Following Your Second Act Dreams
When the World Says Don’t
by Chris Farrell at nextavenue.org
Second-act entrepreneurship is a certifiable trend, with 55-to-64-year-olds now accounting for 26% of new entrepreneurs, according to the Kauffman Foundation. But some of these entrepreneurs launch despite naysayers saying: Don’t do it!
Here’s the story of three second act entrepreneurs who ignored the critics because they were passionate about following their passions — “daydream businesses” of book publishing and bed and breakfasts. MORE
On Reputation, Brand, Integrity,
Character and Happiness
from Scott Borden at jibberjobber.com
Happiness at work. What a concept. I just posted on Snowfly about employee satisfaction… you can read it here. (Follow to full article for link. – ed)
The other social post was on Facebook (John Wooden was a famous basketball coach):
The Wooden quote stuck out because in the career space we talk a lot about personal branding, which is essentially reputation. I love the idea of personal branding, and creating your own brand, and leading with your brand, and understanding your brand.
But I don’t think that brand trumps character. Without character, and integrity, your brand is a facade. MORE
Why Some Adults Want the Jobs
They Dreamed of as Children
Looking back at our childhoods, most of us will be able to remember the dreams we had of what our lives would look like when we were older.
But new research by Perkbox Insights has found that the majority of adults never really get over those dreams. Whilst 96% of adults were not successful in making their childhood dream jobs a reality, a whopping 64% of adults still wish that they were working in their childhood dream jobs now. MORE
How to Find a Job You Love
The 3 Most Powerful Things You Can Do
by Laura Garnett at inc.com
Often, I encounter people who are so burned out, unhappy at work, or disheartened by the job search that they feel that ever finding a career they love is impossible.
Here's what I tell them: In today's world, having a job that brings you joy isn't an idealistic dream, it's a necessity to thrive. Because when you have a job you love, you're not only happier, you also perform at your best. And that's the type of employee businesses hire today. With an increasing need for innovation, great thinking, and out-of-the-box solutions, they want people who bring their best to the office.
But even with this knowledge, there's still the question of how.
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
Don’t be surprised if a company asks to take an assessment test.
Don’t be surprised if you don’t “pass.”
Companies are constantly looking for ways to determine which candidate will be the best for any given job opening. They also are seeking ways to eliminate candidates; and anything will do.
Many employers put a lot emphasis on your degree and/or your alma mater. According to one recruiter, what kind of degree you have and from where you got your degree are ZERO predictors of job success. No matter how good of an education you may have received, that Wharton MBA is no guarantee of success.
So many companies turn to assessment tests. In the tests they are primarily searching for values and competencies. They do that because, in part, assessments have higher degree of predictability than interviews. But nothing is perfect.
From the job seekers perspective, you cannot prepare for assessments or fudge them. They can tell if you're trying to "game" the system. A word to the wise: Your best bet is simply to be yourself.
Another word to the wise: Don’t sweat the results. For one thing, most companies will not provide feedback if you don't make the cut. Their reasons are private and proprietary. You can ask for feedback, but don't be surprised if they say no.
In this case, the good news is a double-edge sword. It’s certainly good news if you advance. That means that in all probability, you will most likely be good for the job in question; and, if you don't advance, it’s likely that you may have dodged a bullet.
Generally speaking, these assessment tests do a reasonably good job of weeding out candidates. Don’t fret if you’re asked to take one. What have you got to lose? If you don’t do well on the test, you probably would not have been happy in the job anyway.