50 Years Old and Looking For Work

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People always say that “Life begins at 40.” With that in mind, job seeking at the age of 50 should presumably then be easy…right? After all, you are still in the prime of your life; you have bundles of previous experience to bring to the table and the chance of you suddenly disappearing to go off and have babies has greatly diminished! Unfortunately, in this modern age and these difficult times however, this is not always the case.

Even though the age of Statutory Retirement is continually being pushed back further and further and people are suddenly working for longer, times are hard and finding recruitment even harder. There are suddenly fewer jobs available than there once were and more people applying for those vacancies. If you are in your 50’s, have recently been made unemployed and want to get back to work, then you need to be one step ahead; you need to up your game and follow the motto of the Boy Scouts by being prepared!

Finding Jobs to Apply For

This is the first step in you getting back to work and has probably changed quite a lot since you last had to go job seeking. Nowadays, finding a job has never been easier provided you have access to a computer and the Internet. There are lots of Recruitment Agencies out there and simply hundreds of websites that advertise for vacancies on behalf of big companies based all around the country and a simple search on the Internet can quickly and easily put you in touch with any number of potential new employers.

Writing a CV and Covering Letter

The next thing that you are going to need is an up-to-date C.V. There are lots of web-sites out there that can offer you advice on the best way to construct the perfect C.V but a good one to use is probably the direct.gov.uk website. This has all the information you need to decide what details to include and even helps you with the lay-out by supplying handy templates. A general rule of thumb is to list all of your previous working experience, starting from the most recent.

You should go into as much detail as possible regarding previous employment and all information should be written in clear and concise English so that it is easy for potential employers to tell at a glance exactly what your responsibilities were. It is important to remember that your new employer needs to know EXACTLY what it was you did. If you include a covering letter with your C.V, then try not to repeat information already included there. Explain why you want the job and what qualities you can offer…..

The Interview

Always be prompt when you arrive for your interview and remember to dress smart. Employers allegedly form an opinion within five seconds of you walking through the door, so it is highly important that you make a good first impression. Make sure you have done your research into the company so that when asked you can answer confidently and with knowledge. It also helps if you prepare a few questions for you to ask about the job you are applying for. This demonstrates that you are definitely interested in the position available. Don’t forget to talk about the wide range of experience you may have and be prepared to offer references.

Following these simple rules and words of advice can’t guarantee that you will definitely get the job but it could boost your chances and it is important to use every tool at your disposal. The key to finding new employment is showing your willingness to work and if you can make future employers think you will be indispensible then you are much more likely to be employed!

This is a guest post written by Ross Davies for Lebreton Recruitment & Training one of the leading UK based recruitment agency.

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