Many people including myself had hoped to see signs of recovery in the economy during 2012. However a review of current unemployment figures has display the opposite. Unemployed in the UK has risen to 2.67 million and analysts have predicted that it will rise to 3 million by the end of 2012.

It would seem that those aged 50 plus are particularly getting a rough ride and more specifically women of this age group. It was reported today that 1 million women are currently unemployed, the highest statistic for the past 20 years.

Although the media often focuses on younger people who are struggling to get onto the career ladder.  I feel that we shouldn’t ignore the older section of society who are finding it hard to secure employment.

Executive assistant Rebellato,

Generally those aged 50 plus have excellent experience both in the work place and life generally, and sadly many are unemployed through no fault of their own. Redundancies have risen significantly in recent years causing lots of established employees to fall victim to economic hardship.

So how can you secure a job aged 50 plus? I would recommend using all of your contacts. If you’ve got a little black book of contacts from previous positions dig it out and see if there is anyone who can help you out. And if you’re online create a LinkedIn profile which allows you to create a digital history of your professional experience and connect with people you’ve worked with in the past.

Alternatively volunteering is an excellent option as it strengthens your potential – from experience voluntary work is encouraging to an employer- plus the social aspect offers more opportunities. I recall that good old saying ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’.

Volunteer picture

There are plenty of voluntary opportunities across the country but locally The Douglas Macmillan is always looking for willing volunteers. The Dougie Mac offer a variety of voluntary position so there is something for everyone regardless of knowledge, experience or skill.

When you do find a job remember that it can be more sustainable than you might think. Since last October it became illegal for an employer to force an employee into retirement, meaning that older people can work for longer. This may make some people shiver but if you’ve been out of work for a while, or don’t want to give up the ghost just yet, it’s worth knowing that you can work for as long as you feel fit too.

Age UK recently ran a feature on older people re-embarking into the world of work.

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