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Can You Beat the Specter of Age Discrimination When Looking for a Job? 

by Dan Yurman

Pro Publica, a nonprofit journalism effort, has a riveting article posted in the closing days of 2018. Titled, "If You’re Over 50, Chances Are the Decision to Leave a Job Won’t be Yours"

    In summary the article says that a new data analysis by ProPublica and the Urban Institute shows more than half of older U.S. workers are pushed out of longtime jobs before they choose to retire, suffering financial damage that is often irreversible.

    Advice for the Over 50 Job Seeker – Don't think like a dinosaur   MORE

5 Tips for Staying Relevant in the Workplace

by Theo Prodromitis, at

Savvy hiring managers know that some of the most incredible hires are people “taking on a new challenge,” having officially retired from one or two jobs. The richness of their experience in the workforce confers earned strengths like: 

    Experience under Pressure… 

    Interpersonal Communications…

    Work Ethic!

Will this Group of Workers Outpace You? Maybe
The number of older full-time workers grew 2.5 times faster
than the number of those working part time in the last 20 years

by Alessandra Malito at

The number of workers 65 and older tripled in the last 30 years, and workers 75 and older almost quadrupled during the same time, from 461,000 in 1988 to 1.8 million in 2018, according to newly released Bureau of Labor Statistics data. This graying if the workforce is happening while participation rates for younger workers has declined or flattened between 1988 and 2018.

    Of course, there were and are more younger workers than those who are 65 and above, which likely contributed to the exponential growth rate. But the data show Americans that it is possible to work in your older age. Some are choosing to do so because they don’t like the idea of retiring, while others may be working for financial stability.   MORE

Do Career Fairs Still Have Value?
Employers can adapt the old-school technique to send
today's job seekers the right messages about their organizations.

by Riia O'Donnell at

In today's tight applicant market, job seekers are in charge. To meet their demands, recruiters have set aside old red flags and even some traditional sourcing methods. But do career fairs still make the cut?

    Candidates want to be courted and, now more than ever, employers need to sell themselves to potential hires… Though a career fair is not always enough on its own, many employers have found ways to use this old-school technique to send today's job seekers the right messages about their organizations.  MORE

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Temporary Inconvenience
Working with a temp agency – a free trial in reverse

The headline says “temporary inconvenience.” We hope that this is all your current employment situation is for you – temporary.

    In the meantime, maybe it’s time to take another look (or maybe it’s your first look) at temporary employment.

    Think about it. Today’s current saturated employment situation suggests that companies are stretched to the limit for help. Factor in summer time and employees taking time off for summer vacations and, in all probability, there are companies that are operating with very lean staffs.

    Those companies may turn to temporary agencies to get them through the summer doldrums. All of which spells opportunity for you.

    Even if you end up not being one of those fortunate ones who go from temp to perm – and that happens a lot more often than you may think – at least you’re working; you’re employed; you’re bringing home some income. And you’re making your appearance felt with another company, another group of employees. More contacts, more connections, more experience, etc. etc.

    We hope that you are not one of those who would turn your nose up at temporary employment. There is a lot positive to say about pursuing the temporary work route. Think of it as a “free trial” in reverse.

    We all like the idea of a free trial where you get to use the product with no obligation to purchase it. The employer may look at a temporary employee much the same way – except for the “free” part. You do get paid.

    But you’re meeting a need of theirs – filling in, or handling some excess. Beyond your brief salary, they have no obligation to you. But yet, you get a first hand opportunity to show them just how valuable an employee you can be.

    If temporary employment is a stone that you have not looked under recently, maybe it’s time you did.

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