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Digital Ads Found To Discriminate
Against Women And Older Workers

by Sidney L. Gold at lawyers.com
 

Digital discrimination has come to the forefront thanks to a recent decision by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). When asked to investigate complaints of widespread age and gender discrimination in Facebook ads, the EEOC concluded that seven organizations violated discrimination laws when seeking new employees. What makes the decision particularly noteworthy is that a slew of complaints against other corporate entities had also made its way to the EEOC, suggesting future rulings and potential plaintiff settlements.   Understanding Digital Discrimination

Job Hunting After 50:
The Power of Creativity and Persistence
These three career switchers have jobs even they didn't expect

by Chris Farrell at nextavenue.org
 

Brave New Workshop is an improv theater in downtown Minneapolis. Several years ago, I participated in its 55+ improv class taught by theater veteran Jim Robinson. A dozen students and I went through classic improv exercises, including spinning a tale one sentence at a time by saying “yes, and” before adding to the story.

    The big lesson I took away about creativity from those classes is how vitally important the “yes, and” mindset is. Lately, I’ve come to realize that’s especially true when you’re looking for a job after 50.
 

Want to Switch Careers or Start a Business?
Get Out of Your Own Way
Starting a business or changing careers is hard enough. Don't let your fears about career mistakes prevent you from getting what you truly want.

by John Hall at inc.com
 

Starting a business after an established career in another field might seem daunting. Career change, however, is actually the norm now. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that Baby Boomers held an average of 12.3 jobs between the ages of 18 and 52. Most of those job changes occurred before the age of 24, but in reality, 93 percent of jobs don't last five years.   MORE

Time To Break Down The Barriers That Prevent Americans From Choosing To Work Longer

by Angela Antonelli at forbes.com
 

Americans increasingly believe that they won’t be able to retire at age 65 and enjoy financial stability in old age. In fact, 1 out of 3 workers recently surveyed by the Employee Benefits Research Institute expect to work until at least age 70 or never retire. Yet those who either want or need to keep working must overcome significant obstacles.

    The lack of availability of jobs, demands of caregiving, frustration of extended periods of unemployment, and effects of age discrimination all take their toll on older job-seekers. Many choose to give up and rely on whatever limited savings and Social Security benefits they may have available.   MORE
 

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Change
If you don’t embrace change,
it will strangle you

You’ve probably heard the phrase: the one thing in the entire world that never changes is… change. Back in the 1950s, comedian Lenny Bruce stated, “Change is happening happening happening.”

    That sounds pretty drastic. Yet that was more than 60 years ago. That was when – for those of us who can remember – life was viewed as simpler, slower and more manageable. But not to Lenny Bruce.

    Today, not only has the pace of life, and ergo the pace of change, quickened immeasureably, but the volume of change has exploded as well.

    You don’t have to go back as far as the 1950s to recognize this. Think of when you entered the workforce: Resumes were typed, copied and mailed through the Post Office – with a stamp and everything. Why, most resumes were accompanied by a typed, individually signed cover letter. Virtually all interviews were face to face. A good many job openings could be found in the Sunday newspaper. (Yeah, newspaper, but that’s another story.)

    How times have changed. Today’s resumes are rarely, if ever, mailed; rarely typed. Today’s resumes can feature different fonts, color within the document. Many of today’s resumes never land on a piece of paper; they’re electronic from start to finish. Many resumes are never viewed by a set of human eyes. Don’t blink, you might miss it. And we mean that literally with the average resume that does manage to reach a human being viewed an average of only 7.4 seconds.

    Today, almost all jobs are online and not in the… what was that again? Oh, yeah, the newspaper. Average recruiters today will spend more than 90 percent of their time on a thing called LinkedIn – which first went live in 2003. In 2019 you can post and submit your resume on LinkedIn. You can apply for jobs online without ever having any genuine human contact.

    If you’re lucky enough to land an interview, you may never actually meet your interviewer. You may be subjected to a phone interview; a video interview; or an online panel interview where the panelists are all in different time zones.

    It’s not enough to be aware that change has taken place, and continues to take place. To cope and emerge successful, one must recognize the that volume of change has exploded as well as the pace of change. And that change has no likelihood of slowing anytime soon.

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