RESTART: Top tips on getting ready to re-enter the workforce with a Restart program employer.
RESTART: Top tips on getting ready to re-enter the workforce with a Restart program employer. dima_sidelnikov

Restart employees are doing a nice job

COMMITMENT, customer service and quality delivery of their job are the benefits employer Diann Weightman has discovered since taking on two staff aged over 50.

Both of her staff members have been employed under the government's Restart program.

The 72-year-old employer who has built her business Simply Stylish Fashion and Lingerie into a respected community operation has been suffering with Parkinson's for the last 10 years.

"I needed staff urgently so I turned to Tursa to help fulfil the requirements of the shop,” Ms Weightman said.

"I wanted someone who was sensible as we do fittings for bras and a lot of styling for people who don't know how to dress themselves.”

Many of Ms Weightman's clients are a similar age to the two Restart program employees which she said was a perfect fit.

"The older worker can dress in the clothes from the shop and show them off while they are serving,” Ms Weightman said.

"It's about the age (of the employee). People are used to service.

"I think I have done the government a favour because these people have been on Newstart and they have had to volunteer their services for two days for nothing at op shops around the town.

"Now they have a job where they get paid for doing what they love doing and they are doing it nicely,” Ms Weightman added.

Restart program employment agency Tursa's Sunshine Coast region cluster manager, Joanne Hickey, recommends that anyone over 50 looking to re-enter the workforce should read through these top before starting their search -

Resume

  • Make sure your resume is up-to-date.
  • Ensure the style of the resume is correct.
  • Usually use no more than two pages.
  • Stick to the most recent, or 10 to 15 years of work experience.
  • Only include the relevant job experience.
  • You don't need to put in your education from years ago, unless it is relevant to the job.
  • The resume must tell a story, not just provide a list of job titles and dates.
  • Highlight your biggest achievements for each job that is most relevant to the desired position you are applying for.
  • Always do a spell check.

Networking

  • Use your network to help you find a job.
  • If there is a particular industry you are interested in, join an association connected with it or even seek out volunteer opportunities to get your foot in the door.
  • It might be scary or daunting to have an online presence, but it is easier than you think and you can have a professional LinkedIn profile which will give you a chance to link in with potential employers and recruiters, as well as create a positive first impression.

Skills

  • Update your skills.
  • Show that you are tech-savvy; know the Microsoft suite - internet, email, word and spreadsheets.
  • Keep up-to-date with technology and if necessary, take a workshop.
  • Update your required service qualifications and licences, depending on the job you are looking to apply for.

Age as an asset

  • Don't focus on your age; view your age as an asset.
  • Point out your competencies and skills to show the advantages of employing you over a younger applicant.
  • Remember, you have a lot of transferable skills from life, not just work.

Research

  • Research an organisation that you are looking to go in to; find out what they are about and where your skill set will fit within that organisation.
  • From this research you should be able to show how your skills can contribute to the future success of the organisation.

Hidden job market

  • Don't rely solely on advertised positions.
  • If you want to work for a particular company, do your research and then go knock on their door and meet them face-to-face.
  • Some employers are looking for staff, but they may not have advertised the position as yet.

"The main thing with mature age employment is you come with problem solving, conflict resolution and communication skills,” Ms Hickey said.

"You have either worked in a team, or been part of a team throughout your life in some way.

"Utilise those employability skills to help you move forward into the workforce.”

For more information on Tursa, go to www.tursa.com.au


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