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Generation Jones: 
5 Reasons Why This Little-Known Group of Workers
May Be the Answer to a Growing Gap in the Workforce

by Karie Daudt at

Words (and Phrases) That Will Show Your Age


I'm a recruiter.
Here Are the Questions I Hear Most Often from Job Candidates

by Paul McDonald from Quartz at Work

No Time to Relax

More help for the 50+ job seeker:

It's easy to date (or age) yourself by using words you’ve grown up hearing. Key indicator: If a young person’s eyebrows shoot up when you say “VCR” or “How’s tricks?” you’ll know—a bit too late—that you’re now an old fuddy-duddy. But, don’t say “fuddy-duddy” or any of the other words on this list, for that matter, unless you're looking for a sympathy laugh.

Job openings in the U.S. reached a record high in July 2017—a whopping 6.17 million, according to stats published by the Department of Labor. That’s roughly one opening for every job seeker, but business pages overflow with articles about employers struggling to fill positions, particularly in industries like manufacturing and distribution.

    And yet there’s a hidden workforce that not only has a wealth of experience and maturity, it’s a group of people whose unique characteristics bridge the gap between soon-to-retire Boomers, and up and coming millennials. In their rush to build a 21st-century, tech-savvy workforce, employers often leap right to hiring GenXers and Millennials, passing over a goldmine of knowledge and experience sitting right under their noses—Generation Jones. I’m a Generation Jones, and believe me, it’s paid off in my career.

    Wedged between Baby Boomers and GenX, the term “Generation Jones” was first coined by cultural commentator Jonathan Pontell, who found that formative experiences shared by people born between 1954 and 1965 were distinct enough from those of postwar Boomers that they should be considered a separate group.

With unemployment near 17-year lows, we’re continuing to see a very hot market for skilled job candidates. But an element that’s essential to finding and hiring great talent is failing many organizations. Simply put, employers are not hitting the mark with their descriptions of job openings. These listings describe the position, but fail to entice prospects to want to learn more. In addition to outlining required skills, job descriptions also should provide a glimpse into your company’s culture, its mission and purpose, and the role itself. Details of the job just aren’t enough today.

Although job market has tightened – we’ll find out just how tight it now is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics later today – that doesn’t mean that you can relax and become more casual or complacent in your job search. That doesn’t mean that you now don’t have to work at your job search. 

    Now is the time to remain even more vigilant. How long will it take you to tighten up your resume? It’s still a good idea to make the networking scene and to work to ensure that you can get precisely the job you want.

    When jobs were more scarce, the temptation was always to take the first offer that came your way. Often that eagerness to take anything ended badly. There were unhappy employees doing work that did not measure up to the employer’s standards. The employee and the employer both ended up on the losing end of those kinds of harsh decisions.

    Employers may be more hungry now than they’ve been over the past few years, but that doesn’t mean that they have to hire you. You still have to market yourself and sell yourself. You still must put your best foot forward if you expect to land the position you desire with a company that is best suited for you.

    The tight job market means that the job-seeking scales may now have tipped in your favor. But that doesn’t mean that you have to leap at the first thing that comes along. You can be more selective, but that takes more work and more diligence.

    You were going to research that potential employer anyway, so why not spend a little extra time to dig deeper to learn more about the company? This is your opportunity to make certain that the job and the company are the right fit for you.

    It may not seem that way, but as we begin 2018, companies are becoming much more aggressive about filling positions. The overall number of job seekers is declining which makes for perhaps the most favorable spot for the 50+ job seeker in the past several years.

Cracking the Over-50 Job Market

by  J. Robert Connor

A practical job hunting handbook for older workers offers advice on how to write a resume and cover letter, how to hone interview skills, and other techniques.
Employment Picture Ends Year on Sour Note for Older Workers

While the nation’s overall unemployment picture held steady at 4.1 percent – even adding 148,000 jobs – unemployment among the age 50+ population edged up in December according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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