You may be looking for work because of changes to your personal or financial situation. As a mature worker you’ve developed valuable skills, abilities and knowledge over your lifetime.
Get ready to look for work
- Use career planning to manage change. You may be rethinking your career direction as a result of changes in your life. Use these career planning resources to help you:
- Identify and update your skills. Identify your skills to recognize what you're good at and the work you want to do.
- Look at alternative work options. From telecommuting to self-employment, alternative work options can offer flexible work arrangements.
Update your work search skills
If you haven’t looked for work in a while, use the following resources for detailed information about the work search process. You'll find information on a host of work-search topics, including how to write a resumé and covering letter:
- Network. Your network is the people you know and the people they know. Use your network for work search:
- Contact the people you know
- Tell them you're looking for work
- Ask them for advice or referrals to people they know who can help
- Conduct information interviews:
- Use an information interview to talk to people and learn about occupations, educational programs and organizations that interest you.
- Information interviewing for career, learning and work options
- Use these online resources for work search:
Make a positive impression
- Show employers that you’re capable, confident and experienced. Use these resources to find out how:
- Market yourself. This involves communicating confidently about what you can offer an employer.
- Be prepared. Know what employers can and cannot ask in application forms and interviews - What can employers ask you? Disabilities may increase with age. If you have a disability, be ready for work-related challenges you could face: