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10 Steps for Making a Successful Career Change
by Leah Campbell at themuse.com
Christine O’Neill was 48 years old when she turned her life upside down. Leaving behind a career in medicine and hospital leadership, she set out on her own to start an executive coaching practice.
Like so many considering midlife career changes, O’Neill dealt with a fear of failure and the negative opinions of others trying to stop her from taking what they saw as too big a risk. By the time most people reach 40, they’re settled into their careers and a way of life that’s become familiar, which makes considering a career change all the more daunting.
When Retirement Comes Too Early
Workplaces have grown steadily less friendly to older employees, and the pandemic has pushed more of these workers from the labor market
by Paula Span at nytimes.com
Joey Himelfarb estimates that in his 25 years in sales, hawking everything from Hewlett-Packard computers to cars and swimming pools, he has been laid off or downsized at least a half-dozen times.
The most recent occasion came in April, when he got a call from the chief executive officer of the start-up in northern Virginia that had hired him 10 months earlier… But now, the boss told him, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the company could no longer afford his mid-five-figure salary.
You will never meet a more relentlessly upbeat job-seeker.
How Can Older Job Seekers
Overcome Age Discrimination?
Unfortunately, age discrimination is very real. There are preconceptions many older job seekers may face when trying to find a new role.
by Elaine Varelas at boston.com
Age discrimination is real, unfortunately. Any discrimination can be hard to prove, and there are other factors that influence negative decisions on older applicants. Some employers avoid hiring senior workers because they are typically more expensive to pay. Employers are also concerned about how long an older worker will stay on the job. Will the training and ramp-up period be worth the investment if someone is potentially in a short-term situation? Older employees do have a bad reputation for not being computer literate and for having an unwillingness to learn to change readily, be adaptable, and be flexible as well… try and limit the attention their resume brings to their age. MORE
Finding the Positives in a Job Rejection
Getting turned down for a job is tough. After a few rounds of interviews and promising information, it’s even tougher. I always try to tell people that it’s for the best and the right fit will come along (because I know it’s true!) but it’s hard to hear that in the moment. It’s pretty hard to find the positives in a job rejection…
It’s happened to all of us at one point or another – we feel we’ve aced the assignment, exam, or interview and then we are knocked over backwards when we discover that, in fact, we were unsuccessful. Even for the most determined and confident people out there, this can be extremely disappointing and lead to endless second-guessing and self-doubt.
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.
That’s where the jobs are
During the 1920s and 1930s, Willie Sutton gained fame as a bank robber. Reputedly he stole more than $2 million. When asked why he robbed banks, Sutton is alleged to have replied, "Because that's where the money is."
What does this have to do with your job search? First of all, no one is suggesting that you abandon your job search in favor of robbing banks. However, as an older worker seeking new, gainful employment, where should you look? Obviously, according to Sutton’s Law, where the jobs are.
So let’s start with where the jobs are NOT. Look back over the past few decades, regardless of economic conditions, big companies are continually announcing layoffs, cutbacks, downsizing, etc. Rightly or wrongly, the first instinct of people who have been let go by a big company is to focus their job searches on other big companies.
Let’s review: BusinessInsider recently announced just a few of the 2020 corporate layoffs that either have happened or are planned for the upcoming months. Coca-Cola 4,000 persons, American Airlines 19,000 employees and Delta Airlines 1,941 pilots. AT&T laid off 3,400 employees in June; Schlumberger is cutting roughly 21,000 jobs; Walgreens plans to cut 4,000 jobs; HSBC, Europe's biggest bank, plans to cut 35,000 jobs; and Hertz said it plans to lay off 10,000 employees.
And that’s just a partial list for this year.
So, Mr. Sutton, where are the jobs? Jobs boards monster.com and indeed.com have their lists. As do Glassdoor and SimplyHired. Unlike BusinessInsider, their lists are liberally populated with small companies. Depending on whose list you cite and how you define “small company,” more than half of all U.S. workers are employed at small companies. Google reported that as late as 2014, small businesses accounted for over half of net job creation.
If your job search doesn’t include a healthy dose of small companies as your targets, maybe it’s time to re-focus.
Does this sound appealing? Generally speaking, small companies are more open to hiring older workers; small companies don’t use Automated Tracking Systems (ATS) to screen applicants; small companies tend to have more personal and less bureaucratic cultures.
Small can be good.