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Land a New Job With an Ageless Resume
Build a resume that focuses on your skills and experience, not your age
by Harriet Edleson at kiplinger.com
Working as a real estate broker wasn’t giving Cort Howard the steady income he wanted or enough time with his family, so last October he began looking for a new job. In addition to networking, Howard, 54, hired Joe Konop, owner of One Great Resume, to help him craft a resume that highlighted his relevant experience and skills, not his age.
The ageless resume omitted key dates while emphasizing Howard’s sales experience and the 15 online technology courses he’d recently completed. The $350 Howard spent for the resume, cover letter and an edited LinkedIn profile produced a big payoff: By late December, Howard landed a salaried position as a territory sales manager with a software manufacturer.
Five Strategies To Overcome Your Obstacles
by Jill Griffin at forbes.com
I am a fan of doing what you can right now. I love having a plan, but as someone said the best laid plans of mice and men sometimes hit a snag (my paraphrase). In those moments, it is easy to pull over to the side of the road and wait for the perfect moment to proceed. Most often there are no perfect moments and you can spend a lot of time stalled. So, why not make some progress even if it’s not entirely where you want to end up?
How Can Organizations
Prevent Ageism in the Workplace?
by Lakshmi Hutchinson at idealist.org
Ageism is a bias—so much so that age discrimination is sometimes referred to as a second-class civil rights issue.
In the workplace, both older and younger employees may face biases based on their age, yet age discrimination is usually not included in diversity trainings. There are many ways for organizations to work toward being more inclusive and ensuring their hiring practices, employee development, and office culture are all supportive of age diversity.
Career Counselor Offers Her Best Two Tips
for Job Seekers
As the number of laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits continues to rise during the coronavirus pandemic, many people are looking for work.
Sarah Seavey is a career counselor and the founder, Career Vision. She spoke to the WGN Evening News and offered tips for those looking and applying for jobs.
Among her advice is to leverage your network.
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.
This divorced, mother of two had a good job at a decent, mid-size company. You can guess what happened next. One day, out of the blue, she was let go.
Out of work, frustrated and little bit angry, she set out to pursue another position. She did all the right things: she updated her resume, took inventory of her contacts and began searching the job boards.
As part of that process, she scheduled an informational interview with someone she knew at a local coffee shop. She arrived early and began scanning her phone for messages, news, etc.
During this time, she couldn’t help but overhear the conversation at the next table. Two men were discussing their small research firm and how they needed to find someone for a particular position.
Undaunted, our damsel in distress interrupted their conversation and said, “Excuse me, but I can do that.”
One thing led to another and she got the job.
But this is a good news, bad news story. The bad news is that she didn’t stay with that company very long. The good news is that she was able to leverage that job into a product manager position with a large corporation that paid better with more benefits.
In short, she landed on her feet all because she paid attention to those around her and was bold enough to speak up when it was appropriate.
The bottom line: You never know under which rock that next job might be lurking.