How to find a job over 50

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It is difficult for most people to find their ideal job, but when you’re nearing what some may consider the latter end of the working age spectrum, job hunting can be even more of a challenge. However it doesn’t need to be. CV-Library have complied some key ways in finding a job over 50 as there are many advantages to being older and wiser.

You can do this

When you’re over 50 and you’ve been in the same job for years, it can be difficult convincing yourself that you stand a chance of finding a new job. Try the ‘seven stories’ approach; make a list of seven achievements you’re proud of to gain awareness of your skills and values. You’ll see that the world has by no means left you behind.

Reach out

You need to let people know you’re looking for a job. Job boards like CV-Library are a useful tool as they offer plenty of services to aid your job hunt. From providing CV and cover letter tips, to a hub that allows you to browse jobs and lets recruiters spot your talent, job boards have you covered. LinkedIn is also an advantageous way to network online. The social site offers a means to communicate with industry professionals, increasing your chances of locating job opportunities.

Your age is an advantage

There is no denying that ageism does exist, but this should not be an issue for professionals. You have plenty of qualities that give you the edge over younger job hunters such as life experience, strong work ethic, communications skills and strong networks. Did you know that those over 50 are the most reliable workers?

Give your skills a boost

While it’s advisable to be straightforward about your qualifications, there are plenty of opportunities to gain extra skills to ensure you’re the ideal candidate for a role. Why not check out CV-Library’s Training Centre to browse the latest courses.


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Will your job be stolen by a robot?

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More and more businesses today are becoming digitally savvy in order to provide workload assistance so we can be the most efficient workforce. However, with the working world becoming more automated than ever before, how likely is it that professionals like us will be out of the job in a few years time? We’ve had Bob, the robot security guard, and more recently Norris, the chief morale officer, it seems like it won’t be long until all our jobs will be stolen by a robot.

Regardless of how concerned you are that the robots might steal your role, it is good practice to understand the future of your job role so that you can effectively plan your career path and gauge when it might be time to change direction.

NPR have developed this handy little calculator so you can find out the likeliness of your job being stolen by a robot. Here are the results for some of the top industries:

  • Sales: 99% chance of being automated
  • Accountants: 93.5% chance of being automated
  • Retail: 92.3% chance of being automated
  • Programmers: 48% chance of being automated
  • Housekeeping: 68.8% chance of being automated
  • Lawyer: 3.5% chance of being automated
  • Teaching: <1% chance of being automated

How do you feel about the result?


If it looks like good news for you, then congratulations! But don’t panic if you’re a little anxious. There are plenty of ways to make sure you remain a valuable employee and a very long list of training courses widely available too if you fancy learning a new skill to broaden your career options.

Discover how to make yourself more valuable at work here, or take a look at CV-Library’s training courses to learn a new skill.

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Listening to music at work

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Employers are increasingly concerned with employee productivity and creating the ideal workspace. However, this is a difficult task because every member of staff works and learns in different ways. Listening to music at work has been widely debated and CV-Library are here to present the scientific proof backing the benefits and the drawbacks.



Makes repetitive tasks easier – Listening to music at work can increase motivation while doing repetitive tasks such as responding to emails or copying and pasting data. This is not necessarily because the music is upbeat enough to run a marathon too, but simply because the songs are enjoyable. By listening to some of your favourite tracks, it’s sure to put you in a good mood for work.

Escape the distractions – Trying to focus in a busy workspace is sometimes like trying to climb the mountains of Mordor. However, by listening to music you can create your own personal bubble and leave the constant buzz outside of your concentration zone.

Heightens creativity – Many of us work better with some music on as it gets our creative juices flowing. While energising music can be distracting, ambient and mellow sounds are scientifically proven to soothe us, putting us in our creative sweet spot.



Impedes on learning – Any noises when trying to learn and retain new information are more than distracting. If you’re listening to music while trying to learn a new skill you’re probably only going to learn the words to the song instead.

Not suitable for your role – Sometimes listening to music at work is inappropriate because of your role and responsibilities. If you’re on the phone 24/7, constantly wandering around offices or often in meetings with colleagues, I’m afraid you’ll have to go without the musical melodies. However, because you’re always on the move or interacting with people, you probably don’t need music to help you concentrate!

Benefits are nullified – Unfortunately, if you’re listening to music to work to reap the benefits, over time these benefits are likely to wear off. Of course, you could listen to different music every day in an attempt to avoid this, but try and save the tunes for when you really need a boost at work.


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Just weeks to go until Recruitment Agency Expo North

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There are only around 4 weeks to go now until Recruitment Agency Expo North, one of the UK’s premier free-to-attend events for recruitment agencies.

The hugely successful exhibition returns to the Birmingham NEC for its third year, on 30 September and 1 October.

New for this year, on top of the opportunity to meet with more than 50 exhibitors and attend more than 28 seminars and 14 training sessions, is the Sourcing Zone. In a jobs market where it is increasingly difficult to reach candidates with the right skills, or where many relevant candidates may not be thinking about moving – good sourcing can make all the difference.

Led by Jonathan Campbell of Social Talent, the sourcing zone will be a practical, hands-on demonstration of how to find hard-to-reach candidates. Delegates will be able to bring their own examples of candidates they struggle to source, and Jonathan will guide them through the steps to find them. At the London Expo in February, he boldly showed delegates how they could find anyone’s contact details in less than 60 seconds – so a session in the Sourcing Zone is not to be missed.

Once again, Recruitment Agency Expo North is supported by all of the key recruitment industry associations: REC, APSCo, TEAM, the Institute of Recruiters and the Association of Recruitment Consultancies. What’s more, representatives from these bodies will host their own keynote speeches and seminars, keeping visitors on the pulse of what’s happening in the industry.

Adrian Marlowe, founder of ARC, for example, will host a session on how to enhance the value of your recruitment business, alerting recruiters to the fundamentals they often overlook. And Paul Chamberlain, principal legal adviser to TEAM, will present on recent developments in the recruitment and employment law field.

Continuing the candidate attraction theme, recruiters will also be able to hear more on how they should be generating interest in their services and roles through great content. In Dave Hazlehurst’s presentation, ‘The Currency of Influence’, delegates will learn about how to influence candidates through “contagious and magnetic content”, and how they can use the power of storytelling to engage people with their brand on social media and through other online channels.

Online content expert Craig McGregor continues the theme of brand building through great content, looking at how what’s on your website, how you market online and your jobs ads all combine to influence the sort of candidates you attract and clients’ perceptions of your services.

Another topical element to this year’s Recruitment Agency Expo North will be sessions on how to protect against unscrupulous recruitment practices such as job scams or fraud. Keith Rosser, chair of SAFERJobs, will look at how agencies, clients and jobseekers can share information to defend against scams such as asking for fees upfront or CV fraud, and improve the reputation of the sector as a whole.

Elsewhere at the Expo, delegates will have the chance to network with peers or hold meetings with industry suppliers in the Networking Lounge. There is even an online meeting booking system available at the Recruitment Agency Expo North website, to help plan your visit.

The Networking Lounge is the perfect venue to meet potential suppliers, who flock to the Expo to showcase their products and services. Previous exhibitors include experts in accounting/finance, web-based recruitment and job-posting software, mobile and web development companies, and all of the professional recruitment associations. If there is support you require to help grow or manage your recruitment business, you’re likely to find it here, and booking a meeting on the Expo website is just a click of a button away.

As Mark Bowyer, business development manager at exhibiting software company Microdec, testifies, the event is hugely useful for buyers and suppliers alike. He says: “There is always a great buzz at this exhibition and the new business opportunities for exhibitors are tantamount to the atmosphere.”

“As most exhibitions and events take place in London we don’t often get the opportunity to meet such a huge number of recruiters who are based in the Midlands or beyond; so we really do enjoy coming to Recruitment Agency Expo North.”

The event continues to attract high-level decision makers – our projected visitor demographics predict that almost two-thirds of delegates will be CEOs or business owners, and the vast majority of delegates have a say in purchasing goods and services for the recruitment industry.

All of the event’s attractions are free, providing you register beforehand, so if you don’t want to miss out on this chance to mix with industry peers and keep your finger on the pulse of the key issues affecting the hiring sector, sign up today.

To register, click here.

Article contributed by Recruitment Agency Expo

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Get strategic to further your career

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In honour of International Strategic Thinking Month, CV-Library has put together five top tips on getting strategic in the workplace, so you can become the best employee and get the most out of your career.


Whether you’re just starting out with your career or you have years of experience, there is always going to be something to learn. In order to ascertain success, you must be willing to learn new skills, encourage positive and negative feedback and respond appropriately to success and failure. By embracing these qualities, you create the opportunity for your abilities to grow.


Get strategic and be proactive about you role. It is all very well assuming events and activity at work on a weekly basis, but what about the coming months and years? By anticipating how your role and responsibilities will change, not only will there be opportunities to protect your job, but also the chances to impress by going beyond the requirements.

Think critically

Strategic thinkers are known to think critically. By embracing qualities of a critical thinker in the workplace you may challenge and question information, re-frame issues in order to determine the cause and rectify, or put forward your own original thoughts and ideas that are sure to get you recognised. As a result, you highlight your value to the company.


By avoiding “analysis paralysis” and making informed and prompt decisions instead, not only do you show that you are an efficient worker, but a dependable one too. Making decisions is also a key part in developing your career because more responsibilities will fall to you as you progress, resulting in decision-making that carries a greater weight.


Be aware that everyone has an opinion. Welcome differing viewpoints and simultaneously, don’t be afraid to offer your own when asked. By openly engaging with other colleagues, not only do you conduct a thorough assessment of an issue or idea, but you create a strong network between fellow employees and management too.

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Wearable technology in the workplace

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We’ve gone from computers, to tablets, from corded phones, to mobiles and plenty of other advancements between! Technology has become more refined and advanced as years have gone by and now we’ve been struck by the latest developments: wearable technology. While wearable fitness tech has been around for a while, the new Apple watch has sparked a revolutionary change in the uses of wearable technology. It is therefore unsurprising that this new use of technology has entered the workplace. Here’s the latest reasons businesses are adopting wearable technology.

Personal assistant

Wearable technology is most advantageous to those working flexitime and out of office. Instead of sitting down and manually checking emails or constantly checking your phone for reminders, you can receive a simple notification with a glance at your wrist. Simultaneously, wasting time trying to figure out which password you’re using this time is no longer an issue as wearable technology assists you automatically. It’s mobile technology at its finest.

Employee wellbeing

Those fitness trackers can also be used about the workplace too. Most recently, industries such as mining and construction are using chest sensors for human performance monitoring. That means companies are gathering data from employees heart rates, stress levels, skin temperatures and more to make sure they are safe and well in their place of work. This isn’t just for physical working environments either. Wearable technology such as this is also creeping into offices to assess the pressures of this working environment too.


It turns out that when wearable technology is monitoring an employee’s output, productivity is increased. This is mainly because it gives employers an insight to employees’ individual strengths and weaknesses. If weaknesses are identified they can be managed. As a result: a happier and more productive workforce.


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Post-Summer Blues Push UK Workers to Change Jobs

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Our latest survey shows that many of you workers are more inclined to look for a new job after returning from your summer holiday. The survey showed:

  • After returning from a summer holiday, 52.7% of workers are more likely to look for a new job
  • 34.1% of workers feel their employer puts too much pressure on them immediately after returning to work
  • 55.1% of those surveyed feel it’s the employer’s responsibility to keep morale up as the summer months wind down
  • Furthermore, 76.5% of UK professionals think about work while they are on holiday and 57.8% actually then check in with work whilst away from the office

The survey data suggests that as a professional you aren’t able to fully disconnect from work during your holiday, leading to feelings of resentment upon your return. Ultimately this is bad news for employers as workers increasingly feel it’s their responsibility to keep morale high. If employees don’t feel appreciated in the coming autumn months, more and more workers will look to change jobs.

To combat the post-summer blues, professionals look to their employers for more support during the transition back to work and into the colder months. The survey revealed that:

  • 38% of UK workers struggle with getting back into a routine, citing this as the most challenging part of returning to work after a holiday
  • Workers wish employers were more understanding upon their return to work as 29% feel catching up on their work is the hardest part of going back into the office
  • 31.2% of those surveyed believe having a more relaxed workplace with music playing could help them adjust much faster
  • Businesses can also help combat the post-summer blues with regular social events – 29.8% of workers feel this would make them happier following a holiday

What would help you cure the post-summer blues?

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NORA is back this awards season!


The National Online Recruiting Awards (NORA) are upon us again! Last year we won the NORA Academy Award and this year we hope to be just as successful.

We would be extremely grateful if you could spare a few seconds of your time to vote for CV-Library in the NORA nominations. Please just click here.

CV-Library always aims to provide you with exceptional services.

For job-seekers we:

  • Are working with over 10,000 recruiters and employers to provide you with a database of more than 115,000 jobs in 70 different sectors
  • Provide an app for mobile devices so you can browse and apply for jobs on the go
  • Offer Recruiter Profiles on job postings so you can see for yourself their expertise, other job postings and exclusive advice on what’s needed to be a successful candidate
  • Offer our Careers Centre to offer advice and support you through every stage of our career
  • Provide our Training Centre so you can learn new skills and abilities to enhance your career prospects

For recruiters we:

  • Have a database of over 9.1 million quality candidates
  • Receive over 190,000 new CVs every month to ensure you’re browsing the latest prospects
  • Receive 2.4 million job applications monthly for your postings, ensuring you’re filling those roles
  • Provide you with one dedicated account manager
  • Provide increased visibility for your posting across our partner network of more than 800 career sites

We pride ourselves in assisting you with your job hunt or recruitment process. If CV-Library has helped you in any way, please feel free to nominate us for NORA here.

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Changing direction: What to consider when changing from temp to perm

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In 2014 the number of employers who said they were expecting to hire more permanent employees was higher than those who said they were expecting to hire more temporary employees. Great news!

If you are working in a temporary position and are considering switching to a permanent role, or if you are entering the world of work for the first time, here are some things to consider:


  1. Feel the love: As a temporary worker, you may feel that you are viewed differently than permanent team members. One of the major benefits of taking on a permanent role is that you have the opportunity to work with the same people day-in and day-out, which could ultimately help you build a better rapport with colleagues and make you feel like you’re more involved in the team.
  1. Risky business: Temporary work can be seen as risky. You don’t have the same job security as a permanent worker so if the employer decides that they no longer need you, they can terminate your contract on short notice. However, the Agency Workers Regulation that came in effect on 1st October 2011 gives temporary workers the same basic rights and conditions as permanent workers. Which means as long as you have been employed by the same company (and in the same role) for more than 12 weeks then your job is just as secure as a permanent employee.
  1. Stay or go: Notice period with permanent work can be anything from 4 weeks to 3+ months based on the type of work you do. If you decide that you don’t like the job or the company you can’t just leave and you are obligated to work through your notice period. Temporary workers often have much shorter notice periods giving them the flexibility to move jobs much faster than permanent workers. If you like the idea of working with many different companies in your career, then having long notice periods could hold you back and might even be a turn off for new employers.
  1. Climb the career ladder: As a temporary worker you may have little opportunity to progress within the company because you’ve likely been hired to work on a specific project and once that is finished, your contract may be over too. When you work as a permanent employee you could be more aware of internal vacancies and have better opportunities to showcase your abilities across different projects. This can help show how much of an asset you are to the company and help in your career progression within the company.
  1. Motivation: If you are somebody who likes to move around and likes variety in your work life, then permanent work might not be for you. Being honest with yourself is the best policy, if you are not cut out for permanent work then don’t do it.

Temporary and permanent roles each have their own pros and cons so it’s important that you carefully consider all of the factors before making a change. Accepting a job offer because it seems the best thing to do at that moment in time, may not be the right thing in the long run – be aware of what you want from the role and the company, and your career will fly!


Article contributed by Maple Resourcing.

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What employers want from young people

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Starting off your career can be quite a challenging process, especially if you’ve only just walked out of school, college or university. At CV-Library, we’ve taken a look at what employers want from young people and have some tips on securing that ideal job.


We are always encouraged to work hard in school in order to get the grades. Good grades are likely to secure you an interview as it shows that you are a committed and willing to apply yourself to the task in hand. Our recent survey showed that 89.6 per cent believe that degrees are more important than experience alone, but today, work experience is just as valuable.

Experience and skills

Having work experience is so desirable because it is the only way to learn about being in a working environment. 60.6% of our survey respondents think that the number one piece of advice for graduates is to gain work experience alongside your degree, probably for this reason. As a result, if you have no experience it is difficult to get your foot in the door. However, you can highlight your “soft skills” learnt in education as an alternative, such as commitment, communication and decision making, as these skills are greatly valued in the working world too.

Confidence and willingness

Employers want to see young people having confidence in their abilities and in being able to fulfil a job role’s requirements. Simultaneously though, employers want young people to show a willingness to learn when they enter a working environment as they are only beginners. Show a balance of the two to secure that job.

Be realistic

Employers also want young people to be realistic. You cannot expect to get a whopping salary and a relatively advanced position in your first “proper” job. Employers respect applicants that are aware of their current position and those that have career goals for the future. Accept that you are just starting out and success is sure to follow.

For more information on starting a career, see our Careers Guidance Centre.

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