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Why Is it So Difficult to Value Older Adults?

by Deb Taylor at

In an era of intense calls for social responsibility, not all “isms” seem to be receive the same mindfulness. We frequently hear about racism, sexism, and classism in our culture, but we hear little about another persistent ‘ism’: ageism. As our society grows older, due to the large number of retiring baby boomers, ageism remains a very real and growing challenge.

    Researchers at Yale University were disturbed when they compiled negative comments about older adults that were posted by young people on Facebook. Elders’ mobility and debilitation accounted for three-quarters of the comments.   MORE

Have You Lost Hope #JobSearch


Years ago, in 2006, I was in my own job search. It was horrible and pathetic at the same time.

    I lost hope. I didn’t understand it at the time, but I was hopeless that I’d find the right job… a job I’d enjoy, that would pay what I needed, and that could last.

    A year or so ago I wrote facebook post that said:

    I didn’t understand hope until I lost all hope.   MORE

How Our Jobs Change as We Age
Time changes both our career options and the choices we make.

by Mark Wilson at

At age 17, there’s a good chance you’ll take a job as a coach or an umpire. You might be a cook or cashier, too. By age 70, you’re far more likely to take a job as a chauffeur or real estate broker. This makes some sense, of course. Who in their 70s can stand 8-hour shifts in front of a fryer? Driving a Lincoln Town Car feels like a much more viable option.

    As we age, the jobs we take change.   MORE

Why Your Job Search Should Start With Companies, Not Roles—and What That Looks Like

by Abby Wolfe at

When Kate Gardner was laid off from her job as a magazine editor, she wasn’t sure what to do next. She tried freelancing for a month or so, but the instability of it ultimately made her want to hop back into a full-time job at a company she really liked (and could see herself at for a while).

    So she started job searching—but this time she tackled it differently than she had in the past. She decided to take a company-first approach.   MORE

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The High Cost
of Looking
If it’s breakfast or lunch – or even just a cup of coffee, who pays? 

Talk about a conundrum.  You’re out of work; there’s no money coming in; the bills are piling up; and yet you know that you need to spend some money on your job search.  So where do you spend? On whom? What do you cut?

    One huge advantage of looking for a job in the digital age is that your resume doesn’t have to be copied and mailed to be distributed.  Back in the day, a job seeker could spend a considerable sum on printing (copying) resumes and the postage to mail them. Then there were thank-you letters and other expenses with the job search such as parking, gas, etc.

    Fortunately, email can save you a tidy sum.

    But, what about those situations where you need some face time?  What about those individuals with whom you want and/or need to see face-to-face?

    If it’s breakfast or lunch – or even just a cup of coffee, who pays?  Here are a few guideines and tips:

    An overriding rule of thumb is that the job seeker always pays.  In most cases you’re the one who suggested meeting and you have the most to gain from such a meeting.  It would stand to reason then, that you should pay.

    On the other hand, if you’d like to meet someone in their office and they suggest going out, why should you have to pay?  Excellent point.  Another rule of thumb: He who sets up the meeting, pays.

    Even if your contact claims that “This one’s on me,” be prepared to split the check.  It may not happen, but be prepared. At the very least, offer to leave the tip.

    Of course, the best way around this entire situation is simply to suggest meeting in the office. Even if you end up in the company lunchroom, the cost of the coffee there will be a lot more reasonable than at a trendy, chic coffee shop.

    In the end, it all comes down to common sense.  Of course that’s something that’s not so common anymore.

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