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Ageism Is Major Roadblock for Older Job Seekers
People over 55 are largest pool of workers
but have hardest time securing full-time jobs, interviews
by Corinne Lillis from WGAL
A recent study shows people over the age of 55 are the largest pool of workers but have the hardest time securing full-time jobs and job interviews.
According to AARP, that has more to do with ageism than skills. Ageism is defined as prejudice or discrimination on the basis of someone's age. MORE
1 in 4 Don't Plan to Retire Despite Realities of Aging
by Andrew Soergel, Associated Press
Nearly one-quarter of Americans say they never plan to retire, according to a poll that suggests a disconnection between individuals' retirement plans and the realities of aging in the workforce.
Experts say illness, injury, layoffs and caregiving responsibilities often force older workers to leave their jobs sooner than they'd like.
According to the poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 23% of workers, including nearly 2 in 10 of those over 50, don't expect to stop working. Roughly another quarter of Americans say they will continue working beyond their 65th birthday(s). MORE
Is an Aging Population Actually Bad for the Economy?
by Jeff Spross at theweek.com
Birth rates have been falling for decades, not only in America but around the world, which now means the amount of older people is growing in proportion to many nations' working-age populations. Pretty much everyone on both sides of the aisle assumes that's bad for national economies. Conservatives rely on this assumption to argue for higher birth rates, liberals rely on it to argue for more immigration. I've written articles based on this assumption.
How to Ask for a LinkedIn Recommendation
That Works for You
by Alyse Kalish at themuse.com
We all know the benefits of a robust LinkedIn profile. It attracts the right kind of attention from recruiters and hiring managers, it helps you build a strong, reliable network, and it’s a convenient and easy way to showcase your work, skill set, and passions.
One more thing? It’s the perfect place to show off all the great things people have to say about you. In fact, your LinkedIn recommendations can be a huge selling point for those who might be looking to hire you. After all, nothing makes you look better than praise from an important client, an old boss, or a close colleague.
What does asking for a proper recommendation on LinkedIn entail? Let’s get to it.
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
How’s it Going?
Here are four signs that
your interview is going well
Unfortunately for many of us, we don’t know how well an interview is going until we get some direct feedback. “We’d like you to come back next week and speak with…” Or, maybe: “We’ve decided to go in a different direction.” Not so subtle.
According to some recruiter colleagues, there are some telltale signs that will let you know how things are progressing… or not progressing. Here are four sure-fire signals that you’re doing alright.
First: The interview lasts longer than scheduled. When they say, “We’d like you come in for a 30-minute interiew,” and the interview last more than an hour, that’s a pretty good sign that they probably interested in you.
Second: When the interviewer tries to sell you on the company, it’s a good bet that he doesn’t want to warn you off. Of course, he may be trying to cover up lousy pay and benefits by trying to convince you that, despite the short comings, it’s still a good place work. Most likely, however, he wants you to impress you with the company to ensure your interest.
Third: You know that things are going well when your interviewer invites some decision-makers into the interview. The message is that here are some other people who will have a say in the decision and you should impress them as well. It could a way jumping right into the second round of interviews.
Fourth: The Interviewer discusses checking references, drug tests, etc. Those are not activities that most companies do for just anyone. If they’re willing to invest in references, drug tests and the like, they’re probably pretty interested in you as well.
Of course, sometimes it’s extremely difficult to read your interviewer, but if that interviewer moves forward with any of these four steps, it’s a pretty good bet that, even if the interviewer is in bad mood (and it shows), they are ready to take your candidacy to the next level.