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What to Expect If You’re Over 50

and Looking for a Job in Today’s Market

by Jane Peterson For MediaNews Group

Looking for a new job or entering the job market can be a daunting task whether you’re a 21-year-old recent college graduate or 35-year-old professional in the prime of your career. When you’re over 50 years old and possibly out of the job market for a number of years, finding new employment can be downright overwhelming.

    Mature job seekers have a lot to offer employers, but they have to be prepared to present their best foot forward. Some of the challenges they face… is a lack of social media presence, unfamiliarity with online networking opportunities like LinkedIn, managing employment compensation expectations and in some cases, age discrimination.
 

Achieving Your Dream Career in Nursing:

A Guide for Those Over 50

from betterafter50.com
 

Being a nurse is a very rewarding role and can be exceptionally well paid and perfect for almost everyone. That is, of course, if you work beyond the standard role of an RN. RNs make up the biggest bulk of healthcare, and they are in big demand. With an estimated 800,000 RN roles unfilled currently and another million expected to open up by 2030, we need more dedicated RNs.

    We also need more APRNs. If you have been an RN and want to improve, but think your time is past, you are wrong. Any time is the perfect time to advance your nursing career.

These 6 Masterpieces

Were Created by People Aged 60 or Older

by Kate Whiting at weforum.org
 

In 2017, Tanzanian-born artist Lubaina Himid won the Turner Prize, the most prestigious contemporary art prize in Britain.

    It was remarkable for two reasons: firstly, because she was the first woman of colour to win the prize and secondly, because at 63, she was the oldest person ever to win it. Until the year before, eligibility had been capped at age 50.
 

Our next edition…

What To Do When Your Spirit Is Crushed

In A Job Search (& What NOT To Do)

by Dawn Graham at forbes.com
 

When a movie wraps up neatly with a happy ending, I often wonder what would happen if the story evolved for an additional 20 minutes. Likely we’d witness unforeseen hardships impacting the destined soulmates, career setbacks for the underdog who beat the corporate bad guys, and discoveries that paint our hero in a less than perfect light.

    Not that I’m a pessimist, but even Ferris Bueller must have had some off days. Life is complicated, messy, unfair and imperfect. Most stories in life aren’t tied up with a bow despite what Hollywood would have us believe. And this is a good thing, because it’s adversity, hurdles and mistakes that help us to grow, remain compassionate, and develop adaptability, coping strategies and creative solutions.
 

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It’s a Matter of Seconds

Job searches seem to have two speeds

Every good story has two sides.

    On the one hand, job seekers lament the recent statistic that was reported which said the employers only spend an average of six or seven seconds reviewing a candidate’s resume before putting it the keepers file or discarding it. 

    Of course, that’s after the automated tracking system (ATS) is done with it. If your resume can make it past a computer that has been programmed to find a reason to eliminate it, the first human who sees it spends less time reviewing it than you spend tying your shoes.

    That hardly seems fair. But the reality is that, as a job seeker, you’re not much better. 

    Today, many job seekers scan jobs boards for the latest position openings. However, according to LinkedIn, job seekers spend an average of 14 seconds reviewing a job posting before moving on.

    What’s the rush? Sure you want to land a job as soon as possible, but can’t you afford more than 14 seconds to read a job posting?

    Is it no surprise that LinkedIn claims that shorter job postings get far better responses than the longer more detailed ones? Of course this may vary from one industry to another, but take your time.

    If you take the time to craft your resume so that it matches the job posting, it has a much greater chance to beat the ATS and land on someone’s desk. From there, if it’s matched well enough, the human reviewer may spend more than 6-7 seconds on it.

    It’s your time, if you use it wisely, it will pay great dividends.

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