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Over 50 and Looking for a New Job?
Avoid These 8 Resume Mistakes
The last thing you want is to appear prehistoric on paper
by Daniel Bortz at considerable.com
When was the last time you overhauled your resume? As an older, more experienced job hunter, it’s not enough to simply change a few dates and descriptions when you start looking for a new position. The resume style and design that got you in the door years ago can make you look downright prehistoric now.
It’s tough enough out there already: Unemployed job hunters age 55 to 64 spend a median of 34.5 weeks looking for work, vs 22.2 weeks for workers of all ages, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.
Age Discrimination in the Workplace:
Three Myths About Older Workers, Debunked
Americans now enjoy longer, healthier lives, and a growing number continue working long past traditional retirement age. Workers 65 and older are projected to have the fastest growth in the labor force by 2026; those 55 and older filled almost half of new jobs in 2018.
Working longer brings benefits from income to social engagement. However, age discrimination is a major problem that prevents some workers from realizing their goals — or pushes them out entirely. This also means employers miss out on an experienced talent pool.
In short, it’s time to rethink what it means to be “old.”
Stalled Job Search?
Here are 3 great ways to get it moving again!
by Eileen Williams at feistysideoffifty.com
Has your job search stalled? If you’re like millions of middle-aged jobseekers, you’ve been out there for awhile and have likely run into your share of unforeseen roadblocks and discouraging near misses. According to figures cited by the AARP Public Policy Institute, most mature applicants can figure on about 12 months’ time to find a new position.
But there are several variables involved in job search success and these unfortunate statistics don’t necessarily predict the outcome for your individual experience. How you conduct your job search—and a bit of luck—have a far greater impact on your results than numbers cited by the media. MORE
What to Do If You Were Just Laid Off
by Alison Green at thecut.com
If you’ve been laid off from your job, or if you’re worried you’re going to be laid off, you might be feeling pretty helpless. It’s scary to be told your job is being eliminated and you’ll be out of work and have to scramble to find a new job. But there are actions you can take before, during, and after a layoff to make things easier on yourself and decrease the amount of time you’re likely to be out of work. MORE
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
There is a lot to learn from politicians regarding job interviews
As the presidential season continues to ramp up, we are becoming more and more exposed to the many presidential hopefuls as they battle one another (not for votes) for face time in front of the camera. If you pay close attention to them, they can provide some interesting insights into job interviews… especially what NOT to do.
Many people advise candidates facing a job interview to not talk too much. Politicians, on the other hand, usually don’t know how (or when) to shut up. The interview gurus contend that you shouldn’t try to eat the entire interview apple in one bite. Meaning: Answer the interviewer’s question… and then stop. If the interviewer wants to know more, they always can ask another question. When you start to ad lib, you’ll probably start rambling and that’s when you may say something you’ll be sorry for.
Interviews, of course, involve a lot of questions and answers. Unlike our political class who are most adept at tap dancing around and not answering questions, you, the job seeker, are not afforded that luxury. Your interviewers ask questions for a reason and they expect those questions to be answered.
This is where your prep time comes into play. Do your homework. Know your answers front ward and backward. Practice your answers. Write them out if you need to. The better you know your answers, the more relaxed you’ll be in the interview which should be apparent to the interviewer… which typically is a big plus in your favor.
If you pay close attention to our political friends, you can learn a lot. Unfortunately, what you can learn usually is how not to do things.