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What to Do
When You’re Burnt Out On Your Job Search
by Kat Boogaard at ziprecruiter.com
The daily grind can be tough and exhausting. But, honestly, so can job searching. Constantly tailoring your resume, drafting personalized cover letters, and anxiously refreshing your email in hopes of at least one reply from a hiring manager is enough to leave you feeling totally drained.
Unfortunately, when you’re hunting for a new position, you know you have no choice but to keep moving forward—no matter how wiped you feel. After all, you’ll never land the job of your dreams if you just throw your hands up and admit it’s all too difficult. You need to stay motivated and continue putting yourself out there.
What Exactly Do Employers Want
From Older Workers?
by Eric Rasmussen at fa-mag.com
Even before the Covid-19 pandemic ravaged the job rolls, many workers were already wondering whether they would have to continue working when they got older. They likely were suffering from a dearth of savings and not ready financially for the longer lives they were going to lead. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said in 2017 that workers age 65 and older were smaller parts of the labor force but were going to see faster rates of growth.
These trends prompted a team led by Alicia Munnell, the director at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, to ask the question: Who is hiring older workers and what are they hiring them for?
Over 50: Putting Your Best Foot Forward
by Renee Lee Rosenberg at job-hunt.org
Are you afraid that your age will prevent you from obtaining a job? Do you worry that others may see you as the "old person"? Does age discrimination exist?
You bet it does, but so do many other forms of discrimination found in the workplace environment: gender, education, ethnic origins, weight, and more.
But should it stop you from doing your best in your job search? Of course not! Do you deserve to get the best job possible to meet your skills and experience? Of course you do!
Our next edition…
Monday, August 3, 2020
Nifty Special Series
Should You Own Your Own Business?
Nifty50s today concludes its series of three videos from frannet.com directed at helping you if you are considering starting or owning your own business. The first segment appeared Monday and was titled, “Why business ownership?” On Wednesday, we featured “Your Three Business Ownership Options” and today we present the third installment, “Your Business Model & Transferable Skills.”
It’s time to get into the nitty gritty of your business model and what you actually bring to the table. This video discusses the types of questions you must ask yourself during the franchise selection process. Gain a deeper insight into what you actually want out of franchise ownership and how your existing skill-set would be useful to a franchisor.
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
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.
You don’t have to bare
your soul in a job interview, unless…
As you prepare for a job interview, doing your homework is a must. It should go without saying that a significant part of that homework is researching the employer with whom you’re going to interview – the company, the market, the competition, the position (and salary history, if available) and the person(s) with whom you will be interviewing.
Granted that’s the lion share of the work. But it doesn’t stop there.
You may not think so, but reviewing your talking points is just as important for a successful interview.
Do you know the points you want to make and what to emphasize? Have you rehearsed your “stories”? These are those areas of your background where you excelled, succeeded, or made a significant contribution. All that should be recounted beforehand to ensure nothing is glossed over or omitted.
We’re certain that you have many good stories to tell. However, just like your resume, how much is too much? Just like your resume, if you’re unsure about talking about something during an interview, ask yourself if it passes the “so what” test.
If you mention something, will the interviewer be impressed or simply shrug and say, “so what”?
That’s really difficult to know ahead of time. A cautioned approach would be to make it relevant but to not tell everything right off the bat. If the interviewer is sufficiently intrigued, if they want to know more, they’ll ask. And if they do, then you can do a history dump and tell them chapter and verse of your contributions.
Sometimes, less is more.