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How Work Has Changed in the Last 10 Years
(and How You Can Keep Up)
The last decade has seen the workforce change in major ways

by Wendy Connick, Motley Fool

How I Finally Got Job Interviews at My Dream Companies

by DJ Chung at glassdoor.com

Headhunters, Recruiters, and Hiring Managers
— What's the Difference?

by Richard Moy at themuse.com
 

Getting Off to a
Great Start

More help for the 50+ job seeker:

7 Ways Your Body Language Can Project Confidence
Your body language can be a useful instrument to appear confident

Vivian Giang at americanexpress.com
 

I set a goal for myself to get a job at a top-tier tech company…

    I spent days perfecting my resume, but couldn’t get an interview. Naturally, I assumed that meant I had to work on it more. I agonized over every word and drove myself crazy with formatting. I finally perfected it, and every time I applied to a job posting, I was filled with hope. This is going to be the job gets me into tech, I thought.

    But I wasn’t getting interviews.

The Great Recession had a tremendous impact on the U.S. economy, not to mention the average worker. During the 10 years since the recession began, technological and societal shifts have continued to change the way people do business both as consumers and as workers. Here's what a recent Pew Research Center study found about how work has changed in the last decade -- and how those changes are likely to affect your own job and finances.

    The labor force has shrunk -- except for age 55-plus workers

    As baby boomers continue to head into retirement, the overall labor force is shrinking significantly. Pew's study found that the percentage of Americans who are actively looking for work or employed has shrunk from 66% 10 years ago to 62.7% today.

    However, the percentage of the labor force composed of workers aged 55 and up has increased over the same time period from 17.6% to 22.8%. This may well be a positive trend for senior workers, as employers may become more willing to hire older workers.
 

In my previous life as a recruiter, I found myself having to explain (and re-explain) my role to people all the time. They’d often ask, “Oh, so you work for an agency?” Or, “Oh, so you’re a headhunter?”

    Neither one of those things was true—I was an in-house recruiter for a nonprofit.

    But it got me thinking about that fact that most of the people in my life still were unsure of the difference between headhunters, recruiters, and hiring managers.

    So, I decided enough was enough.
 

This is our first NiftyTip of 2018, so we decided to make it a kind of New Year’s resolution.

    No doubt most of you have made your own resolutions. (We assume landing a new job is at, or near the top of the list. That’s understandable.) Our suggestion is a resolution that will enhance your job search and – if continued – will help you greatly in your new position.

    The resolution is simply this: make 2018 a year to become more personal. Note that we didn’t say “personable.” That’ another subject for another day.

    We’ve stated in this space on more than one occasion, that people don’t hire resumes, or cover letters, etc. People hire people. Does it, then, not stand to reason for you do what you can to be more personal with them?

    If you’re looking for a place to start, we have a suggestion.  Last June, Chief Justice John Roberts spoke at his son’s 9th grade graduation. One particular segment of that speech has received much attention – and for good reason.  (You can read the entire text of the speech here, or find a YouTube video of it.)

    We, however, want to focus your attention on a lesser noted portion of that speech. Here, the Chief Justice exhorts the graduates to undertake something that is, by today’s standards, somewhat out of character.  He said:

“Once a week, you should write a note to someone. Not an email. A note on a piece of paper. It will take you exactly 10 minutes. Talk to an adult, let them tell you what a stamp is. You can put the stamp on the envelope. Again, 10 minutes, once a week… Put it in an envelope, put a stamp on it and send it. It will mean a great deal to people… As I said, that will take you exactly 10 minutes a week. By the end of the school year, you will have sent notes to 40 people. Forty people will feel a little more special because you did, and they will think you are very special because of what you did.”

 

    A personal note – the epitome of making it personal. Sending personal, handwritten notes to those with whom you have interviewed. The same holds true for job and informational interviews. Notes to individuals who have offered themselves as references for you. The list goes on.

    Because of the dearth of notewriting today, your notes will stand out; will be remembered. You will separate yourself from the job seeking hordes. You will make a lasting impression… because you took the time to make it personal.
 

If first impressions are everything, let's hope that when you walk into a room, you immediately exude a confident, trustworthy air that positively draws people in. So how exactly can you appear this way? Initially, a lot of it comes down to your appearance—from the way you dress to how you wear your hair—but more than anything else, body language is how you communicate with someone you just met. And if you're not careful, your body language may be projecting a very different image than what you intend.

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