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Older Americans Face Age-Related Employment Challenges Amid Pandemic

by Alex Gangitano at thehill.com

Employed Americans 55 and older have experienced a relatively high level of job security compared with their younger counterparts since the start of the pandemic. 

    But experts say that older adults who’ve lost their jobs may find themselves struggling to find another position due to their physical vulnerabilities, age and perceived lack of technological savvy. 

How to Get a New Job Quickly After Being Laid Off

by Cade Kennedy at jobacle.com
 

A job loss can be devastating, emotionally, and financially. It can be hard to get back out there on the job market, but you have to if you hope to find a new position.

    But, if it’s been a while since you’ve interviewed for jobs, your skills might be rusty. You might need some help updating your resume and writing cover letters, finding open positions that are a good fit, and navigating the hiring process through multiple rounds of interviews. To make your job search as short as possible, take time to plan your strategy after you’re laid off, take advantage of any outplacement assistance services your former company may offer, and take advantage of your network to learn about new opportunities or research companies you’re interested in.

Networking for Success

Getting Off the Couch and Getting Into the Game

from careercourage.com

One of the most common questions I get asked when a client’s job search is stalled is “Do I have to do the whole networking thing?”

    Yes. Yes, you do.

    Job seekers are great at submitting online job applications day in and day out of their search. It’s a very common appropriation of job search activities for most of the time to be spent on the couch and very little time spent off the couch.   MORE
 

Our next edition…

Leverage the LinkedIn Algorithm

to Boost Your Personal and Business Profile

by Lynne Williams at greatcareersphl.org
 

You can leverage the LinkedIn algorithm to boost you personal and business profile if you can keep up with its mysterious and ever-changing nature.

    Some recent research from the Netherlands, as well as from a LinkedIn expert in Chicago, may help you with your LinkedIn strategy.

    If you understand a little about the algorithm, you can leverage how you approach LinkedIn to build your business and/or profile.
 

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Those Who Ask, Get

Don’t be shy about asking critical questions

There’s a lot of learning that goes into preparing for a job interview. You need to learn about the company, the company’s culture, the job specifics – and, as much as you can, even about your interviewer.

    The good news is that most, if not all, of that information can be found. It may take some digging in some cases, but it’s there – if you look for it. 

    But what about the things that aren’t necessarily obvious or apparent? How can you dig deeper to find out what really matters? The simple answer is the obvious answer: Ask!

    But what are you asking? Every job has its list of criteria. It could be years of service. It could be experience in a particular job, or a specific industry. It may be a proven track record – increased sales, improvements in profitability, lower turnover. Any of those things could be critical.

    But which ones? It’s time to circle back to our earlier answer: Ask!

    Why not come right out and ask the interviewer: what are the deal breakers for this job? What are the “must haves”? A competent hiring manager or interview should know these things. And once you know them, you will know what to emphasize to overcome any objection that the interviewer may have.

    If, for whatever reason, you don’t feel comfortable about asking the interviewer a question like that, ask your recruiter. Of course, a good recruiter should offer that information to you before you even ask. But if they don’t, again: Ask!

    Depending on the situation, you could also ask someone you know at the company, or the person who told you about the opening or who referred you. Anyone who might have some “inside information” would be someone to ask.

    The more information you have about a company or a job the better, but the best thing(s) to know are what are the deal breakers. Armed with that insight, you can capture the inside track to job search success.

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