Soft Skills No Longer Enhance Your Candidacy
For A New Job
by Dawn Graham at forbes.com
Soft skills have been defined as “non-technical skills that relate to how you work” and include problem solving, critical thinking, influencing, being creative and resourceful, interpersonal skills and managing your time.
Long considered a “nice-to-have” in a job applicant, soft skills are the new “must-have” for employers. In a world that is in constant motion, the ability to adapt to change is critical to any new hire, regardless of industry or specialty.
New Tools to Stand Out With Your LinkedIn Profile
by Abhijit Tamhane at linkedin.com
Your LinkedIn profile is a digital representation of your professional story and experience, and can be your ticket to a variety of opportunities -- whether that’s finding a new job, building your network or growing your audience.
Here are a few of the most recent updates to help you do this on your LinkedIn profile.
12 Tips for Staying Afloat After Losing Your Job
by Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times
If this was television, the time would be around 10 a.m., and you'd be sitting in a darkened bar, staring into your third or fourth scotch, wondering how to go home and tell the spouse you've lost your job.
A bit clichéd perhaps, but a lot more plausible than the reality of 2020, the year that started with such financial promise and then devolved — is still devolving — into scenarios so increasingly bizarre we barely react to them anymore… Now you have a mortgage or rent due, a car payment, maybe some children... and barely anything in savings.
Is Full-Time Employment a Good Career Strategy?
You have to wonder if full-time employment is a good career strategy… For those of you who lost full-time employment each time you start wondering whether putting all your eggs in one basket makes sense… Maybe it is time to diversify our careers.
Show your support for all the age 50+ job seekers.
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.
Not for Everyone
When it comes to job search, one size does NOT fit all
When older workers lose their jobs, their reactions are quite varied. While each individual experience is different, there are some trends.
The reaction of those who worked at large organizations typically is to try to find a new position in another large organization. Some won’t even consider looking anywhere else. And for some people, they may not be able to capably function in any other kind of environment. That’s neither good nor bad. It’s whatever works best for the individual.
On the other hand, some people who worked at large corporations swear that they will never go back. Immediately they start looking for other opportunities be they in small companies, non-profit organizations, etc. – anything except a large corporation.
Similarly, those who worked at non-profit organizations just can’t picture themselves working anywhere else. For profit companies are completely off their radar regardless of the size of the enterprise.
There are still others who immediately gravitate to being their own bosses. Their rationale says that if they are working for themselves, they can never again be laid off, downsized, let go, etc. There is some truth to that.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to the individual. No matter the path you choose, there is not necessarily any right or wrong way. It’s whatever works for you.
Looking for a job as an older worker always has been tough. Regardless of how the economy is doing. Late last year and early this year when employers were hungry for bodies, even then there were hurdles for the older worker.
Now, with the Covid-19, the hurdles for older workers have gotten taller with shorter distances in between. Age discrimination in the workplace is alive and well… and flourishing.
For some employers, things have improved. In fact, there are some companies who actively seek out older workers and prefer to hire them. But they are few and far between.
In the end, regardless of whence you came, our advice is not to limit yourself to one kind of an employer over another. Big companies, small companies, non-profits, own-your-own – they all should be on your target list. Our favorite metaphor is the many rocks you find in a stream. Look under all of them.
You never know what you might find.