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5 top tips to help older workers gain employment

Top tips to help older workers gain employment
Greg Goudie
Written by Greg Goudie

Preparation

Every time you apply for a job, you need to reword your resume to make it easier for the employer to see you are the person for the job. Use the words from the job description in the appropriate places.

When you write or prepare your resume for a specific job application, put yourself in the shoes of the employer. What do they want to see in the resume? What will they be looking for?

Persistence

Without being a nuisance keep in touch or in front of potential employers. By reminding them that you have applied for a job or you are still searching for work, you are showing the employer that you are serious and dedicated.

Patience

You must be patient and positive. It may be a long road but it will pay off in the end. Don’t let frustration get in the way of your objective. Your attitude toward a potential employer can be easily read through body language. Always be courteous and smile. Don’t be described as a “well balanced” job seeker, because you have a chip on both shoulders!

Passion

Find out what you enjoy doing and use that passion to demonstrate to employers how you will be good for their business. Seek out some career advice from a professional career advisor. It is never too late to find a new career. It doesn’t have to be what you have done before, do some research on employers who operate in your area of interest and let them know how keen you are to work for them.

Presence

Get out and knock on doors. 90% of jobs that are filled, are never advertised. Cold calling is the most effective way of getting a job. When you look at a business, don’t just look at what they may make or sell. Think about what are the different types of jobs that people would be working in at that business. Then work out the skills that you have that will fit with those roles and prepare a simple cover letter and resume that reflects that. Knock on the door and be prepared to just leave your resume for them to review.

Getting a job is all about timing, being in the right place at the right time. If you are in the right place regularly, you are also more likely to be there at the right time! You will also demonstrate how serious you are about working.

A lot of these jobs that aren’t listed are filled by people who have used their network of friends or past business contacts. Getting a job is a full time effort and most of the work can be done on weekends, networking with friends or associates.

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Greg Goudie

Greg Goudie

Greg Goudie is the Executive Director of DOME and following many years in the automotive parts manufacturing sector, has worked with mature age unemployed for the past 15 years.

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