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3 Ways Job Search Has Changed

for Those in the 2nd Half of Life

by Marc Miller at careerpivot.com
 

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed job search for everyone but particularly for those in the 2nd half of life. Applying to the dreaded applicant tracking system (ATS) before was not a good job search strategy before the pandemic; now it is a waste of time.

    For those of us who have decades of experience and are working on making a transition, the pandemic will make things both easier and more difficult in the coming years, if you are willing to adjust to a new normal.
 

A Pandemic Problem for Older Workers:

Will They Have to Retire Sooner?

by Mark Miller at nytimes.com
 

They face particular challenges brought on by Covid-19 — issues, experts say, that could lead to retirement earlier than planned…

    It’s still early, but experts believe the pandemic will upend the timing of retirement plans of many older workers. In some cases, their decisions will be voluntary; in other cases, retirement may be forced upon them by job elimination or unavoidable health risk.
 

Seniors Can Follow a Plan of Action

When Looking for a Job

by Kimberly Thompson at mysanantonio.com
 

Q: I am worried about finding a job. I just turned 58…

    A: Job searching at any age requires a plan of action and making sure your strategies are updated. More than likely at 58 you have acquired valuable skills that a younger workforce is often lacking from experience. Aging is part of life and instead of thinking about age, turn your attention toward your value.
 

Our next edition…

What’s Changed About Networking

(You May Be Surprised)

by Dawn Graham at forbes.com
 

In conversations with job seekers lately, I’m continually asked if it’s worth trying to network during a major recession or if it’s insensitive to ask for help right now since many people are overwhelmed and stressed.

    While I’ll start with the statement that it’s a complete myth you cannot (or should not) network during a quarantine or economic downturn, networking is an often misunderstood concept, so it’s a point worth exploring further. 
 

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To commemorate Independence Day, Nifty50s will not publish on Friday, July 3. Our next edition will be Monday, July 6, 2020.

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Look Under

Every Rock

There are almost as many to find information on companies as there are companies
 

Most job seekers spend a significant amount of time identifying target companies. They generally select those employers because the job seeker has long admired it; the company has a good reputation among trusted colleagues; they seem to be a good fit for values and culture; etc., etc.

    Those are all good, sound reasons and once identified the savvy job seeker knows how to find out everything possible about employer. There are business directories such as Reference USA and Hoovers. There are online destinations such as LinkedIn and Glassdoor. There is even the company’s own website.

    To no one’s great surprise, there are more – many more sources of information.

    Present employees – who knows better than an insider? There are vendors who have the especially valuable perspective of someone intimately involved with the company but who is on the outside looking in. There are former employees. And don’t overlook competitors – it’s their business to know what that company is like. Recruiters occupy a special vantage point on a slew of employers. Of course, social media can be a treasure trove of information.

    One often overlooked peek into a company’s soul can be found in their own news releases. Many companies post recent news releases on their own websites, and many others can be found on a variety of news venues such as PRNewswire and BusinessWire. 

    While reading those news releases can yield telling insights, don’t neglect to read the news release through to the end – and then read the comments that other readers post on those releases. Those external viewpoints can provide knowledge never before imagined.

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