Recruitment expert Julie Measures offers some impartial, independent insights into the issues of job-hunting over 50, for those who may be struggling to find new positions in this difficult economic climate.
Applying for a job can be a scary prospect and in the current job market it is true that yes, often older candidates have to work harder to overcome barriers, and no, it's not fair. But that doesn't mean every employer is determined to shut out all candidates over 35.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that nationally the job market is improving, with more jobs becoming available for job hunters.
There are, however, some key points that people over 50 should take note of when applying for work: