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How To Beat Age Discrimination

by Robin Ryan at

Why is it so hard to advance your career once you’re over a certain age? The answer is age discrimination. In today’s workplace, 50% of the workforce is Millennials, ages 38 and younger. That means many of the recruiters who are looking to hire new talent may be prejudiced against older workers. Some actively work to screen older workers out and won’t consider them for the jobs that the employer is hiring for.

    The job search process has changed. So your entire approach to this process must change too. 

Empowering All Working Moms
Tips for Women Reentering the Workforce After Taking a Career Break

by Rosanna Durruthy at

This International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating working mothers and shining a light on the barriers mothers face when returning to work after taking a career break. 

    More than half (63%) of hiring managers recognize that there are obstacles -- from inflexible work schedules to stigmas attached to taking time off to lack of career growth -- that make it challenging for mothers to advance in their careers after a break. However, the data also reveals that hiring managers today are eager to recruit mothers returning to the workforce and see this group as an important talent pool with in-demand skills.

First-In, First-Hired: Yay or Nay?


Job interviews have been going on since, well, forever. I suppose when feudal lords ruled the lands, you got the job of being a peasant by not dying, but since then, it’s involved a job interview.

    And, it must be time for a change. Some companies are starting a first to apply, first to be hired program, something that’s also referred to as open hiring. I don’t know what to think…

    The results? Turnover dropped by 60 percent. 

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How to Succeed with Personal Branding on LinkedIn

by Wendy Marx at

LinkedIn has all the features needed for personal branding. From its resume-like feel to its in-house publishing platform, you’ll find everything to make your brand shine. But that doesn’t mean that your personal brand will be an automatic success. You’ll need to know a few tactics to succeed in personal branding on LinkedIn.

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the Dots
It’s no longer a game when your next job is at stake

Remember those puzzles when you were a kid? Connect the dots. Draw a line between dot 1 and dot 2. Then draw another between dots 2 and 3. And so on until you ended up with a picture or a message. 

    Those were fun… when we were kids.

    Unfortunately (or fortunately), we’re not kids anymore. But that doesn’t mean that we still can’t play connect the dots. Sort of.

    To connect these dots you don’t necessarily need a pen or pencil. You have to connect them mentally. And worse, you have to convince someone else to see the same picture that you’re trying to draw.

    The difference is that now you’re connecting dots in a job interview. Which is a puzzle of a different color. But that’s another story.

    In this job interview, we’re talking about connecting the dots between your job skills and strengths and the employer’s needs. If they need a detail person, you need to connect the dots between the detailed-oriented work you’ve done in the past with their present need.

    The bad news is that sometimes connecting those dots may not seem as obvious to them as it does to you. This is where your interview preparation and rehearsal come into play. 

    By the time you’re called in for an interview, you should be familiar with the job description and you should have a pretty good idea of what they’re looking for; what their pain-points are. Armed with that knowledge, you should be able to prepare your presentation accordingly.

    After all, haven’t you heard people say that getting hired is a game?

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