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New LinkedIn Personal Branding Course
for Baby Boomers, Encore Midlife Career Seekers


LinkedIn® for Baby Boomers and Other Encore Career Changers, by nationally known Coach/Trainer Marc W. Halpert, is a new online LinkedIn e-course for midlife career changers and mature workers. It demonstrates personal brand marketing, offering employers the breadth of knowledge workers over 60 bring with them: their “why” on LinkedIn.

    Halpert explores vital concepts for mature workers.   MORE

What Have You Done in the Last Five Years?

by Angela Copeland, The Journal Record

There’s a new question emerging in the world of job seeking. It’s something I never expected. It doesn’t happen in every interview, but it happens enough that it’s worth mentioning. As you grow in your career, companies expect more. More senior roles require more experience. Job descriptions will ask for 10 or 15 years of experience in a particular field. If you have the 10 or 15 years of experience, this can seem like a great thing.   MORE

How to Get a Job by Targeting the Companies
You Want to Work For

by Eric Ravenscraft at

Trying to get a job can make you feel helpless. The best you can do is submit your resume to as many companies as possible, right? Not exactly. In fact, doing your homework on a company beforehand can make you much more likely to get a job.

    When you were a kid, you were probably told that you can be anything you want. Unfortunately, as an adult, it doesn’t quite feel like that. It’s unlikely you can quit your job as an accountant tomorrow and get hired as an astronaut. It is possible, however, to target specific companies and work your way in, rather than relying on a resume and crossed fingers.   MORE 

Out of Work? 
Study shows the benefits of a slower, less frantic job search

by Jackie Crosby at

Unemployment insurance is designed as a safety net for people who lost their jobs through no fault of their own.

    Economic studies show that when people are offered more generous unemployment benefits — such as a longer time horizon and higher payments — they take longer to find new jobs.

    “The question is why?” said Connie Wanberg, a University of Minnesota professor and internationally known researcher in unemployment, job search and careers.   MORE

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How to Handle
the Pressure
If you think your job interviews are stressful, consider this

Your palms are sweaty. Perspiration forms on your brow. Your mouth gets pasty. You may even be shaking somewhat. For some people their voices go up an octave. Your mind is racing. And that’s just the beginning.

    Welcome to the job interview. Scientists have studied many aspects of our lives and job interviews typically rank among life’s most stressful events. Take heart however. Those same studies show that losing a job is more stressful. In one respect, the worst part is behind you.

    That probably won’t lessen the stress that you’ll feel going into your next interview however. Although there is something that may help ease your pain. As stressful as the job interview is for you, there actually may be more pressure on your interviewer.

    Think about it. No matter how well or how poorly you perform in that interview, you’re no worse off than you were before. You still don’t have a job. No one is going to put a black mark on your permanent record card if you botch an interview. You simply go home, try to assess where you fell short, and do what you have to do to overcome those shortcomings the next time around.

    But your interviewer is in a totally different situation. Dismissing you may not be a problem for him. But ultimately he has to hire the right person, the best candidate for the job. If not, in the end that will be counted against him.

    Why? Because replacing someone can be very expensive for the organization. And the higher up the job ladder, the more expensive it is. For a middle management position, according to the Society of Human Resource Management, it may cost a company somewhere around $20-30,000 to search for, hire and train a new employee.

    If you screw up the interview, you get to go home and fight another day. When interviewers screw up, they have to live with their mistakes. So, who’s under more pressure?

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