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Baby Boomers
Becoming The Fastest Growing Workforce

by Amy Elisa Jackson at glassdoor.com
 

Move over, Gen Z and Millennials. The Baby Boomer generation, those born between 1944 and 1964, are the fastest-growing segment of the labor force in the U.S. and they are catching the eye of recruiters in every industry.

    According to Glassdoor’s Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain in the newly released “Job & Hiring Trends 2020” report, the 65+ demographic is working longer than past generations and shows no signs of retiring for good.   MORE

Grieving the Loss of a Work Identity
When we step out of the workplace, we lose more than a job

by Jill Smolowe at nextavenue.org
 

A recent conversation with a 67-year-old friend who found herself unexpectedly retired by a job elimination brought home a grief we often fail to acknowledge: the loss of our work friends…

    The combination of losses — her job, her work friends, her daily flow of conversation — was doing a number on my friend’s head.   MORE
 

Don’t Be Afraid to Hire Someone Who is Unemployed

by Evil HR Lady at evilhrlady.org
 

It’s easier to get a new job when you already have a job. We all intuitively know this to be true, but why is that the case?

    If you ask recruiters and hiring managers why they don’t hire individuals who are unemployed when they apply for a role, it’s usually because they’re basing their decision on some preconceived notions and biases.

Should You Try a Wacky Job Application Strategy?
How far should you go to get a hiring manager’s attention?
A new survey says that a little creativity may go a long way.

by Gwen Moran at fastcompany.com
 

When I think about it now, I cringe. A newly minted Syracuse University graduate, wanting to prove to prospective employers how clever I was, I packaged four résumés to the top employers on my list, each with a brand-new shoe. As my cover letter explained, I wanted to get a foot in the door.

    It was a tired stunt even back when you sent paper résumés to employers…

    In a recent survey by job search engine SimplyHired, 13% of applicants used an unusual strategy like a stunt or gimmick during the job application process—and 70% of them got the job they wanted. More than 55% said the effort was received positively.   MORE
 

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Link in the Pink
LinkedIn continues to shine in the job search arena

No doubt one of the biggest changes in the job search world these days is the emergence and now, arguably, the dominance of LinkedIn.

    Originally thought of as an online Rolodex, LinkedIn has grown into so much more. For starters, 90-95% of recruiters use LinkedIn daily to find talent and to help fill positions. Job seekers can post their resumes and apply for jobs directly through LinkedIn. LinkedIn is also the go-to sources for personal referrals.

    But wait. There’s more. Here are a few uses for LinkedIn that you may not have thought of.

    If you’re trying to establish a contact within a target company, check to see how many connections that individual has. If it’s a low number, they’re not using LinkedIn and they may not be the best person to approach. Active LinkedIn users will have hundreds (if not more) of connections and might be open to accepting you as a connection as well.

    When making a connection, virtually all LinkedIn experts recommend using a personal connection invite. Not only does that make your request to connect more personal, it also makes it more memorable. An additional note: it may not be best to request a personal connection with someone over your phone. The mobile version of LinkedIn does not allow personal connections as the desktop version does.

    And when you’re making those connections, linking up with HR people. They’re likely to bombarded with requests. Remember: you want to make an impression so that you’ll be remembered. Rather than HR, target someone in the department where you could possibly work. You probably have more in common with them and your connection will more likely be mutually beneficial.

    While it’s not an online Rolodex, LinkedIn has become one of the most effective ways to communicate during a job search. Recruiters. HR personnel. Hiring managers, and a whole lot more are using it as a primary communications tool. It’s a way to stay in touch with any number of key individuals in your job search effort.

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