STEPS TO BEAT­ING THE AGE BAR­RIER

Cara Jenkin re­veals how job seek­ers of any age can avoid be­ing rel­e­gated for the wrong rea­sons

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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in a re­sume changes over time – the re­sume-writ­ing skills taught to job seek­ers 10 years ago are al­ready out of date.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

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