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The Department for Work and Pensions recently revealed that the employment rates for people over 50 has grown from 55.4% to 69.6% in the last 30 years. This demonstrates that employment trends for the over 50s are on the rise. Employers are keen to harness the strengths and skills on offer in this vast talent pool of candidates.
Not only that, but those searching for jobs are starting to think outside of the box. According to The Telegraph, 400,000 people over the age of 50 began a new apprenticeship within the last 12 months. This shows that it is never too late to change your career or start a new path.
There are plenty of jobs available for people over the age of 50. In fact, all of our job listings come from companies committed to hiring from a diverse pool of applicants.
How to find your dream job
Now is a great time to address your CV. When you have a lot of experience, it can be tempting to include all of it on your CV. Instead focus on the last 10 years of work history as this is the most relevant. Put emphasis on your skills, accomplishments, and achievements. Potential employers can decide whether you might be suited to a job you are not necessarily trained for yet.
Stay positive and remember that you have plenty to offer. Your experience means that you can easily apply knowledge to practical issues, a skill that's very valuable to a lot of employers. Especially employers who are committed to creating an inclusive environment and a workforce with a wide range of backgrounds. These are exactly the kinds of employers we deal with on a daily basis.
Looking for work over the age of 50 is also about being open to learning new skills. The work environment is rapidly changing and those willing to learn new things are most likely to be in most demand. Get on top of the latest technology. Understanding how to manage millennials. Check out online training courses and classes that can get you up to date. Or use our search to look for employers who offer training as part of the job.
Types of jobs for over 50s
Skilled trades are in high demand, opening great areas for over 50s to get involved with. Apprenticeships can be completed relatively quickly and, as an added bonus, you earn while you learn. Check out our job listings to get an idea of how many opportunities are available.
Companies are looking for over 50s who are willing to bring their experience and positive attitude to the job market. It is a matter of understanding your existing strengths, learning what you need to know, and finding the right employer for you.
When faced with the decision of choosing a job, it’s common practice to follow on from previous experience or studies. If you’ve spent a long time building skills and knowledge, it feels natural to continue in what you feel most qualified and trained in. However, many people now reach the age of 50 and discover they have an unexplored professional passion.
Approaching an entirely new career path with a fresh and open mind can make you very appealing to employers. You just need to find the right one for you. That’s where we come in.
We can connect you with diversity-focused employers. Employers who consider prospective employees for a range of jobs based on their abilities, not just their previous experience. It is never too late to follow your dream. Contact us today to find out more.
What we can do to help
At VERCIDA, we understand that starting a job search in your 50’s can be a difficult and intimidating experience.
We believe that the over 50s talent pool is a great place to find some of the best workers in the country. This is why we partner with employers who actively support a diverse workforce. From apprenticeships to graduate schemes, we can put you in touch with inclusive employers who offer great opportunities for the over 50s.
It is never too late to begin a new job search and age should never be a barrier to pursuing your goals. Sign up today to start your job search.