Why do employment agencies see long term unemployed applicant a liability, and therefore not answer the person's enquiry?
I am having greate problem in entering the employment market. I have been unemployed now for nearly four years and now told by a number of Agencies that I am a risk; despite my knolwedge, qulaifications and experience.
It seem that may employers have the same view.
Does computer knoweldge now important than knowing when that computer is wrong?
Does that mean that I am now unemployable, because I have not used a specific computer software ?
If so where do I go from here, and are my professional qualifications now usesless?
Finally how do I get back in to the employment market if I am deemed overqualified and since I am over 50 years old, likely to be older than my would be manager?
My key skills are quite specialised and that may be part of the issue. As you have gathered I work in the Credit Control discipline and have most of my adult life, apart from three years in a retail bank after I left school. To that end, my experience (at the risk of being big headed) is very extensive, including basic follow up procedure on default, exchanging correspondence relating to recovery and disputes, dealing with third parties to get that dispute resolved. Particularly in a Debtor- Supplier-Creditor scenario, that has included face to face reconciliation and collections.
The problem that I appear to have is that companies do not like admitting that they have a Credit Control issue, however they do seem to be (rightly) cash-flow. That said they seem to have panic management approach to Credit Control-calls per hour having greater sway than actual account resolution.
I have walked in to businesses which have a massive dispute issue and do not take 5 minutes to resolve
Christopher, you have a great question here and the good news is no! You are never unemployable! That however is only the start. It sounds to me like you have some really good experience, but you cannot rely only on that. Here is what I suggest:
Because of changes in the world in the last decade and the amount of information available to us we must understand first that business is ever changing. So your concerns of young managers and new information is not misplaced, however that is not a reason to feel jaded. You have wisdom and experience on your side. You have to be open to change, you have to continue to educate yourself and improve on your current knowledge. That means you may need a few crash courses on what is going on in your industry, either through actual credited classes, workshops, conferences or focus groups.
Network, get to know your peers and ultimately the competition. Dive back in without being employed. Know the lingo, understand the newer terminology, get to know what’s coming next. Your would-be employers need to know that even though you have had a break, you are still motivated to learn and grow and that you are “up to date” so to speak. You have to be smarter and more energetic than the next guy, and that has zero to do with your age.
Older managers will appreciate where you have been while younger ones could look to you for leadership. Don’t be afraid to start at a lower position or as an intern, get your foot in the door of where you want to be. Many people have career changes as they get older, so you have to look at this as an opportunity to do whatever it is that will help drive your ambition. I would encourage you to have a good reason for your break (health, family, education, travel). If you have been actively looking for four years then you need to take a cold hard look at your resume, interview techniques, attitude and work history because something is causing the disinterest and it’s not your age.
I always like the idea of starting as a contractor, or temp so that you can build on your experience and move up quickly. You only get promoted into the job you are already doing!
I hope this helps you, and I wish you the best of luck in your career search!
This is a common problem for long term unemployed people as their skills and qualifications are seen as out of date in the fast moving world of technology. As agencies are liable for the candidates that they put forward (both in terms of their reputation and financially), they will be very wary of submitting someone who may struggle in that role.
There are a number of things you can do including updating your skills for the type of role you are looking to secure. An employer will look much more favourably on someone who has made an effort in this way. There are plenty of access type courses and some of them are even government funded. I would also agree with Mitch when he says go direct, you are definitely not going to get a job if your CV doesn't hit the desk of the hiring manager which is what is happening when you approach the agencies. The one thing you absolutely must do is remain positive, the slightest hint of negativity when talking to any hiring manager is going to prevent you from securing the role that you want.
If your qualifications and experience are out dated (as you seem to indicate) then I can't see how you would be overqualified. The age of your manager compared to your age are also immaterial, I currently manage people who are considerable older than myself and my manager is younger than me.
One final comment which maybe hard to hear (but please understand that I am pointing it out purely for your benefit) is that your comments above contain numerous grammatical mistakes. I draw your attention to this because if this was your application form, CV, covering letter or an email then you are unlikely to get anywhere.
Good luck with your search.
Unfortunately as recruiters our clients pay us based on success and success means finding them what they ask for and that generally means a round peg in a round hole based on a specific set of criteria.
I have always previously tried to get creative and recommend people in situations similar to yours but to be honest it never really works and if we keep putting people in front of our clients who don't meet their (sometimes unspoken criteria) then we fail and potentially lose a client who thinks we can't deliver.
My advice would be to forget recuiters and apply directly to companies in a highly targeted manner i.e. tailor each application to each role and each organisation's business and target similar businesses to where you have had previous work experience.
Also try and find out who the hiring manager is and approach that person rather than HR/Talent aquisition as the internal recruiters also have targets and demanding hiring managers so you may find your approach going into a black hole with them too.
Also if you don't mind me saying your spelling in your post here is not great so if you are applying with similar mistakes in your written material you're really making life difficult for yourself.
Candidates who have laid off for long periods OR unemployed for long periods do tend to signal the following: 1. Incompetency in knowledge / behaviour / other aspects which has resulted in not landing a job. 2. Long periods of lay off could also indicate a level of casualness, or lack of commitment which the prospective employer dreads. 3. It is generally assumed either as a perception OR from experience that candidates with long non working periods aren't as well prepared for long stays at the office as regular office goers. 3. It is well known that such folks are prone to longer understanding periods than their counterparts.
Most of my writing and observation is based on experience of discussions in India with Large and Medium Enterprises. I am sure there could be variations in Europe and the US but not by a very large margin. Thanks and regards. Bhakta.
Have you approached your local chamber of commerce to work with the ambassadors there? I would be surprised if they couldn't help you succeed. Wishing you the best.
The key question here is the reason for the four year break. What are your key skills. What are the current jobs available and in which sector. What are the gaps between the requirement and your skill set. Once you assess the above you will have a clear direction with respect to upskilling and / or the segments to focus on.
Christopher, you have just described the classic job search scenario in the current job market. You are fifty and recruiters, and employers view you not truly as a risk factor but rather as a person they don’t want to invest time and resources into any longer. It’s called age discrimination, very illegal, but rampant and mostly goes unchallenged as it is hard to prove in a court of law. The reality is that it is not so much about you not knowing the functions of a particular software program, they don’t want the expense of training and don’t want to pay you for your many years of experience.
Don’t blame the recruiters they only make money when they find a match which has been carefully outlined to them by the hiring company. They have been instructed to find someone with great skills and talent that will work for many years and start in most cases at a much lower pay scale than a person with your experience and background.
Check with a job counselor and see if there are other options or different career avenues that you might pursue.
HI there, I would like to add to Michael's advise which is good, but a huge thing that all recruiters have an issue with is spelling and grammar mistakes. I use spell check, as I am a horrible speller. You are still employable, we can help you re-do your resume, cover letter and help with your interview skills. We are reasonable in pricing and can get you on the right path with the right resume with the right interview skills. This will help you be a better prepared individual. You also need to follow up once you have put in your resume. You need to be the one resume that stands out. It is important to know that this needs to represent you in 30 seconds or less. Remember this if nothing else, if you give them the cow, why would they buy the milk? Do not give them everything, only a little to want to call you and find out more.
I hope this helps you