Tips for older job-seekers

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Tips for older job-seekers

Once you grow older you may begin to think, "Is it difficult for me to get a new job if I somehow lose my current one".

Age could be a crippling factor for many older job-seekers.
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Still, you should be positive in your approach, and the results will follow.

Recruiters look for experienced staff who will assist youngsters. Every organization requires a proper balance between youth and experience, and, therefore, an older job-seeker always has a chance to add value to the organization.

Here are few tips for the older job-seekers.

• If you have been out of job for a long time, make sure your face never show the frustrations of not being in a job, while you go for an interview. Your appearance count, frustration and irritation, may cost you an opportunity. It’s crucial that you stay physically and mentally fit.

• What does your resume say? Some would fill their resume with each and every action they did on earth. Never do that, your experience column should be only containing details of related work experience.

• It’s important to check the ‘job experience’ requirements of a company. Your years of experience column in your curriculum vitae should match those required by the company, even if it means trimming the actual working years of yours.

• Older job-seekers have a better chance to get on board if they can convince recruiters about their commitment and loyalty to the company.

• It’s essential to stay connected, opportunities of job keep coming up, and you should be in the right place to grab such jobs. Join social networking sites, such as mylot, or facebook, as it helps you interact more with strangers. You might find a job lead, which otherwise may not be possible.

• Update yourself with the latest news.You may continue to impress recruiters if you keep talking about the latest happening taking place around the world. It shows that you have a positive attitude and likes to stay in touch with modern times.

• Working knowledge of computers could come in handy as it keeps you in a better position to get a job.

• The least but the most important of all. Dress properly when you check in for an interview; a formal dress code with impeccable manners will make you stand out in a group. Your clothes should be clean and not too colorful. A matched tie and well polished shoes are a must.

Always remember, just following these tips is not enough. It’s the attitude with which you follow these tips will get you the job.


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