How to wisely take advantage of your experience?

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Skills and experience take decades to develop. This is why they are so important in every aspect of your life. When you make mistake experience is at least one good thing that you have.

When you’re looking for a job in your 40s, 50s or beyond, remember that you have unparalleled work and life experience, and thus a lot to offer to prospective employers. Don’t be afraid to use that like your main weapon.

The single most important thing you can do is to value yourself. Be proud of what you’ve achieved and what you have to offer. If you can’t see it yourself visit a career coach for advice. When selling yourself in your CV, cover letter or at an interview, give yourself credit. These are just some of the points for yourself :

  • You’ve been around longer and will have experienced many situations that younger workers simply haven’t encountered.
  • You can mentor younger workers with your skills and life experience. That’s a win-win situation for everyone.
  • You’re likely to be able to work more flexible hours and may be willing to take the shifts that others won’t.

Like established worker you’re likely to have learned the technical skills for the job. Over the years you’ve probably honed the interpersonal skills necessary to  navigate the ins and outs of workplaces. That comes with experience.

Now if you got a couple of decades of work under your belt, you’ll have experience that younger workers are less likely to have. Remember that you would have had many valuable experiences over time, not all of them may have been in a professional settings. Think about whether you’ve mentored others or volunteered and make sure you include those where relevant.

Also If you’ve held a variety of roles across a number of industries, this may be seen quite positively by employers. Make sure that you call out adaptability across these industries and potentially changed technologies you’ve encountered or mastered as your career has progressed.

You can also be a mentor for younger workers. This will usually give you personal satisfaction and is a great way to boost your brand in the workplace.

You’ve probably worked in a variety of roles over the years. This makes you adaptable and it’s important that you spell this out to potential employers. Outline examples of your adaptability in all stages of the application process, and be sure to remind them that you’re still learning, perpetually open to change.

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