Today is: Friday, September 4, 2020 | Our next publication day: Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Unemployment for Older Workers Plummets – Read more
The Industries Least Likely to Hire Workers Over Age 45
by C.W. Headley at theladders.com
According to the August edition of the Older Workers Report, conducted by The Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis Retirement Equity Lab, more than half of unemployed Americans over the age of 50 are at risk of involuntary retirement.
In the same analysis, it was revealed that roughly three million workers between the age of 55 and 70 have been terminated or resigned from their place of work since March.
The Rude, Inconsiderate Things Job Seekers Are Forced To Endure In The Job Search And Interviewing Process
by Jack Kelly at forbes.com
We’re six months into the Covid-19 pandemic and millions of Americans are out of work or desperately worried that they’ll lose their jobs. Going through this ordeal is mentally, emotionally, financially and spiritually damaging.
To add insult to injury, instead of being empathetic, understanding and caring about people who are seeking out a new job and interviewing during this time, corporations and their representatives, according to the hundred-plus people I’ve spoken to, are indifferent and callous.
Here is what job seekers are saying about their experiences, as they look for a new job.
9 Steps to Strengthen Age Diversity and Inclusion
in the Workplace
by Lois A. Bowers at mcknightsseniorliving.com
As senior living organizations work to become more diverse, a new survey shares encouraging news about multigenerational workforces and anti-ageism efforts among various types of employers around the world. But work remains.
Good news is that, among several possible dimensions included in the survey, age was the one employers most often said is included in their organizations’ workforce diversity and inclusion strategies. It was cited by 47% of respondents, compared with 41% for gender, 37% for race/ethnicity, 36% for disability, 30% for gender identity, 29% for sexual orientation, 28% for religion and 17% for veteran status. So work still remains on the inclusivity front.
Why Building a Personal Brand
Is More Important Than Ever
by Jennifer Spencer at entrepreneur.com
A personal brand allows you to build more trust between your business and colleagues and clients alike. It also boosts your reputation and motivates others to want to do business with you. Now more than ever, there is a strong need for entrepreneurs to build a personal brand.
A strong company brand is vital to your success for several reasons.
Have a Save and Happy Holiday
To commemorate Labor Day, Nifty50s will not publish on Monday, September 7th. Our next edition will be Wednesday, September 9, 2020.
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.
Regardless of your circumstances, there are many holes that never existed before
We feel especially bad for last spring’s high school seniors. No prom. No graduation ceremony. For most, no graduation party. No, or little chance, to say good bye to many of your high school friends – some of whom they may not see for years, if not decades. These are life experiences they will never experience.
Now many of those same kids are being deprived of the excitement, anticipation and even the anxiety of going away to college. First time living on your own. No constant parental involvement and/or oversight. No campus life. No chance to meet and make new friends. A college education should be so much more than staring at a computer screen most of the day from home.
At the other end of the spectrum sit the older workers who have been displaced due to Covid-19. They too – or should we say “you too” are being deprived of so much of what used to be normal – only six months ago – in a job search.
No live networking events. No one-on-one personal meet-ups. Few, if any, friends and colleagues who are willing to brave a trip to a coffee shop or restaurant to mentor you on your job search. Sure, there’s LinkedIn and that’s fine for as long as it goes. It may be a great Plan B, but LinkedIn can’t replace Plan A’s interpersonal interaction.
At the next level there are virtually no live interviews. Again, the computer screen may be the best alternative, but it’s hardly a good one. And you can just about forget information interviews. Consider yourself lucky if you’ve been able to land one of those.
With the withering of personal contact comes an increased reliance on the ATS (automated tracking system) as part of the job search. Unfortunately, the only thing an ATS excels at is thinning the herd of candidates. One has to wonder how often an ATS throws out the baby with the bath water.
But with Labor Day weekend upon us, our thoughts unavoidably go to work and jobs, and all that goes with them. Despite all the new and additional hurdles placed in front of today’s older job seeker, there is one consolation: the creative, the innovative and the persistent will survive.
Believe or not, there are companies that are hiring. Are they harder to find? You bet. But they are out there and it’s your Job #1 to find them.