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Act Your Age! Use Your Years of Experience
to Fight Ageism in the Workplace
Here are some smart tips to treat age as an asset, not a hindrance
by Sunshine Farzan at fastcompany.com
Businesses are increasingly realizing the cultural and economic benefits of employing a diverse and inclusive workforce–and are making strides in replacing discriminatory and outdated human resources practices. But ageism is one form of bias that is still very much present in the modern-day workplace and it is disadvantaging companies and employees alike.
Familiarize yourself with arguments to diffuse ageism
3 Compelling Reasons
Why You Should Hire More Baby Boomers
Hiring in this demographic may be the best strategy to build a thriving work culture
by Marcel Schwantes at inc.com
Statistics show that more than ever, Baby Boomers are working longer than previous generations.
As the workforce continues to age, experts predict that Baby Boomers will be the fastest-growing demographic in the labor pool, which means that there are already Baby Boomer job-seekers out there in droves.
Basic job-search strategies haven’t changed for the older job seeker
Fear Over The Job Market Prompted Thousands
Of People To Upload Their Résumés Online
by Jack Kelly at forbes.com
By now, we’ve all read alarming reports about the millions of people who will lose their jobs in response to the coronavirus-related closures of businesses. There are estimates suggesting that three million people will be unemployed by the summertime. It's hard for us to comprehend the magnitude of the jobs lost.
I performed a careful analysis on the number of résumés posted within the last month on Indeed.com, the large job aggregation site. I primarily focused on the industries that are expected to have the largest amounts of layoffs, including airlines, restaurants, hotels and retail. The results were alarming.
This is no time to take a vacation from your job search
Employers, Job Seekers, Students,
and Career Strategists—Stay the Course
As a career strategist at a MassHire career center, I’m asking employers to keep the hiring wheels in motion. Employers, you might have to close your doors, due to the Coronavirus, but this doesn’t mean you can’t stay the course.
Job seekers, I’m talking to you, too. This is not the time to give up. Especially not now. There will be some who will give up; don’t be one of them. Develop a competitive mindset and don’t let other job seekers beat you to the jobs that are available. There are jobs available.
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.
There is no end to the foolish circumstances surrounding job searches
We know it’s April Fools Day but there are many job search stories that you would have to be a fool to believe – except that they’re true. No foolin’. Consider:
There are many versions of the story about two strangers seated next to one another on an airplane who strike up a conversation. As the story goes, one is a job seeker and the other is someone who is looking to fill a position. You don’t need to be a whiz kid to figure how that story ends.
But what about the candidate who walked into the interviewer’s office and noticed some item of interest. It could be a photograph of the interviewer at a golf outing – indicating an interest in golf. It could a photograph of the interviewer with a dog – an unusual breed which prompts a conversation. It could be a diploma from a school with which the candidate has a connection – either as an alum or a parent of a student.
Any of those kinds of items can ignite a conversation which can break the ice with the interviewer and immediately establish a rapport which can overshadow the particulars of the job or the company. No foolin’.
There is even a story about a candidate who noticed something that told him that his interviewer was a hunter. They spent the next two hours talking about hunting… and the candidate got the job while only briefly mentioning the job.
Of course our favorite story concerns a woman who waiting to meet a friend for an informational interview at a coffee shop. While waiting, she eavesdropped on the conversation the two men at the next table were having. They were discussing how they needed someone to fill a particular role in their company. She politely interrupted and said, “I can do that.” And, guess what. Yep. She got the job. No foolin’.
It just goes to show that your next job could be waiting around the next corner, or on the other end of your next phone call. No foolin’.