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What It Takes to Make Yourself “Forever Employable”
The hard work, time and risks involved, plus the potential payoffs
by Richard Eisenberg at nextavenue.org
Jeff Gothelf, a Barcelona-based (by way of New Jersey), 47-year-old business consultant, author and public speaker, believes we can make ourselves "forever employable" if we follow his advice. He's written how to do it in "Forever Employable," his new book. Frankly, I was skeptical about the title.
Forever? Really? Even for people 50+ who routinely encounter — or suspect — age discrimination when looking for work or trying to hang onto their jobs?
Skills Aren’t Soft or Hard -They’re Durable or Perishable
by Matthew J. Daniel at chieflearningofficer.com
The heavy focus on short-term ROI and the delivery of narrow skill sets oft-evangelized in L&D circles may well be the source of the "skills shortage" industries face today. Approaching training from a durable-skills-first perspective empowers talent to make dynamic, longer-term contributions to an organization.
The term “soft skills” is often met with an eye-roll these days. It is regularly delivered with air quotes to acknowledge that most of us have come to hate the expression.
Hire Older Workers & Keep Them Healthy
We’ve become accustomed to our ageing population being presented as a bad thing. Dangerous rhetoric painting older people as disposable has become far too common, particularly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact of ageing is portrayed as being overwhelmingly negative for our economy and society. Policy makers are so fixated on the direct costs of ageing that they fail to notice the significant and growing contributions that older people make.
Show Value on Your LinkedIn Profile by Using Testimonials: 5 Areas to Showcase Them
I recall in one of my LinkedIn profile workshops an attendee told the group she couldn’t think of any accomplishments from her last job. As I’m known to do, I told her she wasn’t thinking hard enough. Silence.
She was an administrative assistant and, like we’ve all heard before, she was just doing her job. I began by asking, “Did you reduce your boss’ stress?”
“Yeah,” she said. MORE
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.