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How to Get a Job in 2021

Career coaches share ways their clients over 50 got hired in the pandemic

by Nancy Collamer at

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.

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11 Simple Ways To Build A Relationship When Networking

by Dawn Graham at

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One of the most popular questions I receive as a career coach is, “How do I develop an ongoing relationship with a new contact?”

    It’s a valid question because a “one and done” approach isn’t really networking, even though many approach it that way and then wonder why they’re not seeing results.

    The primary goal of an initial meeting or introduction to a new person when networking should always be to get a second meeting.

Adults 55 And Older Face Higher Unemployment Rates Than Mid-Career Workers

by Kathy Ritchie at

COVID-19 has exposed the role ageism plays in our society. And it’s not just the very old that it’s hurting. A study has found that people 55 and up now face higher unemployment rates than mid-career workers.

    The study, which examined unemployment since the start of the pandemic, was conducted by the New York-based New School. It found that for the first time since the 1970s, older workers are facing higher unemployment rates than mid-career workers, people ages 34-to-54.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

How To Connect With Recruiters On LinkedIn

by Aaron Sanborn at

If you're looking for a way to simplify your job hunt and get noticed, social platforms like LinkedIn give you an opportunity to be proactive and get past the Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

    With LinkedIn, not only can you view job listings, but you can also easily find the recruiter who's leading the search for the right candidate.

    Reaching out to the recruiter is certainly a solid job search strategy.

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Virtual Workforce

As if things weren’t bad enough for older job seekers

Talking about how different the job search is for older job seekers in this day and age may sound like beating a dead horse, but one needs to peel back a few layers of the onion to absorb the full aroma of the impact of Covid.

    In past economic downturns – even if it’s a downturn of one, that is, you’ve lost your job – many unemployed would seek other venues to add a little income to keep the wolf away from the door. 

    One popular target of the unemployed seeking some refuge was to seek out opportunities in the hospitality industry. Bars and restaurants always seem to need people and always seem to be hiring. Waiters, waitresses, bartenders – jobs with relatively low barriers to entry that would be perfect for the job seeker until something more appropriate came along.

    That was then. Today’s Covid economy has hit the hospitality industry particularly hard. Some industry experts are projecting that, nationwide, as many as 80 percent of independent restaurants that have closed due to the pandemic, may never re-open.

    Bad enough for the people who were working there to begin with, but bad also for the unemployed looking to plug some holes.

    The good news – yes, there is good news – is that if you are one of the lucky ones who have been able to land some virtual work – even project-based assignments – you have much more than just a paycheck. You have some work experience – whether it’s in your chosen field or not – and that virtual experience still counts as experience. It’s experience that you can claim on your resume and it’s experience that you may be able to leverage into your next position.

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