Jobseekers may often be imagined as younger people, many of whom have perhaps only just left their education behind them. However, there is an older generation of out-of-work people that mustn’t be forgotten. People over 50 who have previously left work for whatever reason are finding it harder than ever to get back onto a career path later in life. If this situation sounds familiar, there are a few key areas you can focus on.
A key issue for jobseekers of all ages, this is particularly prevalent among older adults who might have delayed their return to work or simply feel a little “rusty” when it comes to serious employment. Taking up hobbies and actively working on other projects before going back to work can really help build up confidence again.
Of course, qualifications matter just as much for most jobs whether you’re 18 or 60. Older people who specialised in fast-moving industries earlier in life may find their qualifications are out of date, or they may potentially need to learn a whole new area in order to succeed. Specialised courses for older adults can be a great help with this situation.
Basic Skills –
The standards for general transferable skills are higher than they were a few decades ago, which can cause issues for people. IT skills, command of the English language and basic literacy and numeracy are all more common and more important than they used to be in many industries. It was once more common for people to disguise any such skills they may have lacked, especially confidence reading and writing, and this can cause some older adults more difficulties with getting back into work.
Personal skills –
Ultimately, since many people are technically skilled and qualified enough to do a particular job, more personal skills inevitably play a role in employers’ decisions. People who present themselves well, know how to play to their own strengths and communicate well with others tend to do much better in interviews and other situations. If you struggle with any of these skills, developing them before heading back to work can give you a competitive edge. Older adults may need some time and practice adjusting to the relative importance of these factors in today’s job market.