Today is: Monday, May 24, 2021 | Our next publication day: Wednesday, May 26, 2021
by Steve Browne at shrm.org
It’s hard to believe that I’m entering the 35th year of my career. I can distinctly remember the challenge of finding my first job. You see, I was trying to land a role in the newly renamed field of “Human Resources” before the internet was anything to be reckoned with. In fact, I went to a library on the campus of Ohio University at the beginning of my senior year and found a book called The Million Dollar Directory. It was a list of companies and their profiles. I picked out a list of 200 brand name firms and typed (yes, typed) a cover letter and resume for each one, and mailed them out.
The Big Role Older Entrepreneurs Play
in Business Innovations
by Seth Levine and Elizabeth MacBride at nextavenue.org
Entrepreneurs over 55 are among the most active new business owners in America, starting companies at rates that exceed their younger peers. In fact, 80% of small business owners are over 45, according to the New York Federal Reserve.
With a wealth of knowledge gained over years of experience, older Americans are well positioned to put that experience to work building businesses of their own making.
Here’s Why Homemaker Doesn’t Belong
on Your Resume (and How to Close The Gap)
Recently, LinkedIn rolled out a feature that lets professionals who took time away from the workforce to list unusual job roles on their profiles. These include titles like “stay-at-home parent,” “stay-at-home dad,” and “stay-at-home mom.” This feature is the first of its kind for the company because previously, users had to connect their job titles to an employer or company. A resume gap due to homemaking, caretaking, or other personal choices are nothing to be ashamed of, and they will not hold you back from taking the next step in your career. However, your resume or LinkedIn profile aren’t the place to share them.
NIFTY TIP of the DAY
We’ve Got You Covered
Contrary to some, cover letters are not obsolete
Yes, there was a time when a cover letter was an essential part of the job search (or job application) process. Send a potential employer a cover letter with your resume attached and you started the ball rolling.
Then along came the ATS (automated tracking system) and suddenly the cover letter sailed into murky waters. 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.