Today is: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 | Our next publication day: Friday, January 31, 2020
What It Really Means
When A Company Says You’re Overqualified
by Kourtney Whitehead at forbes.com
It’s a frustrating experience to be told you’re overqualified for a job. You worked hard to build your résumé and thought it would lead you to an easier job search, yet you find yourself being rejected when you clearly meet all the requirements. In fact, it turns out that you have too many skills according to the recruiter or hiring manager.
While it’s disappointing in the moment, learning that you are overqualified can motivate you to target jobs that offer the responsibility level and salary you deserve. Whenever possible, seek out positions that require your full capabilities or stretch you to develop new ones.
However, there may be times when you want or need to secure a job for which you appear to be overqualified, or a company claims you’re overqualified when you truly believe you are not.
Baby Boomers Won’t Take Age Discrimination
by John Dunphy at thetelegraph.com
I’m old. There’s no getting around it. My age is the same number as that famous highway that a long-ago popular song urged Americans to get their kicks on.
I’m on Medicare, get senior discounts at restaurants and work out three times a week at Senior Services Plus. I also take a yoga class. If I must be an old guy, then I’m determined to be a muscular, agile old guy…
This Baby Boomer also enjoys listening to those young persons who share their life stories. I might be old, but I’m not too old to learn.
5 Of The Most In-Demand
Soft Skills Companies Are Looking For This Year
by Naz Beheshti at forbes.com
LinkedIn recently analyzed hiring trends across its platform to determine both the hard and soft skills companies need most in 2020…
Soft skills include interpersonal and communication skills, as well as the ability to be creative and to view problems from multiple angles. Self-awareness is also essential here. MORE
The Importance of Literacy in Finding Employment
Everyone, whether they are employed or unemployed,
needs solid literacy skills to be successful
by Shannon Thom at wltribune.com
Are you struggling to find meaningful employment? Do you need to upgrade your literacy skills?
My name is Shannon Thom… I work closely with unemployed or unstably employed clients to help them find work that meets their needs.
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
Pass it Along
If you attend networking events and go to jobs clubs, you’ve been meeting other job seekers just like you. Mention the Nifty50s to them and encourage them to visit as well. You’ll be helping them and you’ll make an appreciative friend for yourself.
And this is your new office
Be it ever so humble… there is a lot of information out there about the “home office” and with upwards of one-third of the workforce laboring as contractors as opposed to direct employees, working from home is nowhere near as unusual as it was when we were growing up.
Now, “going to work” doesn’t mean having to fight rush hour traffic, it’s just as likely to involve going to a spare bedroom or maybe a basement. In fact, many newly-built homes have space within their designs for a home office.
So what does this all mean to the job seeker? Plenty.
There is a lot to learn from all the advice about the home office. After all, isn’t looking for a job also a job in itself? Many say so and many treat it as such.
For the job seeker, it means having a dedicated space within your home that is devoted to your work – which is looking for a job. Ideally it’s a separate room, but it just as easily could be a spare bedroom, a designated area in a family room or dining room, or even a basement.
Wherever it is, that becomes your space, your office. And everyone within your household should recognize it as such and respect it as such.
First of all, you’ll need a desk or a table – some piece of furniture on which you can place your computer that also has access to your home’s internet signal. Wherever it is, that area should be well lighted and have a comfortable chair.
Ideally, it should be somewhere that will be free from outside distractions. And it should your dedicated space – not intermingled with other household activities.
In the end, it’s your job search, your work area. And with any luck, it won’t have to be that way for very long.