Where to Find Jobs for the Over 60's
How to Apply for Work if You are Over 60
When you get near your retirement age, you may want to keep working, but sometimes it's not that easy. Especially if you have been made redundant, or are medically unfit for hard work. Don't despair, there are choices out there, you just have to know where to look.
Before we take a look at the options, what are the challenges for older people today who still want to work?
Office Employers Prefer the Young
As the old song goes. Over the hill and far away. Or in the case of being old, just over the hill. And yes that's what most young people believe when you get past 50. All the jobs are taken, the work has dried up and no, they are not going to let you loose on a computer, it's for the young.
But speaking as an older woman, I know that's just not true. I for one, have been working on a computer since I left school in 1976. Okay, it was a bit basic. And whatever we input into the computer we had to 'verify'. But soon the '80s arrived and the modern PC appeared. And soon after that, 1993 and the Internet arrived.
But you just can't tell them that. The kids I mean.
I have worked all those years in an office. Working my way up to under manager is some places and on the phone to garages working out Recalls. So with all that under my belt, why can't I get back in an office?
Because offices love the young, that's why.
So what do I do now?
Makeover Tip for Work
If you haven't worked for a while then you need a makeover. Get your hair cut, buy a new top and trousers. And don't forget to polish those shoes.
There's nothing worse than a scruffy person in a interview!
Bills Have to Be Paid
Of course, that doesn't happen in all offices. Most hospitals, doctors and civil service jobs do employ older people. The trouble starts when you live in a small town, and there are only a few of these jobs floating about.
I have worked in other jobs over the years too. Charity shops, record stores and so on. The trouble is, when you are middle-aged/elderly and want to work, it's not that easy to find something that won't tire you out, or hurt you. I for one, can't stand in a shop for too long as I have thyroid problems that totally wear me out if I stand.
Other people have medical problems too.
So what to do?
Now that the retirement age is 66/67 years old and rising, many people want and need to keep working. Retirement age may have gone up, but attitudes to older people working have stayed the same.
'You have done your 3 score years so now sit down and knit a jumper,' so to speak, but no, that's not going to work these days.
So what jobs are there for older people, considering they still have bills to pay?
Don't be nervous you have held a job and applied for many over the years.
Get out there with confidence!
Age Diverse Employers
- Cleaning: This is the main job I do at the moment. I clean houses. Not only is it relatively easy, but it also keeps me fit. And you can sit down if you need to have a rest in the middle of your work.
- Charity shops: I applied to work in my local shop a few years ago, and there were many older people working there. The only trouble is that a lot of it is voluntary. This is great if you have enough money to live on but if not, always check before applying. There are lots of jobs that do pay you there, you just have to ask in the shop.
- Lloyds bank: Has an 'Age Diversity' policy that employs older people. Which is great because most towns or cities have a bank. I am sure others do this too.
- Elderly Homes: Homes for the elderly prefer to employ older people so that they have more in common with the residents. Whether you are a carer or cleaner there are always plenty of Homes crying out for helpers.
- Look out for Disabled care homes, day meetings, etc. volunteers are always needed. And maybe even paid work.
- Premier Inn, Butlins, Pontins, and all Holiday camping firms employ older people for various jobs.
- Hospitals and Care Home Drivers: Elderly people will always need a driver to take them to hospitals and medical appointments. Many of these drivers are over 50. and let's face it, you can never have enough drivers.
As you can see, there are many jobs out there for the over '50s-'60s. Check online for 'Age Diversity' Jobs in your area. I found plenty while researching this.
How to Write a CV
Do's and Don'ts of Applying for that Job
The trouble is, when you have worked most of your life and are now out of work, you need to 'get yourself out there' to find that perfect job.
But when was the last time you wrote a CV? Many older people haven't written one in many years. So you will need someone to help you write a new one, or update the old.
Here are a few tips that you should check out before you apply for that job.
- Create a Linkedin account on your PC. Unfortunately most jobs these days have an online site to them and many employers will be reluctant to take on someone who doesn't have an updated site of some sort or other. Linkedin is the most popular for a professional look.
- Make sure you have an email address. Not only do you need it for signing onto other sites, but many employers will send their info through to your email.
- Don't let any rejection letters put you off searching for your ideal job. It happens to all of us. Age is not an issue. There are usually so many candidates for every single job, it's just the luck of the draw. Keep trying.
- Don't rely on the Internet to advertise jobs. Send out a few emails to local companies to see if they have vacancies.
- Keep your CV short and straight to the point. You do not have to go into too much detail, just the Firm, the title of the job, years you worked and so on.
- If you are going to phone an employer, practise your conversation skills before you phone. You need to sound professional. We all make the mistake of too many 'ers' and 'um's' on the phone. Think it through before you phone. It can make all the difference between getting the job or not.
- Find out about the job you are applying for as much as possible. You don't want to be put on the spot by the obvious question, 'What is it about this job that makes you want to apply?'
- And last but not least, Don't worry about the gaps in your CV. You know the type. 'I didn't work for three years, what shall I put there?' Many people extend their work info to cover it. Don't. It's an easy way to get caught out. Just be honest. 'I stayed home to look after the children,' or 'I felt like taking time out to travel.' And so on.
Go for That Job!
So the word is confidence. You have more experience than most now that you are older. Use it and make sure you get that dream job.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2019 Nell Rose