Question from Job Seeker:

I am an M.Sc, LLB qualified with over 20 years of experience in HR /Administration. At the age of 50 today I am jobless looking for a job. I feel today that all this education and experience is nothing. What is it that I am lacking?


Answer from ROZEE:

Dear Shamshad,

Let’s come straight to the point. Whereas your 20 plus years of HR and Admin experience is of immense value to companies, your 50 years of age is probably a bigger deterrent. It is an international phenomenon that companies tend to prefer younger (read cheaper) resources over more aged workers. Having said that, let’s focus on what you can do to make your positive (20 years of experience) outshine your negative (your age).

Your experience and your education gives you a variety of options. You have an M.Sc degree, so you can start with teaching in an institute. Teaching is a good profession with your rich experience of work. You can teach the subject of HR even as a visiting faculty and you have a lot of institutes to choose from.

Two, you can focus entirely on an administrative role in a multi-national company that is willing to pay well for your experience. Another option is to highlight your LLB degree with your HR/Admin experience in your CV to showcase that as an HR manager with a sound knowledge of law, you will be a far better resource than a fresh HR manager.

The most important thing to focus on is your CV. Remove personal information, not all companies demand it. Create a Professional Summary statement and include your most important experience in there. It may also help to get your CV made professionally.

Positive thinking leads to positive results. It might seem like preaching right now but it is a proven fact that the more passive you are the more negativity surrounds you. You have a rich experience of 20 years plus good higher education. It should only be a matter of time before you find something to match your background.

Best of Luck!