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4 Ways for Older Job Seekers
to Find High Quality Work
Many older job seekers enter the job market unprepared. They have great qualifications and outstanding work ethic, but they use techniques for finding work that are simply outdated. For older job seekers to find the high quality work they deserve, they may need to use the four techniques described below. MORE
More Likely to Cite Workplace Discrimination
by Andrew Soergel, The Associated Press
Are older workers being discriminated against on the job? The answer appears to depend on the age of the person asked.
About half of Americans think there’s age discrimination in the workplace, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
But there’s a split by age. The poll finds 60% of adults age 60 and over say older workers in the U.S. are always or often discriminated against, while 43% of adults younger than 45 say the same. MORE
by Kerry Hannon, kerryhannon.com
When a midlife entrepreneur launches a business with his or her adult child or with a twentysomething or thirtysomething co-founder, it’s often a winning recipe.
These intergenerational pairings are frequently energizing and… represent a great blueprint for success.
So I was delighted to learn about what Jim Sugarman (a Boomer) and his daughter, Samantha (a Millennial), are doing to play matchmaker for prospective intergenerational partnerships with their nonprofit enterprise, 4GenNow, and to connect them with potential funders.
This Is the Most Impressive Resume I’ve Ever Seen — Based on My 20 Years of Hiring and Interviewing
Gary Burnison at cnbc.com
I’ve received thousands of resumes throughout my entire career — and believe me, I’ve seen them all: Too long, too short, too boring, too many typos, too hard to read and every layout imaginable.
To be completely honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of resumes. Heck, I even wrote a book about all the things that are more important than the resume. Yes, you do need a one, but what most experts don’t tell you is that resumes only account for 10% of the hiring decision. MORE
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
Do what you said
you were going to do
You just had a great job interview and you leave the premises feeling pretty good about your chances… and yourself. Great job. Now don’t blow it.
One very often overlooked aspect of the job interview is what happens when the interview is over. How do you follow up?
It used to be that you just mailed a thank you letter to the person with whom you interviewed. If you’re thinking that, with the many changes that have overwhelmed the job search process in recent years, that maybe that’s not de rigueur any more, you would be wrong. Very wrong.
The only time that it’s wrong to send a thank you letter is when it’s sent too late.
Fortunately, one of the things that has changed is that you can send an email thank you before you’ve even left the employer’s parking lot. Not a bad idea. It’s also not a bad idea to send a thank you letter via the post in addition to that email.
Here’s a potential dilemma. You just had a panel interview where you were grilled by three or four individuals. What to do? One thank you to the lead person? One thank you to each and every person involved in the interview?
Yes. Yes to the latter… with a word of caution. If you’re sending thank you’s to more than one person, do NOT send each person the same note. You’ll be best served if each note is not just personalized, but specific and memorable to each individual.
The overriding rule of the road is simple: do what you said in the interview that you were going to do. Send your thank you note(s). But if you pledged to call the first of the following week (or whenever), do just that. Not only do employers like that kind of initiative, they love candidates who do what they say they’re going to do.