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How to Get a Job in 2021
by Nancy Collamer at theoaklandpress.com
Between COVID-19, record-high unemployment numbers and the collapse of entire industry sectors, 2020 has been a miserable year for older workers. In fact, for the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers face higher unemployment than mid-career workers, according to The New School Retirement Equity Lab. And a Champlain College survey found that 9% of boomers and 11% of Gen Xers have lost jobs in the pandemic.
Yet despite all the challenges, millions of Americans did get hired this year… What strategies did job seekers and gig workers use that can help you find employment in 2021? MORE
Resume Tips for Older Job Seekers
by Sharlyn Lauby at unretirementproject.com
In an article from the Associated Press, older workers are facing higher unemployment numbers because of the pandemic. I wish that I could say that I’m surprised by this, but I’m not. What I am surprised at, is when I hear that older job seekers rely on outdated job search strategies.
I understand that an older job seeker maybe hasn’t looked for a new opportunity in a while. That’s okay. But recruiters are using new tools to find the best candidates, so you have to update your strategy accordingly. One of the first things you’ll want to revisit is your resume.
Both Men And Women Schmooze For Jobs,
But Only Women Have To "Scout"
A new study reveals the extra steps women take when networking for their careers
by Monica Torres at huffpost.com
Before I apply for a job at a new company, I always make a point to reach out to women or other acquaintances who work there for a vibe check.
My questions usually boil down to “Do people like me have a track record of succeeding at this company? Is time off respected? Is this boss known for championing people who look like me?”
The honest answers I have received have saved me from managers and co-workers I am relieved to not work with and opportunities that would not suit my needs.
NIFTY TIP of the DAY
The Time is Now… Or is it?
Timing is one thing that’s probably beyond your control
When is the ideal time for you to find a job? Would yesterday be soon enough?
That’s obviously unrealistic, but like it or not, in virtually all cases you can’t control an employer’s timing. They will hire someone when they're good and ready.
And typically when an applicant tries to force the issue, it doesn’t end well. MORE
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
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.