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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Over 50, Female and Jobless, Even as Others Return to Work

Editors Note: Patricia Cohen, New York Times Writer, chronicles the downward spiral of women job hunters in the last decade from findings revealed in a new study on long-term unemployment from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. LouisTen years ago, less than 25% of the unemployed women remained out of work for more than 6 months.
From 2012-2013, the unemployed women comprised 50% of the long-term unemployment rate. Ms. Cohen details the plight of Chettie Mcafee who was laid off from her job after 30 years. She is still looking for a job.
...“I’ve been applying and applying and applying,” said McAfee, who has relied on her savings and family to get by as she fights off attempts to foreclose on her home. At interviews, she said, “They ask, ‘Why has it been so long?’”
At 5 percent, the jobless rate may be close to what economists consider full employment, but that headline figure doesn’t capture the challenges still facing millions of Americans who have yet to regain their footing in the workplace....
McAfee is part of a group that has found the post-recession landscape particularly difficult to navigate: women over 50.

Read more here: NYT: Women Over 50
CLICK HERE to Learn 49 Benefits to Hiring an Older Skilled Worker

5 Ways to Find a Job on LinkedIn

Are you making the most of LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is a professional networking site which offers unique features for both businesses and job seekers:
  • Businesses can easily post jobs, find prospective clients and check references. 
  • Job Seekers: A good knowledge of this platform gives you a great chance of getting a job within the shortest time possible.
Here are five major ways to find a job in just sixty days on Linkedin
#1 Make Yourself Easily Found on LinkedIn: According to a survey, 90% of recruiters and their sources ( both within companies and external headhunting agencies) make use of LinkedIn to spot ideal candidates. And for several reasons these recruiters prefer sourcing for talents rather than assisting desperate job seekers. In other words, you have to make them come to you by making yourself easily found on the platform. You can achieve this in several ways including:
  • Creating a strong and compelling profile summary.
  • Completing your employment history.
  • Completing all other sections of your profile such as education, certifications and more.
  • Including samples of your work to showcase your accomplishments.
  • Joining groups and participate in discussions.
  • Properly filling out the skills section of your profile
#2 Job Board: The LinkedIn’s job board offers you several ways to access the numerous ads posted by recruiters and employers. They get paid for featuring these ads on their site and others that the site aggregates from across the internet.LinkedIn leads you through a process whereby you can create your profile of the kind of job you seek based on the industry, location and more. You are allowed to edit your profile at will, but that also determines the type of ads you will get from LindkedIn. Another way of getting applicable positions is by clicking on ‘Advanced’ at the LinkedIn’s homepage. After this, click on ‘Jobs’, and filter jobs through keywords, location, title, country and more. However, when conducting an advanced search, it is advisable to avoid searching on title, as different firms have different titles for the same role.
#3 Group Jobs: With LinkedIn, you can join up to 100 groups at once. These groups are numerous and each based on anything imaginable such as hobbies, location, school alumni, industry and more. Each of these groups has its own menu structure which includes; discussion, promotion, jobs members and search.The job menu in each group is meant for job listing which could be posted by any of the group member as well as job discussions. This makes making it faster for you to find a new job.
#4: Company Pages: All you have to do here is to search for companies. Typically, on a company’s page, there will be a listing of vacant positions at the company or a link to the company’s employment portal on its site where the open jobs listing is provided. When you find a job opening it is advisable NOT to simply apply to multiple jobs in a relatively short period by clicking on ‘Apply’ numerous times. Instead, take your time by checking each good job prospect. Make use of the features provided by LinkedIn to see who posted the job and who you may know that works in the company. Develop these contacts into networking partners. Most companies use employee referral bonus program. You will be at an advantaged position if your company contact brings your resume to the attention of the recruiting manager or human resources staffer assigned to fill the position. Consequently, the probability of your resume disappearing into thin air is minimized and your chances of getting the job significantly increased.
#5 Feed Update: Updates are at the center of your LinkedIn homepage. What you will get here are not just articles that the Pulse feature thinks you should be interested in but also the status updates of your contacts or connections. Take your time to scroll through these updates on a regular basis as there are often some posts from hiring managers or recruiters calling the attention of qualified job seekers to some vacant positions in their respective companies
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Saturday, June 10, 2017

New from the New York Times: Nearing Retirement? It's Time to be Creative

Editor's Note: In a May report issued by The Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, 82% of those surveyed in their sixties plan to keep working past age sixty-five, and 18% of that group do not plan on retiring at all. Among those surveyed in their fifties, 50% plan on working past age sixty-five, and out of that group, 15% do not plan to retire.

This anecdotal article explores some of the financial choices that aging baby boomers have as they prepare for retirement (or not): 
"For Phyllis Edelman, 64, dog-walking was the answer. 
For Ron Walker, it was postponing retirement until 68, while defying the conventional wisdom to delay taking Social Security until age 70.
For others, it could be moving, taking in a boarder, seeding age-friendly employers or turning a hobby into a business.
If ever there was a time for would-be retirees to get creative it is now. Many people approaching the traditional retirement age of 65 are looking into a financial abyss: They have no savings, their pensions are inadequate, and the job market, although not uniformly hostile to those over fifty, is not especially encouraging either. And they could live another 25-30 years, maybe in good  health if they are lucky.  
So what can 50- or 60-somethings without trust funds or secret stashes of cash do?"
Read Entire Article Here

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49 Benefits Of Hiring A Older Skilled Worker

Whose Kool Aid Do You Want To Drink?

Do you know the 49 Benefits Of Hiring An Older Worker. It has been said “the older you get the wiser you are”. It has also been said “that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. These adages are nice to recite but do any of them really hold true when it comes to older skilled workers who are looking for a new career.

Over the last 3 years I have read thousands of comments, questions and expletives  from older workers. Some of you clearly professing your superior attributes while others complaining of their unfair treatment by job recruiters.

Can both be right in their assessments? Perhaps. But one guiding principle at Interns Over  40 has been to help older skilled workers achieve their own career greatness.

In doing so it is necessary to dispel myths while reinforcing the benefits that make older workers a great catch in a sometimes difficult job market.

I want to thank all of our faithful audience of Job Seekers, Career Coaches and Recruiters who are living this experience everyday while you prepare yourself , or help others, for the next career assignment. I hope this list of “49 Benefits To Hiring An Older Skilled Worker” becomes a valuable part of you’re toolbox as you  continue to pursue your ideal career. Share it, Print it and Keep it nearby as a refresher.

With our working life expanding into the our 70’s, 80’s and 90’ perhaps this list will, in a small way help you feel confident about the depth and value of your work and life experience. Remember “soon or later everyone will get older or …..”.

note:For those who are ranking oriented this list is NOT intended to indicate importance.  Happy Job Search.

Interns Over 40: 49 Benefits Of Hiring An Older Skilled Worker

  1. Wisdom and Intelligence
  2. Maturity to make sound decisions
  3. Ability to assume responsibility sooner because less training is required.
  4. Ability to assess, identify and act upon situations with colleagues, customers better because of knowledge from  experience in life and work. Not learned in classroom
  5. Make good mentors and coaches in their fields of experience
  6. You do not lose 2 hours of productivity time per day for texting
  7. Less arrogant
  8. Valuable long-term relationships and industry contacts built over the years
  9. Can provide objective advice to younger managers because he/she isn’t trying to climb the corporate ladder.
  10. Less DRAMA
  11. Understands the value of “Teamwork” and can work as an individual as well.
  12. Real arguments instead of duhh-reactions.
  13. Usually able to “make do” when necessary – cobble something good out of odd and unmatched parts. Think school pageant costumes on a moments notice.
  14. Older workers are able to speak and write in complete sentences, with correct English. This is helpful in writing and speaking with customers, as well as internal reports.
  15. Less expensive car insurance.
  16. Able to advise younger manager without threatening his/her position.
  17. Given previous experience, better able to separate wheat from chaff; what is critical and what is not.
  18. [Hopefully] thinks before commenting, thereby providing a calming influence, easing workplace stress.
  19. Experience, experience, experience… nothing beats experience! Not only in our professional field, but in personal relationships, dealing with all types of personalities we’ve interacted with throughout our careers.
  20. Not afraid to roll up your sleeves and do whatever it takes to get the job done
  21. Older workers, or at least this one, are less likely to take a job that they will absolutely hate, therefore increasing the likelihood they will remain in the position. Worker loyalty is not dead, it is simply better seasoned.
  22. A more experienced employee understands with greater depth and clarity the true risks and rewards that accompany certain tactics and strategies, with a lower risk of repeating the negative aspects of history.
  23. Experienced employees also know how to navigate an organization and gain traction for the most valuable and rewarding ideas in a diplomatic manner so as to gain support in a positive way. It is hard to teach these skills. They must be learned on the job.
  24. Less maintenance for their manager
  25. The ability to take constructive criticism constructively without the drama.
  26. The ability from life experience and travels to relate to different cultures and accept others of different background and beliefs.
  27. We are progressive – blending new technology with life wisdom
  28. Minimal learning curve.
  29. The older — mature — employees avoid office politics, which can be a time-wasting energy drainer in the dynamics of any office.
  30. Mature workers also accept a job with the intent of staying with it, as opposed to too many younger workers today who treat it like a marriage (“If I don’t like it I’ll quit.”)
  31. The value of the law of the harvest that includes, seeding, nurturing, cultivating, protecting and finally harvesting and storage for the future and new crops. This law applies in any industry, organization and job. The seasoned worker will know how to make each step work. The new worker still needs the mentoring.
  32. Knowing the value of learning from past mistakes, and assimilating that into future work decisions.
  33. Having the ability to see the short and long-term effects of various decisions
  34. Appreciate the fact that EVERY interaction I have with anyone can lead to a possible connection, job, assistance, etc., later.
  35. The ability to develop lasting collaborative relationships with all levels in an organization.
  36. Older employees have a greater value of time and know how to prioritize tasks.
  37. We are not distracted by the bar, or the nightclub, or the latest romance gone wrong.
  38. We consider our work a duty and of prime importance in our life, we understand the meaning of loyalty, good ethical behavior comes naturally, we have a sense of duty.
  39. Young people are still looking for the best opportunity, whereas older workers understand by a certain age ‘you should have a lot more focus on keeping to a reasonable standard of living
  40. Have seen the ups and downs of markets
  41. They have already learned how to manage stress.
  42. Are willing to stay on task or at the jobsite until the work is done. Determined.
  43. Understand a responsible work ethic and appreciate continual learning opportunities as a way to add to skills.
  44. Older workers know their areas of expertise and are confident in them.
  45. Older workers are not as likely to job-hop or job-shop.
  46. Arrives on time and usually before starting time; Leaves after quitting time; Spends less time watching the clock
  47. Have lower Health Care costs.
  48. Technical issues are not intimidating - we have learned how to dig into the problems and find meaningful long-term solutions.
  49. We know when to compromise and when to push. We have learned the techniques needed to find balance in tough situations.

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