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Insider Gives Top Resume Tips For Older Job Applicants
by Sheila Callaham at forbes.com
"Yes, ageism is real," said Ron Visconti in a recent career guidance webinar geared at applicants aged 50 and older. Visconti, the founder and executive director of Phase2Careers, a nonprofit organization assisting workers over age 40, knows a thing or two about ageism in the workplace. He has worked with small and large organizations, both public and private, on recruitment and career transition issues.
When it comes to the resume, Visconti says job seekers must understand the negative perceptions and bias directed at older workers.
6 Ageist Interview Questions and How to Respond
by Daniel Bortz at theladders.com
In a survey by the career counseling site CAREEREALISM, of the 55% of professionals that identified as “seasoned workers” or “mid-life career changers,” 87% responded that they think age discrimination is hurting their job search.
Certain industries are especially tough for seasoned workers. In the technology sector, for instance, baby boomers and Gen X-ers are both at higher risk for age discrimination. A survey by Dice Insights found that 68% of boomers in tech say they’ve been discouraged from applying for a position because of their age.
6 Places on Your LinkedIn Profile
Where You Can Explain a Career Change
A client told me she had been furloughed and would like to change her career from business development back to sales, an occupation she had 10 years ago. She really enjoyed the sales aspect of business development and would like to make that her focus.
She wants to make her LinkedIn profile stronger in preparing for her career change. To use my client’s current profile as is will be a tough sell. Therefore, I tell her she’ll have to develop a revised message, a story explaining the direction her career is taking.
5 Steps for Using Transferable Skills
to Move to a New Industry
Many of you will need to identify transferable skills and then leverage them to move to a new industry. COVID-19 has wreaked its havoc on industries differently. If you work in one of the industries most affected can you wait until it recovers or do you move to a new industry?
Changing industries particularly later in your career is very difficult.
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.