Today is: Monday, May 18, 2020 | Our next publication day: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Workers Over 50 Hard Hit by Job Losses
by Jennifer Lewerenz at knsiradio.com
The economic shutdown resulting from the coronavirus crisis has thrown the job market into a tailspin - especially for older workers.
With more than 30 million out of work in just over a month, Emily Allen, with the AARP foundation, says older workers have been hit particularly hard…
More than five million workers over age 55 are in retail with another million in food service, two industries decimated by the pandemic.
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4 Phases Of Women’s Careers, Part II:
The Potential Of The 40s & 50+
by Avivah Wittenberg-Cox at forbes.com
“First you sink into his arms and then your arms are in his sink,” thought Lara Milward the day she turned 40. An old saying of her mother’s came crashing into her classically constructed marriage-with-two-kids-living-in-the-suburbs life. “Is that all there is to life? What happened to all my ambitions? All my drive?” A decade later, she still remembers the light-bulb moment that woke her up while doing the dishes – and pushed her on to her own, very successful, becoming.
Our next edition…
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
5 Tips For Explaining Gaps In Your Employment History
by Kourtney Whitehead at forbes.com
There’s a misconception that it’s a red flag to recruiters if they see breaks in employment on a résumé. Job seekers tend to assume that companies prefer candidates with work experience that seamlessly flows from one employer to the next; many people worry about how to explain common occurrences such as being laid off, quitting a bad job before having a new one, taking an extended family leave or experiencing a personal emergency that temporarily takes them out of the workforce.
However, recruiters are used to dealing with candidates in these situations and rarely is it a cause for concern.
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.
An Offer Beckons
Don’t be afraid to ask yourself if this an offer you CAN refuse?
This could be it. You’ve been waiting a long time for it. You could be getting a job offer. Now you can relax. Well, not really.
Getting a job offer presents a whole other group of issues with which to deal. The first and most basic question is: do you really want this job? Or, have you resigned yourself to taking the first thing that comes along. Like it or not. Good or bad.
Realistically it’s not going to check all your boxes. But it had been check a few. If not, you’re either going to be really unhappy, or before long you’ll be back out on another job search. Which also will make you unhappy.
Like it or not, experts say it’s not a good idea to either accept or reject a job on the spot. Most employers are understanding enough if you say that you’d like to think about it for a day or two. And it’s good to take the time to reflect. Consider the pros and cons. Discuss it with your spouse; check with a friend or colleague. Different perspectives can be real eye openers.
If there are boxes that this job doesn’t check, it’s totally acceptable to inquire as to how flexible the company may be on that topic. Flexible hours. Vacation time. Professional development. All that and more should be open for discussion.
And if the company is not open to discuss any of these types of things, are you willing to walk away? That may be one of the most difficult questions in all of your job search, but it’s also one that you should be prepared to consider.
One final thought: you’re totally within your rights to ask for the final job offer in writing. Don’t be afraid to exercise that right.