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Bouncing Back After Your Lay-Off

by Sherri Thomas, The Huffington Post
 

Has it Been Years Since Your Last Job Search?

by Virginia Franco at business2community.com
 

Boomer Job Search Success Affirmations

by Renee Lee Rosenberg at job-hunt.org

What Are You
Good At?

More help for the 50+ job seeker:

If it’s been longer than 5 years since you’ve dipped your toes in the job search waters, it’s important to understand that some key components of the job hunt have changed. There’s more to it than refreshing your resume (even if you have your resume professionally written), making sure your LinkedIn is current (although that’s certainly an important part of it), and scouring online job boards.

    In fact, spending most of your time applying online can land you in the ATS (applicant tracking system) black hole — from which many resumes never return. Not only will you walk away incredibly frustrated, it will likely prolong your job search.

    Instead, in addition to making sure your resume and Linked look current, sharp and polished, I recommend navigating today’s world of job hunting by devoting your time accordingly across 3 buckets.
 

It’s natural to sit back and think that others have it easy in their career. A free pass to a cushy career. A continuous flow of promotions, status, influence and money. But what I’ve learned as a leading Career Coach is that nobody has a free pass. Nobody. Everyone has breakdowns, meltdowns and throwdowns. But I love the quote by Zig Ziglar, “It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.”

    So how can you bounce after you’ve just been laid off? …let’s focus on the next step which is how to land your dream job, even after you’ve been laid off.

"Who will want me? I’m too old. I worked 20 years in the same company; this is all I know."

    "I have the qualifications but I’m older than the interviewer and all the other candidates. They’ll never hire me."

    "Why bother to look, I haven’t looked for a job in years and, besides, my age is a major handicap."

    Do any of these statements sound familiar? Are you repeating similar sentiments to yourself? These are actual quotes from three of my clients, aged 50, 60 and 70 years old, when they were downsized and feeling hopeless.

    Their concerns are not unusual for an older worker trying to re-enter the job market.
 

When most people are asked about their professional lives, they typically answer in terms of their titles or functional areas.  “I’m an accountant.” “I was in sales.” “I was in HR.” “I did marketing.”

    Although literally and factually true, in today’s job seeking environment, that approach can be limiting, somewhat defeatist and may block you out of many potential jobs.

    You may have heard people talk about “transferable skills.” Those are things that you can do regardless of the company, organization, or industry.

    If you’re good at working with people, you’ll still be good at working with people whether you work in manufacturing or health care. If you’re good at sales and understand the sales process, you mostly likely can sell lingerie or nuclear power plants.

    To put your best foot forward, when you get into a job interview, be prepared to discuss your experience and your value to the organization in terms of those broader skills. “Here’s what I’ve learned about sales that cuts across all industry lines…” “In my years of experience, I’ve recognized that people are people. And this applies whether you’re on the shop floor or the intensive care unit.”

    Some recruiters and hiring manager purposely pursue these kinds of interviews – especially with older applicants – to determine what kinds of transferable skills they have. This technique has become known as “behavioral interviewing.” You had better practice it and be ready for it. You’re very likely to find yourself in that position before you’re done.

    Those are your core professional values. They are some of the major things that you’re bringing to the table. And they are things that typically come with age.

    To bolster your transferable skills, you may be utilize your time out of work to gain a certification. PMP – Project Management Professional – and credentials in BPI – business process engineering – are two very popular and useful certifications. They tend to be relatively industry agnostic making those skill sets eminently transferable.

    Transferable skills are much sought after and becoming increasingly valued in today’s uncertain job market. Whether you’re looking to change industries or not, they are part of the reality that is the job seeker’s world.
 

What Your LinkedIn Profile Should Look Like in 2018

by Kristen Bahler at time.com

Hate to break it to you, but if you’re treating LinkedIn like an old-fashioned Rolodex, you’re doing it wrong.

    Nearly every industry uses LinkedIn to find and vet job candidates, and over 90% of recruiters rely on the site, according to data from the Society of Human Resource Management. So your profile can’t just be a storage unit for career contacts — it needs to be a living, breathing record of your professional life.

    We rounded up the best LinkedIn profile tips to catch an employer’s eye, and shape how they feel about your candidacy. 
 

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