Over 50 and job hunting, 10 top tips for CV’s

  • Keep your cv to 2/3 pages max, no one wants to read jobs 10+ years ago
  • If you are writing a Profile, focus on the last 2 years and what you can offer.
  • If negotiating a new salary think about what the role is offering in terms of money rather than what you want/need. If the role is only worth x to a company and you want significantly more it probably isn’t the role for you.
  • Develop new skills related to your job, i.e. coding, creative writing courses things that could improve prospects
  • Avoid listing ‘ageing’ hobbies i.e. golf, wine tasting
  • Focus on transferable skills, be flexible about job titles and money (you are unlikely to find a job with exactly your old title).
  • If you have been out of work for a while be flexible with salary and package, if you are in a job you are demonstrating you are hireable.
  • Avoid jobs where success is directly linked to targets, these are often unachievable in a new job and put unwarranted pressure on you. Also you don’t want to find yourself back where you started 6 months down the line.
  • Don’t apply for jobs below your natural level, employers won’t be fooled into thinking they are getting a bargain and the competition for these jobs will probably be fiercer
  • Try and be flexible in where you are looking, you might find it easier to get a job in an obscure place where there is less competition. If you can relocate, albeit temporarily, or travel for a couple of years it will get you back in the job market.

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