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When Layoffs Can Lead to Age Discrimination:
What You Should Know

by Jennifer S. Kiesewetter, Esq., at

Pretty Soon, Old People Will Have All the Jobs
The U.S. workforce isn't expected to age particularly well over the next decade

by Andrew Soergel at

LinkedIn Data Reveals
the Most Promising Jobs and In-Demand Skills of 2018

by Rachel Bowley 

We’re All Doing It

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Though much ado has been made over the millennial generation sweeping into the labor market and supplanting both those in Generation X and baby boomers as the largest active age demographic in the domestic workforce, the average U.S. employee is still getting older, and what that means for the future of American employment is complicated…

    But while it would be easy to assume that millennials' meteoric rise would naturally drag down the median age of American workers, that's not exactly how the last several years have played out. It's also not a trend that's likely to crop up in the foreseeable future.

Layoffs are sticky situations across the board. It's a stressful time for everyone involved. Many employees believe that organizations will terminate higher paid employees to help curb costs. That may be so, but, what if those higher paid employees are also employees over the age of 40? Is the business unwittingly setting itself up for a possible discrimination claim?…

    Generally, to prove age discrimination, an employee has the burden to prove that they would not have been laid off but for their age. That's a high burden unless the employee has direct or circumstantial evidence of discrimination.

As we enter 2018 it’s become clear that the jobs landscape in the United States is changing. How people are thinking about their careers and how they define success is changing. The rise of technology across every industry has created a flurry of new jobs and associated skills (and these aren’t necessarily all tech roles). While we all may take a different approach to reach our own definition of success, we’ve compiled a list of the most promising jobs and in-demand skills, plus a few stand-out trends, to help you get there.

How would you like a job in sales? No? Interesting. If you’re a job seeker, you already have one.

    You may have heard this before, but looking for a job is very similar to having a job – a sales job. The main exception is that, instead of a product, you’re selling yourself.

    It would stand to reason then that to be a successful sales person – er, job seeker – you might want to take a page or two from the sales handbook.

    What’s the first thing that a good salesperson does? Qualify the customer. In the world of sales, several questions come to the forefront: Does the prospective customer have a need for my product. [Are they looking to hire someone in my area?] Do they have a budget/the money to purchase my product? [Do they have the money to hire me and/or pay me the kind of salary I require?] Is this the right time for them to purchase my product? [Will they be hiring or filling that position any time soon?]

    There is a lot more that goes into qualifying a customer, but this should give you the idea as to how similar it is to qualifying a potential employer. Just because you want to work at a particular company, this doesn’t mean that they have any openings suitable for someone like you.

    As you survey the landscape in search of companies where you think that you might be a good fit, you want to narrow down that search so that you can concentrate only on those companies that would match your profile. If there is something about a company that doesn’t mesh with your job search, either cast that company off, or relegate it to a secondary status, or one that I can get to later, when I have the time. You don’t want to waste your time, investigating companies where you know you don’t want to work – for whatever reason.

    Similarly, once you get to the interview level, that hiring manager is doing the same thing – trying to qualify you. Actually, what they’re trying to do is to disqualify you. They’re looking for reasons not to hire you.  

    Of course, the last thing you want to do is to give them a reason not to hire you. If you do, they most probably will exercise it.

Age-bias Leaves Older Workers Out of the Recovery

by Karina Huber at

The U.S. labor market isn’t meeting expectations but it has made dramatic improvement since the global financial crisis. Still, the economic recovery has a secret – older workers and those with resume gaps are being left out.

    Media reports have emerged recently about age bias declining somewhat thanks to the tight job market where the demand for workers is overtaking supply. Companies like Ford and Barclay’s have recruitment programs specifically targeting older workers who have been out of the labor force.

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