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6 Hot Jobs That Cater to Older Adults
In these occupations, you can help others and help yourself, too
By Barbranda Lumpkins Walls at nextavenue.org
You’ve undoubtedly heard that Americans are living longer. But have you thought about how you might adjust your career to personally take advantage of the longevity trend?
The needs of aging boomers and their parents are opening up a variety of job opportunities. And you can plug into these careers without spending tons of money or years in a classroom preparing for them.
40 Words That Will Instantly Reveal Your True Age
by Alesandra Dubin at bestlifeonline.com
Let's recap a bit: The year is 2020. The threat of Y2K came and went 20 years ago. Jennifer Lopez and Paul Rudd are eligible to join AARP. Long gone are technologies that were once cutting-edge, but now seem almost prehistoric—fax machines, cassette tapes, and dial-up internet, to name just a few. And just like technology, your vocabulary has evolved over the decades. Or at least it should have. If you're still using the slang of the '90s, '80s, or any decade prior, you should know what message you're sending to the people you communicate with. And that message, to put it bluntly, is this: Hey everyone, I'm old. With that said, consider wiping these 40 words that age you from your lexicon ASAP.
Colorado Nonprofit Offers Businesses Opportunity
to Earn "Age-Friendly" Seal of Approval
by Judith Kohler at denverpost.com
Colorado businesses committed to rooting out ageism in the workplace will be able to earn an “age-friendly” seal of approval under a new program managed by a nonprofit that is working to change perceptions about older adults.
The program by Changing the Narrative, an age-friendly workplace initiative, is part of a national effort by a Boston-based foundation that started the certification as a way to identify good places for people 50 and above to work.
Feel Like You’re In The Wrong Career?
Use These 4 Steps To Find One You Love!
by J.T. O'Donnell at linkedin.com
"What is wrong with our society and its approach to work?"
This haunting question is the reason why I became a career coach. I wanted to help professionals and job seekers understand how to find career success and satisfaction on their own terms.
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.
Lucky you. It’s Friday the 13th.
The question of the day is what part does “luck” play in your job search (regardless of your age.) The answer, of course, is that sometimes it is a factor.
Being in the right place at the right time is something that many will ascribe to “luck.” Walking in the door of a company when someone else is walking out (metaphorically speaking.) That could be considered luck.
Obviously, we are not necessarily speaking literally here. There aren’t many 21st Century job seekers who physically walk from employer to employer in search of their next positions. Today, “walking in the door” may take the form of making the right phone call; submitting an online resume at the right time; reaching out to someone you know; meeting someone at a networking event. The list goes on.
If you re-read the previous paragraph, you may notice a common thread among our “lucky” applicants. In each scenario, the job seeker is doing something proactive. They’re not sitting back on their laurels waiting for someone to come along and offer them a job.
It harkens back to our old high school football coach who used to say, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Those job seekers may have stumbled on their opportunities, but it’s only because they were prepared.
They did their homework. They found the right people to call and then reached out. They’re out there. They’re doing it.
Sure, there are those one in a million cases where someone just happens to be in the right place at the right time. But do you want to trust your job search to “one in a million”?
When you take the time to do the preparation and proactively put yourself out in the marketplace, good things tend to happen. We have a counselor friend who says that finding a job is an accident, and our job is to create quality accidents.
So, how about you? Do you feel lucky?