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7 Tips To Thrive After Being Laid Off

by Jeannine Lawrence at

Whether you saw it coming or were blindsided, being laid off from your job is a traumatic experience. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Don't crawl under the covers or down seven gallons of ice cream. This isn't the end. It's only the beginning.

    These tips here will help you pick yourself back up, lick your wounds, and get back out there and thrive. Chances are, you will look back and realize that this wasn't a death sentence to your career but a blessing in disguise. Like the old adage, when one door closes, another opens.   MORE

How Working in Retirement Became a Reality
The gap has narrowed between planning to work in retirement and doing so

by Kerry Hannon at

For years, many workers nearing retirement have professed plans to work part-time during retirement. But few retirees have actually continued working part-time. Things are changing.

    A recent survey of pre-retirees and retirees shows that the gap between planning to work in retirement and doing so has narrowed. I have to confess I was a little bit surprised and more than a little pleased to see the results. Let me share with you what the researchers found and what retirement analysts say is going on.   MORE

5 Things To Do If You're Unemployed

by Kelly Kuehn at

You know the saying, “applying to jobs is a full-time job"? Don't listen to it.

    Applying to jobs you're not qualified for (which 50% of job seekers reportedly do!) is counterproductive to your job search.

    Competition is too fierce. Even qualified applicants aren't getting callbacks.

    So, stop applying to so many jobs and allocate time each week to becoming more hirable. Here's how.

Create a Powerful Personal Brand

by Minda Zetlin at

Whether you like it or not, you have a personal brand--a set of perceptions that the people you work with or hope to work with have of you. Taking control of that image can help you reach your most ambitious career goals. Ignoring it can wind up holding you back.

    When the people you work with or hope to work with think about you, who do they think you are? What would they say are your most important skills? What is your work personality? How would someone else describe your personal brand? 

    You should have answers to all these questions, answers that make you happy and serve your career goals.   MORE

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The Pain Gain
Within a job search,
pain is a two-way street

The inspiration for beginning the Nifty50s several years ago was this comment, “Looking for a job at our age really sucks!” Truer words were never spoken.

    Looking for a job when you’re over the age of 50 does suck. And it’s a pain. It’s a pain to have to update (or re-do) your resume. It’s a pain to conduct a seemingly never-ending string of informational interviews. It’s a pain to attend a bunch of networking events that you’d really rather not go to. It’s a pain to submit your resume or an application electronically only to never receive as much as a confirmation that the employer has, in fact, received it. It’s a pain to have prepare for, sit through (or endure) and to wait for what seems like an eternity for a response. It’s a pain to have to interview with someone who may be 10 or more years your junior. It’s also a pain to hear one of the many reasons employers give for turning down your application.

    It’s all a pain. But they are all pains that we must endure in order to land another position.

    Do your many interviews know your pain? Well, yes and no. While they may not be empathetic with your brand of pain, they are experiencing pain of their own. It’s the pain of not having someone in that position to do the job that needs to be done.

    The good news is that you can help. You need to determine just what their pain is and then explain to them how you can solve that pain. How did you “solve the pain” of your former employer? Did you make something happen, make something better?

    If you can show them how you can solve their pain, they’ll be in a much better position to solve yours as well.

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