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    At 53 years old I wrote for 300 jobs and got nowhere – now at 59 nothing has changed. I have 40 years experience as a Manager/ Director in the Food industry with blue chip companies – yet when I wrote for a job at Booker this week (as still advertised on this site) as a night picker – I still cant even get an interview.

    Its soul destroying – anyone else having the same issues?

    Posted by desktopconsultancy
    • Reply by aislinggray

      Hi @desktopconsultancy – goodness this sounds incredibly frustrating for you and there is nothing worse than not getting feedback, especially when you have had a lifetime of great experience and feel you could easily do the job in question.  I absolutely don’t want to teach you to suck eggs but sometimes it can be something as simple as a few tweaks to your CV that can help.  So many employers use key word searches and algorithms to screen CVs these days.  So it’s not that your CV is being dismissed by a human but it could be more the case that it doesn’t contain the key words that the computer needs to put you through to the next stage of the process.

      We have lots of tips on writing a CV.  I’m sure you have a lot of these covered already but worth having a read through to see if there might be some small changes that you can make which help to increase your chances of getting to interview stage: https://restless.co.uk/career-advice/cv-writing-tips/

      Please let us know if these help – we’d love to hear your feedback.  And please also check for roles on the Rest Less home page https://restless.co.uk – all the employers on our site have committed to age diversity in their workplace so it’s a great place for over 50s to start looking for a new role.

      Please keep us posted – it sounds like you will be snapped up once you get to interview stage.

      • Reply by desktopconsultancy

        Many thanks for your reply and assistance Aisling – I will read the tip and try this next – I hope it works

    • Reply by aislinggray

      Good luck, please let us know if it makes a difference

    • Reply by martin

      Hi Desktpconsultancy

      I hear you.  I’m a jobseeker coach in my spare time.  I’m also 63 years old.  I’ve been told by one employer that they thought “the pace of the office might be too fast for me”.  I’ve been told that I’m over qualified on a number of occasions.  Ageism is definitely there.

      All of Aislings advice is relevant.  One additional thing I rarely do these days is to show my full length of experience.  My post grad career started in 1978 but I almost never include those early jobs I did through the 80s.  I only give the dates of my educational qualifications if I’m forced to by the software system through which I’m applying.  (They’re called Applicant Tracker Systems or ATSs.  A whole other subject).

      Even if I’m completing one of these ATSs, I don’t go further back than 1995 in describing previous roles.

      I also never use a phrase like “I have 40 years experience” or similar in my covering letter or the headline of my CV

      Finally I emphasise my CPD record for recent years.  I might include a sentence such as “I’m fascinated by the latest developments in the malt spulking industry. So much so I enrolled on Dr Johnson’s recent Advanced Widget Fettling programme at the University of Lanchester  I met lots of industry specialists on the course (possible name dropping opportunity here) and learned a lot about xxx and xxxx.”  This can lead the reader to see me as still hungry and driven rather than simply ‘experienced”

      Good luck!

    • Reply by Helen Burns

      I just spotted a story on another media platform (naming no names), where someone who had been applying for jobs, had been knocked back twice “because she is at higher risk of catching Coronavirus (at 52)”

      Has anyone else had a similar experience?

    • Reply by peterlaw23

      I am aware of the waste of talent that is occurring and when contemplating this I found myself considering the “Men in Sheds”  concept where retire guy’s (and maybe ladies for all I know) get together and share skills and achieve satisfaction and enjoyment in sharing knowledge and social chat. But imagine if these talents were combined in a commercial enterprise particularly in the area of manufacturing.

      I am past state retirement age but I am fortunate in that I was possessed a skill set which my employers wanted to maintain. Part of my interests cover the possible re-shoring of certain processes concerned in manufacturing. I found it of particular interest that covid-19 has generated some companies to think outside the box and to rededicate their manufacturing processes to make PPE and reverse engineer important products but what a pity it takes their companies to be closed down before these thought processes take place.

      I am sorry if I have wandered off the point but to come back to the issue perhaps it is time to celebrate age and look at how we might best use those skills that are going to waste if we feel ageism is a problem.