Although many UK employers are actively seeking out older jobseekers, there are still far too many employers guilty of age bias, leading to older candidates being overlooked. At our leading London recruitment agency, we believe that age is just a number, so today we’ll look the employment market for older jobseekers. If you’re an employer, we’ll let you in on the benefits of hiring older jobseekers. If you’re an older worker seeking your next role, we’ll show you how to get noticed.
For employers: Wisdom and experience
While some employers assume that younger workers can do the role more effectively, this isn’t necessarily true at all. Many older workers have a great deal of wisdom, skills, and experience from previous jobs that they can bring to the new role. They also have life experience and maturity, meaning they can often help younger team members by passing advice onto them, and create a more diverse environment.
In the past, employers have assumed that older workers will retire sooner, so have looked to hire younger workers. However, the research shows that older workers are more likely to remain in roles for longer, while younger workers may move on. What’s more, evidence suggests that more and more older workers are eager to remain in work, with a substantial number working beyond retirement age.
The government has also been encouraging businesses to take on more people over 30. A 2013 government document suggested that 33% of the UK workforce will consist of people aged 50 and over by 2020. With immigration set to fall further over the coming years, and an ageing population, older workers have a pivotal role to play in keeping the economy and UK businesses ticking over.
For workers: Finding work
If you’re an older worker looking for your next employment opportunity, you need to stand out in the job market. Don’t just go for the traditional ways of finding jobs, embrace the power of networking—both online and offline. Set up a LinkedIn profile if you don’t already have one. Consider visiting a top recruitment agency who can help you find work.
When you’re applying for jobs, you can gain an edge over your competitors by emphasising your skills, experience, and wisdom—both in and out of the workplace. Draw attention to your transferable skills and consider acquiring new skills, particularly if they’re vital for the role you’re interested in.
When revamping your CV, try to make it as age-proof as possible using up-to-date language and formatting. You don’t need to talk about every single job you’ve ever had, just feature the most recent positions unless something from the past is particularly relevant. Don’t be afraid to ask for help with your CV and composing cover letters that reflect what modern employers are looking for.
In interviews, you should emphasise the experience you’ve gained over the years, but also show that you are firmly focused on the future. Try to be as positive as possible, explaining what you wish to achieve in your new role should you be the successful candidate. This future focus will show employers that you want to stay with them for the foreseeable future.
If you’re not confident with any of these aspects, don’t be afraid to ask friends or family for help with your job search, such as updating your CV or LinkedIn profile. You can also get help from recruitment experts at top recruitment agencies. If you’re looking for office support jobs, PA or EA jobs, receptionist or secretarial work, please get in touch with our team today.
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