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Why More Seniors Are Turning
to Entrepreneurship after Retirement
by Anna D. Banks, MAS, CHBC at tapinto.net
The world has changed for senior citizens, and they’re changing the world. Today, 50+-year-olds who have been given the gift of an additional 20 years of longevity and good health are turning to entrepreneurship.
Seniors have years of experience to draw from and they’re eager to embrace new opportunities.
“Hole in the Donut” Cultural Blogger –
Encore Episode with an Update [Podcast]
Barbara Weibel is the owner of the HoleInTheDonut.com travel blog. Barbara is a travel blogger with an incredibly inspiring reinvention story…
Hole in the Donut Cultural Travel, generally ranked among the top 100 travel blogs in the world. Barbara worked in corporate jobs for 36 years and can honestly say that she hated that life.
Why Millions of Older Workers Will Pay a Big Financial Price — Forever — from the Coronavirus
by Paul Brandus at marketwatch.com
More than 30 million Americans—about one-sixth of the U.S. workforce—have now been laid off in the last six shattering weeks. One in six. It’s almost impossible to grasp such a mind-numbing figure.
And while layoffs have hit both younger and older workers, it’s a good bet that when the economy begins to reopen and Americans go back to work, older workers — age 50 and over — will be last in line.
Apply the Resilience Theory to Your Job Search
If there is one lesson to be learned from the current health crisis – it’s that nothing can ever be taken for granted…
Unemployment in the US has skyrocketed to levels that haven’t been recorded since the great depression in the 1930s and if you were in the midst of your job search when the pandemic struck North America, then you may be feeling discouraged against new challenges in the job market as a result of the pandemic.
However, there is hope!
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.
At the Beep
Your phone message says more than you think
It’s not unusual that many times during your job search, for someone needing to speak with you, their first contact with you is your out-going pre-recorded phone message. And you know what they say about first impressions.
In otherwise normal circumstances, many adults (or families) will feature cute phone messages often recorded by their children. And that’s fine — under “normal circumstances.”
Unfortunately, with you experiencing a job search, these do not qualify as “normal circumstances.” While some recruiters or hiring managers will share your affinity for cute child-inspired messages, others will not.
Let’s not lose sight of the big picture. In all probability, your job search is the dominant condition in your family dynamic or your household and, as such, it needs to be handled in a professional manner.
Short and professional is best. Keep it simple. As yourself, what does the caller want and/or need to know? The over-riding piece of information is your name. They need to know that they have reached the right number. After that, “Please leave your message after the beep” is all they need to know. Certainly, if there is another number where you can be reached, that’s important – especially for households with a generic “family line” and individual cellphone numbers.
There may be extraordinary circumstances that may be relevant and that should be available. If you’re going to be out of town or otherwise unavailable for an unusual period of time, make that known. “I won’t be able to return your call until Monday,” is one such outlier.
Your friends and family really won’t care if you make your message short and professional. But potential employers and recruiters will notice long and/or “cute” messages or those left by children.
Once you land your job, you always can change it back.