Finding new employment opportunities is never easy. It's ironic that a lot of experience can sometimes work against you. Around 25 years of experience inevitably means that a candidate is aged about 50, which some employers see as a disadvantage.
That's why skilledpeople.com is here. To put more experienced, skilled candidates in front of employers who value the input you can make to their business.
Nonetheless you have to make sure you present yourself and your experience in the best way to catch the attention of a would-be employer and win their confidence.
There are four steps to finding and securing the right opportunities:
1. Register with the best job sites
Make sure you're registered with the best job board sites, recruitment agencies and jobcentreplus. To work out what the best job websites are put some relevant words into google search, such as 'jobs for over 50s', 'jobs for experienced people', 'retirement jobs' etc. and see which websites come up towards the top of the search listings. These ones are likely to be the best for you to register on.
Skilledpeople.com has good google search listings for employers looking for staff with extensive experience, so you're in the right place already.
2. Create a great CV
To get a new job, you have to sell yourself and stand out from the crowd. Your CV is your personal marketing document; it has to make an immediate impact on a busy recruiter who may have hundreds of applications for a single vacancy and just 30 seconds to spend scanning each one before making a keep/discard decision. So learning some basic rules and investing time in getting it right is vital.
3. Write a good covering letter
When you send your CV to a prospective Employer, you will need to include a covering letter or email – this is an important document, as many busy recruiters will decide whether to proceed with an application based on the content of this letter.
4. Prepare for the Interview
It could be a long time since you attended an interview – at least as the interviewee. Some basic things to bear in mind are covered in our Guide for candidates. You may feel some of these are glaringly obvious, but in the often tense situation of an interview, the basics can easily be forgotten - a reminder may just make all the difference between success and failure.
Download our comprehensive 37 page skilledpeople.com guide: 'How to create an effective cv, compose covering letters, learn interview techniques and put yourself ahead of other candidates'.
Consider Project Assignments and Temporary positions
Even if you're looking for a new full-time 'permanent' job, don't overlook temporary or short-term project opportunities.
Temporary jobs often turn into full time jobs.
More and more employers are finding it cost effective to hire early-retired people on a temporary job, project assignment basis for hard to fill openings. Retirees will often accept a temporary job for less pay than the hourly rate they commanded when they were working full-time. The perception that older workers are less productive than younger ones is false.
The DWP has developed some information for older people about flexible retirement options, and what to do if they wish to stay in employment past State Pension age. This can be found at www.direct.gov.uk/workingpastpensionage
Older workers' productivity does not fall but rises because of greater dependability, better judgment and accuracy. Studies have also shown that older workers miss less work than younger workers and learn new techniques and technologies effectively and.of course, they do not take maternity or paternity leave.
There are 10 good reasons employers hire more experienced and older workers on a temporary basis or for Project Assignments: