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Employers Are Hiring Boomers
and More Job Trends To Know Now

by Jordan Rosenfeld at

The economy is booming. The unemployment rate is at its lowest in 50 years, and, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. has added over 6.4 million jobs since 2016.

    Still, some economic signs point to a possible recession on the horizon. As technology and automation become more sophisticated, they change the way companies hire and the kinds of jobs available. To prepare yourself for the job market in 2020, find out what the top job trends are and get tips to help you ace your job interview.   

How to Find a Great Career in Your Golden Years

by Jessica Dickler at

Retirement is not what it used to be.

    Whether by choice of necessity, many Americans anticipate extending their working years, according to recent research from the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies.

    A majority of workers said they expect to stop working sometime after age 65 or never retire at all, the research found.   MORE

He Just Wants a Job That Will Pay the Rent,
but He’s Getting Scared

by Steve Lopez at

Todd Little says the rent on his Toluca Lake one-bedroom apartment is covered through February. Credit cards might keep him in place through March, but beyond that, unless he finds work soon, he doesn’t know where he’ll end up…

    “50 Something and Faking Normal,” said the message field in an email Little wrote to friends and colleagues… Little said he wondered if being middle-aged was working against him.   MORE

Todd Little

Our next edition…
This Is the Most Popular Day of the Week to Search for a New Job — Here’s How to Beat the Competition

by Jennifer Liu at

Workers with their sights set on landing a new job in 2020 have a lot of factors working in their favor. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there are roughly 7.3 million open jobs in the U.S., and the unemployment rate sits at just 3.5% — meaning there are plenty of openings for those who are looking.

    What’s more, career site ZipRecruiter reports that job postings typically increase by 15% between December and January.

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When added up, seemingly minor points can make a job search difference

Here’s one to muse over, “The devil’s in the details.” That can be the case with your job search – especially when you’re over 50 – especially if you’re not careful.

    Networking. LinkedIn. Updated resume. Those are the elephants in the room. You’ve probably heard more about them than you ever cared to. But what about some of the finer points. Consider:

    Turn off your phone at networking events. How annoying and rude as well as disheartening would it be if once you’ve finally connected with someone at a networking event and your phone goes off? Even if you reject the call, you still have to stop, swipe (or something) and then apologize. “Now as I was saying…”

    Of course there are some minor considerations to take into account even before you arrive at a networking event.

    How about being open minded enough to just agree to attend in the first place? How many times have you heard people say “Oh, I just don’t feel like going.”? Or, “Is this event going to do me any good?” If you’re trying to expand your network, you should be open to new events, new groups, new experiences. You never know what (or who) you might find.

    Breaking the ice with strangers can be awkward at best. Before you leave for the event, have some conversation starters prepared. Write them down if need be. That might help you to remember them.

    Here’s something that while it may not seem so menial it’s still important and not to be taken for granted. In addition to conversation starters, practice, practice and practice your elevator pitch. You can never practice it enough. You might find it help to speak it out loud while you’re in the car. Not only will that help you remember it, it will give you a sense of what it sounds like to someone else.

    As a colleague likes to say, “It only takes a little more to go first class.”

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