Do not disclose your age
A common mistake potential job seekers make is to put their age on their CV as it puts them at risk for age discrimination by employers. This is illegal but if an employer does not need to ask, there is no ground for legal action.
Turn age into a positive
Being older means you are not likely to switch jobs or work for another company spontaneously. Show interest in being a loyal employee by mentioning long term goals with the company.
Focus on your experience
An older candidate is more likely to have more work experience. Be sure to list the years of experience you have in the field and how that has made you knowledgeable yet flexible.
Agree to a lower salary
40 is uncomfortably close to retirement and tend to have more medical needs which weighs heavily on insurance costs for the employer. These factors make hiring older employees cost more. Agreeing to work for a little less helps the employer bring down those costs in the long run. There are other benefits you could negotiate for such as extra leave days, flexible hours etc.
Remember the family aspect
Are your children grown and no longer influence your work schedule? Hint at this fact in your cover letter - say the company has your full attention.
Look for places that seek older employees
If all else fails; focus the job search on companies that want a great deal of experience. Experience comes with age and an employee cannot have experience without being older.
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