Today is: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | Our next publication day: Friday, September 27, 2019
Advocates See Discrimination Against Older Workers,
the Fastest-Growing Group in the Labor Force
by Stephen Singer, Hartford Courant
Mark Kirschblum, an application developer and quality assurance tester, suddenly found himself out of work after an 18-year-run at a company that had been sold…
Nine months later, Kirschblum, 60, is still looking for work. He said he’s saved over the years, helping minimize financial troubles that come with long-term unemployment. He’s instead struggling with “the stress and mental anguish of not working.”
(He) has joined job-search work groups and attended workshops that teach resume-writing and how best to use the social media career website LinkedIn. MORE
Former Teacher, Foreign Service Officer, Campaign Manager:
What Enticed This Mid-Career Woman Back To School
by Sheila Callaham at forbes.com
For kids and young adults, September means heading back to a regimen of classes, homework and exams. When it comes to college, young adults are not the only ones looking for degrees and certifications; mature students are also turning to university programs to increase employment opportunities and seek new career experiences.
Julian Phillippi’s decision to go back to school to earn a Masters in Human Resource Management is a path forged to meet her new career interests. MORE
Older Job Hunters: Powerfully Good News
Hiring numbers have been strong, but not everything's peachy
by Richard Eisenberg at nextavenue.org
Getting a job in your 50s or 60s certainly isn’t easy, but new and somewhat surprising employment data suggests that prospects and pay are improving, especially for older job switchers. One big reason? The tightest labor market in nearly two decades, causing some employers to more readily hire older job hunters. Some 6.7 million U.S. jobs went unfilled this spring…
A recent story on the Human Resource Executive site was called: “Why Older Workers Are Now In Demand.” Who would’ve expected to see that?
State of Remote Work 2019
Remote work isn't the future of work — it's the present
Millions of people report that they work remotely around the world and across the United States, and although many companies around the world have embraced the work from anywhere movement, many others don't know enough about how remote work would impact their employees, their teams, and their organizations to enable it. MORE
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
Your Resume II
Submitting your resume to a prospective employer is only just the beginning
In our last Nifty Tip of the Day, we looked at technology: how it’s changed the job search world and how today’s job seeker can benefit from these changes.
Today, we’ll look at the other side of that coin.
Think about how easy it is to submit your resume to potential employers today through an ATS (automated tracking system). A few simple clicks on your computer from the comfort of your own home, and voila, your resume is there. Unfortunately, with many (if not most) of these systems, you can be eliminated from consideration without even one pair of human eyes seeing your resume.
How to win at their game? Well, you need to learn how to play. First and foremost, be certain that your resume has the particular keywords for which that job description is seeking. Without sufficient keyword matches, you’ll be left out in the cold.
When submitting your resume electronically, a pdf or Word file are both acceptable. This is true for most systems, but there are many variations. Don’t be surprised if a particular system has its own set of quirks.
In addition, the experts also recommend that you never submit your LinkedIn profile to an ATS. Partly for the keyword consideration and partly because you can’t be certain that the system in question can decipher it.
You can test your resume for ATS acceptance however. There are several different websites that can perform that task. One such free offering is jobscan.co It gives you the opportunity to upload either your resume and compare it to three (or more) job descriptions in which you are interested.
The feedback will show where your resume and/or profile is missing the mark on keyword matches. It also may suggest some changes for you to consider. It’s not perfect and its results can be generic, but it should give you some sense of how your documents match with actual job descriptions.
You also can upload your LinkedIn profile to get an idea of how you will match up with recruiter searches.