they recommend will help them to look once in the role. How will you convince that you, as opposed to other candidates, are the person to offer the job to?

What can you do to ensure that your name is at the top of the shortlist?

How can you demonstrate that :

  1. You have been successful in your previous in your previous/current role?
  2. You know why you have been successful in previous roles.
  3. You know how you can replicate that success in the future
  4. You can demonstrate where the skills that made you successful can be applied in the new role.

When putting together a cv or attending an interview, you shouldn’t be regurgitating your job specification, what you should be emphasising are situations where you can demonstrate where your skills and expertise were applied effectively

Reach for the Stars when interviewing for that next job.

Think  STARS – Situation, Task, Action, Result, Skills.

When attending interviews, think ahead of situations in previous roles where you can demonstrate ‘Stars’. Paint a verbal picture of your role and your success highlighting each part of STARS. Make it easy for the interviewer to see why they should recommend that you are the preferred candidate and should be hired. How can you demonstrate your strengths within your STARS story? What questions might your story prompt the interviewer to ask – do you have answers prepared?

Remember past performance is used to indicate future performance in the role. Make sure you leave the interview leaving the interviewer in no doubt that your past success can be replicated, and your skills and judgement easily transferred to the new company and role.

Help them to see that to hire you is a low risk option. Stress that your skills can add value – and enable their hiring decision to be viewed as a good one!

Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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