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Navigating A Generational Divide
During Your Job Search
by Dana Manciagli at forbes.com
…Given the perceived strife between baby boomers, Gen Xers, millennials and older Gen Zers, some might think that recent grads and their soon-to-be-colleagues are gearing up for a dicey transition as generations look to collaborate and be productive in today’s workplace.
The good news? It might be easier than you think. According to a Ricoh survey of 1,500 office workers across the United States and Canada, this generational divide is a myth, with 76% of respondents stating they "enjoy working alongside colleagues of different ages." More than 70% believe a cross-generational workplace is an asset for an organization. MORE
As an Older Worker in Connecticut,
What’s it Like Trying to Find a New Job?
by Michael Hamad, Hartford Courant
Imagine, late in your career, creating a LinkedIn profile, chopping your extensive resume down to two pages, and peppering your cover letter with algorithm-friendly keywords.
After months of trying, you finally land the elusive phone or in-person interview with a hiring manager. And then: crickets. MORE
Practice Makes Perfect:
MassHire Offers Tips for Older Job Seekers
by Kristin Palpini, The Berkshire Eagle
After decades in the technology field, Gerry Monterosso has a great resume. He has worked at General Dynamics, Starbase Technologies and done software analysis, as well as consulting. He was the director of technology at Miss Hall's School in Pittsfield for six years and holds two master's degrees in computer information and management. But, Monterosso hasn't found work in the field since 2017.
Monterosso recently sat down for a mock interview at the MassHire Berkshire Career Center to see if there wasn't something in his delivery that was tripping him up and closing the door on jobs before an offer is made. MORE
3 Ways You're Slowing Down Your Job Search
(And How To Fix Them!)
by Jenna Arcand at workitdaily.com
If you're wondering why your job search isn't working or why it's suddenly slowed down after a few good leads, then you've come to the right place.
One of the biggest concerns we hear from our club members is how long the job search seems to take nowadays… How can we successfully change jobs, move up in our careers, without spending six, seven, eight, sometimes even nine months on a job search? MORE
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
A Sticky Situation
We may need to add one more “ism” to the list
One of the most prominent topics discussed among the Nifty50s is the blight known as “ageism.” Many experts say that ageism is the last and perhaps the issue taken most lightly in the job market ranking far behind racism, sexism, et.al.
As they used to say in the old promotional ads on television, “But wait! There’s more!”
When we came across the nearby article, Tips for Returning to Work After Cancer, our first thought was that this issue could apply equally to those who are seeking employment as well as it could relate to those who are returning an existing job. In many respects, the challenges are the same, except…
For those returning to their old jobs, most employers will make some sort of provisions to have them back. We’re not lawyers, but it seems that letting someone go because they contracted cancer would quite probably result in some kind of legal action.
For those who are looking for work, however, the situation can be very different. Prospective employers have no obligation to make allowances for cancer or any other medical condition.
In some cases, medical conditions can justifiably disqualify someone for a position. If a construction worker was required to routinely carry 50-pound sacks of concrete (or other such similar loads) and a particular candidate already has had six back surgeries – none of which have rectified the problem – it’s understandable and probably justified for the prospective employer to reject that candidate.
But what about cancer or other such malady? For example, cancer survivors/patients can routinely perform normal office-type functions without concern. There would be no physical reason to reject such a candidate.
Legally however, we’re not aware of any such protection(s). [Note: if any attorneys read this and have more insight to the situation, we would love to hear from you. (firstname.lastname@example.org)]
In the world of the job search, where prospective employers are searching for any reason whatsoever to disqualify a candidate, medical conditions – which also could include being on prescription medications (such as painkillers) – would seem like the low-hanging rejection fruit.
A possible way around this situation might be to focus on job opportunities where a significant portion of the job (or possibly the entire job) could be performed at home. When individuals work from home, whatever medical challenges they may face, those challenges are, for most part, staying at home as well.