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Gendered Ageism: Trend Brief
What is Gendered Ageism?
Ageism is defined as the “stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination against people on the basis of their age,” while gendered ageism refers to differences in ageism faced by women and men. The term “gendered ageism” covers the intersectionality of age and gender bias: two disadvantaged groups. MORE
Not All Job Training Programs Work Out
by Michael Cousineau, New Hampshire Union Leader
After living without health insurance and facing eviction, Jacqueline Gagnon earned a second chance.
The Nashua woman graduated from a microelectronics boot camp in June — funded by $5,500 in federal money — and was hired to start a job mid-September at SemiGen, a defense contractor that manufactures microwave modules and components.
Gagnon was part of a mature-worker training program.
What is Ageism in the Workplace & How to Fight It
by Gerald Sauer at glassdoor.com
We like to tell ourselves that age is simply a number, especially those of us showing a few gray hairs and moving a little slower. However, if you’ve been looking for a job or trying to move up the corporate ladder, your age could be an obstacle.
Think about the last time you lost a workplace opportunity. Did the hiring manager think you were too old? Were you passed over for a promotion in favor of someone clearly less grizzled? If your age was used against you, you might have an age discrimination claim. MORE
Debunking Myths About Introverts
When you think of an introvert, what comes to mind? Odds are, it’s an array of stereotypes: someone who is shy, quiet or solitary, and who cringes at the thought of public speaking or taking the lead. But what if everything you think you know about introverts is wrong?
According to Susan Cain, author of the New York Times bestseller “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” these negative myths come from a widespread cultural bias toward extroverts. She even founded an online movement called Quiet Revolution to help dispel bias, raise awareness and celebrate introversion.
We spoke to Cain to learn more about introverts’ true powers and potential, and how employers can best support people with this personality style. MORE
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The Daily Grind
Not having a job doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a schedule
Think about all work-a-day years you spent on the job dreaming, “If I only didn’t have to get up today…” Well, your dreams have come true. But without a job, it’s not all you imagined it to be, is it?
But even during your job search, each day is a new challenge. While on the job, many employees kept to a regular schedule – one designed to maximize their efforts and their time.
There is no reason why your job search days shouldn’t be the same.
A key component of your new daily grind is planning your activities to best suite the time of day. Of course, given your situation, we can appreciate that many of your days are different with meetings with colleagues and informational interviews as well as actualy job interviews. You are pretty much at their mercy insofar as scheduling goes.
But for those days when you have no firm appointments, what should your schedule look like?
Mornings are typically best for reaching out to contacts – through email, LinkedIn, submitting online applications, making phone calls, etc. That will allow your contacts the rest of the day to respond to your contact.
With that out of the way, that leaves the afternoons (while you’re waiting for your call backs) for you to do some of the more labor intensive tasks such as researching companies and new contacts. Spend time on LinkedIn to find people who work at your target companies or to re-connect with someone with whom you have spoken in years.
This also is a good time to do additional research through websites, blogs, podcasts, videos, databases, et.al. These kinds of activities can get very time consuming. So much so that this also is a good time to take a break. Read a book. Watch a movie. Go to a movie. Go grocery shopping. Begin to prepare dinner. Whatever moves you.
Just because you don’t have a job doesn’t mean that you don’t, can’t or shouldn’t have a daily routine. Sticking to whatever plan you adopt, will make you more efficient and effective.