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Over 50 and looking for work? 5 tips to help you

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Are you aged 50 or over and anxious about your employment prospects?  Worried that your age might count against you?  Well that’s understandable because, despite laws against it, some mature age workers do encounter bias. A survey published last year showed that workers as young as 45 can experience age discrimination when applying for roles.

On a brighter note, the disability, community and aged care sector employs a higher percentage of mature-aged workers than most.  Why is that?  Well just maybe because employers in a people-centred business value the accumulated wisdom, maturity and experience that come with age.

But an enlightened attitude to older workers does not necessarily mean that age is irrelevant. You might still come across individual hiring managers who, even unconsciously, lean towards younger applicants. If you do find yourself in that situation, here are a few tips to help you help yourself:

5 Tips if you’re aged 50 or over and looking for work

  1. Think young – It’s a hoary old cliché that you are as young as you feel. It’s vital to keep that in mind when you are talking to potential employers. Their priorities are their organisation’s future and what you can to do to help it. They will quickly switch off if you talk about the ‘good old days’, so instead think and talk about what’s important to them now.
  2. Be flexible – Just because you’ve done something brilliantly for years does not mean there is no other way of doing it. Be open to new ideas and to doing things differently.  These days you’ll hear more and more about ‘Lifelong learning’.  Adopt that mindset and welcome opportunities to learn new skills.
  3. Keep your résumé current – It’s not that hiring managers disrespect a long employment history. It’s just that they are much more interested in what you can do now. So when preparing your résumé concentrate on the last 5 years and/or 3 jobs.  After all you have probably had most to offer in your recent roles because of all your previous experience. So let your résumé highlight where you’re at now and your potential.
  4. Embrace technology – When it comes to IT, you don’t have to be a complete geek but you do need to show willing. Hi tech is here to stay and it’s entering more and more aspects of our lives.   Most of the systems you will encounter are not that hard to learn. If you have never touched a computer in your life, there is help available. Libraries, local councils and others offer free programs to get you started. It’s never too late. The author’s 88 year-old mother has recently discovered she can keep in touch with friends on an iPad, and now there’s no holding her back. If she can do it, anyone can!
  5. Play to your strengths – Don’t forget that age has advantages too. Older workers are known for being more loyal and stable as well as bringing the wisdom and good judgment that come with experience. Use yours to ensure you become a real asset to an employer.

 

Good luck!  And don’t forget you can use the carecareers site or contact us at info@carecareers.com.au for more advice.

Kickstart your career in 4 simple steps

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We hope you have enjoyed a break and are ready for new challenges.  If you are thinking about a career move in 2018, now’s the perfect time to make it happen.

Many people return to work in the New Year refreshed and ready to make changes.  That means lots of job opportunities open up.  It’s why you’ll see more vacancies advertised from mid-January to late March than at any other time of the year.

Want to fill one of those vacancies? These 4 simple steps will help you kickstart your career:

1) Set your goals – What do you want from your career? A new direction? More responsibility? More flexibility? What kind of role will meet these goals?
Once you have set your goals, you are on your way to achieving them.

2) Update your résumé – Have this most important document ready for when the right opportunity comes along.  Checking over your résumé also helps you think about your career – and where you want it to go next.

3) Update your job alerts – Make sure you have a Job Alert set up for the kind of job you want, so you get to hear about new opportunities first (If you have a number of options, create a job alert for each).

4) Update your profile – If you’d like employers to find you,  ensure your profile is complete and up to date in carecareers’ People Search , (and on LinkedIn if you have a profile).

OK, now you’re ready!  We hope 2018 is going to be a great year for you and your career.  If we can do anything to help you advance it, please let us know.

Good luck!

The carecareers team

Beware the trap of “Apply easily”

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When you’re looking for a new job, you have a smorgasbord of options. All kinds of job boards, some good , some bad, are competing for your attention.  In order to win your favour, job boards have all sorts of tactics. One is to tell you they can save you time by helping you to “Apply easily with…”  Add a file, press a button and bingo, you’ve made a job application. That’s good, isn’t it?

Well it’s certainly good for the job board. They can tell the advertiser that their job has attracted have loads of applications. But how good is this kind of job application? Will it get you what you want?

If you, the jobseeker, have pre-prepared your cover letter and résumé and tailored them especially for this employer and this job, then no problem. If you’ve done your homework you’re in with a chance; carecareers actively supports this kind of application.

But if you have not done the groundwork, it’s a different story. If, say, you wrote something generic like “Dear Sir, I wish to apply for the position”, you’re on shaky ground. If you have not specifically addressed what’s in the job ad, the employer might wonder if you have actually read it. Hiring managers are looking for commitment, a genuine match, and some evidence that you have really thought about the role. A dashed-off application rarely demonstrates any of these. A hurriedly-written job application is usually dismissed even more hurriedly.

How to make the best impression

If you really want to get noticed, don’t fall into the “Apply easily with…” trap. If you are serious about the job, take the time to show the Hiring Manager that you are. If that means making fewer applications, then so be it – prioritise the jobs that you really want. At the risk of sounding like your parents, quantity is not quality and you don’t get nothing for nothing.

So remember “Apply easily” does not necessarily equal “Apply effectively”. Making the application may well have been easy but, instead of saving you time, in reality it’s probably wasting your time.