10 tips to help you get that new job

Stewart Turner / 25 March 2015 ( 17 July 2019 )

Job hunting can be a bit of a culture shock if it’s been a while since you were last looking for work. Here are our top 10 tips for avoiding potential pitfalls and making the most of your strengths, skills and experience.

1 Update your CV

Make sure your CV isn’t any longer than two sides of A4. Tailor it to each role you apply for, emphasising skills and job history most relevant to that particular role.

Read our CV writing guide. 

2 Keep a record of which jobs you apply for

Use a spreadsheet to keep a note of job applications, key contact names, deadline dates, interviews and so on. Job hunting can turn into a full-time occupation in itself, so get yourself organised – it’ll save you from applying twice or failing to get your application in on time.

Job hunting can turn into a full-time occupation in itself, so get yourself organised.

3 Set up a jobseeking profile online

Career-orientated social media sites like LinkedIn are a boon for jobseekers. As well as allowing potential employers to match your profile with their vacancies, you’ll find career specific groups and forums in which new jobs get posted on a regular basis. Make checking them part of your daily routine.

Five LinkedIn profile tips for the over 50s

4 Be careful with your digital footprint

Your ‘digital footprint’ is the trail you leave on the web with every online interaction. These days employers are likely to look you up on social media sites, so check your privacy settings on Facebook and be careful what you tweet about. It may come back to haunt you.

10 tips for using social media sites safely

5 Enroll with an employment agency

It’s worth getting in touch with employment agencies, some of which specialise in finding work for the over-50s.

6 Look up old contacts and colleagues

Dig out your diary or scroll through contacts on your phone and email, and get in touch with old contacts and colleagues from previous jobs. You never know what they might be up to now – they could be hiring or know people who are...

7 Get help from the Government

Fancy being your own boss? Would-be entrepreneurs wanting to start their own business could apply for a Government Start Up Loan, which could provide a loan of £500-£25,000, support and guidance on writing a business plan, and successful applicants get 12 months of free mentoring.

Find out more about continuing to work after retirement age.

8 Brush up your interview skills

It may have been a while since your last interview, so refamiliarise yourself with the kind of questions you might be asked. Rope in a friend or partner to give you a practice run. 

9 Always ask for feedback

If you’re unsuccessful after an interview, ask for feedback. A few tweaks to your answers could make all the difference next time.

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10 Be positive!

Don’t take it personally if your job search takes longer than you’d like. If you get a rejection, move on and focus on your future applications.

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