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The Most Insidious Form of Age Discrimination at Work
The 'I'm Not Done' author on the demoralizing practice of marginalization
by Patti Temple Rocks at nextavenue.org
About 10 years ago, my boss, mentor and close friend Angelina — who was then in her early 50s — lost her job at our well-known and respected Fortune 50 manufacturing company after working her way up to the executive suite. In the year before, I had noticed some subtle and troubling things about how she was being treated.
I would attend a meeting and discover Angelina hadn’t been invited. She was also asked to take on assignments well beneath her skill and talent level. Something didn’t add up.
7 Easy Ways to Be Proactive in Your Job Search
Some job seekers tell me they turn on their computer every day to log on to Monster, Dice, CareerBuilder, Indeed, and other job boards. They spend hours a day applying for posted jobs, sending as many as 20 cookie-cutter résumés out a week, anticipating a call from a recruiter or Human Resources.
To these job seekers I point out the futility of a job search like this, explaining that if they want faster results, they have to be more proactive. What they’re doing is being reactive and it ain’t working.
Ageism at Work – Will Covid-19 Make it Worse?
by Nisha Kumar Kulkarni at idealist.org
During the early onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we learned that people over the age of 65 are particularly susceptible to developing more severe aspects of the illness.
This means that people in the over-65 age group are now more likely to be misperceived as frail, weak, and even a potential liability in the workplace. So, as the world begins to attempt "business as usual," will older adults be further discriminated against because they’re more vulnerable to coronavirus?
Smart, Actionable Advice From Top LinkedIn
Career And Job Search Professionals
by Jack Kelly at forbes.com
When you think of social media, the first go-to sites are likely to include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snap. It may not be as exciting and engaging as other sites; however, LinkedIn is the destination and home for white-collar professionals. During these challenging times, with nearly 50 million Americans recently filing for unemployment benefits and millions more seeking out new opportunities, LinkedIn offers some smart insights and valuable advice to job seekers. Here are a few recommendations from top LinkedIn accounts that focus on helping people with their job searches and achieving their career goals.
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.
Helping You Learn to Learn
There are several things that you can do to maximize your learning
For older job seekers, it’s not unusual to need to brush up on various business skills – especially technology skills. And it’s not unusual when learning new technology to be so overloaded with information that very little of it actually sticks.
So what good was taking the course if you’re not going to be able to retain much of what’s presented? And how can you be certain that you’re getting a good return on your investment? (Even if the course is free, you’re still investing your time and energy into learning something.)
One of the best ways to maximize your end-result retention is to take the course (together or separately) with a colleague or your job-search buddy and compare notes. You will be more likely to pay closer attention and take better notes so as not to be embarrassed in front of your buddy. And vice versa.
That is what’s known as a win-win.
If you don’t have someone to take the course with, force yourself to review everything in the class with your spouse, significant other, or close friend. According to medium.com, if you just watch a lecture you could retain as little as five percent of the content. But, if you discuss the subject with someone else, your retention rate could be as high as 50 percent; and if you have the opportunity to teach it to others, now your retention rate could soar to as high as 90 percent.
Often times spouses and friends will ask, “What can I do to help you in your search?” If you discuss your class with them or attempt to teach them what was in the course, it certainly benefits you, but you may be helping them as well.
That’s another win-win.