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"How's Your Job Search Going?"
How to Answer (that question) for the Millionth Time
by Katie Douthwaite Wolf at themuse.com
“How’s the job search going?”
When you’re unemployed, you’ll hear it again and again. It’ll become the standard opening line of nearly everyone you talk to, from your parents to your friends to that random LinkedIn contact who is apparently keeping tabs on you.
After hearing it one time or 300, it’ll take every ounce of your being to resist strangling anyone who utters those words. MORE
6 Signs You’re Being Discriminated Against at Work (and What to Do About It)
by Matt Miczulski at recruiter.com
While data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) shows workplace discrimination is on the decline, it unfortunately does still happen.
If you feel like you have been discriminated against at work or you just want to know the warning signs so you don’t fall victim, there are a number of key things to look for.
Everyone deserves to be treated fairly. If you see any of these red flags at work, it may be time to take action.
How to Create Your Career Story
So That It Makes Sense
Gary (O’Neal) is a recruiting and hiring consultant. He has trained and led high-performance recruiting teams that have made well over 10,000 hires. He has seen the inside story of how recruiting and hiring happens inside over 300 companies from Fortune 100 companies to boutique start-ups. PODCAST
How To Keep Your Job Search Going
When Hiring Slows Down
by Caroline Ceniza-Levine at forbes.com
Hiring is slowing down: Business Insider, NPR and USA Today all ran stories covering a variation on how businesses are increasingly reluctant to hire. Between global market volatility and uncertainty around coronavirus, there are plenty of reasons why companies choose to wait on hiring more staff.
If you’re looking for a job, this could mean a longer search.
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
Pass it Along
If you attend networking events and go to jobs clubs, you’ve been meeting other job seekers just like you. Mention the Nifty50s to them and encourage them to visit as well. You’ll be helping them and you’ll make an appreciative friend for yourself.
What’s the Catch?
Your words and phrases can signal your age
Through the course of your job search, while it’s pretty much impossible to hide your age, you also don’t need to broadcast it, or make it obvious.
Unfortunately there are a lot of ways to show your age. For example, listing jobs from the 1970s, continuing to use an “aol” email address, putting your area code in parentheses, et.al. These are all surefire ways to announce that you’re something less than young. And that’s just your resume.
Once you get to the interview stage, things can get a little dicey. For one thing, unless you’ve been bathing in the fountain of youth, you’re probably going to look your age. Here a happy medium is the best choice. You don’t want to dress like a twenty-something, but you don’t want something from the disco corner of your closet.
While you’re outward appearance can’t be altered (too much), your language can not only sound old and outdated, it may demonstrate to your interviewer that you also think old or that your mind is working a couple of decades back.
Some catch phrases to avoid: “Back in the day,” or “back in my day,” are indications that you’re thinking back then as well. “In another life,” or “in a previous life,” may leave an interviewer wondering how long ago that was. Also, don’t confess to prospective employers that you “left a message on their answering machines.” Hint: no one has those anymore. Other telephone cliches are: inquiring about a “dial tone” or asking if you have dial 9 to get an outside line.
If you haven’t noticed, telephone technology has advanced.
Other phrases that may sound quaint but are dead give-aways for your age: “More troubles that Carter has pills,” “Till the cows come home,” or “It’s all Greek to me.”
How you present yourself may suggest that “you don’t have much runway left,” but how you express yourself is more of a window to your mind and your mindset. Don’t give them an excuse to not hire you with a slip of the tongue.