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Over 50s Job Discrimination – New study finds older workers 25 times less likely to get a job interview


Article by Ceri Wheeldon

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An article in the Telegraph highlights worrying new research on age discrimination  – indicating that women over 50 are 25 times less likely to get a job interview than women in their late 20s even when they had the same level of job qualifications AND more experience  read full article in Telegraph.

At a time when we are living longer and are expected to work for longer with changes in pension legislation increasing the age at which we are entitled to a state pension and with the elimination of the default retirement age  this is obviously an issue that needs to be addressed.

In theory legislation is in place to prevent age discrimination, but in practice legislation cannot change attitudes.   I witnessed this first hand in my 28 year career as a headhunter. A lot more work needs to be done to bring about a shift in perception of older workers , their values and capabilities .

Of course many women over 50 are simply not seeking up jobs and taking the opportunity to set up heir own businesses – but this is not an option for everyone.

There is a lot we, as women over 50 in the workplace can do to play our part. We must maximise our potential for success at every stage of the jobsearch and recruitment process.

Here is a list of helpful ‘tips’ articles. I am also in the process of putting together an online jobsearch course aimed specifically at those over 50 looking for work. If you want to be amongst the fitst to know when it is launched simply email me at Editor@fabafterfifty.com and write ‘jobsearch’ in the header- I will let you know as soon as it is available.

In the meantime, here are the tips!

10 articles to help women over 50 with their jobsearch

10 reasons women over 50 make great employees

What to do if you are made redundant

Tips for planning your job search

How to prepare for a job interview

How to prepare for a telephone interview

The importance of choosing the right job title

How to prepare for a video interview

How to handle age discrimination in the jobsearch process

Tips for moving from public sector to private sector

How to make sure you are employable over 50

 

 

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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