We feel your plight – being an older jobseeker isn’t easy. But that certainly does not mean it has to be difficult! Fish4jobs has compiled the below CV template tailored to older job seekers to help you present your experience in the best possible light and get that job you so deserve.
Older jobseekers should use their CV to highlight their latest and greatest accomplishments. Copy and use this template to help you put all your past job experiences together and get you the role you’ve been looking for.
Older jobseeker CV template
Current permanent address
Tip: Don’t include date of birth, marital status, children, national insurance number, gender or any other personal data that is unrelated to your ability to do the job (unless required to on an application form).
Tip: This should be a brief overview of your career history, areas of expertise, key skills and type of roles you are seeking. Your personal summary is the ‘hook’ to encourage the recruiter to continue reading so make sure it includes the right keywords (skills, experience, qualifications etc.). We advise only listing previous 10-15 years’ experience to keep your CV to two pages and relevant (unless previous experience is highly relevant to role you’re applying for)
Results-oriented sales professional with 10+ years proven success in both B2B and B2C sales. Confident networker, with established relationships in FTSE 100 companies including BT, Microsoft and major UK retailers. Managed sales teams (15+ people) within IT, telecommunications and retail sectors.
Tip: Ensure you list skills relevant to the jobs you’re applying for. Look at job descriptions and list the skills you have that match.
- Shorthand and touch typing (60 wpm)
- Excellent customer service skills
- Staff management: teams up to 20 staff
- IT skills: Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint
- Language skills: Bi-lingual in English and Spanish
Tip: Recommend including last 10-15 years of employment history unless prior experience is relevant. Should read as a chronological flow with gaps accounted for; start with most recent job.
Job title, company name, dates
Responsibilities: List key responsibilities as bullet points to make it easier to read; make sure they are relevant to the job you’re applying for.
Key achievements: List 3-4 bullet points outlining key achievements such as revenue generated, cost savings, awards, promotions etc.
Customer Service Advisor, Goliath National Bank, Jan 2011 – present
- Managing customer interactions using the CRM database
- Responding to and triaging customer calls
- Providing pre and after sales support to customers by phone and email
- Training new customer service advisors
- Promoting customer service best practice throughout the team
- Achieved on average 115% call targets
- Awarded employee of the month, January 2012
- Promoted to Senior Customer Service Advisor after 6 months
Repeat this layout for all jobs you’ve had in last 10-15 years (unless prior roles highly relevant).
Education & Qualifications
Tip: Consider removing dates if education and qualifications received more than 20 years ago.
- BA (Hons) English, Grade 2:1, Northampton University
- NVQ Level 2 in Engineering Maintenance, Highbridge College
- GCSEs: 8 grades A-C, Wimbledon High School
References available on request
Tip: Don’t include names and contact details on a CV. Always seek permission from a reference before passing their details on to a recruiter or potential employer.
What’s next? Be sure to upload your CV to our database to maximize your chance at success.