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How To Overcome Age Discrimination
by J.T. O'Donnell at workitdaily.com
Do you think you're facing age discrimination or ageism in your job search? Do you feel like no one is hiring you because you're older than the competition? You're not alone with these feelings. However, there's some important things you need to know if you want to overcome this challenge...
Okay, so first, I want to tackle a HUGE misconception about age discrimination in the workforce.
The truth is, it's not age discrimination that's holding you back. It's experience discrimination. MORE
Age Discrimination Is A Women's Issue
That Women's Groups Tend To Ignore
by Patricia Barnes at forbes.com
Age discrimination in employment is clearly a women’s issue and yet it is rarely championed by women’s organizations.
The most recent article by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) on its web site that contained the words “age discrimination” in the title was published a decade ago. Moreover, the NWLC does not list age discrimination in employment as an important women's issue on its web site (though it does list the more generic, "employment discrimination"). The same generally is true for the National Organization for Women.
Both organizations are busy advocating for women's rights but they seem more focused on the rights of young and middle aged women. MORE
Experience an Invaluable Commodity
by Frank Carroll at rapidcityjournal.com
Ageism is a fearsome thing.
In the fall of our lives we are living longer and healthier than previous generations, and many of us are not ready to lie down. Far from it.
Many of us retired from one calling to pursue others with equal or more passion. We are at the height of our creative imagination and ready to lead in many fields, from emergency management to software design, in Hollywood films, on Broadway and on Wall Street. MORE
Career Experts Say This 1 Huge Mistake
Makes You Unhireable
by Peter Economy at inc.com
What is the one thing that could ruin your chances of getting hired before a hiring manager even has a chance to interview you?
That one thing is a resume that doesn't convey your best self.
Remember: You only have one chance to make a first impression. And that's especially true when it comes to your resume. MORE
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
Are You Ready?
Preparation is critical for all networking meetings,
not just interviews
There is a regular laundry list of things you should do to prepare for a job interview. That list is widely known.
The same can be said of any meetings (or interviews, if you will) where there is no specific job in question. Informational interviews. One-on-one meetings with contacts or colleagues. Any kind of meeting that will further your job search is included.
In a job interview “the ask” is, of course, the job. In a non-job interview, “the ask” centers around how this person can help you. Providing information, making an introduction – those kinds of things are your “ask.”
The good news is that most people are willing and even eager to help. They just don’t know how. That’s why you have to be prepared to “ask.” And, be as specific as you can be. “Do you know someone at XYZ Company?” “Can you forward my resume to John Doe?”
In a broader sense, it makes sense for you to have an actual agenda for these kinds of meetings. It’s your meeting. You arranged it. Know what you want out of it and how to ask for it. And this basic principle holds true for a one-on-one informational interview, or a group networking event. Know what you want to achieve before you leave home.
Especially for one-on-one meetings, it’s not a bad idea to have a list (even if it’s only in your mind) of your target companies. “These are the companies I’m looking at. Do you know anyone who works there?”
Job seeking is a stress-filled activity. No doubt. But being prepared – for anything – inevitably will lessen that stress. Legendary Pittsburgh Steeler football coach Chuck Noll once observed, “Pressure is something you feel when you don't know what you're doing.”
Being prepared is knowing what you’re doing.