A recent employment study from the ATO shows that many of the 1.7 million SME business owners across
Australia want ‘grown-ups’ in their shop, because they tend to be loyal, even-keeled and, most importantly,
These business managers know from experience that mature aged job hunters bring lots of valuable intangibles
to the workplace from experience, to numerous transferrable skills, to a vast network of connections. These are
not something the Gen Y and Millennials can even dream of having at this stage in their lives.
I suggest that you search and apply for SME job opportunities if you can see yourself in a small business instead
of a big company.
And, if you want the job, avoid these Top that most mature aged job hunters make.10 Mistakes
#1 YOU’RE STUCK IN A
MOMENT AND IT SHOWS
Remember Daft Punk’s ? We’ve all gotten a first, second, or fifth
“Thanks, but no thanks” email. Stay strong. When it comes to landing a new job,
so many job hunters are stuck with the idea that they need to replace the job they
had before. Not changing or being willing to try something different and go with
the times is bad and it always shows.
and work experience as transferable to lots of
different challenges and fields. If you’re switching industries, you’re
redeploying skills you already have in place.
You’re selling how your knowledge base and
skills can solve business problems in the future regardless of the employer or
even the specific job description.
If you’re stuck, hire a professional career coach to help you to get un-stuck
Look at your skill set
Reframe your experience.
If you’re serious about job-hunting today, this is non-
negotiable. A recent review by our recruiting team found
that 77 percent of our business clients are using social
networks to recruit, a sharp increase from the 56 percent
who reported doing so in 2017. Among the recruiters using
social tools, 94 percent said they use LinkedIn.
If the whole
idea makes your fingers freeze,
without headshots are like empty, soulless vessels. What
the heck are you hiding?
who work at firms where
you might want to work, or you know are hiring, and send
an invitation to connect to them.
in some way.
Step up to the plate. Put together a profile.
Pick an upbeat & professional photo.
Search for people you know
hire a professional.
Ask if they can lend you a helping hand
#3 YOUR RESUME / APPLICATION
TOOLKIT IS A SHOCKER
Sorry to be so blunt. You haven’t had to show anyone a resume in years. I get it. So
you throw something together, believing it’s clear to anyone who reads it that you
are top of the line, award-winning and spectacular. But are you actually aware of
your first hurdle, called ATS, and do you realise that most hiring professionals
expect different, more substantiated applications these days?
The key is to rein your resume in to a digestible number of pages. Most recruiters
will scan it in 30 or maximum 60 seconds.
to max 15 years of experience.Stick to the most recent 10
Avoid giving dates when it comes to decades-old experience
Your application submission must be presented like a pitch
Finally, double check that your application proves
If you are struggling with all the above, hire a professional to help you.
— and only
include jobs if they’re relevant to the work you’re currently seeking.
and tell a
story, not provide a list of job titles and dates.
that you have actually
read the job ad, that you are genuinely interested in the position, that you have
addressed the key criteria with substantiated evidence instead of lengthy
motherhood statements why you are the perfect fit.
I know, you hardly ever had to present a resume and were
“mostly head-hunted” for the next job. I get it, but I also
know that most people don’t really use their network to get
a job and the truth is, people hire people they know, or
people they want to know.
When you are job hunting, it’s not who you know, it’s often
more about who wants to know you. It’s human nature
and the fear of making a bad hire which makes employers
extremely risk adverse, particularly in today’s work
Ask for help and
advice. Networking, as I like to say, is just one letter off
from ‘not working’.
What’s the point of 500 + unused LinkedIn connections
and not taking advantage of all those whose lives have
intersected with yours who might be in a position to help
you? A career coach can show you how to generate
It makes them feel
good. I love it when I can connect people to a possible
opportunity, and I suspect most others do as well.
You have got to pick up the phone.
Don’t be shy to dig back into your old network.
Most people will want to help you.
Like it or not, if you aren’t reasonably physically fit and/or demonstrate
that you take pride in how you present, get with it. Most people will judge
you, consciously or subconsciously, by how you appear regardless of how
politically incorrect it is.
When you present well, it sends the message subliminally that you’re up
for the job. You have a certain vibrancy and energy that people want to be
around. I am not suggesting that you have to run a marathon every day.
You just need to be in reasonable shape and take care in your appearance
in the context of your age, ability or medical conditions.
Carpe Diem and use the time of your job search
Go to bed earlier, eat healthier and do good things for your body
Get a great interview outfit,
First impressions count
You’re selling the entire package of who you are – not just your
work experience and talent.
to start a healthier
– now and always.
haircut, shine your shoes and all that other
superficial stuff. Much, much better to overdress than underdress.
#6 YOU ARE
Seriously, no one is going to come
looking for you. Get out. Do stuff!
Job hunting is about ‘doing’ not
Go to industry and professional meetings
and conferences. You never know who
will know someone who is hiring.
You may be able to tap into career
counselling, workshops on
job fairs, and retraining programs.
Your nearby community college may have
THE BEST OF
YOU TO THE
You believe you’re more qualified than the person who is interviewing you and
it shows. You cop an attitude, maybe without even realising it.
You don’t take the interview seriously and it shows because you haven't done
your homework on the person who is interviewing you, the company, the
industry and its competitors. You think you’re there for them to get to know you,
when really they want you to show them how much you know about them.
Prepping yourself isn't that hard to do today.
Calm down. Practice mock interviews
Always remember to be yourself,
Professional humility sells
with a friend or a professional
(someone younger even). Record it so you can see how to tweak your
performance. You’ll probably be surprised by all your unconscious and
distracting body language when under a bit of pressure.
So, do your research and
ensure to tell me something that I can’t find on my own company website.
be sincere and straightforward. Keep it
conversational. Focus on the company’s key challenges from the job ad or
your research, not yours.
better than boasting about previous job titles.
Sell your experience and skill – not your titles.
#8 YOU HAVE
When was the last time you beefed up your skills by learning
something new? Whether you believe you have what it takes to do
the job or not, one thing is for certain, you need to be able to
demonstrate that you apply your skills, that you are someone who
works with current tools and methods and that you are always
working on ways to improve or upskill intellectually.
If you don’t have the prerequisite
proficiencies for the jobs you are really targeting, look at how to
add them to your skill set.
It’s smart to look at the specific requirements of the jobs
you’re applying for.
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I occasionally have to cut conversations or job
interviews with potential candidates short. Why?
Because of their attitude. Simply speaking, Your
Attitude Determines Your Job Search Altitude. I
see it about 3 out of 10 times. I know that with
that attitude they won’t get hired or have their
applications passed along to the hiring manager.
I sense it within 30 seconds of being on the phone.
I literally smell it. I have previously written about
seven things you need to stop if you want to reach
better heights and see some job search success.
with this list to secure
Job Search Success
to ensure you come
across as a professional
Check your voicemail
Check your headspace
You can have all the skills and experience in the world, but if you don’t fit
into a company’s culture, you aren't going to get the job and frankly, why
would you want it?
But my question is why would you want to work for a company that isn’t
simpatico with your own values? You should always check up on the
employer to see if, in fact, you would fit in.
Bullet spraying the internet with
job applications is not a proven method.
Be choosy about where you apply.
Ensure to read the job ad properly
Conduct a web search or check career help sites
and pay attention to the cultural
info if it is on offer.
such as Glassdoor
to check for workplace transparency and cultural fit.
I know these 10 points may come across a bit harsh, but I speak from
experience. Don’t waste your opportunity to make an impact on your
prospects or any other professional who is in a position to hire you.
Australia currently has the lowest unemployment at 4.9% since June
2011 and one of the healthiest job markets in the world. There are jobs
for you out there, especially if you consider to work for a SME
Give it a go and always remember to hunt wisely!
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Recruiting & Outplacement, including best practices to reduce bias in
the evaluation of your applications, read his blogs