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Age Is a Question of Mind Over I Don’t Matter

by Howard Englander at chicagonow.com
 

Over 50: Putting Your Best Foot Forward

by Renee Lee Rosenberg at job-hunt.org
 

5 Hottest Work-from-Home Jobs —
That Don’t Require Previous Experience
How to get paid decently to sit on your couch

by Catey Hill at moneyish.com

Are You Exceptional?

More help for the 50+ job seeker:

Are you afraid that your age will prevent you from obtaining a job? Do you worry that others may see you as the "old person"? Does age discrimination exist?

    You bet it does, but so do many other forms of discrimination found in the workplace environment: gender, education, ethnic origins, weight, and more.

    But should it stop you from doing your best in your job search? Of course not!

    Do you deserve to get the best job possible to meet your skills and experience? Of course you do!

    Here are three proactive suggestions to help foil those annoying age discrimination thoughts that may stand in the way of your success.
 

I really respond to this Bob Hope quote, “I’ll tell you how to stay young; hang around with older people.”

    Sorry to say, the tendency for many seniors-plus is to stop living fully, not because they are old but because they have succumbed to society’s deluded notions about old age. They picture themselves in rocking chairs planted in front of the television -- which portrays them as ridiculous, insulting caricatures – and sure enough, their portrayal becomes self-fulfilling prophesy.

    How we see it, so shall it be!

The number of workers who work from home is on the rise: 43% of workers say they worked remotely at least some of the time in 2016, up four percentage points from 2012, according to 2017 data from Gallup. And of those who say they work from home, nearly one in three (31%) do it 80-100% of the time.

    Of course, many of those who work from home have high-level or unique jobs that would be hard for someone to land — especially someone with little experience. But there are a number of in-demand jobs that let you work from home, and that require little to no experience, according to data that FlexJobs.com sent Moneyish. Here are the five most common.
 

We all like to think of ourselves as being at least a little bit special. If you’re a job seeker, not only is special good, it’s badge that you should be wearing boldly and with pride.

    Let’s start with your resume. Forget the templates and the formulas. What makes you stand out? If length of experience is your strong point, that’s what needs to be emphasized. If your educational background is exceptional, that hiring manager had better recognize it at a glance. Maybe there are measurable milestones in your history (i.e. sales increase, new product launch, cost containment.) If it’s something that you can put a number on, shout those numbers out loud.

    As more and more companies seek a diverse workforce, if you’re a multinational candidate, you may have a leg up. However, you need to make certain that everyone involved in your job search knows your eligibility or residency status.

    Hiring managers like to see growth and progression. If you’ve been with one employer for more than a decade, you need to demonstrate some progression. Whether it’s moving to another division, changes in job titles or responsibilities, in order for you to stand out, that needs to stand out.

    On the other hand, if you’ve been out of the workforce for sometime (by choice or by chance,) you need to be ready with an explanation why. More often than not, if it’s well thought out, your explanation will come across as valid and justified. What you don’t want is that moment of panic which leads to stammering and stuttering followed by an off-the-cuff excuse.

    Which leads to the question: how many jobs? There was a time when an older candidate with three or more jobs was treated as a pariah. That’s not the case anymore so you need not be overly concerned about hiding jobs.

    Want to stand out to a hiring manager or recruiter? Don’t just send your resume with a cover letter. Send it via FedEx. Those are certain to be opened and noticed.

    After you’ve gotten your foot in the door, maintaining that top-of-mind awareness with a recruiter is essential. The best part is that most recruiters welcome consistent and regular follow up.

    Whatever makes you special, is what you are and what you have to sell. After all, you are selling you.
 

How to Increase Your Visibility on LinkedIn
This specific section of your LinkedIn profile unlocks the keywords needed to make sure potential employers and prospective clients can find you on the platform

By John Nemo at inc.com
 

If you want to get any meaningful value or traction from LinkedIn, it's critical you start with a profile that's already optimized…

    As you polish up your profile on LinkedIn, it's about being clear, concise, and having the right keywords to ensure potential employers, business partners, and prospective customers can find you on the site.
 

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