As living costs continue to rise, more and more people have to consider rejoining the work force after retirement. Their financial plans to enjoy retirement may have taken a battering and it may become necessary to look for employment on either a casual or full time basis. An important factor that needs to be considered when returning to work after an absence is the quality of a resume or CV. The longer the break in employment, the potentially more difficult the task will become. Many older job seekers may never have used a CV or resume to gain previous employment. A well-crafted and well-designed CV can play an important role in finding employment after retirement.
How to write a high quality CV after retirement.
Compiling a good CV is vital and a resume needs to be concise and informative. A long break in employment can be seen in two ways. Many job seekers see it as a negative and they try to shy away from broaching the subject. Successful candidates will see this break as a positive thing and well play up all the extra things they have achieved when not in employment. Many employers will spot a gap in employment and they will be prompted to enquire as to the reasons for these gaps. A good, high quality CV will not only explain these gaps but will allow an ideal opportunity to provide evidence of new skills and interests.
When an individual returns to the job market after retirement they may well have years of experience in an industry or career. They, potentially, will have acquired a vast skill set. This may well help a candidate to stand out among younger, less experienced rivals. An employer will use a CV as an indication of the relevant experience of a job seeker.
A good quality CV needs to be concise and to deliver a message quickly. Often, employers quickly scan a CV before rejecting a candidate. A CV needs to stand out and portray a positive image about the attributes and skills the candidate has. A good CV will often prompt an invitation to an interview and it is during this interview a candidate is given the chance to sell themselves to the employer. A poor CV, often, means no interview.
The CV should always include an opening statement or summary about the candidate. The importance of this message cannot be overplayed. These few words can make all the difference as to whether the reader continues to scan a CV or rejects it. An individual may have all the necessary skills for the vacant position but unless the CV does its job, it will be meaningless.
Younger retirees can also highlight the fact that they had the financial resources to retire early. This may show an employer that they have more drive and vision than other candidates. Returning to work after retirement does not have to be seen as a negative issue. Many people wish to return to work on their terms. They may not need to return to work but simply wish to. An employer is seeking the best candidate for a position and will select the best match. Retirement can also allow room for up skilling or learning. This should also be included in the CV.
Before beginning a CV after retirement it is important to remember that it has to be of good quality, well written and concise. People return to work after retirement for several reasons. An employer will only be interested in the suitability of a candidate for a position. A good CV can provide a potential employee with the ideal opportunity to show that they have the skills needed for the job.