How Mature PMETs Like You Can Overcome Ageism (Sep 2017)
Attitudes towards hiring mature workers have been gradually changing. A 2016 Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP) survey showed that seven in ten employers surveyed were willing to redesign job scopes to accommodate older workers.
Changing hiring mindsets alone, however, is not enough. If you are a mature PMET, it is critical that you take charge of your employability as well. Ms. Iris Ang and Ms. Eliza Hee are two examples of mature PMETs who took charge of their employability. Both of them joined a finance company: IFS Capital in the last 12 months – Ms. Ang as Chief Financial Officer and Ms. Hee as Senior Manager in auditing. Here are some takeaways from their journeys.
#1 Focus on your experience and expertise
While evaluating Ms. Iris Ang’s resume, IFS Capital was impressed by her wealth of experience in public-listed companies and the fact that she had worked in a variety of industries. Her experience convinced them to hire her over younger but less experienced candidates.
Mature PMETs are often equipped with years of rich experience and insider know-how. However, when it comes to job-hunting, many are out of touch with the recruitment process and marketing themselves.
To sell yourself more effectively to recruiters, revamp your CV to play up your experience and expertise. Instead of a laundry list of companies you have worked with, highlight the noteworthy features of the company. For instance, is the company public-listed or multinational? Emphasize the scale and scope of your job to help employers understand the type of challenges you have dealt with. By focusing on your experience, your CV persuades employers to consider you over cheaper but inexperienced applicants.
#2 Stay Current with Changing Workplace Demands
Workplace stereotypes of mature PMETs as being out-of-date with technology and lack of updated skillsets are not uncommon. But mature PMETs can actively debunk such beliefs.
Ms. Eliza Hee is one such example. As a professional, she kept herself updated with evolving digital technologies throughout her career and upgraded herself via courses such as ACTA (Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment). As such, when she joined IFS Capital in 2016 as a Senior Manager in Audit, she was able to implement a paperless environment and effectively led her team of younger colleagues to adopt Microsoft OneNote and other digital technologies to improve productivity.
Staying current with changing workplace demands and skills is critical. Mature PMETs who take a proactive approach in upgrading themselves to broaden and deepen their skills sets, as well as embrace on-the-job learning opportunities will find it easier to convince potential employers of their employability. For example, in the evolving workplace, familiarity with commonly-used workplace technologies, and ability to work and communicate with diverse groups are essential.
#3 Be Willing to Negotiate Expectations
When Ms. Iris Ang decided to take on the job offer from IFS Capital as its Chief Finance Officer, she accepted a pay cut as well. She recognised that the company believes strongly in staff well-being and has a strict policy that employees should end work by six every day. To her, that off-sets the pay cut.
Keeping an open mind and being willing to negotiate terms of employment made it easier for Ms. Ang to explore employment options. “Even though there was a gap between what I was asking for and what was offered, the job scope and responsibilities in IFS Capital are less demanding compared to other posts I have held in the past,” Ms. Ang explains. “The work-life balance and positive work environment also make a difference. So it’s really about staying in the workforce and having job satisfaction.”
#4 Tap onto Workforce Singapore’s Support
Having trouble finding work despite all the efforts? Tap onto the support provided by Workforce Singapore (WSG).
At the Workforce Singapore’s Careers Connect, jobseekers get to access resources as well as career coaching. To help mature PMETs find employment, Workforce Singapore also has an initiative called Career Support Programme (CSP). Mature PMETs who join the programme are able to use it as a lever during job interviews to take on jobs with a monthly salary of $3,600 or more. Find out more at bit.ly/LIProfile_CSP_Individuals or call 6883 5885.
Republished with permission of Workforce Singapore (WSG). This article first appeared in http://workforcesingapore.tumblr.com/post/164855542828/how-mature-pmets-like-you-can-overcome-ageism.
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