Today is: Monday, November 11, 2019 | Our next publication day: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
How to Apply Your Transferable Skills
Toward An Encore Career
by Sharlyn Lauby at unretirementproject.com
I recently received a note from a friend and reader of this blog about lifelong learning. They challenged me to write about “taking the skills we’ve honed to a razor’s edge during our regular career and applying them to something completely new.” I think it’s a very valid point. As we start considering an encore career, we need to be able to identify and sell the transferable job skills we’ve acquired throughout our professional lives. So, here are ten steps to show you how to do it. MORE
Target Looking To Expand Its Team For The Holidays (And Beyond)
by Aaron Sanborn at workitdaily.com
'Tis the season for holiday jobs and one of the businesses at the center of the seasonal hiring is Target.
Since the start of the fourth quarter, Target has been working to fill more than 130,000 seasonal jobs. MORE
6 Part-Time Jobs
That Will Make You More Employable
by Bamidele Onibalusi at glassdoor.com
Whether you are fresh out of college, have been out of the workforce for a while, or plan to change careers, having a marketable skill set is key.
But how do you upskill when you can’t commit to full-time employment?… recently, however, freelancing and part-time contract work have emerged as viable career trajectories. MORE
Stand Out With These 15 LinkedIn Profile Tips
by Matthew Kosinski at recruiter.com
It may be a candidate’s market out there, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to place every job seeker in your pipeline. Even when talent is scarce, recruiters have to put in a little work to sell their clients on why a given candidate is the right fit for them.
As part of your placement strategy, you likely already take steps to help your candidates stand out, whether it’s by practicing mock interviews, helping them tidy up their resumes, or even offering feedback on their digital footprints. And when it comes to digital footprints, LinkedIn is king of the job-seeking world. MORE
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
Here are two tips to keep your job search humming
Two is (almost) always better than one. So we offer today’s tip + plus one.
At Nifty50s we sometimes liken a job search to wading through a stream. As you wade through that stream, you want to look under every rock that you encounter. After all, you never know what’s going to be hiding under that next rock.
So when it comes to your job search, don’t leave any stone unturned. This is especially true for networking events. We recently heard a recruiter remind a room full of job seekers to “never turn down a networking event.” There’s a lot to be said for that. Here are some good reasons why.
One, if there is a program, don’t concern yourself with the speaker. Even though you may learn something, you’re not going for the speaker, you’re going to network. You really don’t care who the speaker – or topic – is.
Two, you never know who might be there. This is especially true if you’ve never attended a meeting sponsored by this particular group. Even if you have been there before, your best contact ever may have missed the past few meetings. You need to be there.
Three, although you think you may know everyone there, who you don’t know are the people that they know. Second generation contacts can be more valuable than first generation. It’s not them, it’s who they know.
Our second tip today has to do with circling back around. As you develop a list of job contacts, it may be helpful to circle around to them periodically just to remind them that you’re still looking. Finding you a job is not their first priority. But if you remind them from time to time, that may just initiate the spark you’ve been waiting for.
Of course, final closure on this concept is that, when you do finally land a job (and you will), touch base with them to let them know where you will be working and to thank them for all their help.