Tips from over 50s about changing jobs or getting back into work

Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2024 by Guest BloggerNo comments

As the workforce landscape continues to evolve, individuals over 50 may find themselves contemplating job changes or seeking to re-enter the workforce after a break. Navigating these transitions can be daunting, but with the right guidance, it's entirely achievable.

We’ve spoken to some successful professionals over 50 who have got back into office work to gather their invaluable tips and insights.

1.    Start by temping

"Temping can be a fantastic way to ease back into the workforce or explore new career paths," remarks Irene, a seasoned professional. "It offers flexibility and the opportunity to gain valuable experience across different industries, making it an excellent option for those considering a job change or re-entry into the workforce."

Samantha is a former executive assistant who recently returned to work after a career break. She said, "After taking a break to care for my family, I was apprehensive about re-entering the workforce. Temping provided the perfect opportunity to ease back into work while maintaining flexibility. It reignited my confidence and helped me secure a permanent role in a supportive environment."

2.    Get help updating your CV

"Ensure your CV reflects your most relevant skills and experiences," advises David, who got back into accounting after taking early retirement. "My original CV listed my past roles and the duties. With some advice from my Love Success consultant, I reworked it to highlight my achievements in my past roles and my transferrable skills. Focusing on how I’ve added value in different roles was a game changer for successful job applications."

3.    Use the internet wisely

"The internet is awash with opportunities," says Francis, a marketing executive. "But it can also be overwhelming. Definitely make or update a professional LinkedIn profile. But also try to refine your search online. Stick to a chosen recruitment agency and that way you don’t have to spend hours scouring job boards. But the internet is great for getting advice, so follow useful blogs, such as the Love Success blog."

4.    Highlight your transferrable skills

"Highlighting your transferable skills is key," suggests Asher, a finance professional. "Even if you're changing industries or roles, emphasising your adaptable skills such as leadership, communication, and problem-solving can make you a desirable candidate. You’ll have lots of transferrable skills, even if you’ve been out of the workforce for a while. I chatted to my Love Success consultant and he helped me figure out what skills I could add to my applications."

5.    Be open to upskilling and learning

"Rightly or wrongly, there’s a real bias in hiring that assumes that older workers are stuck in the past and don’t move forward with their skills. So, make a point of how you embrace lifelong learning," advises Stefanie, a human resources manager. "Investing in upskilling and learning new technologies or trends relevant to your desired role demonstrates your commitment to professional development and adaptability"

John, is a project manager who transitioned to a new industry in his 50s. He told us, "Transitioning to a new industry later in my career was challenging, but ultimately rewarding. By showcasing my commitment to learning and my transferrable skills, I successfully secured a role in a new field that aligns with my passions and interests."

With the right approach and support, transitioning into office support jobs in London can lead to fulfilling and rewarding career opportunities. We’re right here to help you get back into office support jobs, whatever your age. Register today.




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