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Attitudes About Age Cut Both Ways

by  Matthew V. Veazey at rigzone.com
 

Mature Workers Looking for Ways
to Stay Relevant on the Job Market

by Lu Ann Stoia at wsyx6.com
 

Look Out For These Warning Signs Before You Take That New Job

by Jillian Kramer at fastcompany.com
 

Off and Running

More help for the 50+ job seeker:

America's work force is getting older, fast. According to AARP, by 2022 about 35 percent of the labor force will be over fifty years old. Generational communication is impacting those mature workers as they set out to find jobs…

    While many think of older adults as retirees, millions need to work to stay financially secure and independent.
 

Age discrimination is an issue to which many oil and gas job-seekers can relate… because oil and gas is widely considered one of the “grayer” industries, it’s reasonable to assume that many respondents possess, say, 20 or more years of industry experience. Age discrimination is understandably a concern for the Generation Xers and Baby Boomers who would fall into this group.

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Think about it: Have you ever landed a coveted job only to feel miserable mere weeks later, lamenting at your cubicle that if only you had listened to your gut–to have seen your boss’s disheveled desk for the warning sign it was–you could have saved yourself a lot of trouble?

    In other words, you ignored a red flag. 

Now that 2018 is off and running, and perhaps you’re feeling invigorated about your job search, this could be an excellent time to review your job seeking materials. 

    After your resume, your LinkedIn profile may be your most important weapon in your arsenal. So today, we take a minute to review some important considerations that will help make your presence on LinkedIn all that it can be.

    When you create your account, LinkedIn automatically generates a distinct URL for your profile. First, you can edit this URL to make it distinctly your own – which can be accomplished on the same page where you edit your profile. To help contacts find you, include this edited URL on your business card along with your other contact information.

    Speaking of contact information, be certain to ditch that old aol or yahoo email address. Nothing says “I’m old and unwilling to change” more than an aol email address. Gmail addresses are today’s preferred. They’re simple and free to establish.

    Speaking of old, in your profile settings, make sure that your date of birth and marital status are set to “not visible.” And, do you really need to show your home address?

    Speaking of your address, your “hometown” is your metro area, not the suburb or small town where you actually live.

    Speaking of your metro area, generally it serves no purpose to show a skyline photo of your local downtown or an image of your neighborhood as your background photo. Maybe an image that says more about you as a person or as a potential employee would be more appropriate.

    Lucky for you, there are a plethora of free images available online to use. Googling “royalty free images” will produce any number of sites from which you can download free images.

    You can use these images as is, or you can make them truly unique with some applications that are free to use. Canva and Adobe Spark are two of the most popular, but there are others as well. Some will even give you the ability to format your image specifically for a LinkedIn profile.

    Perhaps these tips will help you get your 2018 off on the right foot and help you land that next job more quickly and easily. Good luck!
 

How To Create A Job Search Support Group

by Nancy Collamer at forbes.com
 

Even in a hot job market like the one we’re in, looking for work can be a challenge. For people over 50, who often face age discrimination and longer than average search times, the hunt can be especially fraught — a recent Pro Publica/New York Times investigation revealed that Facebook isn’t showing some job-post ads to older job seekers due to their age.

    Sadly, there are no quick fixes to ageism or the vagaries of the job search. But one way to make the make the process of finding work easier and more efficient is by creating or joining a job search support group.
 

Advice for job seekers over 50

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