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“Old Age” Is Made Up—
and This Concept Is Hurting Everyone
by Joseph F. Coughlin at technologyreview.com
Of all the wrenching changes humanity knows it will face in the next few decades—climate change, the rise of AI, the gene-editing revolution—none is nearly as predictable in its effects as global aging. Life expectancy in industrialized economies has gained more than 30 years since 1900, and for the first time in human history there are now more people over 65 than under 5—all thanks to a combination of increasing longevity, diminished fertility, and an aging Baby Boom cohort. We’ve watched these trends develop for generations; demographers can chart them decades in advance. MORE
Should Women Over 50 Think About a Career Change?
by Isabel William at betterafter50.com
There is a common misconception that after a certain age, it’s too late to make any serious changes and that you’re pretty much stuck where you are. This refers to the career as well, as it may seem easier to wait for the retirement – even if you hate your job – than to start fresh when you’re over 50. However, there are many benefits of changing your career when you’re 50, and it’s much more manageable than you might think. So, if you’ve been considering it, here are a few things you should know about it. MORE
Overqualified Job Seekers Are Discriminated Against: Here's How To Combat The Built-In Bias
by Jack Kelly at forbes.com
The Wall Street Journal unveiled the tough challenges confronted by overqualified job seekers.
The article builds upon a study conducted by university professors at Carnegie Mellon, Stanford and Johns Hopkins. Their research concludes, “The managers perceive highly capable candidates to have lower commitment to the organization than less capable, but adequate candidates and, as a result, penalize high-capability candidates in the hiring process.”
In addition to the pretentious manner in which the professors portray the results, outside of the ivory tower studies, the circumstances are even worse for overqualified candidates. MORE
5 Seemingly Insignificant Actions
That Will Make You a More Attractive Hire
You'll want to start working on your follow-up game.
by Jane Eldrich at thriveglobal.com
According to data from Glassdoor, the average corporate job opening attracts 250 résumés, out of which a maximum of six, or just 2.4 percent of those who applied, are called for an interview.
When applying for a job, the odds are simply stacked against you.
There are some simple, seemingly insignificant actions that you can take to improve your job prospects, however. Below are five such actions. MORE
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
Are You a
Job Search “Pro”?
When all is said and done, being proactive always
carries the day
Are you doing all that you can do to maximize your job search? You’ve probably updated your resume, drafted a couple of different cover letters. If you’ve been fortunate enough to have landed an interview, you’ve probably done some significant reason to prepare for it. You’ve attended networking events and jobs groups; contacted friends and colleagues, etc., etc.
You may have done all those things, but have you done the most important thing? Actually, you have. Any or all of the above-mentioned activities indicate that you’re being proactive. You’re taking the game to them.
This is no time to employ “everything comes to he who waits.” Not in a job search it doesn’t. You can’t wait for something, anything to happen. You have to make it happen. You can’t afford to sit and wait for that hiring manager to call you back. As one recruiter put it, “Waiters are for restaurants.”
That may be all well and good if your goal is to work in a restaurant. But if you’re setting your sights little higher, you’d better get it in gear. Return a phone call. Follow up with a contact. Reach out to someone new. Search your jobs boards. Search for new jobs boards.
Every single day during your job search, you should be able to point to something proactive that you did during that day to advance your job search. Remember that old adage “looking for a job is a full time job”? There is at least some truth to that contention.
Fortunately, there is lots to do. Ask yourself if you’re taking advantage of everything, all the tools that are available to you. Look online for jobs sites and utilize LinkedIn. Check out local resources at local colleges and libraries. The good thing about most of these things is that they’re free!
But you have to be proactive. You can’t sit around wait. A job search is not a waiting game.