Status: 26/09/2023, 04:58 a.m.
By: Anne Hund
Many employees over the age of 50 can imagine changing jobs. When it comes to certificates, references and CVs, applicants should choose wisely.
More than one in three employees (40.3 percent) between the ages of 50 and 65 can imagine changing jobs in the next two years. This was the result of a survey conducted by the market research company Bilendi among 2,974 employees of the appropriate age. The German Press Agency had reported on the survey in April.
Applications at 50 plus: Which certificates should be enclosed?
What certificates should applicants include at that age? The job portal Stepstone.de reports on this in an online article that deals with corresponding tips for a successful job search. It states that applicants should "ideally" limit themselves to the references of the last three jobs. Alternatively, you can select three certificates "that relate to positions or fields of activity that are similar to the potential new job".
Many employees between the ages of 50 and 65 can imagine changing jobs, as a survey has shown. (Symbolic image) © Imago/Westend61
Application: What references should I provide?
Applicants over the age of 50 should also not overdo it with the references, the job portal advises in the article – they should limit themselves "to the most important and meaningful" and name a maximum of three contact persons.
When changing jobs, the salary issue for older workers is "a particularly sensitive issue," according to Stepstone's article. You should rely on "solid arguments in salary negotiations", for example that you have contacts relevant to the new job from your previous professional career. In preparation for salary negotiations, applicants should also critically question what advantages their previous professional experience offers the new employer.
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What should you focus on in your CV?
In the case of applicants over 50, the CV can "quickly get out of hand", explains the portal Karrierebibel.de. "However, since your CV must not exceed a maximum of three DIN A4 pages, you have to shorten it," is one of the tips mentioned there. "Your CV from the age of 50 must remain complete. But that doesn't mean you have to describe all the positions and sections in the same detail!" The portal advises to adapt the CV to the respective position individually. "It mentions in detail what is relevant to the job. What happened more than 20 years ago, you summarize compactly."