As a mature worker, you may have a range of reasons to look for employment – you may want to start a new career, decide to work after retiring or face job loss late in your career. Use these tips to make the experience a positive one.
- Prepare yourself to look for work. Identify your marketable skills and abilities, and update your skills so that you can offer what employers are looking for. Consider additional education or training if necessary. Think about alternatives like self-employment, part-time or contract work.
- Learn effective job search techniques. The Job Application Tips page has advice on using your personal networks and social media connections to make contacts and get referrals. You’ll also learn how to create a resume and cover letter and how to prepare for an in-person or virtual interview.
- Market yourself. Put your experience to work. Be positive and develop ways to show prospective employers how your skills and experience can help them and their business. Do some practice interviews so that you can sell yourself in a positive, confident and contemporary way.
- Get help in your job search. Call or visit your local WorkBC Centre, or use our interactive map to find a WorkBC Centre in your area.
- Prepare yourself for further training or a new job. Need to prepare for post-secondary training, education or certain types of employment? Use the UpgradeBC tool to find a post-secondary institution or school near you that offers tuition-free upgrading courses.
Are you 55 years or older, unemployed or insecure in your employment? Do you face barriers to employment—perhaps lacking the technical skills needed in today’s job market?
The Older Workers 55+ program
provides the skills training and employment supports you need to overcome barriers and achieve sustainable employment. Support can include counselling, mentoring, transportation, disability supports, work experience, wage subsidies and equipment. Find out if this program can help you become employment ready.
For more information, check out the job search services and career advice at Canada’s Job Bank