Being an older worker, it’s likely that the last time you wrote a CV was a significant length of time ago. That’s why we’ve created this easy guide, so you don’t have to worry.
The UK economy is changing faster than ever, and that includes the way employers recruit. A part of this change is that many employers will go through hundreds of CVs a day, meaning that you have to perfect your CV to make sure they give it a thorough read.
For general tips on applying for jobs, see our dedicated guide to job applications for older workers.
What to focus on when updating your CV with lots of experience and work history
Here are a few tips to making sure an employer doesn’t see your age as a restriction, but a great investment:
Consider two things: what the employer wants to see to give you the job, and, what assets you have that will get you the job. Think of a way to clearly advertise all the things you need to get that interview.
Commonly, people will narrow descriptions down to keywords, and use boxes or white spaces to draw the eye to the content.
With a wealth of work experience, it is most difficult for older workers to narrow down their relevant information. However, if an employer sees anything on your CV that isn’t relevant to the role, they will immediately assume you have just sent it out to any and every job available.
Even if that is not the case, they will assume you aren’t very interested in the role. With so many applicants for every role, you can’t take that risk.
Focus on the essentials
Sometimes people can forget the simple things. As an older worker, some employers may be extra critical with your attention to detail. Remembering to include these little details could be the difference between you getting an interview or not.
You have been in work a long time; it can be easy to feel like you need to include everything. In fact, having more than two pages to your CV is more likely to put off an employer. Keep it simple – that way they will definitely get to all the important stuff that you want them to read.
Employers can be apprehensive about hiring an older worker because of the speed at which industry is changing today. By explaining how your skills and experience could transfer to their workplace will ease these worries and give you a great opportunity at getting the job.
To help you with these, we have developed a detailed guide on explaining your transferable skillset to an employer.
Demonstrate openness to new technology
With skills gaps growing at rates unforeseen by many employers, with new advanced technologies emerging every day, your willingness to learn new technologies could be essential. By showing that you have learned something quite simple, such as Microsoft Excel, you demonstrate that you are open to change.
In turn, the employer is far more likely to consider your application as they will not see the perceived risks associated with hiring older workers in you.