Today is: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | Our next publication day: Friday, June 21, 2019
3 Ways You May Contribute to Your Own Ageism
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I listened to a LinkedIn Learning program on encore careers. One of the topics discussed during the program was ageism. It totally makes sense. Age does play a factor into our career decisions.
I’m starting to see an interesting trend where the discussion about ageism is concerned. And that’s ageism might not be totally “somebody else’s fault”. Yes, I will admit that ageism does exist. It’s sad to say but it’s true. However, are all instances of ageism somebody else’s fault or is it possible that we are creating our own self-fulfilling prophecy? MORE
Facing Ageism When Looking for Employment
after 60? Don’t Stop Looking – Try Temping!
by Cheryl Therrien at sixtyandme.com
Many of us who are of a certain age find ourselves looking for new employment. The reasons are many and varied. What we all have in common though is the reaction we get when we apply for a new position.
The Sad Truth. The look on their faces when they first see you says it all. It doesn’t matter how professional you appear or how you conduct yourself – all they see is your age. MORE
How to Pay For Your Encore Education
by Kerry Hannon
When Colleen O’Bryant pivoted from her job as operations manager at an insurance firm to start her own business as an herbalist, her training came with a steep price tag.
Ms. O’Bryant, 40, didn’t make any rash money moves, however. She and her husband budgeted for her education, and she took the necessary coursework over a five-year period.
Career shifts like Ms. O’Bryant’s typically require a skill boost and a sizable tuition tab that can be tough to fund, and an increasing number of workers are facing that reality whether they’re heading back to school to follow a passion or out of necessity. MORE
It’s Much Better to Apply for a Job Before 10 a.m.
The moment at which you apply for a job can be the difference between
getting called in for an interview and muttering to yourself, better luck next time.
by Jane Burnett at theladders.com
Turns out that applying to a job is only half the battle — the moment at which you hit “submit” can be the difference between getting called in for an interview and muttering to yourself, better luck next time.
Recent research from TalentWorks found that applicants are nearly five times more likely to score an interview if they send an electronic application in between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. than they would be if they did so after work. In short: You should submit an online job application within this four-hour window — in the company’s time zone. MORE
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
Knowledge is power.
Don’t assume the obvious.
We had this filed under top interview blunders. And for good reason.
We’re sure that by now you’ve probably heard how important it is to prepare for a job interview. Know the company. Know what it does. Know your interviewer. Know if the company has been in the news recently. Know all those things… and more.
When you’re making your list of all the things that you need to know prior to embarking on that critical (or even not so critical) interview, don’t forget to look in the mirror. As the headline says, “Job seeker, know thyself.”
How embarrassing and potentially fatal would it be if your interviewer knew things about you that you didn’t. This is especially true if any of those things were in your resume. It may not be reasonable to suggest that you commit your resume to memory, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt if you could.
Even if you don’t know it verbatim, you had better have something more detailed than a cursory awareness of what’s in there.
This is especially true if you depend on telling some stories of what you’ve done in the past. If you handled a new product introduction, you should have some figures committed to memory as to how much and how fast the product grew. If you took over a new sales territory, you should know off the top of your head what the sales were before and after you entered the picture. And you shouldn’t have to stare at the ceiling during the interview trying to calculate changes in percent.
If there is some information that you plan to “Wow!” your interviewer with, it would be incumbent upon you to know that situation up one side and down the other. After all, this is YOU we’re talking about.