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Finding a job is always a challenge, but in the current economic climate, with an average of 50 candidates for each position is a real fight there. In a world that often seems obsessed with youth, you may feel even more intimidating for some older workers.

A recent study by researchers at the University of Mannheim in Germany, said that older employees are more productive than younger people. However, these studies did not relieve the feelings and the experience of many mature job seekers who believe that there are fewer jobs for the elderly and that many companies ignore the experience and knowledge of older people and prefer to employ young people.

Then there are jobs for the elderly? Of course it is. There are some companies like B & Q DIY (Do It Yourself) chain in Britain, which has particularly struggled jobs for the elderly, but the mature job seekers will not be defined by their age, or bound to apply to specific companies. But some older job seekers believe that the only reason why they are not being appointed to a job that fell to his age rather than anything they could have done himself. So what can we do?

The advice I give to anyone looking for a job, is very similar to the advice they give to people applying for a job and go to interviews. Instead of thinking life is not fair (we all know that it is not), focus on what you can do to increase your chances of being successful and solve all the problems that may prevent them from getting a job you want. Jobs for older people are as they are for someone else. You must make the necessary changes and go find one.

1. Use a knowledge base rather than a chronological resume. I've never been a fan of chronological resume to anyone, allowing employees to focus on the potential of their age - young or old. This approach also allows you to focus on the experience we have gained, rather than the number of years you spent to acquire experience.

Believe in yourself second. If you do not believe that a company hire you because of your age - guess what? It will be a self-fulfilling prophecy and you will not get a job. Even if you need to apply for a job at a different level than the previous messages investigate what value you would be able to bring to an organization.

3. Check skills. Again, this is the advice I give to anyone looking for a new job. If the skills are not up to date, for example, the field of technology have to do something. There are many courses around, if you need assistance in this area. Also think about the transferable skills you have from your great experience that you can not bring anything new job.

4. Check your appearance. This is not a suggestion that you should try to dress like a twenty years. You must be, but be sure to look up to date.

5th Cry experiences. When it comes to a conversation, do not hesitate to sell you. You will probably unique selling points that can differentiate yourself from your younger rivals. Identify them and shout at them (not literally, of course!). If you are applying for a position at a lower level than before, the interviewer wants to know that you will not get bored. Remember that you want to show them the benefits you can bring to the company.

So if you are a senior looking for a job, do not think employers do not want to name the more mature employees. There are jobs for the elderly, youth and all ages in between. The trick is to always ensure that you are able to show why you're the ideal candidate for the position. If you can do this, you will age indifferent.

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Informative article Israr. I have been experiencing this myself. In my field the software changes all the time and you have to keep up with it. It is not something in the line of MS Suite so it is not that easy to find classes and when you do it is super expensive. I am also trying my own thing with Amazon's CreateSpace. You can sell your e-books, Kindle downloads even books on the site. They help you with everything. Sometimes one must branch out of their comfort zone and try something different.

  about 9 years ago

Great article Israr. If I was in the market for finding a job (which many people are these days), I would find your article very helpful!

  about 1 decade ago
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