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Why US Firms Are Desperate to Retain Ageing Workers

by Katharina Stefanie, BBC News

When Roger Klug told his employer he was retiring, there was a shiver of panic among the bosses. Now 70 years old, Mr Klug is in his 47th year at Alexandria Industries, an aluminium company in rural Minnesota.

    After almost five decades manufacturing industrial products for such diverse industries as solar power and defence, the company could ill-afford to lose Mr Klug's expertise.   MORE
 

Roger Klug

LinkedIn For Beginners:
The #1 Thing Job Seekers Need To Do

by J.T. O'Donnell at workitdaily.com
 

A common question I get from job seekers on LinkedIn is: "What is the best way for employers to notice your LinkedIn profile and how should it be set up?"

    Well, the answer is pretty simple.

    Optimize your LinkedIn profile so it matches recruiters search criteria.   MORE

2 Critical Mistakes Older Job Seekers Must Avoid
And How To Fix Them

by Kourtney Whitehead at forbes.com
 

People are living and working longer. By 2024, 1 in 4 people in the workplace will be over 55 with many years of working still ahead of them.

    During that time, they will face two challenges as job seekers: continuing to cultivate in-demand skills and dealing with age-related biases.

    While it’s important to build a business culture that values and reaps the benefits of multigenerational teams, age discrimination continues to be widespread and perverse.   MORE
 

3 Keys To A Successful Job Search

by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez and Aaron Sanborn at workitdaily.com
 

It can be very demanding looking for another job when your current one is continually stressing you out. After all, when you get home from a long and frustrating day, the last thing you want to do is give any more thought to the world of work.

    Unfortunately, most new jobs don't just fall into your lap—you have to go out and get them. Approaching your job search as strategically and as systematically as you would approach your next business deal can help keep the process manageable. Here are three keys to a successful job search.
 

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Circling Back
It’s not going in circles when you’re job seeking

That the workplace is highly volatile is no secret. The only thing that is different today is that people leave, positions are posted and filled with speed unheard of just a few decades ago.

    Therefore it stands to reason that the HR person or hiring manager with whom you spoke only a month ago may have entirely different agenda today. So, doesn’t it make sense then to reach out once again to see if the situation at that company has changed?

    Circling back with contacts you’ve made during your job search can pay handsome dividends. Those contacts may have even suggested when to contact them. (“Call me after the first of the month.”)

    What may make it all a lot simpler and more effective is to keep some sort of contact list or database of the companies and individuals whose paths you’ve crossed during your search. Exactly how you do it is up to you. 

    If you have access to customer relationship management (CRM) software, your job may be easier. If not, a simple Excel spreadsheet should be a useful tool. You can create your own or you may even be able to find an Excel template designed just for that.

    Technology aside, the important point is that with the passage of time, situations change. The person who was selected for the job that you coveted may have turned it down. Or, your challenger may have accepted the job; decided that it wasn’t a good fit and already may have moved on.

    You won’t know until you call.
 

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