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Wednesday 18 April 2012

Older jobseekers 'need roles suiting their skillset'

Older people on the hunt for new jobs need to aim for a role which is clearly suited to their skillset, it has been advised.

Fintan O'Toole, HR specialist, said that some older workers, such as those aged over 50, sometimes find it harder to find a suitable range of opportunities.

The key to enhancing their recruitment prospects is to look for roles more suited to their individual skill set and not to be overly concerned about the age or the profile of the job.

"Look for one where you would clearly have something to offer and somewhere where you would be able to make a major contribution. If that is the case and you think you have got a good case to put forward then I don't think you should hide behind your age," he noted.

Mr O'Toole added that older workers should certainly think about the positive attributes that their additional maturity, experience and life skills could bring to the position.

It comes after research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development showed that older workers are increasingly looking to extend their working lives, with more than 50 per cent of staff aged over 55 planning to work beyond the previous state retirement age.

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Original: Salespeak News

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