Age was not a barrier for any of us….until it was!

There’s at least one thing job seekers at the beginning and end of their career have in common. Both groups find that age affects their career opportunities, prospects, and how they need to present themselves to potential employers.

Job hunters over 40 years old and young adults seeking their first role face extra barriers.

Statistically, long term unemployment increases with age, and the retirement age keeps rising for seniors who are unable to afford to leave the workforce.

Recent graduates encounter entry level jobs that require previous experience, and offer low wages that make it difficult to pay off student loans.

To that end, there are some solutions that can make the search smoother. Here are some suggestions for developing a strategy that suits the stage of career journey that you are in.

Job Hunting Suggestions for the More Mature Workers:

1. Be creative. Whilst this has changed massively over the recent years, many employment experts agree that many employers are hesitant to employ anyone over 50 for full time positions with benefits. You can still earn money through freelancing, consulting, and other arrangements.

2. Revive your network. If you haven’t looked for a job in years, it’s time to mingle. Create a LinkedIn profile, and let others know what you’re looking for.

3. Streamline your CV. Trim your resume down to 1 or 2 pages max. Focus on the most recent and relevant experience. Don’t write anything that highlights your age.

4. Stay up to date. Pay attention to keywords and trends in your industry. Research which technology skills are in demand and use those words in your CV.

Job Hunting Suggestions for Younger Workers:

1. Gain experience. Acquiring experience while you’re still in school is a smart move. Work during the summers or part-time during school. Consider volunteering at a nonprofit or completing a paid or unpaid internship in your field.

2. Go offline. While you’re using social media and browsing internet job boards, be sure to reach out to others face to face. Invite your contacts out for coffee, and ask for referrals for job leads and informational interviews.

If you want to discuss this or any other career related issues, feel free to message me or WhatsApp me and I will set up a call with you.

It’s what you do next that counts.

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