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Handle Concerns an Employer May Have
About Hiring an Older Worker


Older workers include anyone born before 1964. Hiring bias against any worker age 40 and older is illegal, but some job seekers still experience it. Be aware of these potential stereotypes so that you can address how you present and describe yourself.   MORE

Don’t Make These 7 Painfully Awkward Mistakes
in Your Next Salary Negotiation


Whether you’re negotiating salary for a new job or you’re asking for a raise, a “money conversation” in any professional context is downright awkward.

    If you’re like most people, you’d rather accept what you’re given — and resent it later — than make the ask. The problem is that no one knows how to engage in the conversation.   MORE

Ageism Is Most Socially Acceptable Prejudice
— But Comes At A Cost

by Beth Adams at

According to the World Health Organization, the most social acceptable prejudice in the world is ageism.

    Cornell University gerontologist Karl Pillemer said you don’t have to look hard to find it…

    One of the most fascinating — and sobering — findings to emerge from research is how damaging our own ageist attitudes are.   MORE

No. 1 Mistake Job Seekers Make When Explaining Why They Want the Job to Hiring Managers

by J.T. O'Donnell at

One of my company's most popular YouTube videos is about answering the question, "why do you want this job?" in an interview. Ironically, we get a ton (I mean a ton!), of snarky comments posted on it as well. They all say something like, "Well Duh. I want the job because I need money to live."

    I realize people think they're being funny. But truthfully, lots of people make the mistake of coming across as money-hungry in inteviews - and it costs them the job. The fact you expect to be paid is understood. But, when you imply it's the main reason you're looking for a new job, it sends the wrong message to employers.   MORE

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The Most Important Part of Networking
No one ever said
it was going to be easy

It’s no coincidence that if you remove the first and last three letters in the word networking, you’re left with WORK. That’s because networking is work, and many people say that looking for a job is a full-time job. More work.

    This is good. Many experts claim that 70-80 percent of all jobs are found through networking – of one form or another. It shouldn’t be surprising then that some recruiters add that a job seeker should spend between 28 and 32 hours per week on networking.

    While that may sound like a lot, one recruiter stated that, when it comes to networking, everything counts. And that includes all networking meetings whether they are large group meetings, or one-on-one coffee shop meetings, or even informational interviews. Because they are directly related to such meetings, phone calls, meeting preparation, letters and emails all fall under the general description of networking. You also can include time spent reviewing and reaching out on LinkedIn as a networking activity.

    That may sound like the bad news, but the good news is that networking does produce results – as evidenced by the 70-80 percent success rate noted earlier. 

    Another consideration for successful networking is that it’s not necessarily the person you meet – at a group meeting or one-on-one – but it could be the person that your contact knows who might land you your next job.

    It’s an extension of the old adage: it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. The extension reads something like: it’s not who know, but it’s who the person you know, knows. You might call that second (or third) generation networking.

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