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LinkedIn Expands Job Seeker Toolkit Ahead of the New Year

by Pedro Hernandez at eweek.com
 

Older Americans Hitting the Road — for Work

by Len Boselovic, Pittsburgh Post Gazette
 

New Year, New Gig: How to Master the Modern Job Search

from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Here’s Your Change

More help for the 50+ job seeker:

Maybe the lack of a pension or insufficient retirement savings is keeping you a part of the daily grind longer than you wanted to work. Or perhaps you’re healthy and financially secure, but don’t want to charge into the Golden Years just yet.

    Whatever the case, if you’re among the growing number of Americans working beyond what used to be considered the normal retirement age, a new report from the Urban Institute might shed some light on what kind of job you might land as a late-life career.
 

LinkedIn, Microsoft's business-focused social network, has new features that can help members land a new job or help them build up the skills required for a life-changing career change. And just in time…

    For job seekers, LinkedIn is making it easier to get noticed by recruiters who are looking to fill positions that require emerging and in-demand skills.
 

It is paradoxical that as job coaches, video interviewing, resume-sifting software and sites like LinkedIn and Indeed have added new maneuvers for HR and job seekers alike, finding the right person is as hard as ever. The tools for matchmaking, it seems, haven’t so much sharpened as they have merely proliferated…

    It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Technology was hailed as the answer to the pitfalls of subjectivity, as well as a way of handling the crush of incoming resumes. But firms have become overly reliant on technology for meeting all of their needs.
 

Of course the classic conundrum is Charles Dickens’ “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” That could be said about today’s 50+ job seeker. Employers are hiring, but they way that they’re going about it…

    Despite the differences, today’s job search isn’t all that much different. No doubt you’re probably tired of hearing about how the entire job seeking process has changed. The way you looked for a job 20, 30, or even 40 years ago just doesn’t apply anymore. There is a lot of truth to that. Then again…

    One job coach we know says that, when you get right down to it, job seeking hasn’t changed. For one thing, people still hire people. They don’t hire resumes, et.al. At the end of the day, they’re hiring you.

    Several sources – from LinkedIn to Fox Business News – say that 65–80 percent of all job connections ultimately can be traced back to a conversation with someone you know – typically through some contact made through networking. So, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Sound familiar?

    Another thing that has not changed is the need to maintain a constant, steady flow of activity. While some will debate as to whether or not looking for a job – is a job, all will agree that it’s important to remain active in your search. Do a little something everyday. Even if it’s just making a few phone calls or sending some follow-up emails, it’s critical to keep the process moving.

    Of course, all the observers who expound on the changes in the job search process are not wrong either. Much has changed. And the 50+ job seeker is not usually all that comfortable with these changes. Why? Are they too techy? Too impersonal? Or, just too different from what we’ve become accustomed to?

    Most likely, it’s the last. Our job coach friend notes that today’s mature candidates feel uncomfortable simply because the process is different. He notes, however, that the more often we roll up our sleeves and actually participate in this new process, the more likely it is that we will soon feel notably more at ease with it. Doing it makes one feel more confident and comfortable.

    The more things change, the more they stay the same

Why Should We Hire You? - Best Answers

by Allison Doyle at thebalance.com
 

When a hiring manager asks you, “Why should we hire you?” she is really asking, “What makes you the best fit for this position?” Your answer to this question should be a concise “sales pitch” that explains what you have to offer the employer.

    Remember that employers hire workers to solve a problem, whether it’s boosting sales or streamlining processes or building a brand. Your goal when making your pitch is to show that you’re the best person to solve that problem.

    The better you do that, the better your chances of landing the job.

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