Today is: Monday, April 13, 2020 | Our next publication day: Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Workers over 50 struggle to find suitable employment
Why 50 is the Absolute Worst Age to Be Unemployed
by Meghan Ingraham at theladders.com
Anyone who has experienced involuntary unemployment knows the toll it takes. It’s financially and mentally taxing, which only gets worse the longer it takes to find a new job. While unemployment is onerous for most people, new research published in the journal Psychological Science has found 50 to be the age in which joblessness is the most psychologically damaging.
Using Zoom for Job Interviews Right Now
Makes an Age-Old Problem Even Worse
by Lea Goldman at fastcompany.com
All hail Zoom, the mighty little videoconferencing service that bested better known rivals like Skype, FaceTime, and Microsoft Teams to become corona-culture’s virtual meetup of choice. There’s a lot to like about Zoom—even despite nasty “Zoombombers” and frightening security holes. The software is so easy to use that even tech Luddites who cling to their landlines and clock radios seem to have little trouble logging on…
(I)f you’re a job hunter, it’s a good idea to gently suggest a phone call before offering to videoconference. (If an employer requests Zoom, don’t risk the interview by refusing.)
3 Keys to Jumpstarting a Stalled Job Search
by Eileen Williams at feistysideoffifty.com
Has your job search stalled? If you’re like millions of middle-aged job-seekers, you’ve been out there for awhile and have likely run into your share of unforeseen roadblocks and discouraging near misses. In fact, most mature applicants can figure on about 12 months’ time to find a new position…
(W)hy not ramp up your search by employing techniques and strategies that make a real difference to your chances for success? Why not eliminate time-wasters and maximize your potential impact? Why not make small changes that will achieve big results?
How to Land a Job in a Different Industry
by Emilie Aries at theladders.com
The COVID-19 health crisis has already resulted in record-breaking unemployment numbers, leaving millions of Americans out of work. So many Americans now find themselves thrown into an unforeseeable job search environment, often forced to navigate a Coronavirus-induced career transition.
Today I’m sharing 3 fundamentals for anyone who needs to find a job in a completely different industry.
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
Pass it Along
If you attend networking events and go to jobs clubs, you’ve been meeting other job seekers just like you. Mention the Nifty50s to them and encourage them to visit as well. You’ll be helping them and you’ll make an appreciative friend for yourself.
Put Your Job Search in Reverse
You can go forward by going backward
This probably will not qualify as reverse psychology, but you can advance your job search by going in reverse. It’s not as dumb as it sounds.
If you’ve been job seeking for any amount of time, no doubt you encountered a situation where you have the opportunity to review the job description for the position in question. (Or, at least you have seen the advertisement for the position.)
In that description, they outline specifically (and the rate of specificity will vary from job to job) what they are looking for in an ideal candidate. It could be years of experience, specific experience doing some specific task(s), industry experience, educational background, certification, etc.
When you apply, or if you’re fortunate enough, when you’re preparing for the interview, what that job description does it to provide you with your homework as well as your strategies for what to emphasize.
If they put a lot of emphasis on industry experience, that’s the opening line of your cover letter; or, that’s the lead segment of your resume; or, that’s the point you keep emphasizing during your interview.
Engineers refer to it as “reverse engineering.” That’s when, to find out how something works, you take it apart. Start with the finished product and work backwards.
You can do that with a job description. Most likely, that job description will tell you what they’re looking for, what they think is most important. Your task is to decipher that, and feed it back to them.