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The 2 Most Annoying Interview Questions
Boomers Get, and How to Answer Them

by Sheila McClear at theladders.com
 

Baby Boomers are staying in the labor force and working later in life at rates not seen in generations for their age, according to Pew Research Center. By 2024, 25% of the American workforce will be made up of workers over the age of 55, a record high, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    But you don’t have to do anything but skim through the news and catch up on the “OK, Boomer” meme to know that Baby Boomers – despite their decades of skills and experience – aren’t always getting the respect they deserve, in and out of the workplace.
 

4 Smart Moves
to Age-Proof Your Resume as an Older Worker

by Elizabeth Alterman at themuse.com
 

With age comes wisdom and experience, but when you’re job hunting, being an older worker doesn’t always feel like an advantage. In fact, those who’ve been working for decades are often perceived as too expensive, lacking in the latest tech skills, or generally not as up-to-date as their younger counterparts. Though it’s illegal to discriminate based on age, it does happen.   MORE

Nifty Stats
Hard data from the workforce world

from news reports

You might want to check it out. According to Qz.com, the 2020 Census will need about 475,000 temporary workers.

    The Wall Street Journal reports that the number of female truck drivers increased by 68 percent from 2010 to 2018, but they still amount to a mere 6.6 percent of all truckers.

    In 2018, 27 percent of workers 65-74 held a job, up from 17.7 percent in 1998, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The labor participation rate for those 75 and over has almost doubled, increasing to 8.7 percent in 2018 from 4.7 percent in 1998. 
 

How Dating Apps Are Changing the Way We Find Jobs
Employment search services inspired by dating apps are transforming the HR industry.

By Maroosha Muzaffar at ozy.com
 

Steven Miller had quit his job as the New York-based brand director of Dynomighty, a retail company, to be a stay-at-home dad. Now, he needed to find work again. But instead of sending out dozens of emails with his resume attached, Miller used Shapr, a networking app a friend had introduced him to, which connects professionals like him. Unlike LinkedIn, Miller says, Shapr was easier to use and the interface was exactly like that of a dating app: swipe right, swipe left. Soon, he was an office-going dad once again.   MORE

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Are 8 Enough?
Eight benefits
of the mature worker 

We recently heard a seasoned career coach review eight benefits that the mature worker brings to the table.  After reviewing it, we notice that, by no means, is this list intended to be the one, definitive, complete list. There are a lot more, but this is as good a start as you’ll find.

    Mostly likely not all of these observations will apply to you and, more important, you can probably add a few more yourself.

    So, eight great are:

    •   Business acumen – Beyond their specifc jobs skills, mature workers have been around enough to know, understand and appreciate the impact that day-to-day work has on a business and how to deal with it.

    •   Good judgment – It should go without saying.

    •   Learned through life – You learn a lot about business through your non-work life experiences as well.

    •   Reliability – This seems to be a consistent thread among older workers.  We’re more reliable.

    •   Sense of loyalty, commitment and purpose – It could be a generational thing, but mature workers have been proven to be more loyal. Plus, at this stage of the game, we’re a lot less likely to be looking to move again.

    •   Sense of self and clear priorities – All that experience helps an older worker to set realistic priorities and to be able to live within oneself.

    •   Strong work ethic – We probably learned that from our parents – aka “the greatest generation.”

    •   Wisdom based on work and life experience – Wisdom is where you find it and, if you’re paying attention, you can find it anywhere.

    Those were her eight.  As we said earlier, there are probably more.  If you probably know more yourself… and would like to share, we’d love to hear from you to know what they are.
 

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