You have more than 50 years and you have lost your job? I realize that finding a new job can be quite complicated for those over the age of 50, especially in this particular historical period in which the offer of work is less and less, given the difficulties caused by Covid, but give up it is the first mistake not to make if you want to have a chance to find work.
In this regard, we have thought of a series of advice to maximize the chances of finding work after the age of 50, useful for those who have suddenly found themselves without an occupation and without an income to refer to (we remind you, however, that there are tools such as NASpI and Citizenship Income that could help you in this phase).
1) Take a few minutes to understand what you would like to do
If you have lost your job the first thing to give do not is to get caught up in panic. Obviously, having lost a source of income is no small concern, but only if you are lucid can you think about it best possible solution to ensure that this situation can soon be resolved for the best.
Having thought of a solution for this period of unemployment, referring to the welfare bonuses that you can ask to cope with this difficult situation, there are a number of questions you need to ask yourself:
- what kind of work can i do?
- what kind of work can I do?
- what kind of work would I like to do?
By answering these questions you will be able to identify the sector in which to focus your job search. But also ask yourself if there are still employment opportunities in that sector: if it is one profession now outdated it may not make sense to spend time looking for job opportunities in that industry.
2) Update your Curriculum Vitae
After understanding what to do and where to look for a job, you must immediately think about updating your Curriculum Vitae. We recommend that you think of a type CV functional, designed specifically for the work sector in which you intend to concentrate your job search.
If you plan to do a research on several different sectors, the advice is to have as many Curriculum Vitae to be delivered as appropriate.
Be careful not to make mistakes in drafting your CV: here you will find a series of useful tips, but if you think you are not able, you can contact a family member, a friend or in any case an expert who can help you.
3) Update your skills
In the period when you are out of work you can take advantage of it for upgrade your skills. In the worst case, that is, when the skills you have acquired are no longer usable in the current job market, the best solution could be to think about a real professional retraining.
See if there are gods training courses that allow you to acquire a professional qualification for one of the jobs that will be increasingly in demand in the future; alternatively you can think of a computer science course (given that the skills in this area are increasingly in demand), or in any case to a foreign language course (preferably English).
In this way you will acquire new skills that will be useful for you to increase your chances of finding work.
Another course you could take is the one forjob orientation, so as to have information on how to search for a job and how to write a CV correctly. In short, the important thing is not to spend days without doing anything, but to dedicate the period of unemployment to improving one’s professional profile.
4) Find out about the employment incentives you might benefit from
Often employers are unaware of the opportunities for save on hiring new employees. It is usually believed that there are incentives for employment only for young people, but this is not the case: there is, in fact, a contribution relief of 50% for the Over 50s, as long as they have been unemployed for at least 12 months.
Being aware of this opportunity is very important as you can suggest it yourself to the potential employer. Similarly, check if there are any regional incentives, such as could be the Generations program in Lazio.
5) Spend at least two hours a day looking for work
Dedicate every day to looking for work, at least two hours on the same day. Be constant, only in this way will you be rewarded. The research must be carried out on several areas:
- for example, deliver the CV directly to companies, making sure you do it directly to the human resources manager (or in any case to those who are in charge of staff recruitment);
- carry out a search on the Internet, paying attention to the ads most similar to your professionalism;
- contact an employment agency, or even the employment center in your city;
- don’t forget the network of friends and relatives, which is often the best way to find a new job.
6) Don’t be discouraged
To be disheartened impacts on the possibility of finding a new job. We know it is difficult, but try to be positive and think that it is only a moment that you can overcome by dedicating the maximum commitment when looking for a new job.
Negativity affects the job search, minimizing the chances of finding a new job. Even the potential employer would realize this, and could mistake your distrust for a lack of willingness to work: always let yourself be seen determined e willing, you will see that even if you are not as young as you used to be, you will be able to find a job that is right for you.