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How Older Workers Can Land “Junior” Jobs
It’s not uncommon for older job seekers to get discouraged by the phrase “junior.” The word itself conjures up associations with youth, and many people mistakenly believe that companies searching for a “junior legal secretary” or “junior manager” are looking for young people to fill these roles.
Is this a form of age discrimination? Not quite.
Resources for Job Seeking in Difficult Times
Alexis Perrotta at idealist.org
Unfortunately, we expect ageism to continue to be an issue in the job seeking and hiring processes, and because it’s often concealed, it’s tough to combat. While we hope that these resources will be useful to you in your job search, we also have plans for new resources that will be published to our Career Advice blog in the coming weeks and months that speak to ageism in the application, hiring, and interview processes.
Older Female Employees Face Double Jeopardy During Covid-19 Layoffs
by Eric Bachman at forbes.com
According to AARP employment data, women over the age of 55 face a dual threat to their careers and earning power amid the financial and labor market turmoil due to Covid-19…
Between March and April, the unemployment rate for women age 55 and over catapulted from 3.3% to 15.5%, the largest increase reported by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
This stark data is consistent with numerous studies that have found that the stereotypes leading to ageism and sexism are exacerbated when combined in a single employee.
7 Steps to Building a Personal Website
That Will Help You Land Your Dream Job
by Julie Anne Russell at themuse.com
The world of work has rapidly pivoted to going all-remote. And job searching has also transitioned from in-person meetings to virtual events and video calls. “Networking events—even coffee chats—aren’t happening, so how do we make an impression now?” asks Jaime Klein, founder and CEO of Inspire Human Resources in New York City.
That’s where a personal website can come in. “People need to do things to differentiate themselves because they can’t meet in person,” Klein says. In this online-only hiring environment, having your own website that showcases your work (and personality) can go a long way in bridging the gap between you and a hiring manager or recruiter.
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.
Can We Talk?
A job interview is no time
to be modest
Amid all the tips & tricks and advice put forward regarding job interviews (most of which is very good) there is one overriding concept that sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. When you get right down to it, a job interview is not much more than a conversation. A conversation (usually) between two people about a common topic: in this case, the job.
One of the oldest names in the online jobs world, monster.com, says “Many job seekers fail to recognize that often the best interviews don't feel as much like interviews as they do compelling conversations.”
To hold up your end of the conversation, you had better be knowledgeable about the job and the company. In addition, whatever questions you may have about either had better be at the front of your mind, at the tip of your tongue.
To make it a truly effective conversation, you also had be a pretty good listener. Many people assume that a good salesperson succeeds because of a “gift of gab.” Not so say most sales experts. Most successful sales people rise to the top because they listen.
If you listen carefully during a job interview, the interviewer will tell you what’s important about the job, what’s important to the company, and what they expect from the successful candidate. Armed with that knowledge, you should be a shoe in.
A true conversation is a balanced effort. Yes, you want to ask about the job. Yes, you want to be knowledgeable about the company, etc., etc. But you won’t get the job until you convince them that you – and everything about you – are the best possible candidate that they could possibly hire.