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How Competitive Job Seekers 50+

Are Upping Their Games

by Sheila Callaham at forbes.com

There are hundreds of free online offerings for job seekers 50+, but many of them perpetuate workplace myths. One career coach posted a Youtube video claiming that karma is why workers over age 50 are overlooked in the recruiting process. She explained it was payback for calling Millennials lazy and not hiring them during the 2007 recession. Other career offerings for 50+ suggest age bias isn’t the problem at all; it’s the applicant – even when they are doing everything right.

    Fortunately, not all complimentary coaching webinars are tainted with misinformation or conflicts of interest. Given the competitiveness of a COVID-19 economy, it's critical to level the playing field so all qualified job applicants have a fair chance for employment.

No Choice – We must Keep Going!

by Darlene Corbett at sixtyandme.com

Life has been extremely challenging. Along with everyday stresses, Covid has put many people over the top during 2020. Disturbingly, no end to this pandemic seems to be in sight. Vaccines are not far off, yet the numbers are on the rise.

    For those of us living above the equator, this does not bode well for the winter season. What is one to do? My response as always – you must keep going, searching for the glimmer of hope during this on-going bleak season.
 

Nearly 30 Million Baby Boomers Forced

Into Unwanted Retirement

by Jack Kelly at forbes.com
 

In the third quarter of 2020, roughly 28.6 million Baby Boomers have left the job market and retired, according to the Pew Research Center.   

    The study shows that Covid-19 has contributed to the rapid increase of Boomers—born between 1946 and 1964—being forced out of the labor market. Since the onset of the outbreak, the number of Boomer-aged retirees has increased by about 1.1 million.  MORE 

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Hard Skills vs. Soft Skills: 

What Are They and How Can You Show Them Off in Your Job Search?

by Regina Borsellino at themuse.com

There’s no way around it. In your job hunt, your skills matter. They tell potential employers not only what you can do, but how you can do it and even who you are. All your skills can generally be divided into two main buckets: hard skills and soft skills. And you’ll need both to land your next gig. But what’s the difference? And how do you show employers that you have the skills they’re looking for?

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The Best Policy

Honesty may be admirable, but it’s difficult to attain

It’s always best to be honest as opposed to… well, the alternative.

    As an older job seeker, honesty is not only the best policy, it’s sure-fire requirement. And we’re not talking about fudging on your age to get into a bar when under 21. We talking about presenting yourself in forthright manner when you’re interacting with potential employers – and the many contacts with whom you should be encountering along the way.

    First and foremost, employers demand honesty. Can you blame them? They are about to invest a lot of money in you and they want to be certain that they are getting what they’re paying for.

    Being honest on your resume should be a no brainer. While there are ways to downplay your age on your resume, in the end, you can’t hide it. Nor should you.

    The real honesty challenge comes when candidates are trying to sell themselves. 

    No doubt that, sometime in your career, you’ve encountered those individuals who can’t say enough good things about themselves. “I was the best (this),” or “I was number one (at that),” or “That was my idea,” or “That happened because of me.” And, realistically, no one is being fooled. Most people can recognize BS when they see or hear it.

    Unfortunately, there is another side of honesty that can be just as damaging. Many people are self-conscious about blowing their own horns. They somehow feel that it is inappropriate to call attention to themselves, that somehow they are being disingenuous.

    Stop that! There is a happy medium. And believe it or not, it is difficult to be honest with and about yourself. According to Psychology Today, people have a hard time being honest about themselves out of fear of damaging our reputations or losing trust among others.

    When you’re attempting to sell yourself in a job situation, honesty is not only the best policy, it could be the fastest way to landing your next job.

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