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Are you looking for a job over 50? 10 Top tips to help your 50plus jobsearch

Article by Ceri Wheeldon

50plus jobsearch tips

When looking for a job over 50 , you need to believe that your age is an advantage, and recognise that you are far from nearing the end of your career – but can draw on your experience gained to date while having the capability to deliver in the future.

  1. Understanding your marketable skills

Be honest in your assessment of your skills – and how they relate to what employers are actually looking for.  Do your skills need updating?  So you read job adverts and recognise that you are lacking in a given area or new technology? Then address it. Take a course – here are many excellent online programmes to update skills, or even free youtube tutorials.  Alternatively see if there is a role you can do on a voluntary basis to gain the relevant skills and experience.

  1. Know who your local employers are….check out their websites and vacancies
  2. Maximise your chance of success at every stage of the job search process by investing time in getting every part of the process right.
  3. Tailor your CV to each opportunity/vacancy. Highlight your skills and achievements to match those requested in the job advertisement.
  4. Make sure your job titles reflect the roles you did . Does your job title mean anything outside of your previous employer’s organisation? You might have been ‘Special assistant to Head of Special Projects , but what does that actually mean to anyone? Make sure job title on your CV is searchable – think how you would describe your job if you were to search for it on Google.
  5. Network. Network both online and offline. Many jobs are not advertised at all.
  6. Rethink ‘job’. Does it have to one full-time role for one employer or can it be 2 part-time roles…or a mix of paid employment and self employed activity. Many people over 50 enjoy the flexibility of portfolio working
  7. Be flexible. Be flexible and realistic. Think about location, hours, and salary. how much leeway do have in all 3 areas?
  8. Prepare for your job interviews thoroughly. . Research both the company and the interviewers prior to going for the job interview.
  9. Be positive at interviews. Be open and positive about the prospect of working for a younger boss (if this is the case). If you are applying for a job which you think you are over qualified for, talk about why you see this as a positive opportunity, and how you wish to consolidate your skills in a new environment, and progress later within the organisation should the opportunity arise.



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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