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Maybe Dorothy Was Right

Today’s job seeker may be able to do it all right from the comfort of…

There is so much that is new in the job search world – regardless of your age. One new convention may be a positive or negative for the older job seeker. Ironically it’s something that happens after you’ve been hired, but it does impact your job search.

The Covid calamity has accelerated a movement that had been building for several years. It’s the concept of working from home. Since Covid, WFH has taken on a life of its own.

For older job seekers who have never known anything but leaving home for work, this idea may be hard to wrap your heads around. While some say it’s the “new normal” only time will tell.

In the meantime…

Like it or not, working from home is now an integral part of the job search that can be good or bad, or good and bad – all at the same time.

The good news is that now the geographic footprint for applying for jobs has expanded enormously. Only a few years ago, living in a city like Chicago restricted your job search to the greater Chicago area. Today, with WFH in mind, a candidate can confidently apply for jobs from Chicago to Pittsburgh, from Minneapolis to Atlanta, from Kansas City and St. Louis to Houston and Dallas.

Unfortunately that’s a double-edge sword. Candidates from the cities mentioned above (and beyond), who normally might not consider Chicago, are now lining up to submit their applications.

The other good news is that WFH can be a negotiating tool. If you’re someone who can work from home, your willingness to do so may separate you from other applicants for whom that may not be viable or desired option.

So, maybe Dorothy was right. “There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home…”


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