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This Prevalent Form Of Discrimination
Is Making It Difficult For Job Seekers To Get A Job
by Jack Kelly at forbes.com
The New York Times ran a piece detailing the travails of a woman who had lost her job and is currently facing the challenges of looking for a new one. She’s had little-to-no traction after replying to hundreds of job postings, networking and actively searching. Her job-search journal is filled with entries detailing her painstaking search for employment. There doesn’t seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel for her.
While the monthly jobs report, issued by the government, points to a robust economy and record-setting full employment, there is a dark underside that’s not discussed and purposely avoided. There are far too many qualified and intelligent people who have fallen through the cracks and haven’t participated in the so-called “hot” job market. MORE
3 Drivers to Success in the Second Half of Life
The Replace Retirement author on achieving meaning, purpose and impact
by John D. Anderson at nextavenue.org
Your second half of life can be invigorated and energized by living out one or more of three opportunities. You can do all three at once, but will benefit most by focusing your energy on one, and enjoying the other two as additional fuel…
Why not just kick back and drift? In his book, On Fire, John O’ Leary counsels, “You can’t always choose the path you walk in life, but you can always choose the manner in which you walk it.” That’s good advice for those of us at or near retirement age. MORE
Retiring at 65 Is a Thing of the Past
by Denitsa Tsekova at yahoo.com
More Americans are working well into their 60s and 70s than in the past — often because they have to — according to one retirement expert. And he expects that trend to continue.
In 2018, 27% of workers 65 to 74 held a job, up from 17.7% in 1998, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.The labor participation rate for those 75 and over has almost doubled, increasing to 8.7% in 2018 from 4.7% in 1998. MORE
3 Things You Need To Know
About A November Job Search
by Kourtney Whitehead at forbes.com
It’s difficult to predict how long your job search will be. Economic trends are mixed, but employer hiring is still going strong. According to the recent Labor Department report, the U.S. economy added 128,000 jobs in October and unemployment is close to a 50-year low.
These figures might lead you to believe that your job search should be quick and easy. But the reality for most people is that finding a better paying or more fulfilling job requires significant effort. MORE
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You’re interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you
When considering the interview process, there is one additional concept of the job interview that needs to be brought to the forefront.
Most people look at the job interview solely as the potential employer analyzing the candidate to determine how suitable that individual would be to successfully handle the job’s requirements and how that individual would fit into the company and contribute to its success.
Truth is, that’s only half the story.
When you participate in a job interview, it’s critically important to keep in mind that you’re interviewing them as much as they’re interviewing you. Just as they’re trying to determine if you would be a good fit for the company, you are also trying to determine if the company is suitable for you. Is this the type of workplace where you would feel comfortable?
Both perspectives are equally important.
No matter how badly a company may want to hire you, you are doing yourself (and your family) a disservice if you take the position while having misgivings about the organization. As an experienced job seeker, how much extra would they have to compensate you (financially or otherwise) to make it worthwhile to accept a job with a company that’s not right for you?
Worse still, if you take a job with a company that’s not a good fit for you, how long will it be before you’re looking to move on?
If you’re unhappy in that circumstance, your performance will suffer. So much so that you might actually be asked to leave the company. Then you’ll be without a job and without an income; and now with a blot on your professional track record.
It’s without a doubt a lose-lose proposition.