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The Best Tips and Strategies for Getting a Job Over 50
There are several ways that 50-plus candidates can combat ‘age-old’ stereotypes
and increase their chances of success of landing that next job.

by David Wiacek at westchestermagazine.com
 

Securing a high paying and professionally fulfilling job in a competitive market is challenging enough, but the hurdles are even higher for job seekers over 50. The 2019 Hiscox Ageism in the Workplace Study uncovered some troubling statistics about the prevalence of ageism in the workplace, citing that age-related discrimination charges filed with employers and the EEOC by workers aged 65+ have doubled from 1990 to 2017.

    While age discrimination exists across the board, and plagues some industries more than others, there are several ways that 50-plus job-seekers can combat ‘age-old’ stereotypes and increase their chances of success of landing that next job. Here are the best tips and strategies for getting a job if you're over 50 years old. 
 

LinkedIn For The Working Class: 
How Jobcase Is Building A $1 Billion Social Network For Blue-Collar Employees

by Vicky Valet at forbes.com

Sasha Contreras despaired when she had to quit her $12-an-hour Xerox customer service job and uproot her life in Yelm, Washington. Her husband was starting work as a chef at a casino in rural Mississippi in February 2016. A year later she discovered he was having an affair after 17 years of marriage. Unemployed and alone, she spent every waking moment searching Google for jobs. Then she stumbled on Jobcase, a social media job-search platform for blue-collar and service-industry workers.   MORE

Be More Than, Not Less Than

by Victoria Sarne at thriveglobal.com

Why are we allowing the fashion, cosmetic, advertising and media industries to continue promoting youthfulness, as if that stage of life it is the only one that matters? For women in particular, age discrimination is now a bigger issue in the workplace than sexism. This continuing promotion of anything and everything targeting the under 40 market, of course, makes billions for those companies involved so they have no skin in the game to change tactics.

Career Changers Take Almost One Year to Make Their Move — How To Reach Your Goal Sooner

by Caroline Ceniza-Levine at forbes.com
 

A survey of almost 700 workers by job posting site, Indeed, found that there are a significant number of career changers or aspiring career changers. Almost half of survey respondents (49%) had already changed roles (e.g., teaching to finance, marketing to engineering), and of the respondents who hadn’t made a career change, almost two-thirds (65%) said they are considering or have considered making a change.

    Career change is not a decision made lightly. Eleven months was the average amount of time spent planning.   MORE

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From our backlog of helpful tips and tricks for the job seeker, we’ve gone back over our files and have found some interesting tidbits to help you.

    With LinkedIn being the 600-pound gorilla in the job search world, we cite this quote we heard from a recruiter recently: "If you're not on LinkedIn, you're not in a job search." We’ve heard estimates as high as 95 percent of recruiters use LinkedIn on a daily basis.

    One of the most important ways to be found on LinkedIn by the right hiring manager or recruiter is to have the right keywords in your profile. How true. Sometimes, however, job seekers have difficulty finding the right words for themselves. The solution? Search through job descriptions for jobs you would like to have or for which you would be willing to apply to find the words those HR professionals are using.

    Once you’ve identified them, use them throughout your LinkedIn posting. Start with them in your headline, then in your "about" section and continue on through your experience, skills and endorsements.

    It also helps to find the right recruiter to assist you. Where? Once again, LinkedIn can help. To find recruiters who serve your industry, search for them on LinkedIn as you would for any company. Once you have identified suitable contacts, reach out to them, send them your resume and maintain contact with them.

    Speaking of resumes, keep in mind that a resume is not a legal document. On the other hand, a job application is a legal document.

    When talking about yourself and your work, it helps to keep in mind that you’re looking for your next job – not your last one. One recruiter advises to describe everything not in terms of your past, but your future. The hiring manger is more concerned with what you’re going to do, not so much with what you’ve done.

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