Making your experience count
Getting your dream job can be hard, but it can be even harder if you are entering the job market as a mature graduate. However, older graduates have the one thing that younger graduates dream of - experience - whether that’s from work or life.
Try to match your experience to the job requirements, and be prepared to produce more than one version of your CV. Fully research each employer and occupation. Check some of the frequent questions mature students have about producing a CV.
To help you identify skills related to OU study that are of value to an employer, try our Employability Skills Activity.
Produce a concise CV that clearly outlines all relevant experience.
If you get an interview you’re half way there, so be confident!
Use positive language in applications and at interviews. Never apologise for your age.
Use contacts from previous jobs/friends/family - create your own network.
Identify the skills you developed from previous work, studies, and life experience - e.g. teamwork, communication and adaptability.
Stress your ability to hit the ground running - you know all about working for a living.
Demonstrate your experience of making effective business decisions, and give examples.
Highlight your time management and self-motivational skills.
Demonstrate mixed-age experience.
Convey your reliability, loyalty and confidence to manage change.
(Prospects Directory 2007/8)
The Prospects website has further information for mature students.