If the thought of finding a new job when you’re over 50 worries you, don’t let it.
Mature-aged workers have as good a shot as younger workers when it comes to cracking the job market, you just need to know what to do…
Q: What should I put in my resume?
A. If your resume includes everything you’ve ever done, employers are likely to cast it aside. Keep it brief. If it’s more than 10-15 years old, it’s irrelevant.
Tip: Highlight your skills and achievements, not the years. Start your resume off with five dot points that highlight accomplishments you’ve made throughout your career. Remember to keep them relevant to the job you’re applying for.
Here’s a handy template if you’re stuck!
Q: What if they think I’m not good with technology?
A. This is why it’s important to include a ‘technical skills’ section in your resume. Show that you are tech-savvy, whether you list any certifications, or mention simple office software you’ve used.
Getting on social media will also help your cause. Whether they admit to it or not, most hiring managers will check you out on LinkedIn. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile then it’s a good idea to set one up!
Q: Will employers overlook me because they think I can’t stay long term?
A. Employers know that these days most of us won’t stay in a job for more than 4 years regardless of age. They know that they’re unlikely to get more years of service if they opt for a younger candidate, so you’ve got just as much chance as anyone else!
Q: Should I put my age on my resume?
A. The best thing to do is to keep your resume age-neutral to avoid any age discrimination. Get rid of things like graduation and birth dates – this can apply to younger workers as well!
Q: What companies are age-friendly?
A. Below are a heap of businesses across a range of industries that are age-friendly employers:
Hospitality and Tourism
- NRMA and the six state-based motoring organisations: RACV (Victoria), RACQ (Queensland), RACT (Tasmania), RAA (South Australia), AANT (Northern Territory), RAC (Western Australia)
- Allianz Insurance
Transport and Logistics
- David Jones
- Bunnings Warehouse
- Priceline Pharmacy
- The Good Guys
- Amalgamated Pest Control
Energy and Utilities