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Boomer Job Search Success Affirmations
by Renee Lee Rosenberg at job-hunt.org
"Who will want me? I’m too old. I worked 20 years in the same company; this is all I know."
"I have the qualifications but I’m older than the interviewer and all the other candidates. They’ll never hire me."
"Why bother to look, I haven’t looked for a job in years and, besides, my age is a major handicap."
These are actual quotes from three of my clients, aged 50, 60 and 70 years old, when they were downsized and feeling hopeless.
Stand Out To Employers When Applying Online
by Ariella Coombs and Jenna Arcand at workitdaily.com
In this day and age, it's crucial to stand out during your job search. Otherwise, your resume gets buried—unread and unnoticed. This is a common problem for job seekers. So, how can you stand out from the competition when applying online?
Here's what some of our career experts say you can do to catch the eye of employers in your job search.
Are You Prepared
to be an After the Age of 50 Entrepreneur?
Podcast with Wendy Mayhew, Author of WISER: The Definitive Guide to Starting a Business After the Age of 50
Author Wendy Mayhew has been an entrepreneur for 40 years. Her most recent businesses are WISE – Seniors in Business and WISE 50 over 50 Awards.
WISE – Seniors in Business was formed to change how older entrepreneurs are perceived and to guide wannabe older entrepreneurs in deciding if entrepreneurship is for them. Wendy has quickly become Canada’s leading expert on older entrepreneurship. She has done extensive research and understands the challenges facing this newest and fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs.
Coping with Technology Fatigue
by Eva Del Rio from shrm.org
Our team has been working pretty effectively from home since mid-March. We’ve found ourselves having to learn a lot of new technology on the fly, which is easy for the younger members and more challenging for the older workers… The problem is the older staff have technology fatigue and just want things to return to the old way. How can I help them come along?
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.
What Are You Worth?
Does that interviewer know that you are the best choice?
You’re in an interview. You want to impress the interviewer(s) with your experience, your credentials, etc. So far, so good.
From the perspective of the interviewers, if you didn’t have enough experience and sufficient credentials, you wouldn’t have gotten this far. At this point, how do you impress them? How do you convince them that you should be number one on their list?
There are a lot of ways to impress potential employers – many of which we’ve discussed in this space from time to time including performance metrics (i.e. increased profitability, market penetration, etc.) as well as your personal stories (i.e. how you tackled a problem, how you resolved an issue, etc.)
Which leads us to: how do you convince them that you should be number one on their list? Here it’s important to put yourself in their shoes. What’s important to them?
In theory, they want the best candidate for the job. That sort of goes without saying. But is that the complete picture?
Most hiring professionals – if they’re honest – will admit that more important than proactively hiring the top candidate, the one thing that they fear the most is — hiring the wrong candidate. Not only will hiring the wrong candidate reflect badly on them, it’s going to cost the employer money – and a lot of it.
According to a 2017 CareerBuilder survey, three in four employers have been affected by bad hires in the past, losing an average of $15,000 per bad hire. And that’s the average. The higher up in the organization that bad hire lands, the more money it’s going to cost the employer.
You see, it’s really important for you, the job seeker, in addition to all the wonderful things you do, to convince them that you will be the right hire. You will be stable, reliable, dependable, etc. etc. All the things that go into being the right hire.