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Older workers need to prove their worth
Older Americans Are Not Expendable

by Neil Schoenherr at

Many countries reacted slowly and inadequately to the spread of COVID-19. Some critics have said this is due to initial reports of the disease, which indicated that it mainly affected older populations. Some… have even suggested that older Americans should be willing to sacrifice their health or lives for the good of the economy and the good of others.

    “Older adults are not some kind of expendable commodity,” said Nancy Morrow-Howell, the Betty Bofinger Brown Distinguished Professor of Social Policy at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.   MORE

You don’t have to lockdown your job search
Are Companies Still Hiring During the COVID-19 Crisis?

by Molly Nevins at

The short answer is yes. Many companies are continuing to recruit as normal, while others are ramping up hiring during the COVID-19 pandemic to accommodate increased sales…

    Many of the job search tactics used pre-COVID-19 are still viable strategies right now, though some —like networking and keyword optimization— may prove extra fruitful.

Don’t let scary statistics scare you too
As Unemployment Smashes Records,
Agencies Say Jobs Are Available

by Mike Cullinan at

There are fewer people filling the lobby at Penmac Staffing Services Inc.’s Springfield office in recent weeks. But that’s not because people aren’t seeking work.

    The coronavirus is limiting the number of people who can be inside the building… but officials say interest from job seekers is apparent…

    Jobs are available, especially in the manufacturing, health care and auto industries. According to the company website, local in-demand positions include manufacturing technicians, concrete workers and trailer mechanics.

Our next edition…
This is an excellent time to re-evaluate
3 Powerful Little Phrases That Show
You Need A Career Change

by Rachel Montanez at

A career change often is a result of reflection, and as incredibly tough as they are, a crisis provides an opportunity to reflect. You may have been considering a career change for a while, or perhaps, the thought is in light of a layoff or furlough. According to The Wall Street Journal, U.S. employers shed more jobs in March than in any month since the darkest days of the 2007-2009 recession. In this time of uncertainty, you'll want to focus on gaining clarity on the right career path and company, know how your skills set you apart and how you can fully utilize them to meet an employer's current and future needs. You'll also want to employ a job search strategy that gets you sought out by employers.

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Are You Good
at Sales?
One trait common among top sales professionals can help job seekers as well

Stop us if you’ve heard this one. When you’re looking for a job, what you’re really doing is selling. And the product that you’re selling is… you.

    That’s pretty much right on the money. You’re selling yourself – your skills, your experience, your expertise, etc. And that sales process is not much different from other kinds of selling. So what do you need to do in order to become successful at selling you?

    A quick survey of a number of sources quickly showed general consensus that one of the top – if not the number one trait of successful salespeople is being a good listener. For some people this may seem counterintuitive. Many people believe that to be good at sales you need to be able to be a good talker. You can talk anyone into buying anything.

    Ask any successful salesperson and they’ll tell you that it’s just not the case. You have to be a good listener. More than that, you have to be an active listener. Don’t let those words go in one ear and out the other. Don’t just hear, listen.

    If you can do that during a job interview, the interviewer typically will be very specific about what the job entails and what they’re looking for. If you’re actively listening, you can respond directly as to how through your skills, experience and expertise, you match the candidate who they’re seeking to a tee. You fit the bill.

    Follow that simple formula and you will be successful – regardless of your age.

    Of course, as with many other things, there is a flip side. If you’re actively listening, you may hear things you don’t like or things don’t mesh with your vision for an ideal workplace. In this case, you’ll want to thank the interviewer and move on. You may have just dodged a bullet.

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