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Finding Work as a Mature Worker

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

  1. 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:
  2. Identify and update your skills. Identify your skills to recognize what you're good at and the work you want to do.
  3. 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:

  1. 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
  2. Conduct information interviews:
    • Use an informational interview to talk to people and learn about occupations, educational programs, and organizations that interest you.
  3. Use these online resources for work search:

Make a positive impression

  1. Show employers that you’re capable, confident and experienced. Use these resources to find out how:
  2. Market yourself. This involves communicating confidently about what you can offer an employer.
  3. 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:

Explore job opportunities

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