By Danielle Bosley, Toronto Financial Recruiter

There is an increasing number of older job seekers. As traditional career paths change and as the economy evolves, there are fewer mature professionals finishing out their careers with companies they have been with long term.

We hear lots of stories today about older professionals putting off retirement or coming out of retirement because the younger generation of workers is not ready to lead. But this often happens at the executive level. What about older job seekers in other areas?

Many are having issues getting hired. They are getting beat out for roles by younger job candidates. For many, it could be rust, as older job seekers haven’t looked for a job in decades. As a result, they are not current with job search best practices and may lack the technology skills to apply for jobs online.

Tips for Mature Job Seekers

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Here are some tips to help you with your job search:

Mine Your Network

Your professional network can be a huge advantage for you. If you’ve worked in an industry for years, you likely have a large network of connections. Don’t be shy about using it.

Get Professional Advice About Your Resume

Whether you haven’t updated your resume in years, or you want to improve your resume and your candidate appeal, working with a professional resume writer is a good option. They can help you fill in career gaps, highlight your strengths, and ensure your experience and expertise shines through.

Get on LinkedIn

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If you are not already on LinkedIn, create a profile. LinkedIn allows you to connect to your network, search for career opportunities and connect with recruiters. It also allows recruiters to find you if they have a position to fill.

Consult a Recruiter Who Specializes in Your Industry

A lot of job search advice available today is generalized. To get an edge over younger applicants, working with a recruiter who specializes in your industry is important. Recruiters know the lay of the land and can help you find a role that is ideal for your skill set.

These tips will improve your chances of getting call backs for interviews, and ultimately, securing a new job.

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IQ PARTNERS is an Executive Search & Recruitment firm supporting clients across the country. We help companies hire better, hire less & retain more. We have specialist teams of recruiters in Technology (IT), Accounting and Finance, Consumer Goods, eCommerce and Retail, Financial Services and Insurance, Startup, B2B and Industrial, Operations and HR, Professional Services and Legal, Media, Digital and Marketing, Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences, Emerging Technology and Telecom, and  Sales. IQ PARTNERS has its head office in Toronto and operates internationally via Aravati Global Search Network. Click here to view current job openings and to register with us.

Danielle Bosley Toronto Recruiter

Danielle Bosley

Danielle is a Recruitment Consultant with our Accounting and Finance team, primarily focused on placing talent with mid-sized public accounting firms. Danielle has five years of experience in the recruitment industry, starting out as a recruitment coordinator and growing into a recruitment and candidate sourcing specialist.

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