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  1. Maximise your Chance of Success in your Job Search over 50 post Lockdown

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon For many the announcement of a second lockdown and the extension of the furlough scheme may offer a temporary lifeline for those who thought their jobs would be lost. However, we still face an uncertain future. For those who believed , at the beginning of 2020, that their jobs were secure, suddenly finding themselves unemployed, especially in these difficult times, is a massive shock to the system. But where do you start to look for a job when the landscape has changed so dramatically. Don’t rush to put together a CV and answer every job ad you see. You are going to set yourself up for disappointment and rejection. First of all stand back and take a deep breath. First things to do when starting your job search There...
  2. Diversity in the Workplace. Are Employers merely Paying Lip Service when it comes to Age Inclusivity?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon   I have attended many sessions at conferences on the topic of Diversity in the Workplace. With the retirement age increasing ( here in the UK the official pension age is now 66) , and increased pressure on those over 50 facing redundancy as a result of the pandemic, it is more important than ever that the contribution of older workers in the workplace is not just recognised, but welcomed. When it comes to diversity in recruitment – many companies will state that they are a diverse employer, and include age inclusivity in their diversity statement – alongside BAME, LGBT and disability, including their diversity statements in their recruitment advertising, but when it comes to their corporate imagery , the ‘age inclusive’ element is noticeable by...
  3. Job search over 50: What do you do when you are rejected for a role on the basis of ‘having too much experience’?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon This is a common issue  50plus jobseekers encounter. How do you respond to this? What are the reasons for the potential employer’s concerns? They may assume that you will be using the role simply as a stopgap until you are able to find another position with the same level of seniority and responsibly as your previous position. They may be concerned about the dynamics of you reporting into somebody who may have less experience than you. To address these concerns you need to be able to open up the conversation in a non defensive and non confrontational way. One suggestion I make is to ask a question along the lines of ‘what experience in particular would you like me to forget?’....
  4. Why women over 50 are great in customer services roles

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I have long been highlighting the value ‘older’ employees can bring to customer services roles. This was absolutely the case in a call I had with the call centre of a well known communications company today to resolve a billing issue. It took three calls to resolve an ongoing problem – the first two calls were unable to fully sort – it took a third call  to get everything sorted – and the third person in this chain of calls just happened to be a woman in her 50s! I have had ongoing issues for quite some time, with all sorts of errors including at one point having two accounts allocated for the same service with the direct debit somehow being lost between the...
  5. Career change over 50: Why you should NOT let age get in the way of your dream job! Ronald Reagan didn’t!

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon When it comes to a career change over 50 , success really can be a matter of mindset. Whether you are looking for a complete change of career direction, are looking for a new role as a result of redundancy or returning to the workplace following a career break, how you feel about your can make all the difference – if you believe it will be a barrier it will be. When Ronald Reagan decided to run for President of the USA at the age of 69, the elephant in the room was his age. He decided to confront it head on in a positive humorous way in one of the debates saying: “I want you to know that...
  6. Don’t let Age be a Barrier in your Job Search.

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I have lost track of how many times I have heard individuals in their 50s and beyond say that there was no point in even trying to look for a  new job as their age would count against them. Why would you assume that? Accepting defeat before you even start is a self perpetuating prophesy. Think of the positives you are able to offer an employer even in light of the pandemic. You have a wealth of experience you can bring to an employer You have a wealth of experience you can bring to an employer – and far from being averse to learning new technology research has shown that it is older workers who are most willing to adapt and embrace new technology...
  7. Questions You Should Ask a Job Search Coach

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon With many individuals facing redundancy, and increased competition for every job vacancy, many jobseekers may feel they need some additional support in their job search and look for guidance from a job search coach, especially individuals who have been with an employer for an extended period of time, and find the way in which companies recruit has changed dramatically since they last looked for a new role. I have seen many life coaches pop up in my social media streams offering career reviews and assistance with putting CVs together for those who have lost jobs as a result of the pandemic and lockdown. Life coaches can play a valuable role in terms of helping you determine what you want to do in the future...
  8. Job Possibilities Post Lockdown

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    Due to the lockdown, there are an estimated 650,000 jobs that could be cut in the next few weeks. That is going to put so many families into peril and it can be quite disheartening to learn that you have been let go. You have every right to sit around and sulk for a few days but after that, you have to realise that you cannot give up. Something else always comes around the corner. Better yet, you could be proactive and search for jobs that you can do to boost your recovery out of this recession. But where do you even begin?   Short-term training If you want to know what kind of job is always very popular, it’s the teaching of driving. Youngsters will always...
  9. Is your job at risk following lockdown?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone. The workplace has changed dramatically. Those who are not key workers have mostly adjusted to working from home or have been furloughed. As we ease out of lockdown the future for many is uncertain. Will working remotely become the norm – in spite of the government encouraging us to return to traditional workplaces, or will our jobs even exist in a few months time? The government has announced various job creation schemes for younger workers – but no mention has been made of similar schemes for those at the later stages of their working lives. Caught in the situation comprising a shrinking job market, decrease in private pension values and the increase in the age at which you...
  10. 5 Reasons to Start Freelancing  Amidst Covid-19 Pandemic

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    It’s beginning to seem like the pandemic has caused permanent or long time change to a lot of things. That change has heavily seeped into the way we work and make money as a whole. It’s equally no secret that a huge many people saw the nature of their work change, or found their roles redundant as a result of the virus.  A lot of people have had to look for other ways to make ends meet. A highly sought out solution these days is freelancing, yet a lot of people are unaware of why it could be a good route to take. To clarify, here are 5 reasons to start freelancing amidst Covid-19 pandemic. You’ll be your own boss Think of it this way,...
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