It has been stated that because you are a mature worker that you have disadvantages when it comes
to competing for available opportunities. While this may be true for some jobs, there are actually
some advantages for businesses in hiring older workers such as, experience, work ethic,
market/product knowledge, and reliability. As older workers compete in the job market, there are
ways you can leverage your experience and talents and help convince employers you are the right
Instead of trying to compete with younger workers on their playing field, focus-in on what your
strengths are, such as related experience, skills and relationships that you can bring to the table.
While you will want to revamp your Linkedin Profile and resume to reflect the sort of skills
employers are looking for in your market, don’t forget to highlight the experience you can offer.
You don’t need to go back 25 years in detail, show the relevant experience outlining the last 10
years or so. Also be mindful to include the “key words” that recruitment agencies are searching
for. For example, if you are seeking a Marketing Director role, ensure your resume includes (as
appropriate): marketing, director, manager, strategy, product or service category, years of
experience, social media, advertising, packaging, price, promotion, success, etc. Key aspects and
words in your resume will get you found, carefully research and consider how you promote your
experience for the job you want.
Do not over-look the importance of letting potential employers know you are reliable, dependable,
and understand your role in the bigger picture. Make it clear that you are looking for work because
“you want to” not “you need to”. If you have a strong work history of having worked for an
employer for an extended duration, you can point this out in your favor. Beware there is the
dreaded “too long in one place” scenario. Sometimes breaking down your experience into projects
will show how current the methodologies/skills are. Show you can adjust to the flexible
requirements of the modern workforce.
If you lack certain modern skill sets you can always enroll to update. There are always short
comprehensive courses available at local colleges, schools. Remember to leverage your strengths,
work your network and most importantly there is NO substitution for experience. You’ll feel more
confident and be able to share with potential employers that you are the better choice.
Consider reaching out to local recruiting agencies. You can increase your exposure and
connections to gain key insights regarding key trends, resume “tune-ups”, potential opportunities
and getting your name and experience to the top of their database list. Minimally, submit your
resume to these recruiters so that it is contained within their database of prospective candidates.
There are many recruiters in each city, so you should review what industries they cater to and
engage those that will lead you to success.
Get organized, sell you strengths, refine your CV and establish the right connections to get the right