Age not a barrier for jobseekers

MATURE-AGED job seekers finding it difficult to get work shouldn’t give up hope, according to a local employment agency.

Following an article in Monday’s Coffs Coast Advocate that detailed one mature-aged job seeker’s frustration in not being able to find work, we received a number of online responses from others in her position.

According to ETC’s national employment services manager Jenny Barnett there are a number of issues within the employment force at the moment that could be contributing to the problem – but age of potential employees is not one of them.

“Jobs are limited at the moment, there are a lot of people going for jobs, so employers can afford to be very picky with who they choose,” Ms Barnett said.

“We haven’t found age is a barrier, in fact we find employers value the stability, maturity and good work ethic of mature age workers.

“Training is the key – you may have the core skills there, you might need to re-train and do a bit of honing on those skills and it could help a lot.

“We’ve had some wonderful success stories with people in their 60’s who never thought they’d get into the workforce again who’ve gained employment,” she said.

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