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Entrepreneurship in the 2nd Half of Life
COVID-19 will push many of you into entrepreneurship in the 2nd half of life.
I wrote about this previously in the post The Necessity Entrepreneur – A Path to Freedom and on the podcast episode, Are You Prepared to be an “After the Age of 50" Entrepreneur?
Career Advice from a Serial Job Hopper
by Sheena Daree Miller at idealist.org
I’ve lived, worked, and studied across three different U.S. cities, six countries, and nine organizations, in a dizzying fourteen positions. My mother jokes that I am a “flight risk;” I have not stayed in any role for more than two years, or any organization more than three. And while some roles prioritize applicants willing to stay through the long-haul, this is not always a requirement.
There are myriad ways job hopping antes up the benefit and value you bring to a new opportunity. Instead of over-explaining your decisions in an effort to downplay your professional history, think about how you’ll discuss the unique perspective and skill-set you bring from your varied background in a way that works for—not against—you.
Over Half of Unemployed Older Workers
at Risk of Involuntary Retirement
Since March 2020, 2.9 million workers ages 55-70 left the labor force, 50% more than the 1.9 million older workers who left the labor force three months after the Great Recession began in 2007. In percentage terms, 7% of older workers left the labor force in recent months, compared with 4.7% of older workers in the Great Recession. MORE
How Good Is Your Job Search Plan?
Is your job search built on a solid foundation?
See whether your job search is organized to support your goals, find out if you are doing an effective search? If not, you could be missing out on new opportunities!
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.
Making Your List
Job seekers have a long checklist of things to do
All job seekers have long lists of things to do as part of their job searches. This is true for young and old job seekers alike.
In addition to your general list – update your resume and LinkedIn, identify target persons and companies, etc. – there are more detailed lists for when there is an opportunity surfaces. When you have an interview scheduled – and this is true for an informational interview, an in-person interview and even a virtual, online interview – there is yet another list to check off.
Just as you will do homework on the company, the job in question, the interviewer, etc., the interviewer has a checklist as well. That list will include the obvious – reviewing your resume, etc. – but in today’s job market it also will include reviewing your LinkedIn profile as well as doing a general search of all social media to see where – and in what context – you might turn up.
And don’t think for even a fleeting moment that the social media component of that background review isn’t important. It is. And we have proof.
There is a company in Dallas that has a YouTube channel showing people who park their cars illegally in the company parking lot being towed. Some are quite humorous. The one we will share with you is not. In fact, it has a somewhat tragic ending.
Don’t think that scrubbing your social media presence is important in a job search? Watch this. And watch it all the way to the end. (It’s only 6:36.)
Part of the title the company gave this segment is “Job Search Karma.” And it is every bit that.