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Making the Most of Losing a Job
by Melissa Heisler on Huffington Post


Lately I have been helping a lot of people in job transition. After ten, fifteen, or even twenty years with the same company, doing the same role they now find themselves without work. In trying to find a new job and sometimes change careers, they usually go about it the same way. They look at the jobs available and then see how they can make their skills and experience fit what is available.  They feel frustrated, unsure, frightened, and desperate. Their self-esteem is diminished. They feel worthless and hope that finding a job will fill them again. They don’t know who they are without the job they used to have.

They worry about replacing income and health care. They are sad and hollow.

     And they are looking at the transition the wrong way.     Read more.

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10 Good Ways to "Tell Me About Yourself"
By Scott Ginsberg on theladders.com


You know it’s coming.  It’s the most feared question during any job interview: Do you think I would look good in a cowboy hat?

     Just kidding. The real question is: Can you tell me about yourself?

     Blecch. What a boring, vague, open-ended question. Who likes answering that?

     I know. I’m with you. But unfortunately, hiring managers and recruiters ask the question. Even if you’re not interviewing and you’re out networking in the community — you need to be ready to hear it and answer it. At all times.

     Now, before I share a list of 10 memorable answers, consider the two essential elements behind the answers.     Read more.
 

3 Things to Research Before Any Job Interview
by Peter Jones on thejobnetwork.com


There are so many job search how-to articles out there

telling you to do your homework, but what exactly does

that mean? What homework? What research into these

companies you’re interviewing with is actually going to

help you? What do you actually need to know to prepare

for your job interview?      Read more.
 

15 Interesting LinkedIn Job Statistics
by Craig Smith at DMR

 

Over time, LinkedIn has built itself up into one of the top online marketplaces for job seekers and recruiters and the numbers they have amassed are pretty impressive.

     Here is a comprehensive list of the LinkedIn job statistics and facts that you need to know. This is an offshoot of my original LinkedIn stat post that was becoming unmanageable with the amount of stats that had been added to it.     Read more.
 

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One of biggest complaints that employers have about job seekers over 50 is that they are technologically deficient in one way or another.  So the argument goes, they’re either techno-phobes who don’t even know how to turn on a computer, or their skills are so out of date they’re still using their aol.com email addresses.

     Although those impressions are mostly unfounded, there is some truth to the notion that 50+ job seekers have not kept up to date regarding technology.  If you expect to compete in today’s job market, your technological skills must be current.  What you learned (and practiced) 20 years ago doesn’t matter.

     Fortunately, there are many avenues available to pursue to remedy the situation.  If you need an IT update, look to your local community colleges, career centers, libraries and tech schools.  Most offer classes of one kind or another.  Some are even totally free or free to anyone over a certain age (which varies based on geography.)

If you’re too intimidated to venture out and attend a class, there are innumerable online videos that you can view in the comfort of your own home while you remain in your pajamas. Depending on the skills you need, some may only be 7-10 minutes while others may last 60-90 minutes.  It depends on your skill level going in, or how deeply immersed you wish to become.

     Here’s a perfect example. Microsoft Excel is one of the most ubiquitous pieces of business software out there.  Many companies use it daily to track finances, to manage databases and customer contacts.  It’s very flexible and powerful.

     If you need to update your Excel skills, consider this article that we found by Lindsay Kolowich, Where to Learn Excel: The 10 Best Resources on the Internet.  Most of the sources that are noted are free; most can be had from the safety and security of your home.

     This is merely one example. It’s all out there.  You just have to look for it.

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