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11 Tips for Finding a Job When You're Over 50
by Jeanette Marantos at finance.yahoo.com
Hey boomers, it's not your imagination. Finding a job in today's COVID economy is harder than ever, especially for "older Americans," i.e. workers 55 and older…
More than half of unemployed older workers are at risk of "involuntary retirement" due to the pandemic because they can't find a new job, according to the (Older Workers Report), and that spells bad news for all of American society moving forward.
Pensions Cash a Temptation for Silver Job Seekers
If you’re made redundant in your fifties, should you dip into your retirement funds?
by Claer Barrett at ft.com
Pension — or boob job?
I’ll admit it’s a very odd question, but the choice between saving for your future retirement and splurging on cosmetic surgery is a hot topic in Australia right now.
Whatever your age, if you’re in financial hardship due to Covid-19, the Australian government will allow early access to money in your pension superannuation fund (commonly referred to as your “super.”)
How Networking Works in the Real World
by Evil HR Lady at evilhrlady.org
Yes, you meet people on LinkedIn and have a nice, socially distanced cup of tea with them, but that’s not the only way to network…
Networking isn’t just about targeting people in your area and hoping that they give you jobs. It’s about making connections with other humans.
5 Reasons You Should Work for as Long as You Live
by Alex Valdes at moneytalksnews.com
While countless workers dream of retirement, millions more have decided to work full time or part time after age 65:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2024, there will be more than 13 million working Americans ages 65 and older.
A 2017 Gallup poll found that 74% of working Americans planned to work past retirement age.
Working longer might be your best option.
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.
A lot can happen
in just a few seconds
When we were kids there was the 5-second rule which states: If a piece of food falls on the floor and you pick it up in less than five seconds, it’s OK to eat it. We’ll be generous and say that the science behind that rule is more than a little shaky.
You’ll be on a lot firmer footing when you apply the 7-second rule to your job search. That rule states that a recruiter, hiring manager, et.al., can make a decision about you as a candidate after looking at your resume for only seven seconds. Kinda creepy.
Time flies all around us… According to NBC News, a mugger can identify a potential crime victim in about the same amount of time – seven seconds. Law enforcement people say that walking fast and swinging your arms as you do can help discourage would-be criminals. Some also say that talking on the phone as you walk can be a deterrent.
As scary as that may seem, let’s get back to your job search. Equally as scary, however, is that an ATS scanner (Automated Tracking System) can reject your resume a lot faster than that seven seconds the resume reviewer or lying-in-wait criminal spends. Calls into question the efficacy of applying for jobs online, doesn’t it.
But it doesn’t stop there. If you’re fortunate enough to land an interview some experts claim that interviewers can make a decision on you in 90 seconds or less. Gives a lot of credence to the adage of first impressions…
Time is of the essence in a job search. How quickly you respond to a job posting. How quickly you respond to phone calls and emails. Being on time when arriving for an interview. Sending thank you’s and acknowledgments following interviews in a timely fashion. It all adds up.
The wiser you are in how you use your time in your job search, means the less time you’ll spend looking for that next job.