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Older workers take note
4 Ways to Boost Your Chances
of Landing a New Job During the Pandemic
A CEO of a résumé writing service shares his secrets
for surviving the economic upheaval wrought by COVID-19
by Peter Yang at fastcompany.com
The coronavirus crisis has the world economy in upheaval. If you’re not already hurting, you surely know someone who is. Layoffs, shutdowns, cutbacks, and salary cuts are happening across industries, both blue collar and white. The nation is in a state of emergency, and we’re all but certainly heading toward, if not already in, a recession.
The temptation to set aside our focus on work is understandable… But the truth is, especially with all the upheaval underway, you may want to take advantage of this time to strategize on how best to sell yourself, going forward.
Saving the Senior Exec's Career
Can reskilling and embracing tech prevent middle-aged, mid-career
PMETs from being displaced?
by Janice Heng at businesstimes.com
After rising up the corporate ladder, middle-aged, mid-career professionals might find themselves abruptly out of a job, and in danger of being left behind by relentless technological progress. Some take up stop-gap work that turns long-term; others face competition from younger hires. This story is not new… A long-running structural worry that also affects new cohorts each time, the issue of displaced older professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) has resurfaced - even before the Covid-19 outbreak intensified over the last month or so.
Older Job Seeker?
Landing a Job Today is About Ability Not Seniority
Too many older job seekers think seniority is the key to landing a job. You're wrong, says Renée Ward, founder of Seniors4Hire.org and you should invest in services that help you showcase your vast knowledge, good judgment, wisdom, abilities and skills to prove your superior candidacy.
3 Smart Ways to Attract Recruiters
to Your LinkedIn Profile
by Lily Zhang at themuse.com
LinkedIn has revolutionized the recruiting world and made it easier than ever to reach out to job candidates directly, whether they’re actively or passively job hunting. With so many recruiters on LinkedIn, this is obviously welcome news to job seekers.
Well, at least some job seekers—the ones who can actually be found on LinkedIn.
To make sure you’re in this position and ensure that recruiters who are searching for people like you find, well, you, read on and follow these three simple steps.
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.
You may be too old to be a Scout, but being prepared is a good thing
If you’re like most older workers who are in a job search after losing your job. You didn’t see it coming. Few do and even they strive to ignore it until it happens.
Now you’re out on the street trying to figure out how job seeking has changed over the past decades and how to cope with it all the while trying to make it work.
And what have we learned from this? One thing you can be sure of is that there is nothing that you can be sure of. There is a fear lurking in the back of every older job seekers’ mind is that it could happen again.
And you’re right. It could.
However, the next time you could, and should, be better prepared. And what better time to start preparing for that possibility than now – before you’ve even landed your next job.
The mantra is to always be prepared to find another job. Even after you get a job. Even if you like that job. That doesn’t mean that you have to actually be looking for another job, but in this day and age, it never hurts to be ready.
Of course hindsight is 20-20 but if you had done that before, you might not be struggling so much trying to find another job now.
What does it mean to be prepared to find another job? Bone up on the basics. Keep your resume up to date. Keep in touch with key contacts (and by now you should know who they are.) Keep abreast of what’s going on in your industry, in your market.
Also, after you land your next job, take every opportunity to speak with those who are still looking. Learn from them the ins and outs of how the job search process has and is continuing to change.
And change it will.