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The Issues That Older Workers Face in the Job Hunt
by Kate Lopaze at journalgazette.net
With age comes wisdom. That old proverb may very well be true, but with age and wisdom also come challenges during the job hunt process. The further along you get in your career, the more challenging it can be to find and chase the right opportunities. If you find yourself looking for the next step or a fresh start as an older job seeker, here are some of the challenges you may face.
“You're overqualified.” Accumulating a career's worth of skills and experience is a great thing. However, many companies are trying to save money or resources by hiring more junior employees, with more junior salaries. When you're looking for a new job, be prepared to make a case for why you think the job is the right opportunity for you, even if it seems like you're overqualified on paper. MORE
Ageism a Fact When You're Over 50 and Looking for Work
But “windshield bigger than rear view mirror,” expert says
by Hilary Decent at chicagotribune.com
Losing your job unexpectedly isn’t easy for anyone, but for the over-50s, it can be devastating. Too early to retire, but too late to be snapped up by employers. Trying to keep your ahead above water both physically and mentally can be a challenge.
But the good news is that help is available. As the Community Career Center of Naperville’s Job Club facilitator, Sarah Breithaupt says there are advantages to being an older job seeker.
America’s Job Listings Have Gone Off the Deep End
What even is a data-obsessed, project-juggling digital ninja?
by Amanda Mull at theatlantic.com
Are you a code sensei? A customer-service rock star? Do you have a passion for sales? Will you devote your life to conference calls, leaving your family and friends behind while you camp out under your desk, ready to dial in at any time?
If the answer to all those questions is “no”—or even a nervous, hesitant smile—then hopefully you don’t need to look for a new job anytime soon. If you do, get ready to convince prospective employers that you are a success-obsessed results ninja, whatever that means. MORE
Why I Won't Hire You
(And What You Can Do About It)
by Dawn Graham at forbes.com
Looking for a new job? Now is a great time! The US has a record number of openings, so the market is in your favor.
But that doesn't mean you can skimp on the process. As someone who has spent several years making hiring decisions, I've learned (the hard way) that it's not worth getting a short-term fix that creates a long-term problem.
Here's why I won't hire you, and more importantly, how you can change that. MORE
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
The Summer of Your Job Search
Summer can be a good time for your job search… or not
With the possible exception of those few weeks surrounding the holidays, summer may be the most difficult time to try and conduct a job search… if you let it.
As with the holidays, the biggest bugaboo is all the distractions that keep tugging at you morning till night. No matter how well intentioned, they all divert your attention from the task at hand – finding your next job.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Let’s examine the broader landscape.
On the one hand, with the influx of recent graduates, there is a lot more competition for the same number of jobs. The good news is, of course, the many advantages of hiring 50+ as opposed those at the starting gate. But that’s another topic for another day – one which we’ve examined many times in this space.
The other side of that coin, however, is that, as tempted as you may be to be diverted from your job search, there also are a lot of job seekers who surrender to those impulses leaving the field that much more open for you to fill those gaps.
A huge diversion is the large number of family functions filling up your calendar. Although graduations, weddings, etc. can be time consuming, they also can be viewed as networking opportunities. One cardinal rule of job seeking is to let everyone you know that you’re looking. And that includes party guests.
There are also more professional events. Many chambers of commerce host golf outings during the summer. And those golf outings typically need volunteers. Here’s an opportunity to, not only meet people, but to demonstrate some skills and capabilities as well.
Think of the many other types of events that proliferate in the summer: marathons, 5K runs, walks to benefit the homeless, the hungry and other needy. There are art fairs and concerts, festivals, carnivals and the list goes on and on. In virtually every town in America, there are events that are places to meet people as well as occasions to strut your stuff as a volunteer.
They say success is where you find it. The same can be said of the summer job search.