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Old 30.06.2020, 12:11
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It's been said before, 55 is the new 65.

That said, my company just employed a manager knocking on 60+ (he's even dyed his hair), and I have friends @60+ that found work in the same field, so all is not lost.
Personally I'd skip any mention of shop steward unless it was explicitly required for the position. Good luck! (maybe start a new thread?)
Oh, he'll lose the shop steward thingy as soon as his contract with his current employer ends, it is tied to this particular branch of the national enterprise he's at. He'll only remain a member of the union henceforth.
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My husband came here as a contractor when he was 54 and was offered his job permanently a couple of months before his 58th birthday. He turned 60 in May and recently was asked if he'd be interested in taking on a bit more responsibility for a slightly higher salary. Although he is IT, until 2004 he was a factory manager with a lot of decision making and man management skills which the others in his team value.

You should never write yourself off, I'm spending time reinventing myself before I hit 60 next year - I might even write that novel I've been thinking about for donkeys years
Hubby's, amongst other things, IT/Datamanagement etc and we have hopes that his particular, specialized skill set (he was the only one of that team, doing that stuff at his [still current] employer) will help towards finding a new job.

If ever you write and publish your novel, let me know I'd gladly buy it
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Re: LinkedIn vs. Xing

For the OP you should really have profiles in both with as much detail as can be supported by documentation and try to network on there so if someone else gets approached but is not interested they can put your name forward. My wife who has been an independent recruiter for 25 years never advertises positions anymore and uses these two platforms to target candidates. A lot of companies that are trying to direct hire use jobs.ch but often open it to agencies as well but you have more chance of being hired (all else being equal) as a direct hire saving agency fees. So it is worth researching to see if a job advertised by an agency is shown on the homepage of the company.

https://two.jobs/ is a new platform that uses a network approach rather than adverts to find candidates.
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