Today is: Monday, August 31, 2020 | Our next publication day: Wednesday, September 2, 2020
A Retirement Expert Says (the Gig Economy) Can Provide the Flexibility and Cash Older Americans Need
by Liz Knueven at businessinsider.com
The gig economy has changed work in America in a big way over the past several years as former full-time employees turn to freelancing, driving for Uber, or taking one of the growing number of remote, self-employed roles available…
Aging and retirement expert and author Elizabeth White expects freelancing to become a norm for older Americans.
The Pandemic's Toll on Older Workers
by Erica Pandey at axios.com
The pandemic threatens to chip away at employment among workers over the age of 55 — an increasingly important part of the U.S. labor force.
Why it matters: As the world ages, the older population has become key to economic growth, both as workers and as consumers.
Now, the dual impact of the coronavirus' heightened risk for older workers and lingering ageism in the workplace leaves the future of work for that population hanging in the balance.
This Recently Out-of-Work HR Manager
Wonders About Next Step
by Phil Blair at msn.com
A few years ago I asked two separate headhunters this question: When was the last time you filled a position, any position, with a candidate over 55 years of age? Appearing stumped, as if they’d never heard such an absurd question, each of them paused a few long seconds before giving the same response, "Well ... nobody." Now, at age 63 and having my employer lose a government contract and replace me with someone who worked for me and hates the company and has no experience as an HR manager, I am up to 258 spreadsheet rows in my current job search.
Our next edition…
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
The Two Biggest Lies In The Job Search Process
by Chris Westfall at forbes.com
Frustrated with unemployment and wondering how to make some financial progress during the coronavirus pandemic? You are not alone. Forbes reports that approximately 30 million Americans are receiving unemployment benefits - about 1 in 5 workers. A recent survey conducted during the week of August 26 by Ipsos shows that 51% of respondents said it’s likely they or someone they know might lose their job in the next six months. In the midst of these statistics and sentiments, finding a new career can seem daunting - especially if you’re exiting an industry that’s been punished by the pandemic. Yet there are those who will be able to transition, to position themselves for new career opportunities, even in these difficult times… If you want to make progress, drop these two lies so that you can move forward in your job search.
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.
The strongest suite for an older worker is still experience
Let’s be honest. Younger applicants bring a lot to the table: enthusiasm, energy, fresh perspectives, creativity, up-to-date technology, etc. That’s all well and good, but for many (if not most) employers, they need something more.
And despite all the changes in the economy and the job search process, when all is said and done, the older worker’s strongest suite remains: experience. And the best news for this seasoned demographic, is that there is only one way to get experience… and you can’t do it overnight.
It takes years, even decades to build up the kind of experience that you bring to the table. It’s all good for you, but you need to play that card and play it hard.
When you’re talking about hard skills – i.e. tactical work such as accounting, sales, etc. – that’s easy… and obvious. You can probably produce work samples and/or real-world accounts of how you’ve used and developed those skills. What’s not so obvious is making the same case for your mastery of the soft skills.
Acccording to thebalancecareers.com, “Soft skills are non-technical skills that relate to how you work. They include how you interact with colleagues, how you solve problems, and how you manage your work… Soft skills relate to how you work. Soft skills include interpersonal (people) skills, communication skills, listening skills, time management, and empathy, among others.”
While some younger candidates may posses many soft skills, they still can’t hold a candle to what you’ve acquired through years on the job, working, interacting with people, developing relationships, etc. Once again, your experience is the ultimate trump card.
Whatever that potential employer is looking for – be it enthusiasm, ability to adapt, working with employees of all ages, types, etc., you know you can do it, because you’ve done it before. No matter how they slice it and dice it, you’ve been there, done that.
The value in that kind of experience is almost incalculable. Use it to the best of your ability.