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  1. Will the government’s skills and education bill resolve the issues for 50plus jobseekers?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon It is generally being seen as positive following the Queen’s Speech that the government is introducing a skills and post 16 education bill. But will this resolve the issue of those made redundant in roles in midlife, or those looking to return to the workplace following a career break as carers or full time parents? “Skills and Post-16 Education Bill: Provides a right to government-backed training for all adults who do not have A-levels or equivalents.  All adults will have access to four years of loans to undertake training or education .” I suspect not.  We do not yet have the full details, but only those who do not have A-levels or equivalents qualify. Also , if retraining later in life is it realistic...
  2. Can a Passion for Fashion lead to a new career if you’ve suffered a job loss during the pandemic?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon We have been living through unprecedented times as the world has had to navigate the pandemic, with many experiencing job losses as a result. 813,000 jobs have disappeared since the start , 171,000 of those jobs are in retail which primarily affects women. Although retailers are now able to trade again, many familiar names have closed on the high street – a walk through my local town highlights many empty units with fashion and cosmetics seeming to take the brunt of closures. So what are the options for those looking for employment? I often talk about transferrable skills. Those who are used to working with the public generally have excellent communication skills that are well suited to a customer services environment and companies in financial...
  3. Job search over 50: How do you explain a gap in your CV?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon There can be many reasons why you may have a gap in employment. The most extreme case I encountered in my headhunting career was asking a candidate for a job to explain an 8 year gap earlier in his career – he very calmly told me that he had been in prison – for murdering his wife! I had mixed thoughts on that one – 1) I had just shaken the hand of a murderer. 2) 8 years didn’t seem like a very long sentence for murdering someone, 3) He had paid his debt to society so should I even judge?  I have to admit that it was one of the few occasions during interviews that I was at a...
  4. 10 top tips to stay confident in your job search over 50 following redundancy

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Lack of confidence is one of the issues that many of the jobseekers in the Fab after Fifty community say is an issue when looking for work. This is especially true in cases where individuals have been made redundant – and with the economic impact of the pandemic redundancy has become a shock reality for many who at the beginning of 2020 believed their jobs to be secure. So how do you maintain or regain your confidence when you are ensconced in what might seem like an uphill struggle to find a new role?   “For me, it’s...
  5. Why redundancy could also be time of opportunity for career reinvention over 50

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Redundancy is never pleasant, and in these uncertain times is far more stressful than usual – especially if you find yourself navigating the job market over 50. Before you panic, take a deep breath and step back. Rather than jump in putting together a CV and applying for every and any job vacancy, take a step back and think about what you really want to do. Yes there are bills to pay. Perhaps you are still supporting children through their university education or rebuilding your life after a divorce.  But redundancy has also offered you a reset button? How often over the course of your working life did you take time to plan your career? Did you have a plan or did it just evolve? If you look...
  6. A Third of Over 55s Don’t Miss Anything About the Office

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    Many people have had to adjust to WFH  (working from home) during the pandemic and many have taken to it like a duck to water, although there are still many that miss the office. Interestingly, it seems that age plays a key factor here and many of the older generations are enjoying working from home having spent so much of their working life having to commute to and from work each day. Survey Results instantprint, an online printing company, recently conducted research by surveying 1,000 UK office workers who have made the transition to working from home which delivered some insight into how people are feeling about the change. The survey found that a third...
  7. New Year challenge to be fabulous over 50: Make yourself hireable

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I am covering a topic that I am so passionate about in our challenge series. The pandemic has had dramatic impact on our economy and jobs. Many face an uncertain future, having perhaps already been made redundant or concerned for the security of their jobs once the furlough scheme ends. Research shows that those made redundant over the age of 50 typically take longer to find new employment than their younger counterparts in normal times. With fewer vacancies and increased competition the situation now, and as we move forward, is even tougher. So what can we do to ensure that we are best placed to be successful in any job search now and in the future? There are far too many aspects...
  8. Job search over 50: Are you applying for a job with an age friendly employer?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon How a job advertisement is written can tell us a lot about how age inclusive a prospective employer might be. These are difficult times and if you find yourself facing redundancy there may be the temptation to put together a CV and apply for as many jobs as possible. That is NOT what I would suggest you do. There are steps to take before putting together your CV ( such as truly understanding your marketable skills) and ways to put together a compelling CV for each and every job you apply for.  Before you do that I want you to be  more discerning in terms of which vacancies you select to send your CV to. Hoe age inclusive is the potential employer....
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
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