As seen by the following statistics, employers are beginning to see the potential of more-experienced and older applicants.
The Bureau of Statistics showed that in Australia, between the period of August of 1989 to August of 2003, more than 380,000 jobs within the workforce aged 15-24 were lost to older workers. Even though most of Australia’s younger generation became full-time students, employers favored the older applicants.
On the other hand, In Netherlands(by December of 2000), over 500,000 thousand of their employees were 55 years old and above, with the figure increasing steadily since 1995.
For a head start from younger applicants, one needs to consider the following:
1. When writing your resume, highlight your accomplishments without necessarily bragging about them.
You could have these lists of accomplishments work in your advantage over younger applicants who may not have any kind of experience in the same field. Your history of employment receives as much scrutiny as you yourself do. Employers tend to focus on the length of service you have rendered for your previous employers, while also looking for gaps or lapses of time where you may have been unemployed.
Frequent change of work, within very short time frames, may be something of concern for prospective employers.
2. Enroll in programs or read up on new information that will refresh and increase your knowledge on your field, especially if your field is in the professional sector as this will keep you informed on the latest trends and updates in your field.
3. Search for vacancies on the internet. Many agencies list ads on the internet that advertise help for senior citizens searching for jobs. Search engines are also available to make things easier, and help search for more specific jobs or job fields.
There are some jobs that do not usually look into the age of the applicant, such as the ones below:
1. Professional specialization work, such as those in the medical field. In this field, (i.e. Doctors) experience is usually the basic determinant of being hired.
2. Lecturers, or speakers. Lecturers invited to discuss certain topics do not usually have an age requirement, since qualification focuses more on first hand experience and knowledge.
3. Writers. Writing is one of those professions where the only requirement is good writing skills. This job can also be done in the comfort of their own homes, an advantage for those in their advanced years.