How to Attract New Opportunities on LinkedIn
Late in Your Career
Looking your best gets trickier after age 50
by Daniel Bortz at considerable.com
For any professional, having a well-crafted LinkedIn profile is a must. Done right, it can help you cultivate new connections, raise your profile in your industry, and land you your next gig.
Case in point: 77% of recruiters say they use LinkedIn to search for job candidates, according to Jobvite’s 2018 Recruiter Nation Survey. That’s in line with a recent poll from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), which found that 84% of companies recruit through social media. MORE
Discrimination Against Older People Needs Attention
As the proportion of older adults grows, we still haven't reckoned with
how common and harmful age-related prejudice is in society
Ever cracked a joke about old people? It might seem funny, but in a world where the population aged 60 or over is growing faster than all younger age groups, ageism is no laughing matter, says a University of Alberta researcher.
"Ageism is now thought to be the most common form of prejudice, and the issue is, we don't even recognize how prevalent it is and how impactful it is," said Donna Wilson, a nursing professor who studies aging. "A lot of societies are really youth-oriented now and don't really respect or care about older people." MORE
Where the Flexible Jobs Are for People 50+
They're in demand to lower stress and boost health, says a FlexJobs survey
by Brie Weiler Reynolds at nextavenue.org
A new survey from my company, FlexJobs, of over 1,000 respondents aged 50+ found that flexible work is the No. 1 factor for them when evaluating a job prospect. Flexible work options like telecommuting, flexible schedules, alternative schedules, freelancing and part-time jobs beat out salary and a company’s reputation.
More than three-quarters of them (71 percent) cited a desire for work/life balance. Nearly all (97 percent) said a flexible job would have a positive impact on their overall quality of life, 87 percent thought it would lower their stress and 79 percent thought it would make them more healthy in general. MORE
Best Job Search Sites
All job search sites are not equal. Use the most popular job-finding websites
to help you discover the best jobs.
by Hannah Morgan at usnews.com
To find a job, all you need to do is apply online and wait to be contacted. Right?
If only it were that easy.
One obstacle is discerning great job search sites from ones that are merely mediocre. Where should you go to find job postings online? The job-finding website options seem endless. MORE
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
Assimilate the Change Gremlin
Today’s job interview is nearly unrecognizable from back in the day
There was a time when a job interview was precisely that. You went to someone’s office; sat across a desk; they asked you questions, you answered; you asked them questions, they answered. You left; went home and wrote the interviewer a nice thank-you letter.
And waited. Waited for them to call you; or, you waited an appropriate amount of time (which always seemed too long) and called them back.
That was then. Today that still happens… on occasion.
Today, before you are submitted to the job screening process, you’ll probably have someone – someone representing the employer, or a recruiter – peruse your LinkedIn profile. If you’re fortunate enough to clear that hurdle, you are entered into the race to the job offer.
In the 21st Century, online, digital world, the hiring process is right in lock step with the times. After you submit your resume electronically and, if you survive the Applicant Tracking System (ATS), you have your shot at an interview.
Except that this is not your father’s interview. Nor is it the same interview that you experienced when you first began to apply for jobs. Today, your interview(s) may take on an entirely different appearance.
For starters, you may go through a phone screening where someone from the company (maybe your hiring manager, maybe not) will do an initial evaluation of you by phone. Then, it’s on to the interview.
Or, you may be asked to complete an online evaluation and submit it electronically. The good news here is that you may have several days to complete this process. Take your time drafting your responses.
You also may experience a traditional one-on-one interview. Or, you may face a panel interview where you’re evaluated by three or four persons at once. Or, you may experience multiple interviews, from a multitude of people.
Then again, there’s the video interview. But that’s an entirely different labyrinth for you to navigate. It could be a face-to-face interview, except that you could be thousands of miles apart.
No matter what, you will most likely have to endure one of these non-traditional forms of interviewing before you can make the final cut.