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Older Workers Watch Your Head;
Breaking Through the Gray Ceiling

by Susan Williams at

There was a post published in the Washington Post about some of the challenges that older workers may experience if they were planning on working in retirement. In their post they cited a term that I hadn’t heard of before – “the gray ceiling“…

    As much as we don’t like to admit it, ageism exists in the workplace. Given the supply and demand situation for skilled workers this situation has begun to improve slightly however it still remains a reality that many older workers are having to face.   MORE

Never Change Careers
Before Answering These 6 Questions First

by Terina Allen at

It took less than a year for him to scream about the mistake he made. Fewer than 12 months after transitioning to a new career, a friend I’ll call John found himself more unhappy than he had ever been before making his career change. This was quite a feat since he often told me how miserable he was in his previous job. John’s experience is much more common than you might think. Many people find themselves highly disappointed after making career transitions. This happens, in part, when the career move wasn’t planned well and the decision to make the move was never really vetted in the first place.   MORE

Jobs Are the Top Reason People Move
and This City Is Where Most of Them Are Heading

by Kyle Schnitzer at

There are many different factors that influence a move. For some, pursing education across the country might be the main driver, while others pick up everything to be closer to family. But for most people, it’s because they’ve found a new job…

Who is moving?

Millennials were the main driving force behind the new-job relocation movement, with more than 40% reporting they relocated due to a new offer.

    Other generations reported differently. More than 25% of Baby Boomers said they moved for a fresh start, while 30% of Generation Xers also moved for the same reason.

    The top city for relocation was Phoenix, AZ, according to the survey, with more than 62,000 people making it their new home in 2018.

Look To Older Workers
For Clues About The Next Recession

by Teresa Ghilarducci at

I am on a recession watch, looking for clues. I worry… The last time a recession started things were looking good for older workers, just as they are looking good now. Back then the unemployment rate was 3.2% for people over 55. In October 2019, the unemployment rate for older workers was even lower: 2.6%. Low, low—almost too low?   MORE

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Not all recruiters
are created equal

As a job seeker you need to be aware of the three kinds of recruiters who are out there and how they are different. The three types of recruiters are corporate, retained and contingent.

    In short, the corporate recruiter handles openings and secure candidates only for one company. The retained recruiter is hired, and paid (in full or in part) up front by the employer to provide quality candidates for a particular position. The contingent recruiter is only paid when they provide a candidate who is hired.

    Which recruiter is best suited for a particular job depends on the type of job itself as well as the employer. All three types have their own roles to play in the job seeking game.

    The corporate and retained recruiters generally are more focused and more selective. While they work mostly on quality, the contingent recruiters work mostly on quantity. Contingent recruiters tend to more interested in the most possible employers, with the most possible openings, so that they can provide the most possible candidates.

    The contingent recruiters tend to play a numbers game, sending out as many resumes as possible to as many employers as possible. While that may be appropriate for particular instances, there is the danger that your resume will be passed around town with little regard for your qualifications.

    It’s important to know that you can request that a contingent recruiter not forward your resume to any employer without your knowledge. If they won’t agree to that stipulation, it may be in your best interest to move on.

    Recruiters – of all types – play an important role in the job search. But, as with any other service, it’s incumbent upon you to do your due diligence. Check with colleagues, other job seekers, etc., to determine which type of recruiter and which recruiter is best for your situation.

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