Tips for Mature Age Job Seekers

Here are some tips from employers who understand the challenges of being a mature aged job seeker.

  • Identify your strengths (experience, skills and personal traits)
  • Match your strengths to the jobs you apply for
  • Do your skills, such as computer skills, need updating?
  • On your résumé demonstrate a good work history but keep it relevant and concise
  • Emphasise relevant experience and skills in your job application
  • Many jobs are not advertised so approach employers directly and get yourself known

The interview:

  • Present yourself well and confidently to employers
  • Always leave your résumé with current email and phone contacts
  • Follow up on your résumé and application
  • Don’t undersell your strengths – demonstrate what you can bring to the job
  • Emphasise the transferability of your skills and experience
  • Don’t draw attention to potential negatives (such as long absences from the workforce)