Today is: Friday, July 10, 2020 | Our next publication day: Monday, July 13, 2020
How to Position Yourself Close to Retirement
If you are close to retirement or just fantasizing about it, here are some things to think about when positioning yourself for your next move.
How should you present your experience in your resume and LinkedIn profile? It depends on your primary goal.
How to Find Hope During a Career Crisis
5 proven strategies from 4 career-coaching experts
by Nancy Collamer at nextavenue.org
How do you stay hopeful about your career during times like these?
It’s a tall order. Unemployment is near record highs. Hiring is sluggish. And the triple whammy of continued economic volatility, civil unrest and COVID-19 has us all on edge…
Yet whether you’re out of work, overworked or stuck in a dead-end job, the key to change is to believe that change is possible.
Andy interviews some really interesting people who have made some really interesting pivots.
Our next edition…
Monday, July 13, 2020
I’ve Been a Career Coach for 20 Years.
Here Is My Best Advice for Job Seekers
Maggie Craddock, career coach and author of “Lifeboat: Navigating Unexpected Career Change and Disruption,” shares exercises every job seeker can use to plan for the future.
by Maggie Craddock at acorns.com
I have been a career coach for 20 years, and I have worked with hundreds of CEOs and executives. The most successful CEOs I work with understand that the mindset that is most useful when it’s “business as usual” isn’t the one that they need to successfully navigate periods of change and disruption. That goes for job seekers as well.
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.
When you connect the dots, the similarities are astonishing
Even if you never worked in sales, if you’ve been around the business world long enough you’ll recognize an effective sales pitch when you see one. Many job search experts claim that looking for a job is like the sales process where the job seeker is the product and the employer is the customer.
It’s been long assumed that an effective salesperson has a good “gift of gab.” That is to say, if you’re good at sales you can talk anyone into anything. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In reality, the opposite is true. Those who excel at sales are good listeners. If you listen well enough and closely enough, prospective buyers will confess what exactly they need. They will laid bare their problems which the good-listening salesperson effectively will pick up on and offer precisely the solution that the customer needs to solve the problem. Viola! A sale.
As an older worker who is looking for a job, you have a lot to offer in terms of experience, expertise, solid work ethics, etc. Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily what the employer claims to be looking for.
However, if you take a cue from the sales pro and listen, the prospective employer will tell you exactly what they’re looking for. It’s then up to you to draw upon your vast experience and demonstrate how what you’ve done in the past, what you’ve mastered in previous jobs can provide the solution that hiring managers need to solve whatever problem they may have.
Are they looking just for a manager, or are they looking for someone who can eliminate turnover? Are they looking for someone with a distribution background, or are they looking for someone who can improve delivery times and eliminate late shipments? If you’re listening, you’ll know.
And that’s where you’re selling yourself. When you can paint yourself as the solution to their problems, that’s when you nail the interview and land the job.