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What to Expect If You Are 55+
in the Post COVID-19 World
by Marc Miller at careerpivot.com
We are just starting to step into the Post COVID-19 world. We will not be fully into this new world for probably 18-24 months. If you are 55+, your experience will be different than your younger colleagues. In fact, it may be very different because those of us who are over 55 probably have pre-existing health conditions that make us vulnerable to COVID-19.
I have spent the last few weeks talking to HR consultants, reading as much as I can, and talking to readers like yourself about what you are experiencing. The one thing I can say is if you are working from home now, do not expect to return to the office anytime soon.
Should I Accept A Subpar Job Over Being Unemployed?
by Dawn Graham at forbes.com
In this market, the popular saying “beggars can’t be choosers” may come to mind, but that doesn’t mean you should just accept any opportunity that comes your way.
While the global pandemic has taken a toll on the economy and has led to some unusual circumstances in the job market, it’s still worth doing your due diligence before signing on the dotted line.
Yes, you may need to factor in considerations that weren’t a concern a year ago. MORE
How to Ask for Help in Your Job Search
by Regina Borsellino at themuse.com
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times: When you’re job searching, you should tap into your network for advice and assistance. But the COVID-19 pandemic—and the record unemployment that’s come with it—has turned so many aspects of the job search upside down. Whether you’re newly out of work, are new to the job market, or have been job searching since before the outbreak began, you might be unsure if it’s still OK to ask for help when so many people are going through such a difficult time.
The answer is yes, but with some caveats.
Sales = Job Search
Beliefs Are More Powerful than Skills
by Gretchen Gordon at business2community.com
I heard author and motivational speaker, Gabby Bernstein, doing a radio interview recently. In it, she made the statement, “Beliefs are just thoughts you keep thinking.” It resonated with me. She was specifically talking about fear and how it becomes not only a habit but an addiction. I, of course, thought about it from the perspective of sales. MORE
With the proliferation of webinars (and such), Nifty50s has begun compiling a list of online job search programs for you to review and register if you so desire. Check it out!
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.
Knowing recent news about a company shows you’re interested
You’ve probably often been told to do your homework on any prospective employer with whom you’re about to interview. That’s good advice.
The good news is that, in most cases, there is a plethora of information available about companies. Websites (including the company’s own site,) sites such as Glassdoor and LinkedIn as well as internet searches in general – they all can provide more about that company than you could ever hope for.
While that’s all well and good, one sure way to impress an interviewer is to raise a topic of recent interest to the company. New products, financial results, changes in top management, etc. are the types of “news” that will demonstrate to your interviewer that you have gone above and beyond the standard facts & figures found on a company website.
With a little bit of extra effort, you may stumble upon an interview or investigation into the company that may, or may not, be especially flattering. If it is bad news, seeing how the interviewer reacts may tell you a lot about the company – something you definitely won’t find online.
Much of this information can be uncovered by a simple internet search. In addition to the information, you’ll be able to see those media which are following the company and what they’re saying about it as well.
Another source of company news – chapter and verse – is available from the company’s own news releases. While some companies post recent news on their websites, others do not. Other good sources are the news distribution services such as BusinessWire and PRNewswire. They post the complete text of the company’s news releases.
If you want to demonstrate to your interviewer that you took the time and made the effort to learn as much as you can about them, they can’t help but be impressed.