Job hunting in your 50s
If you’re over 50 and applying for a job, follow these six useful tips from career development expert Elisa Nardi of Notebook Mentor to ensure you give yourself maximum chance of success and stand out from the crowd.
Don’t assume bias
It’s easy to assume that because you’re over 50 somehow everyone is going to be against you, and all sorts of bias will prevent you from being successful.
If you go into any interview or application process with this on your mind, chances are you’ll bring your own unconscious bias into the situation, and that may really work against you.
CVs generally don’t have age on them anymore but obviously experience will indicate your age – wear it as a badge of honour. Life and work experience is worthy of respect.
Showcase your modernity
Just because you’re over 50 doesn’t mean you don’t understand technology. Being tech savvy is important in most jobs today, so even if you’re not a tech whizz or social media lover, make sure you’re up to date and you understand what technology solutions are important to the company you’re applying to. You’ll get plenty of clues from their website.