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Opportunities for older workers
This Is How Each Generation
Can Freelance During and after the Pandemic
Data shows that in the current COVID-19 landscape,
half of companies are considering layoffs as a long-term operational strategy.
Freelancers may be best positioned to pick up the work.
by Sunshine Farzan at fastcompany.com
The job market is undergoing an unprecedented shakeup. Jobless claims topped 20 million in the U.S. since the start of the COVID-19 shutdown and month-to-month activity on freelance platforms nearly doubled in some industries.
To ride out the storm, professionals of all generations appear to be turning to “portfolio careers” to earn their living through a mix of contracted freelance jobs, consulting gigs, short-term projects, board membership, and other engagements that allow them to apply their expertise under flexible conditions.
Ageism During the Pandemic
by Melissa Chalker at njspotlight.com
We know there has been an outpouring of concern and support for the older adult population during the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank all of you who are showing up every day, ready to serve and assist older adults and caregivers despite the known risks involved.
However, we can’t ignore the blatant ageism that this crisis has highlighted. Ageism isn’t a new concept, from over-the-hill birthday cards to discrimination in the workplace. It is an issue dealt with on a daily basis.
COVID-19 Job Market Statistics
The job market and workplace are changing rapidly as the COVID-19 crisis forces more companies to operate remotely and layoff employees. Hiring has slowed and the unemployment rate continues to rise…
Below you’ll find data we’ve compiled to help illustrate the unprecedented challenges both businesses and workers are facing right now.
As always, it’s our mission to empower job seekers.
New Ways to Get Ready for the Virtual Job Interview
by Blake Barnes at linkedin.com
Job searching is stressful in even the best of times and the impact of coronavirus has made this an especially tough market. If you’re searching for a job right now, we want to help you stand out to recruiters and prepare for your interview -- which most likely will be virtual. So, we have accelerated the launch of two new features to help you put your best foot forward: we are testing a new video introduction feature and adding an artificial intelligence AI-powered instant feedback tool that analyzes speech content and patterns to help you test and refine your interview skills.
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 want to be noticed by employers for the right reasons
Over the course of your job search, how often have you heard someone say, “You really need to upgrade your technology skills”? You know what? They’re right.
A silver lining to how the lockdown is playing itself out is how people are embracing the technology that enables them to work from home and remain connected to their jobs, to co-workers and their employers. This is also true for job seekers who have been pressed into service using platforms such as Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, et.al.
To maintain contact with people in your network and, in some cases, to experience actual job interviews technology is no longer an option – it’s a must have. While video job interviews have been on the rise over the past several years, over the past few months, despite the lack of any hard data, the consensus seems to be that the practice has absolutely exploded.
This demonstrates how crucial technology is for today’s job seeker – especially older job seekers who are routinely dismissed for gaps in their technological proficiencies. To have any hopes of landing a job anytime soon, one must get comfortable with today’s technology. You really don’t have much of a choice.
Need to update your technology? There is good news and bad news. The bad news is that libraries – once a treasure trove of tech training – are all closed.
The good news is that there is an overwhelming amount technology training available online – some of it is actually accessible through your library even though the physical buildings are closed. Online courses are available through library sources such as lynda.com as well as an avalanche of YouTube videos which offer tutorials on everything from Zoom, to Microsoft Excel, to Windows 10.
And it’s there ready and waiting – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
So you might as well cozy up to your computer, get comfortable with your favorite beverage, so you can get even more comfortable with the latest technology.