How Do I Best Market Myself in my Job Search as a Mature Worker?
Here are some ways to combat age discrimination:
- Keep up to date on software – Job Skills or similar non-profit organizations in your home community can help you with upgrading your skills for free
- Don's put your date of birth or the year you graduated from school on your resume, leave them blank
Because of your age and experience, you have already built up a network of people who know and respect you. Chances are, people in your network may also be looking for work or they know someone who is looking for good help. You can help each other to move ahead with your careers. Your network is key for you right now and it's something that younger workers usually don't have.
Don't be discouraged about your age and job searching. Looking for a job is never easy but you will succeed. Your network as well as your knowledge and experience, along with your solid skills and work ethic will see you through.
If you would like assistance in making your job search more effective, please visit your local employment services office like ''Job Skills'', located in Ontario's York region (similar services are provided by other non-profit organizations in most communities). Sign up for their workshops that teach you how to enhance your resume and skills, and workshops that focus on job search techniques.
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