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Laid Off From White-Collar Work?

Consider Manufacturing

How this sector is often welcoming to job hunters over 50

by Kathleen Kiley at nextavenue.org

Although the coronavirus continues to rattle global markets and industries, some analysts expect to see greater demand for advanced manufacturing talent in the United States as the pandemic diminishes. That could create opportunities for older men and women, including white-collar professionals struggling to find jobs…

    As manufacturers frantically try to keep up again with demand for essentials and lifesaving PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for health care workers as cases rise across the country, their innovation and high-tech problem-solving could help dispel misconceptions that all manufacturing jobs are dirty and physically demanding. 

The Diversity Employers Need To Remember:

Age Diversity

by Stefanie K. Johnson at forbes.com

There is little doubt that diversity and inclusion in the workplace enhance engagement, innovation, decision-making and performance. The benefits of diversity and inclusion have been most widely examined in terms of race and gender, possibly because of the social justice implications of a lack of diversity in those areas. But workers over 40 also represent a major segment of the population facing workplace discrimination. It’s essential that employers remember the importance of age diversity, too

    One fifth of discrimination charges filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are based on age.
 

Workplace Age Discrimination Is Unacceptable — and Very Real

by Jeff Hoyt at recruiter.com
 

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 prohibits employers from displaying bias against most applicants and employees 40 or older with regard to hiring and firing, promotions, compensation, or terms and conditions of employment.

    Despite this law being on the books for more than half a century, today’s older workers still face bias and discrimination. Examples range from coworkers cracking seemingly benign jokes about aging (think, “Okay, Boomer.”) to superiors unethically and illegally refusing to promote a qualified employee simply because of their age. 

Our next edition…

Where to Get Help Finding a Job: The Virtual Library

How to tap libraries during Covid-19 to become a stronger job applicant

by Lisa Fields at nextavenue.org
 

Public libraries have long been known for helping people with job searches, through one-on-one résumé advice and classes teaching computer skills. Since many libraries have been closed physically due to the pandemic, they’re now often offering job search help virtually so people can benefit from the resources at home.

Coronavirus Affecting Your Job Search?

We've added some additional material that we hope can help.

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No Pain, No Gain

Especially for older workers, a job search should not be all mental

People rack their brains during their job searches. Re-do your resume. Draft a cover letter. Research companies. Hone your network. Seek out opportunities. Prep for interviews.

    It’s all very taxing – mentally.

    It should come as no surprise to anyone that keeping yourself sharp from the neck down also can be a tremendous help to your job search. Most experts agree that a sound mind in a sound body is not just a slogan. There’s real wisdom there.

    Physical fitness professionals typically first point to exercise as a great stress reducer. When you exercise you release endorphins which improve your mental state as well as allowing you to sleep better. Get a good night’s sleep before an important interview and you’re off to a great start.

    They also claim that exercise can make you more alert and give you more energy. The increased blood flow to your brain also will benefit the cerebral side of your job search.

    Most experts also agree that as little as 20 minutes of exercise a day is sufficient to improve your general health. And one of the best ways to increase your exercise time is to build it right into your schedule, your routine. Maybe it’s during that mid-morning break. Or right after lunch. Or just before or after dinner. Whatever works best for you and your schedule.

    If you’re questioning the benefits of exercise in your job search, look at how many companies now provide exercise areas in house, and how many companies offer gym memberships as a job benefit. Companies don’t like to spend money unless there are some definite returns.

    This is not to say that you need to join a gym (but you could if you want to.) Some relatively simple bending and stretching, a short jog or a brisk walk could be all that you need to loosen those tight joints, get that blood flowing and put you closer to getting your groove back.

    It couldn’t hurt. Well, not too much.

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