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Why U.S. Firms Are Desperate
to Retain Ageing Workers

by Katharina Stefanie, BBC News

When Roger Klug told his employer he was retiring, there was a shiver of panic among the bosses. Now 70 years old, Mr Klug is in his 47th year at Alexandria Industries, an aluminium company in rural Minnesota.

    After almost five decades manufacturing industrial products for such diverse industries as solar power and defence, the company could ill-afford to lose Mr Klug's expertise.   MORE
 

How People Redirect Their Careers
After Getting Laid Off

by Eliana Crosina and Michael G. Pratt, Harvard Business Review
 

In today’s economy, job loss has become everyday business, ranging from individuals losing their entire firms due to bankruptcy, to losing their jobs because of layoffs, technological disruptions, mergers, and other types of reorganizations. Hundreds of thousands of organizations, ranging in size from small businesses to large firms, file for bankruptcy every year. According to a 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics survey, between 2015 and 2017, three million workers were displaced from jobs they had held for at least three years. To thrive in their careers, professionals need to learn how to bounce back from these devastating losses.

How To Stay Relevant In An Ever-Changing Job Market

by Ariella Coombs and Jenna Arcand at workitdaily.com
 

Whether you've just graduated from college, you're in the middle of your career, or you're in your 60s, competition for jobs is fierce. So, how can you stay relevant in today's job market? Here are six ways to stay on top of your game.

    1. Brand Up   MORE
 

15 People Who Lied On Their Résumé
And Instantly Regretted It After They Got Hired

by Terry Carter at buzzfeed.com
 

1. This person who lied about being energetic.
2. This person who lied about their work ethic.
3. This person who lied about having thick skin.

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What’s Your Excuse?
The reason your job search is falling short may be semantics and more

Two people are vying for the same position but don’t make the final cut. Candidate A says that the interviewer had so many applicants to meet with, he didn’t pay much attention to the candidate and that’s why the candidate was passed over. Candidate B says that his skill set wasn’t a good fit for the job in question.

    Why didn’t they get the job? One had a reason. One had an excuse. And there is a big difference between the two. Despite what the dictionary says.

    Candidate B examined the shortcoming and accepted responsibility for it. Candidate A, on the other hand, tried to paint the result onto to the interviewer, totally ignoring his complicity in the outcome.

    According to author and career coach Gary Ryan Blair, while the dictionary makes no relevant distinction between the two, “I know of no enemy more insidious or vicious than excuses. It’s an enemy that poses a clear and present danger to your future,” he says.

    It all can be traced back to the process of self-evaluation. Recognizing your strong points and shortcomings – not just at the beginning of your job search, but throughout the process as well. After every job interview, after every informational interview, after every networking event… stop and ask yourself “What did I do right? What did I do wrong? What could I have done to produce a more positive result?”

    We suppose that the reason most people don’t ask those kinds of questions is that they are afraid of the answers. The successful job seeker asks the questions, provides honest (brutally, if necessary) answers, and ultimately moves on to a new position.

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