Retraining at 40

Getting a job can be a job within itself, with up to an estimated 20 candidates applying for each vacancy. Unfortunately the job for life idea is no-longer a viable option in the modern workplace, meaning more and more of us are being made redundant in our 40’s and for several of us this wont be the first time.


Basic Steps

There are several basic but essential steps that can be taken to improve your chances of finding new employment, these steps can be done for free via the internet and include creating and updating your CV, looking at the latest job trends and skills that are in demand. Join social media groups (LinkedIn, Facebook etc...) to connect with business and individuals who may have vacancies. Add sign up for email alert features via job sites, allowing you to apply for the latest vacancies as they get advertised.


Update Skills

You may have many skills and years of experience but research shows a high percentage of potential employers prefer to hirer younger individuals when the vacancy incorporates aspects of ICT (Information Communication Technology) within it. This is predominately due to the thought that older candidates are less likely to embarrass new technology or update their existing skills and to some degree this is reflected within their CV's.


What to Study

With over 99% of positions involving the use of ICT in some way or another it is vital that candidates have some knowledge of the most popular applications currently used. Most jobs will require the use of a Word-Processing (letters, invoices, labels, memos etc…) and Spreadsheet (data entry, charts, calculations etc…) programs. The most common version of these applications are incorporated within the Microsoft Office Suite with Microsoft Word (Word-Processing) and Microsoft Excel (Spreadsheets), this is due to Microsoft programs global easily availability to both companies and individuals.


What Qualification to Gain

Popular globally recognised qualifications which incorporate Microsoft Office products include are ITQ (Information Technology Qualification), ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) and ICDL (International Computer Driving Licence).


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By Paul Buggs...