Today is: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 | Our next publication day: Friday, August 7, 2020
How To Start Over After Being Fired At Age 54
by Caroline Ceniza-Levine at forbes.com
How do I start over at the age of 54? I still love accounting, but I believe I need a re-do to grasp the real world concepts of today’s work environment. I’m a great worker, but not (in my opinion) a leader or at least the type of leader that’s desired in the workplace, in order to earn the salary I desire… How do I start over? Doesn’t it look bad to apply for a lower position than the previous one? How do I convince a new employer of my commitment to the position I’m applying for? I really just want the opportunity to grow into a leadership role, while still doing the tasks that I love. Read the answer.
This Sector Could Have a Half Million Job Openings and Opportunities for Older Workers
One former clerical worker got a certificate in 6 months and completely changed careers
by Kathleen Kiley at marketwatch.com
Although the Coronavirus continues to rattle global markets and industries, some analysts expect to see greater demand for advanced manufacturing talent in the U.S. as the pandemic diminishes. That could create opportunities for older men and women, including white-collar professionals struggling to find jobs.
Before COVID-19, there were 500,000 manufacturing jobs open in the U.S., according to the National Association of Manufacturers.
How To Successfully Change Careers After A Layoff
by Aaron Sanborn at workitdaily.com
For many workers, being laid off or furloughed is a scary thought, and unfortunately this scary thought is becoming a reality for many as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
However, for some, losing their job is the push they need to change careers…
Changing careers isn't easy, but with an organized approach, career change can be done successfully. It won't happen overnight, but with patience and commitment, you can ultimately end up in a better place.
Where To Get Help Finding A Job: The Virtual Library
by Lisa Fields at forbes.com
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…
To assist, libraries have been creating new job-hunting content through online videos and e-seminars. Others have tweaked the services they’d normally offered in person, such as one-on-one meetings with career specialists.
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Job interviews are no time
to be quiet and hold back
You heard it from your parents. It was reinforced throughout your experiences in society. Family, friends and the rest of the world constantly preach the benefits of humility. Be humble. There is a lot of good that flows from that concept.
A job search is one of those rare situations where it’s beneficial to take your humility and check it at the door. This is especially true if that door leads into a job interview.
A job interview is one place where it’s not only good and acceptable, but it’s also beneficial to blow your own horn. Interviewers are less concerned with your job titles and job descriptions. What they really want to know is what you’ve done and what you can do for them.
The onus is on you. “This is what I did. And this is why it was important.”
This is no time to be shy and demurring. You must speak up and speak out. If you don’t do it, who will? Even your references won’t expound on how exceptional you are. They’ll say nice things about you, but they’re not likely to go over the top for you. Nor should you expect them to.
Keep in mind that job interviews are sales presentations. It’s your responsibility to be excited and boastful about your product (i.e. you as a job candidate) and to make certain that you (and your product) are the best possible choice for them to make.
This is your one chance to make that sale. You had better take advantage of it.