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Job-Hunting After 50: The New Rules
by Jennifer Merritt at themuse.com
Anyone over the age of 50 who claims to be hard hit by the recession isn't wrong: According to recent data, people born between 1946 and 1964 have lost the most earning power following the recession.
But the 50-year-old who claims that “no one wants to hire someone my age” would be wrong.
If you're 50-plus and have experienced a job loss, or you're simply looking to switch gigs, take heart in the fact that your career isn't over.
Age 70, Working and Job Hunting Again
I am 70 years old and still actively working. I have been a consultant for an energy company since early this year, serving in an interim role… I have started searching again, now that the assignment is drawing to a close.
I collect stories from people who continue to work well into their 60s, 70s and even 80s. Thanks for yours! They all have one thing in common: They are forthright and spirited.
No recruiter needs your date of birth (DOB) for any reason I can think of… You could be discriminated against anyway, but job hunting online makes it even more likely a person will be rejected due to their age. The impersonal, rapid-fire Q&A that recruiters can do via e-mail, chat and texts with eager job seekers makes it easier to discriminate. MORE
How To Connect With Recruiters On LinkedIn
by Aaron Sanborn at workitdaily.com
Doing a proactive job search has become a lot easier with social platforms like LinkedIn. Now you can not only view the job listing, but you can also easily find the recruiter who's leading the search.
Reaching out to the recruiter is certainly a solid proactive job search strategy but like anything in life, there's a right and wrong way to do it. MORE
5 Mind Tricks to Use for Successful Job Interviews
by Jane Burnett at theladders.com
Walking into an interview can be one of the greatest times of self-doubt for even the most seasoned professional. In a short hour or so, there’s not enough time to really get your personality across and yet plenty of time to screw up with wrong answers or mistaken humor.
The good news is that interviewing is a skill — just like managing spreadsheets or selling a product. It can be learned. MORE
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
The better you know yourself, the more likely you’ll find
what you seek
Someone famous once famously said that “information is power.” How very true.
And the world of the job search is no different. Knowledge can wield incredible amounts of power. You, no doubt, have heard how much more likely you are to be successful in a job interview, the more you know about the company.
Yet, there is another kind of knowledge or information which can prove just as crucial a part of your job search. Before you can learn anything about a specific job, an individual company, a market, or an industry, you must know (or learn) everything there is to know about yourself.
You must be thinking, “Surely I know myself better than anyone, better than I know the job market.” Maybe you do. Or, maybe you’re so focused on finding a job – any job – that you don’t take yourself into consideration.
For example, how many job seekers have no clear idea of the type of job they’re looking for – or the company where they would like to do it? “I’ll do anything,” is a common response to that question. Or, “I’m looking for anything in (an industry, or a trade.)”
Similar to the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, if you don’t know precisely where you’re going, how will you know which road to travel? And, how will you know when you get there?
The major downside for any of those job seekers who take “anything,” they typically find themselves back out on the streets looking again after only a year or two. But, if you do your due diligence on yourself, you’ll know what type of job you’re seeking and, if you’re lucky, you’ll find that job at the exact company you set your sights on.
Now, here’s another perspective on the know yourself issue. The better you know the type of job you’re seeking and where you’d like to do it, the easier it is for those friends and colleagues who agree to help you. And, the easier it is for them to help you, the more likely they are to actually put forth the time and effort to actually help.
You see, it’s a winning proposition – all the way around.