Today is: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | Our next publication day: Friday, February 21, 2020
60 is the new 60.
Why I View My “New Age” as a Blessing Not a Curse
by Mike Foti at innovatebuildingsolutions.com
The funniest post I read on Facebook (the social network for old people who aren’t ‘snap-chatting’ and ‘tick-tocking’) on my 60th birthday (note – my birthday was February 13th and it’s still not too late to send me some ‘cold hard’ cash on my GO FUND ME page) was from my former roommate and fellow Carnegie-Mellon alum Terry Slade. Terry summed it up best when he said…
Happy Birthday Mike. 60 is the new 60. Deal with it.
The Aging Future of Work
by Erica Pandey at axios.com
The tightening labor market is opening up new opportunities for an overlooked cohort of American workers: those over age 50.
Why it matters: Ageism has long persisted within American companies, and studies have shown that workers over 50 often get turned away from jobs even if they've got the right qualifications. But the tide may be turning.
How to Strategically Leverage Experience
Even if you apply for a mailroom or receptionist role, you can learn the names of key players which can help as you transition up the corporate ladder. Here are a few points to consider.
10 Lessons from Benjamin Franklin’s
Daily Schedule That Will Double Your Productivity
by Mayo Oshin at theladders.com
Benjamin Franklin is best remembered as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, but he achieved much more in his lifetime.
During Franklin’s 84 years alive, he invented the lightning rod, made significant discoveries in physics and population studies, wrote best-selling books, composed music and played the violin, harp and guitar at a high level, founded many civic organizations, including the University of Pennsylvania, and much more.
How did Franklin achieve so much more than his contemporaries, given he had the same 24 hours each day to get things done?
The answer to this question lies in Franklin’s daily schedule.
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
Pass it Along
If you attend networking events and go to jobs clubs, you’ve been meeting other job seekers just like you. Mention the Nifty50s to them and encourage them to visit as well. You’ll be helping them and you’ll make an appreciative friend for yourself.
Older workers need to look inward as part of interview prep
Much has been said about the importance of preparing for a job interview. A big part of that preparation is learning all you can about the company – its products, its services, its industry, its competitors, etc.
Knowing as much as you can about the company will enable you to ask questions about the job, your role, your responsibilities, etc. It also will demonstrate your interest in the position in question.
There is another element of interview preparation that many candidates take lightly and that has to do with themselves. Surely, you say, candidates know themselves – their work histories, their skills, their accomplishments, their education, etc. And that’s probably true.
During your preparation, do you attempt to discern what questions you’ll be asked? Not the easy questions about your background and so forth. We’re talking about the difficult questions, the sensitive questions. What are your weaknesses? What about any gaps you might have on your resume? Don’t kid yourself. Everyone has something that they’re uncomfortable talking about.
Do you know how you are going to respond to those questions? Do you practice your answers? Do you try your answers on someone to check that your answers make sense and that there is nothing left out?
They say that it’s difficult to know yourself. It’s even more difficult to recognize any shortcomings you may have and to determine how you are going to describe your particular situation.
Preparation – like the interview process itself – is a two-way street. Not only must you learn as much as you can about the company and the job, but you had better have your own story committed to memory – warts and all.