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Advice for Older Job Seekers:
Lisa Lawrence’s Job Search Success Story
Insider Tips for Finding Work, Advancing your Career, and Loving Your Job
Finding a new job can present many challenges for anyone, but for those job seekers who are older, those challenges can sometimes seem insurmountable. While ageism is illegal, it remains an obstacle for many people hoping to change careers. On this bonus episode of Find Your Dream Job, Lisa Lawrence and (Mac Pritchard) discuss how she overcame the stigma of being an older worker and used her years of experience to her advantage. PODCAST
How Do I Explain an Employment Gap on My Resume?
by Brie Weiler Reynolds at msn.com
“It’s been a while since I updated my resume … Is there anything I can do to stand out because I haven’t worked in quite a while?”
Job hunting after an employment gap
The first thing I’d recommend is to have a section on your resume that addresses the gap, for a couple of reasons. MORE
5 Transferable Skills Job Seekers Need
by Joshua Turner at workitdaily.com
Looking for a job has become relatively tough for many people. Even some professionals with advanced academic qualifications, such as bachelor's degrees and even MBAs, are currently having a rough time on the market. However, there are still plenty of jobs out there for the right candidates.
One of the ways of differentiating yourself from other job seekers is by having transferable skills. Broadly speaking, a transferable skill is expertise that you can use across a wide range of industries.
Looking For A New Job?
Here Are 10 Places You Might Have Overlooked
by Dawn Graham at forbes.com
The labor forecasts are dismal, predicting steep increases in additional layoffs with hiring being relatively stagnant. These statistics are enough to depress any job seeker.
However, if you’ve been applying online and hearing crickets, you’re not alone. An online job search may feel productive, but it’s actually one of the most competitive and least successful ways to search for new employment.
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.
Don’t let the pressure
of an interview tie
your responses in knots
If it’s happened to you, you’re not alone. There may not be any empirical statistics on the subject, but getting tongue-tied during a job interview is something that many, or even most of us have experienced at one time or another.
According to scientists at Texas A&M University, getting tongue-tied is common when you’re talking faster than your brain is thinking. This may be brought on by the natural nervousness of the job interview as well as elevated levels of adrenalin.
For the record, the condition, commonly known as being tongue-tied, is called ankyloglossia.
Researchers from the UK recommend deep breathing to alleviate the condition.
But what if once you’ve regained your composure, you’re not sure what questions to ask in an interview? Sure there are the basic questions about the company, the industry and so forth. But most well-prepped interviewees will ask those questions.
How do you set yourself apart? Pose questions that get to the heart of the company. Ask about their challenges, their obstacles, their concerns. Depending on their answers you can proceed to address some of all those issues and explain how you would be the best candidate to deal with them. There has to be something in those issues where you have had some experience and have been able to conquer them to a successful conclusion.
If you get tongue-tied talking about yourself, your background or the employer… realize that your nerves are not allowing your brain to keep up with your speech. So, stop. Take a deep breath (or two.) And ask them some probing questions to which you can ably provide the answer.