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What We Know About Work Now That We Are Older

by Ann Brenoff at huffingtonpost.com

Job Recruiter: Friend or Frenemy?
Cautionary advice for job hunters from a longtime recruiter

By Phyllis L. Cohen at nextavenue.org
 

Musings of an Ancient Job Seeker: Leadership and Training Needs

by Vincent Miholic at td.org
 

How Many Resources Do You Have?

More help for the 50+ job seeker:

You’re a seasoned worker, ready to throw yourself into a full-blown job search. Whether you’ve held one job or 20 over the course of your career, it’s important to build alliances that can compensate for ageism — the elephant in the room that often disqualifies 50+ job seekers from new opportunities. Partnering with a job recruiter can be a real differentiator when competing with younger candidates. But it helps to understand who recruiters are and what they can and cannot do to enhance your job search.

    Truth is, a job recruiter can be your friend or your frenemy.

A few years ago, Huff/Post 50 opened a conversation on what lessons we had learned about work, now that we were older. We revisited that same discussion this week, and guess what? Little has changed. Here is some of what our Facebook friends had to say:

    Dango Forth summed it up with “Work pays for your life. Don’t make it your life.” After all, “work won’t miss you when you’re gone.” Teresa Welch Christnacht echoed that with, “Work hard, have a good work ethic, stand up for yourself, put your heart into it but remember its not your whole life!”

    And we couldn’t agree more with Cheryl De Primio who said, “Get your education, so you can do something that is meaningful and interesting to you. You’ll dread getting up and going to work every day a lot less.”
 

In my younger days, on a marketability Likert scale (10 being “Makes the Cut” to “We’re Looking in a Different Direction”), I was a solid 8. But the “different direction” response, which I have heard more than once, really rankles my constitution. Now that I have hobbled into my 60s (and apparently descending to a solid 1 on the Likert scale), I endeavored to find incontrovertible evidence to test a hypothesis: age discrimination is alive and well, regardless of EEOC guidelines and much hype from employers. This hypothesis arose from a calculation of an informal personal value ratio: marketability = number of applications per year (countless): invitations to interview (count on one hand): offers (zero).

Like it or not, let’s face facts: this is the information age. And the more information you have at your finger tips (or can easily acquire) the more likely it will be that you will be successful in your job search. So, where do you turn?

    A very valuable source, as it has been for decades, is your local library. Get to know your local librarians, they can make your job ever so much easier. 

    Librarians know where the gold is buried. There are numerous databases which can hold valuable information in their ranks, and a good librarian will know which databases have the information for which you seek. And they will know where you can access that data. Many such databases are available completely online and you access them whenever you wish. A good librarian also will know which databases are available only at the library building.

    Another thing that a good librarian can do is to point you toward other sources of information that are not available at that specific library, but may be available through a nearby university or library system.

    When speaking of job search information, LinkedIn invariably rises to the top of the list. Like it or not, if you’re looking for a job, you have to (not need to be) on LinkedIn. If you’re not familiar with the service, there are innumerable articles and video tutorials available detailing how to maximize LinkedIn in your job search.

    You also may want to make a return trip to the library. Many libraries offer courses (free, or for a nominal cost) in how to utilize this 21st Century job seeking requirement.

    A final word to the wise about LinkedIn. Since being purchased last year by Microsoft, LinkedIn has been undergoing a good many changes – and more are in the pipeline. As such, carefully note the date that articles were published, or that the tutorials were posted.

    Lastly, just as you would make a list of friends, colleagues, vendors, etc. with whom to meet for informational interviews, you should be making a list of companies where you would like to work. 

    You’ll find that this exercise is much more beneficial if you employ the rifle method as opposed to the shotgun. The shotgun method blasts your information out anywhere and everywhere while the rifle approach is much more targeted, focusing only on a relatively small number of potential employers.

My Social Media for Seniors
by Michael Miller

My Social Media for Seniors helps you learn what social media is all about, and how to use it to connect with friends, families, and more. The full-color book provides a general overview of what social media is and what it does, then offers step-by-step instruction on how to use the most popular social media-- Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Twitter. It also covers other social media, including online message boards and group video chat services such as Skype and Google Hangouts.

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