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9 Ways to Screw Up a Job Search
When You’re 50 or Older
Finding a job in your 50s or 60s isn't hopeless; unless you make these crucial mistakes

by Maryalene LaPonsie at

Millions of Americans are job hunting during their 50s, 60s and beyond. Some of these seniors are looking for a job because they love to work. Others are sending out resumes for reasons ranging from pink slips to financial need.

    Seniors can be attractive job candidates. Many potential employers value older workers for their experience and work ethic, and the stability they bring to the workplace. But if you hope to land a job after 50, you need to avoid some key mistakes.

Returning to Work:
Out of the Loop or Older and Wiser?

by Alana Kirk at

From filling-in gaps on a CV, or building-up confidence to face interview panels, gearing up to find a job after an absence from the workplace can be daunting, whether it was taking time out to travel, raise a family or retrain.

    Ken Harbourne, managing director of recruitment specialists Wallace Myers International (explains) “…there are lots of people coming back to work after a long absences, and if you can present yourself well, employers will see you as an asset.”

Don’t Use “Unemployed” To Describe Yourself

by J.T. O'Donnell at

I want to take a minute to talk about the word "unemployed." If you're one of the more than 15 million Americans who is unemployed at the moment, I want you to listen up because I want you to stop using that word in your vocabulary from this day forward.

    It is a negative word. It is a defeatist word. It sounds definitive and it drags you down and it impacts your job search.   MORE

We Would Rather Lose Our Jobs To Robots
Than Humans, A Study Shows

by Monica Torres

Losing a job can be stressful and demoralizing. Seeing your role replaced by automation is an additional stressor that more workers will have to contend with and worry about in the future.

    Robots are already replacing people in some jobs. Apps take orders in chain restaurants, and some supermarkets use self-checkout machines to replace checkers. This is the new reality. The Brookings Institution predicts that 36 million Americans face a “high exposure to automation” in the coming decades, meaning they will have more than 70% of their role at risk of being substituted by artificial intelligence.   MORE

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Simple Question
When your job search puts you in a pickle, ask yourself this

So much has changed in the job search world. It seems as if nothing is the same for the job seeker anymore.

    For example, take resumes. There is an ever-present debate swirling around what is appropriate to leave in (or include) and what one should leave out.

    How far back should you go in listing your work history? Is the past 10 years sufficient? For the 50+ job seeker, should you go back 20 years, or even 30 years? Should you include each and every job you’ve ever had?

    What if you’ve held multiple positions for any one company? Do you include them all?

    So many questions, so little consensus regarding the right answers.

    Let’s take a step back. A resume is a summary of mostly your work history. Doesn’t it follow that if we all are different and distinct individuals, our resumes would likewise be different and distinct?

    So if all resumes are as different as the individuals they represent, how do you determine what is appropriate for your resume? 

    One solution is to apply the “So what?” test. It’s very simple. Should I include a job that I held in the 1980s? If I put it in, so what? What is there about that job that today’s hiring manager (or recruiter) should care about? If you can’t answer that question in such a way as to enhance your chances of being hired, leave it out. Simple as that.

    Do you include membership in a professional society? What if you do? “So what?” If the focus of the society pertains to the position for which you’re applying, include it. Maybe you were an officer in the group, or maybe you spearheaded an initiative for the group. All good reasons to include it. Those answers provide positive responses to the “So what?” question.

    It’s not a fool proof method, but it can help you as you sift through the mountain of 21st Century job search questions.

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