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How to Attract New Opportunities on LinkedIn
Late in Your Career
Looking your best gets trickier after age 50

Daniel Bortz at

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. 

    The best way to respond to ageist interview questions.  No matter your age, you have to figure out how to make your LinkedIn page more visible and grow your sphere. But workers over 50 face another challenge…   MORE

The Easiest Telecommuting Jobs
for Older Workers to Get

by Paul Brandus at

There’s no shortage of stories on older Americans who have trouble making ends meet. The reality is that millions will have to keep on working during their so-called golden years.

    If that’s you, the good news is that there are more options than ever before. The labor market is tight, which means employers more flexible about hiring than they might have been just a few years ago. Competition for labor is also pushing up wages and benefits.

When and How to Make an Age Discrimination Claim
What to do when you're discriminated against 

by Andrew Brand at

Employment attorneys agree: Age-discrimination cases are tough to argue.

    “Most [age-based] employment claims are not proven based on direct evidence,” says lawyer Diane P. Perez in Coral Gables. “Very rarely do you have an employee who approaches you and says, ‘My boss told me I’m terminated because of my age.’”

    Bill Julien, in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach, adds that age-discrimination cases have a higher standard of proof. Plaintiffs must prove they wouldn’t have been fired for any other reason.   MORE

How To Make A Career Change

by Frances Bridges at

When you realize you are in the wrong job, it can be scary, unsettling and overwhelming. Making a change is daunting, but it can be done. You just need to summon your courage, save money, and make a plan. So where to begin? Here are the first steps you should take when you are making a career change:

    Take Stock Of Your Skill Set.   Make a list of skills required for your desired profession, then make a list of your skills that apply, and think about what you are missing and how you can fill that gap.   MORE

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Who Are You?
More than just a job title,
you are the sum total of your accomplishments

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.

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