Your experience is extremely valuable
Your experience throughout the years, in various jobs and in your personal life is all potentially valuable to an employer.
Sometimes the link between the experience an employer is looking for and the experience you have to offer isn’t a perfectly straight line. However, if you can connect your past experience and translate it to the new job opportunity, you’ll give yourself the best chance of claiming that opportunity for you.
You may need to transfer your skills to a new career
Just like younger people on the hunt for jobs, now may be the time to consider altering your career trajectory. If you’ve been let go from an industry or profession that isn’t currently hiring, it’s time to adapt. Whether your career is taking a brief sideways step, or this becomes the beginning a longer-term career change, now is the time to be adaptable.
If you’re looking for inspiration, the Australian Government has developed a very useful “Skills Match” tool. By entering job titles you’ve held previously, it identifies the skills you have likely developed in those roles and suggests a range of new career and job ideas that might suit you.
Using your personalised results, you can identify those transferable skills and have the confidence to promote and discuss these with potential employers.
Examples of transferable skills include customer communication, managing information and ideas and working with tools.
Based on your work history, Skills Match also gives brief insights into career matches, such as average weekly earnings, expected future demand while also identifying any skills gaps that might be filled with training.
The results can be customised by training pathway, industry, job type, preferred work style or physical demand to find a path that suits your circumstances.
You may need to adjust your expectations
Again, just like those in younger demographics, if you’re a mature-age person on the job hunt you may need to adjust your expectations around salary and position.
This is not a reflection on you.
This is not a reflection on the value you have to offer workplaces.
This is a reflection on the unprecedented global coronavirus pandemic and its cataclysmic effects on our economy.
If you’re able to adjust your expectations of a role for the next while, you’ll may learn new things and gain new experiences that will stand you in good stead for future opportunities.