GETTING BACK TO WORK: AHRI are helping with new strategies for an ageing workforce.
GETTING BACK TO WORK: AHRI are helping with new strategies for an ageing workforce. eclipse_images

Start your job hunt afresh with these tips

THE top job tip from Australian Human Resources Institute's Sandra Cormack is for Seniors to use LinkedIn.com to create and maintain an online resume.

The national manager for strategic development at AHRI said the online profile service can contain all the detailed information on your work experience and skills, and shows you are technologically savvy.

"People put together CVs and it's a long, long list of everywhere they have been and 20 different jobs in the last 30 years," Ms Cormack said. "The average employer gets bored with that.

"Do a summarised version of that on your LinkedIn profile. It can then be hyperlinked on a very short CV. Some say four pages maximum and others say two for a (printed) CV. Some employers will even say, 'send me your LinkedIn profile'."

In the short CV, Ms Cormack said you should highlight the skills and achievements essential to the job you are applying for, leaving the detail to appear in your LinkedIn profile.

Other to do tips

  • Hone your CV to sharp, relevant points - avoid "war and peace".
  • Profile your technology skills. "There is an image out there that people over 60 don't know how to turn a computer on," Ms Cormack said. Point out you are very current.
  • Focus on what the employer needs. Really drill down to understanding their business and needs.
  • Promote your experience and skills.

Don't talk about your age

"I think a big mistake that people over 50 and 60 plus make, is they talk about their age," Ms Cormack said. "They say something like, 'I know I'm 55 but'. That immediately sets all the negative stereotypes of the person hearing this message has already got.

"We are in the situation of there being incredible, systemic bias we all work against. When you talk to people over 60 or 70, they all talk about being invisible be it a work or social," Ms Cormack added.

Older worker projects

AHRI are working to improve the opportunities for older workers to remain in or return to the workplace. It's Inclusion and Diversity Reference Panel has as one of its key activities in the coming year, is to address age issues within the human resources space.

It's also working with the Australian Human Rights Commission's Aged Discrimination Commission Dr Kay Patterson AO. "We have had a long association with AHRC," Ms Cormack said.

AHRI has previously undertaken research on mature workers in 2008, 2012 and 2015. "Each time we have done the research we have had a strong response rate from our membership and we have created a White Paper with the key findings," Ms Cormack said. Those findings have been used to inform different AHRI programs.

The organisation, which has committed to do the research again in December, will conduct it jointly with AHRC. It will be looking for updated demographic information and issues related to employing older workers.

Ms Cormack said AHRI will also look at the increasing participation rates as reported in the OECD's Older Workers Scoreboard which recorded that the number of people over the age of 50, and in five year increments over that, that staying in the workforce has been increasing since 2000. Australia ranks in the middle of the 35 countries and behind New Zealand in the 2016 report.

The research outcomes are expected to be published early in 2018.


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