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Helping Vintage Workers Succeed
by Julie Pfitzinger at nextavenue.org
A top leader in the insurance industry, Sharon Emek (SE) is the president and CEO of WAHVE (Work at Home Vintage Experts). In 2010, she founded this company devoted to pairing home-based, older professionals (she calls them “pre-tirees”) in the accounting, insurance and human resources fields, with clients across the country.
What was the inspiration behind WAHVE? SE: There were a number of factors that came together. I was very well known in the insurance industry, with a long career. Several years ago, conversations were starting to take place about how the industry workforce was aging, yet there was so much intellectual capital in that workforce. MORE
Over 40 and Want a High-Paying Job?
Learn to Do This
by Chris Kissell at msn.com
Growing numbers of older Americans are learning a skill that should give them a leg up in the job search process.
Money reports that Americans old and young are learning to code by attending college “boot camp” courses popping up across the country.
These courses teach you to code — that is, to write computer programs — in just a few months. MORE
Tips for Counteracting Age Bias in the Workplace
by Candace Moody, Jacksonville Business Journal
I’m a Baby Boomer, so I’ve hear “60 is the new 40” plenty of times. In fact, dozens of online magazines and blogs dedicated to spreading the word about how to be fabulous over 50 have sprung up over the past couple of years. But I’m still hearing from job seeker who are worried their age disqualifies them from their next career move.
There are a couple of fields of work where your sell by date is definitely an issue.
How To Prove You’re Qualified For A Job
by Kourtney Whitehead at forbes.com
At some point in your career, you’ll apply for a job that you think you’re a good or even perfect fit for, only to be ignored or rejected because the person hiring for the job misinterprets your qualifications.
The best recruiters and hiring managers… know what sort of success is a result of innate or harder to develop skills, such as empathy, intuition or creativity, and can determine what areas of expertise are nonnegotiable for their job. MORE
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Tips & Tricks
Some little known tips that job seekers may not know
Most job seekers know the big picture when it comes to job seeking. From resumes and cover letters, to interviews and networking, most job seekers have a pretty good feel for the lay of the land.
There are, however, little odds and ends that you may not know – that we are going to share with you now.
Working with a recruiter is a great way to land a job. But were you aware that recruiters only post certain jobs publicly? They have a lot of openings that are private or confidential that you will have work with that recruiter to learn about.
There are a lot ways to find a job today. Recruiters, online, jobs groups, networking, etc. Despite the many ways to skin the job-search cat, no current job search activity is not perfect. There is nothing that is 100 percent reliable. There are just too many factors involved.
One can never know too much about oneself when job hunting. For example, are you a functional or an industry candidate? Is your job driven by what you do (i.e. sales, accounting, etc.) or by where you do it (i.e. construction manager, retail, etc.) Being clear on this point can save you – and your contacts – a lot of time and trouble.
Not only do you have to know yourself, you need to be able to describe yourself. And this goes beyond what you do: “I’m an accountant.” “I’m in sales.” etc. Do you have specific words about yourself? Leader. Go-getter. Assertive. Quick to learn and adapt. Such words and phrases will tell prospective employers much more about you.
Many employers today are asking candidates to take some form of assessment test. Most of these are trying to find out what kind of person you are, or what kind of employee you’ll be. Some tests, however, may be testing for a specific trait(s), and you may not know, or may not be able to tell what that trait(s) is. The tip? Just go with the flow and answer as honestly as possible.
The final phrase in the previous sentence may be the most important tip of all: just be yourself and answer all questions as honestly as you can. As Abraham Lincoln said, “No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.”