Ways to improve your chances of getting a new job

Patsy Westcott

Make yourself more attractive to potential employers with our tips for applying for a new job.

Don't forget there are many different routes. The internet, recruitment agencies, professional bodies and their magazines as well as newspapers and JobCentrePlus.

Go for quality rather than quantity. Instead of pumping out hundreds of CVs, analyse what's required of a job and tailor your application accordingly.

1 Identify any skills gaps

Make sure you are bang up-to-date in your area of expertise. If not do some training.

2. Assess your work-life balance

Check your finances - could you afford a drop in salary? Could you work part-time? Don't just think of the money, consider what you could gain in quality of life by working shorter hours, taking a step sideways, retraining.

Read our CV writing tips for the over-50s.

3. Be flexible

Don't turn up your nose at short-term contracts, temporary, 'interim' or part-time work. It's the modern way of working - and it could lead to something more.

4. Get the packaging right

Check what clothes people in your line of work are wearing today and sort out your wardrobe.

Read more job hunting tips for the over-50s.

5. Ditch the grey

You may balk at the idea but a covering up the salt and pepper and a sharp, new haircut can knock years off your age.

6. Stay fit

Searching for work is gruelling at any age. Eat well and take regular exercise. You'll feel - and look better.

7. Don't panic. 

Stay in control of yourself. Think of ways to boost your esteem. See friends, take a spa break, join a reading group, do some voluntary work.

LinkedIn is increasingly used by recruiters. Read our guide to creating a profile. 

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