STEPS TO BEATING THE AGE BARRIER
Cara Jenkin reveals how job seekers of any age can avoid being relegated for the wrong reasons
PREPARE A RESUME It may sound simple but a well-written and presented resume can mean the difference between an interview and rejection, despite a worker’s experience, skills or attributes. The way information should be presented in a resume changes over time – the resume-writing skills taught to job seekers 10 years ago are already out of date. Workforce management firm Kelly Services advises mature-age job seekers to devise a standard resume and tailor it for specific job vacancies. Engaging a professional resume writer may help the resume to meet the most modern trends.
‘‘ Keeping your skills up to date is one of the most important aspects of beating the age barrier so you can effectively compete with younger applicants,’’ says Kelly Services. Employed people should take advantage of any training opportunities available from their current employer, in case they seek greener pastures in the future. Unemployed job seekers need to find what skills gaps they need to fill. ‘‘ If you don’t have a working knowledge of computers, now may be the time to put that right.’’ There are many different courses including day and evening, distance learning, full-time