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The New 50s: Far From Retirement

by Marci Alboher at nytimes.com
 

After Chip Conley sold Joie de Vivre, the boutique hotel company he created and ran for about 24 years, his life took an unexpected turn. At 52, he was sought out by Brian Chesky, the then-31-year-old chief executive of Airbnb, for advice on how to turn the fledgling home-sharing start-up into a major player in the hospitality field.

    For the next four years, Mr. Conley worked at Airbnb, toggling between being a mentor and an intern in a sometimes baffling new role — a “modern elder,” as he put it.   MORE
 

Ten Words Per Page

by Seth Godin

Seth Godin

That’s how many words get scanned the first time through. Perhaps five on a billboard.

    Which means that your memo, your ad, your announcement, your post (your resume, ed) – you get ten words.

    Highlight the ten of the 1,000 you’ve written. Which ten do you want someone to scan so that they’re intrigued enough to slow down and read the rest?

    If you can begin with the ten words and write around them, you have the foundation for an effective message.

    As Jay Levinson said, the best billboard ever said, “Free coffee, next exit.”

    What do we see when we scan your work?

13 Common Interviewing Mistakes

by Renee Lee Rosenberg at job-hunt.org
 

Have you been working at the same company for 15 years or longer and now you find yourself looking for a new job? Or perhaps you’d been working steadily for a number of years but now you’re no longer at that job? You want to work again but now find yourself floating in the wind: laid-off, downsized, reorganized, excesses, made redundant (as they say in England). Out of work and out of sorts, you want and need another job. What stands in your way?

    You may be like so many others who are 50 plus, finding yourself, during this turbulent time, fearful and concerned about how to prepare for the guardian of your next job, the dragon at the gate: the dreaded interview process.
 

4 Strategies for Freelance Success
Advice for people planning to freelance and those who already do it

by Michelle V. Rafte at nextavenue.org
 

Whether you’ve freelanced for years or are contemplating a late-career switch to becoming a self-employed freelancer, there are a few ways to boost your chances of success.

    According to data from the recently released report, Freelancing in America: 2019, from Freelancers Union and the online freelance platform Upwork, nearly a third of U.S. workers over 50 freelance either part-time or full-time. 
 

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It’s Friday the 13th and luck is all around us. Whether you’re Dirty Harry Callahan of movie fame, or just you, average ordinary job seeker, luck has got nothing to do with. Or does it?

    Football coaches are famous for extolling that “luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” And there is a lot to that. Dirty Harry’s preparation was in knowing how many shots he had fired. Your preparation is researching companies and hiring managers, knowing your resume and for what prospective hiring managers are searching. 

    That’s not luck. That’s a lot of hard work. But you don’t need us to tell you that. Do you? Of course not.

    But there are those few exceptions. Those rare (and they are rare) instances where there is no other explanation other than being in the right place at the right time.

    Case in point: We know a job seeking woman who was in a coffee shop waiting to meet a contact for an informational interview. While she was waiting, she overheard the conversation at the next table. There, two men were talking about how they needed to hire someone with a certain skill set – a skill set that our friend possessed.

    She politely interrupted their conversation and said, “I can do that.” Long story short, they hired her.

    Another case in point: A job seeker sat down on an airplane next to another gentleman. They began talking casually. The other man explained that his company was looking for someone with a certain skill set. Can you guess what happened? Yep. The job seeker filled the bill precisely. Their inflight conversation became a job interview and the job seeker got the job.

    We’re our two friends just lucky? Sure. But their stories are the rare exceptions. You can’t bank on Lady Luck to seat you next to a hiring manager. You have to make your own breaks and you do that through research, networking, etc.

    Lucky for you that you know all the right things to do.

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