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For Boomers Going — or Going Back — into Business
If you’re a baby boomer who suffered through decades of working in “command-and-control“ environments, where upper management dominated decision-making with little if any input from ordinary workers, you know that they could be harsh and unhealthy. So if now, in your later years, you’re thinking of starting your own business, listen up.
There’s a viable alternative to top-down, command-control management styles.
Over-50s Beat Jobs Crisis by Becoming Their Own Bosses
By Harvey Jones express.co.uk
Older workers are facing up to the Covid-19 jobs crisis by becoming entrepreneurs and using a lifetime of skills to strike out on their own. The over-50s have suffered more redundancies than any other age group, but many are now fighting back by setting up online businesses, typically working from home.
3 Powerful Networks You May Not Know You Have
by Lakshmi Hutchinson at idealist.org
Even at the best of times, it’s natural to feel unsure of yourself when it comes to networking. You may be thinking, “I’ve reached out to my friends and colleagues, contacted my network on LinkedIn...but now what?”
In the current climate, it’s important to take it a step further and access all your available resources when looking for a job—some which you may not even know you have.
5 Ways To Maximize Informational Interviews
by Caroline Ceniza-Levine at forbes.com
A former colleague hears you’re on the job market and agrees to meet to see how they can help. A friend brokers an introduction to someone they know who is working in your dream role. You read an article that mentions one of your dream companies has brought on Suzy Bigwig to take over the very department you would want to work in. You reach out to Suzy to share market insights, and she agrees to a call!
These are all examples of informational interviews. These aren’t job interviews because you’re not talking about a specific opening or even to explore opportunities in general. These interviews are about gathering information.
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.