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Born of Experience
Older workers' abilities are often undervalued

by Gloria Whitcraft at journalgazette.net
 

Beneath today's optimistic headlines about record-low unemployment, there are other dynamics in the economy that tend to go unreported, namely the shortage of qualified applicants to fill many jobs.

    In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor reports that there are more than 7 million unfilled jobs in the United States, but only 6.5 million people looking for work. And despite this labor shortage, more than 1 million older workers remain unemployed or underemployed.   MORE

5 Secrets Of Success From Midlife Entrepreneurs

by Kerry Hannon at forbes.com
 

Boomers and Gen Xers are on the rise as entrepreneurs and the variety of businesses people are starting in mid-life is amazingly diverse. How do I know? I interviewed 20 of them for my new book, Never Too Old to Get Rich: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting a Business Mid-Life

    Something else I learned about these startup founders: their five secrets of success.

5 Things to Do During an Employment Gap

by Michele Lando at theladders.com
 

We’ve all been there. Whether it was planned or not, an employment gap or transition period in between jobs can come with a rollercoaster of emotions… if you’re searching for a new job, it’s likely that you have at least some sort of anxiety and fear about the unknown (relax, it’s totally normal).   MORE

Where Is Workforce Really Booming?
Among the Oldest Workers.
By conventional reckoning, someone at 65 years old or even 55 is “retirement age.”
But labels are being lifted as older people stay active –
and as employers see value in hiring them.

by Laurent Belsie at csmonitor.com
 

Older workers are the fastest growing part of the U.S. labor force. The number of workers age 65 to 74 will be 55% higher in 2024 than in 2014, the Labor Department projects. And the projected increase for workers 75 and older is 86%.

    For some senior workers, it’s about earning needed income. For others, it’s about improving one’s lifestyle by giving of one’s talents. Among employers, the hiring boom is partly cyclical.   MORE 
 

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A Friend is Where You Find One
When you’re out of work, that’s when you really need a friend

When you’re out of work, you need all the friends you can get. If that seems like an obvious statement, it’s probably because it is.

    And the more friends who know that you’re looking, the more likely it is that you will find something. It’s part of networking.

    The many ways that friends can help you in your job search are too numerous to mention. And it’s likely that they’re so numerous that you might not be able to mention them all anywhere.

    But there is one friend who may be of more help to your search than any other. And who is this person of wonder? It’s your job search buddy. And everyone should have one.

    So, who makes a good job search buddy and where do you find one?  Bill Toomey, who was the 1968 Olympic decathlon champion was quoted as saying, “A buddy will keep you honest and add a dimension of fun to your workout.”

    Want to know more about “buddies”? Think about how most people use them. To stay on a diet. To quit smoking. To maintain a regular (and vigorous) exercise routing. The list can be as long as your imagination.

    Job search buddies are where you find them. Maybe it’s someone you already know. Maybe it’s someone you just met at a job search group. Maybe it’s someone who is also searching in your industry. It could be anyone.

    How can you expect to benefit from having a job search buddy? The two most obvious answers are closely related to the exercise buddy. Your job search buddy should provide support and accountability.

    When you get down – and it’s very likely that at some point you will – you’re going to need that buddy to bolster your spirits and snap you out of your funk. It’s a very important and necessary role to play.

    As for accountability, how much more likely are you to stay on task if there is someone there constantly inquiring if you did what you said you were going to do: Did you make those phone calls? Did you follow up with (job contact)? Did you send your thank you notes?

    Just like the exercise buddy who drags you off to the gym to workout, the job search buddy is there to remind you of the tasks at hand and the commitments that you made. It’s a tough job – yeah, it really is – but the dividends that can be accrued from a good job search buddy are limitless.

    And now you know how important it is to have a job search buddy AND what you have to do to be a good job search buddy for someone else.
 

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