Redundant at 50: How to Make Sure Future Employers Take You Seriously

Friday, May 16th, 2014 by: Jeanette Hannan

Redundancy is a big blow to anybody’s career, but more mature workers can find it particularly difficult to quickly find a new job. In a very competitive job market, mature candidates can struggle to compete against younger candidates, so it’s important to make sure that potential employers always take you seriously. If you’re redundant at 50, the following tips will make sure that recruiters and businesses always take your application seriously.

Get online

If you want to compete with younger job seekers, you need to make sure that recruiters can see you are completely comfortable with modern technology. Build a profile on LinkedIn, and upload your résumé to online recruitment sites. Set up a Twitter account, and follow people who work in your target industry. Do your research online, and find out how to get the most from these tools. You may have a steep learning curve, but you have to show a potential employer that you can keep up with the times.

Build a long-term plan

Some recruiters may worry about older candidates like you because they think that you may want to retire soon. They may not want to send in your application for an important role if they don’t believe that you are a longer-term prospect. Make sure you have a robust career plan that you can discuss with a recruiter, and make sure that your résumé matches this plan. Use your personal profile to explain that you are not a short-term prospect, and that this role is just the next step in your career.

Focus on your value

Every part of your job application needs to focus on the value you can bring to the role. This includes your résumé, your cover letter, your LinkedIn profile and your blog. As a more mature worker, you have many years of experience, and you must demonstrate how adaptable you are. You will have also built up a range of transferable skills, so you need to highlight them all to an employer. Make sure that your age becomes irrelevant, and that you focus the recruiter’s attention on your potential.

Show that you will share the risk

Show an employer that you are serious about the role by offering to compromise on the terms of the role. For example, if you offer to work a longer probationary period, or if you suggest that you can initially work on a temporary basis, the employer will appreciate your willingness to prove how good you are. Employers often prefer to recruit people with proven potential, and this still applies to older workers. Show your willingness to learn new things, and make it clear that this role is an exciting prospect for you. All employers appreciate enthusiasm and drive.

When redundancy strikes, it can bring the daunting prospect of starting on a new career path. Focus your efforts on the value you can bring to a company, and make sure that you take the right steps to allow yourself to take on the competition.

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