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Hiring 50-Plus Staff…
Bucking the Recruitment Trend
Hire based on individual qualifications rather than age
by Jason Unrau at cbtnews.com
In today’s age of diversity and non-discrimination, mature working-age employees are often still caught in the crosshairs. Research by non-profit public interest publisher ProPublica.org, 56 percent of employees over 50 have been laid off or involuntarily left a position at least once in their working career. For many, it’s classic ageism.
Discrimination based on a person’s age is often masked by something else. Layoffs come under the guise of an inability to learn new tech or a company’s “restructuring.” However, the automotive (or any – ed) industry can greatly benefit from hiring from a mature generation.
5 Ways to Revamp Your LinkedIn
If You're Looking to Make a Career Change
Liv McConnell at businessinsider.com
• LinkedIn can be a powerful tool for professionals, especially those looking to make a career change.
• Let your network know that you're looking for new opportunities, and ask if your friends can connect you with anyone in that industry.
• Jane Heifetz of the Harvard Business Review recommends focusing your past experiences and narrowing down your skill set in a specific, relevant way.
• Tell a story in your summary section, upload new images, and use the recommended feature wisely. MORE
3 Pieces Of Advice That Will Help You
Stay Motivated In Your Career
by Vivian Nunez at forbes.com
Building your career is difficult enough, but the noise that can escalate as you make more and more decisions for yourself doesn’t make it any easier. Everyone else’s opinions can be difficult to zone out and even though they may be well-intentioned, it’s hard to deny that only you know what path you’re walking and why.
Why Do Such Elderly People Run America?
by Derek Thompson at theatlantic.com
When Joe Biden climbed to the stage in California to celebrate his Super Tuesday comeback in the Democratic primary, three things happened in a matter of minutes. He basked in the thunderous applause from the crowd. He mistook his wife for his sister. And he delivered the sort of confusing, intermittently slurry, and occasionally indecipherable oration that has defined so many of his recent public appearances. 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.
You are Unique
And so is your job search
As you pursue your job search, inevitably you will be bombarded with advice, suggestions and tips. Some of which you will even find on these pages.
Of all of the suggestions and recommendations out there, they all have one thing in common: in one way, shape or form, they are generic. They have to be. While some may be more specific than others, they still can’t apply to everyone.
Why? Because we’re all different. Our job searches are different. Our backgrounds are different. Job search coach Ashley Watkins says, “Everybody’s job search is unique.” She is so right.
White collar job search is different from blue collar. People with 10-15 years of experience will not search the same as people with 20-25 years of experience. People with more and/or higher degrees or certifications will search differently than those without.
Of course, age is one of the biggest differentiaters of all. Mature job seekers work the system far different from those middle-age job seekers – not to mention the job search experienced by the young.
Older job seekers know the ropes. They know which opportunities are worth pursuing and which are not. And, more important, they are much better situated to know where the opportunities are in the first place.
But even among older job seekers, there are variations. Those who might be considering changing careers. Those who want to look at non-profit employers or who may want to work from home. Those who have been out of the work force and are just now returning to work.
You’re all different. You’re all unique. As you work your job search, be certain that it is a job search tailored to you and your circumstances. One size does not fit all. There is no silver bullet.