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Starting Salary: Negotiable or Not?


Are Older Job Seekers Unfairly Disadvantaged?


LinkedIn Users Will Soon Know What Jobs Pay Before Applying for Them
Salary Insights adds estimated or expected salary ranges to open roles

By David Cohen, Ad Week

Where to Start?

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While unemployment figures are dropping, Australians still face significant employment barriers – especially when it comes to those workers over the age of 55.

    According to the Department of Employment, as of September 2017, the average duration of unemployment for people aged 55 years and over is 70 weeks, compared with 51 weeks for 25-54 year olds.

    Employers have outlined concerns of employing older workers, ranging from worries about cognition issues to lack of skill set.

    So, how can those in this age bracket work around these figures and get themselves employed?

Many job postings close with a statement indicating salary is negotiable, but how often do job seekers speak up to secure a better package? According to a survey from global staffing firm Robert Half, 36 per cent of Canadian workers tried to negotiate a higher salary with their last job offer. In terms of age, workers ages 18-34 (45 per cent) are more likely to negotiate salary than those ages 35-54 (33 per cent) and 55 or older (17 per cent).

LinkedIn just introduced a way to help its members avoid going through the interview process for jobs with salaries that do not meet their expectations.

    LinkedIn just introduced a way to help its members avoid going through the interview process for jobs with salaries that do not meet their expectations.

    The professional network announced the rollout of Salary Insights, which will add estimated or expected salary ranges to open roles, getting the numbers either through salary ranges provided by employers or estimated ranges from data submitted by members. The feature will launch “in the coming weeks.”

If you’re new to the job search world – especially if you haven’t been a job seeker for a very long time (i.e. minimum 15 years), you’ve probably heard a lot of rumors (and/or read a lot) about how different job seeking is in 2018 compared with the last time you looked.

    We’re here to say that, “Yes. It’s all true.”

    So where do you begin your search? Some people will say you start with your resume, but some recent successful job seekers advise to go back even further than that. A former manufacturing manager stated, “The first thing to do is soul search. Discover what you’re passion is.  You need to be passionate about what you’re going to be doing (and about the jobs that you’re going to be pursuing.) That's the only way you're going to convince someone that they should hire you.”

    A woman who moved into a totally new field very different from her previous post echoed that sentiment. “Seek clarity,” she said noting that what helped her was to establish a ritual where she could contemplate what she wanted to do next.

    She then advised to look at your past jobs and determine what you liked and what you didn’t like about each. That should go a long way to helping you to focus your search.

    Most current job seekers – as well as those in the job-search business, i.e. recruiters, HR executives, etc. – are all in agreement that LinkedIn has become an integral part of any job search.

    If you’re new to LinkedIn, there are many resources from where you can accumulate much training. Libraries offer free courses in a variety of computer-related subjects. Your area branch may offer a LinkedIn course as will many local community colleges. If all else fails, YouTube is rife with tutorials. A word of caution about YouTube: make certain that the tutorials you’re watching are fairly current (i.e. within the past six month). A lot has changed about LinkedIn of late and some of what you might be watching could be out of date.

    And don’t feel intimidated if you starting out with zero (or very few) LinkedIn connections. Start with people you already know – neighbors, relatives, church members, school and community groups, professional associations, etc. Once you start you’ll find that your numbers will multiply quickly.

    These few steps will help you to focus on what you want and where to look for it.

Respecting Our Elders Should Never Grow Old

by Katarzyna Nowak and Joel Berger, Salt Lake Tribune

The 1976 cult sci-fi film “Logan’s Run” depicts a hedonistic utopia that descends into dystopia as everyone over age 30 is terminated. The film’s “runners” — people who have reached 30 but don’t wish to have their clocks “re-set” — are pursued by Sandmen, elite police.

    Two runners discover an old man hiding in the ruins of a city that was Washington, D.C. The old man is living proof that knowledge can persist for more than three decades. There’s a metaphorical lesson: If you’re “old,” you might just have knowledge, stories and memory that enhance our world.

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