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For any over 60 looking for a job, it’s a struggle. Even without the ageism factor, the economic climate has made the workforce tighter than it has been for a long time. However, based on research from the last eight month, the number of job vacancies advertised across Australia has actually increased.

The research was conducted by ANZ and found that over the eight months leading up to January the number of job ads has risen by 10%.

The unemployment figure, while rising steadily for the past year until January when it fell slightly, continues to look bleak, however when their are seemingly more and more job advertisements being shared we have to ask why it’s all occurring.

It’s an interesting paradox. As the New Daily reports, rising unemployment would suggest deteriorating economic conditions, while increased job ads would suggest improving conditions – so where is Australian economics really at?

The ANZ Chief Economist, Warren Hogan addressed the issues saying, “While we remain cautious about interpretation of the official labour market data, the recent stabilisation in the unemployment rate would appear a little more consistent with recent trends.”

So today we’re curious to know, are you looking to find a job? Or if you’ve recently been successful in getting a job, how did you hear about it? 

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  1. I know many unemployed people, it seem to be a part of our times. 5 years ago apart from Pensioners I knew no one unemployed. I think the answer lies with employers as far as older people are concerned, they have to be willing to employ us

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  2. Browsing job sites daily, I have found same jobs advertised, over & over. .When resume is submitted there is rarely a response. One has to wonder ‘Do these jobs actually, exist??

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    • I have found as a HR Officer that when I advertise a position quite a few agencies will copy my ad and advertise on various job seeking websites and then offer me suitable candidates at exhorbitant fees. If I wanted to use an agency I wouldn’t advertise the position in the first place. It is our company policy to respond to all applicants, firstly with an acknowledgement of their application and secondly when the position has been filled. So I am sure that if jobseekers are responding to agency placed ads that they will get no responses.

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      • Hi Diana
        As a jobseeker, I find it impossible to determine which are agency jobs and which are posted by genuine employers, because frequently, no ID is included in the ad to tell us.
        If you make the name of your organisation clear in your advert lineage text, so that a `Bot’ can’t exclude it when it grabs your genuine advert, we’d know who is really placing the advert and can research the company elsewhere to glean real-life contact info, and bypass the Bot/Agency completely.

  3. Due to circumstances I find myself in the job market at the age of 64, well 65 next Friday 13th, and as yet have no job, inspite of my long nursing career experience and efforts to secure gainful employment.
    I guess the only other option is to try and start my own business, at least then I know I won’t get fired!

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