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Mature, In-transition, and the Next Steps
Even though the economy has improved lately, there’s still a large contingency of people who after long and successful careers find themselves not only blocked but also bewildered about their professional future because of their age. This is a serious problem because these people still need to provide for their families, and many are by no means ready to retire—either mentally or physically. MORE
Calling All Cool Companies:
Why Do You Discriminate?
by Jason Alba at jibberjobber.com
Last year I applied for a product management job at a local SaaS company. It was one of those “best places to work” companies… one that had Silicon Valley wages (which is a big deal where I live), and got all kinds of recognition for their cool software.
As I was doing company research I found a picture of their team. There were maybe about a hundred people in the picture. After scanning the picture for about a minute I realized: I would never get hired there.
Why? Because I’m 45, not 25.
If you are in your 50’s or 60’s you are shaking your head saying “45? That’s young!” It’s not young to recruiters, or hiring managers, or company owners. It’s old. MORE
What to Do if Your Network Isn't Helping You Get a Job
by Jenny Foss at themuse.com
When you’re an active job seeker, well-wishing people will be ever so quick to tell you, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Or, “It all boils down to networking.”
And they’re right. It’s so critical to leverage your professional network when looking for a new position. But what do you do if you’re finding your current network marginally helpful at best? MORE
How to Respond to a Recruiter’s InMail on LinkedIn
by Amy Elisa Jackson at glassdoor.com
With a healthy labor market, record low unemployment and steady wage growth, U.S. job seekers are in the driver’s seat of their careers. Employers are eager to show you more than the basic job description. They are beefing up their employer branding, benefits, perks and insights into their company culture to attract you to their open jobs.
And one of the ways recruiters will reach out to you is via LinkedIn InMail.
InMail messages are private messages that allow recruiters, hiring managers and head hunters to contact you on LinkedIn without an introduction or contact information. MORE
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
The one person who is most in charge of your job search is… YOU
It’s only natural at times during a job search to feel helpless; to feel like you’re up against the entire world. Fortunately, for the successful job seeker, those feelings don’t last.
In the final analysis, you are the person who is in most control of your job search. You are the who ultimately makes things happen.
One good habit we learned from a successful recruiter focuses on making everyday of your job search count toward something. Our recruiter friend advised job seekers to ask themselves the 5:00 question: “What did I do to that moved me closer to getting hired?”
Not everyday will be notably successful. Not everyday will produce a significant step forward. But everyday should move you closer to your aim of landing a new position. Even if, at the time, it seems insignificant. You should be able to check one thing off your list.
And if you’re in control of your job search, you’ll know precisely what needs to be done and how to do it. This may take some doing, but only you can do it.
Think of Alice in Wonderland’s Cheshire Cat, if you don’t know where you want to go, no one can help you get there. If you can’t articulate what you want to do and where you’d like to do it, chances are that you also can’t articulate why someone should hire you.
While it’s other people who will make the final decision as to whether or not you are offered the position, you are in total control of how they perceive you and from what actions and characteristics you have that will influence their decisions.
It’s the power of you!