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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

10 Reasons To Hire Older Workers

1.) Older workers have lower absenteeism rates than younger employees.

2.) Older workers have lower turnover rates than younger employees.

3.) Older employees are generally more loyal employees.

4.) Older employees have less job injuries than younger employees.

5.) Older employees are less likely to steal from your company.

6.) Older employees bring a wealth of experience with them to work.

7.) Older employees generally have a strong work ethic.

8.) Older workers generally find satisfaction with and enjoy their work.

9.) Older workers want to work, at least part-time, even after they retire.

10.) You will one day be an older worker.

What's your opinion on this? Do you agree with the 10 reasons to hire older workers? Are the myths true in any nature?

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Building Your Personal Brand on Twitter

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So many older workers seem to be afraid of Twitter. It is almost as easy as sending an email. A couple of weeks ago I talked about how to simply build your brand on Facebook. While Facebook is a great starting point for connecting with people you meet, it is not enough if you plan on expanding your online network based on interests and knowledge. You will need a different social platform to do so and that platform is called Twitter.

What is Twitter?
Imagine sending a very short email to anyone that said they were interested in what you had to say. It’s a social network through which users micro-blog short bursts of information in 140 characters or less. It’s a way to demonstrate your expertise by sharing or “tweeting” your thoughts on current events, articles, or topics you are passionate about to a broader audience.

While tweets and Facebook status updates can overlap in content, there are subtle differences between the two networks. Twitter is set up to be a little more anonymous than Facebook in that you aren’t asked to fill out an entire profile with personal information and life history. And while Facebook status updates are limited to your connections, Twitter updates are fed into a network-wide stream such that they can be read by any of the 10-million+ users that Twitter has.
The name of the game is to gain “followers.” Followers are people subscribing to your updates. No one wants to subscribe to a boring person, so be sure your tweets are concise, witty, and informative. This is a lot harder than it sounds, because it takes some adjustment to become well-versed in the Twitter format and lingo. The investment will pay off when follower numbers start to grow.

Why Do I want to be popular on twitter?

If you become really popular, future employers may take notice of your tweets. So yes! You can tweet yourself to your dream job, but before you get there you must learn the rules of the Tweeting Game.
Statistics show that job search networking is much more effective when you make ‘loose’ connections – touching base with people beyond your immediate circle whose networks and contacts are much different from your own.”

Rules of the Tweeting Game

Rule 1: Brand your profile
Before you start using Twitter, you need to think about how others will view your profile. You are your own brand. There are 4 main components you need to carefully plan out to distinguish your Twitter profile.
  1. Handle
Your brand name is your Twitter handle, or username. If you’re looking for a job on Twitter, a professional username is more appropriate. Use your real name or some combination of your name and profession that sounds good and easy to remember, like JohnSmith or TechJohn.
  1. Bio
An absolute must for your professional Twitter profile. Unlike most social networks, Twitter only allows 160 characters for your bio. Make it short, sweet, and to the point. List professional and personal interests. Being clever is a bonus, but keep it tasteful.
  1. Link
Add a link of your blog or website on your Twitter profile. If you don’t have one, it’s okay to put your LinkedIn profile.
  1. Avatar
Much like your Facebook profile, a Twitter profile pic, or avatar, is necessary to make your profile come alive and add credibility. The default is a picture of an egg; usually profiles with this default are seen as spam accounts.

Rule 2: Tweeting

Before you follow anyone, post some tweets first. This will get help you get acquainted with Twitter and get in the habit of writing your thoughts in less than 140 characters. A good start is to tweet about an article or an opinion on a current event. Whatever you do, DO NOT tweet about useless things like what you had for lunch. Here are some tools can you use when you tweet:
  1. Hashtags
You can use hashtags, or the # symbol, to tag your tweet with a certain subject. Hashtags are used to collect metadata and to group tweets such that they will be displayed together when someone searches for a particular topic, event, location, etc. Popular hashtags at any given moment will be seen as Trending Topics. For example, any tweet about the Super Bowl can be ended with “#SuperBowl” “#NFL” “#Giants” or any relevant descriptor.
  1. Retweet
If you like another user’s tweet, you can “retweet” their tweet by clicking the Retweet link when you hover your cursor over their tweet. The retweet will show up on your profile but still credits the original user.
  1. Reply
Replying to someone’s tweet is the easiest way to start interacting with that user. Simply click “Reply” when you hover your cursor over the tweet. Your reply will automatically link to that user by placing a “@” in front of their username.

Rule 3: Following and Followers
Once you get the hang of tweeting, retweeting, and replying, it’s time to start building your network. You can start by adding people through your email address book, but try to maintain an even ratio of followers and following, and aim to eventually have more followers than following. The best ways to really gain a following are to post interesting tweets and reply to others’ tweets. Unlike Facebook, Twitter networks don’t necessarily need to be built through real-life connections, so don’t feel shy about following an interesting user who you don’t know in real life.
Eventually, you may get to the point where your followers will start listing you on Follow Fridays (#FF). This is a weekly hashtag topic in which users promote other user accounts that they think are worth following. When you start appearing on #FF tweets, that’s when you know you’ve truly mastered Twitter.

As you can probably see, Twitter has a bit of a learning curve, but it can be an extremely powerful tool for finding connections and leads to your dream job. As I said before, it’s never too late to start, so start connecting for success by following Intern Over 4o's Tweets.

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10 Great Tips For An Older Job Seeker

Older and out of work? Here are tips just for you. We've all heard of the glass ceiling, but there's another insidious workplace phenomenon that can be particularly galling for older job seekers: the "gray ceiling." According to the AARP, it often takes considerably longer for people to find jobs if they're over age 55. To combat this trend, consider these tips.

1 Turn your resume into a date-free zone. So you graduated from college in the '60s? Really got going in your field in the '70s? As impressive as your history is, those dates don't need to show up in your resume. Neither does a detailed listing of every single position you've ever held. Focus on your most impressive career successes and highlights from the past 10 to 20 years, and don't spell out the year you graduated.

2 Network, network, network. It's always easier to find a job if you know someone on the inside. Think about all the friends, colleagues and contacts you've ever made in your industry and start reaching out to them. Let them know you're looking for work and ask whether they know of any openings.

3 Tap every possible resource. Another way to network is to get career and job-search assistance through One-Stop Career Centers ( and through programs offered at many public libraries. If you're a college graduate, contact your school's career services department; many colleges and universities provide their alumni with lifelong assistance. Local offices of any professional associations for your field also could be helpful.

4 Use your experience to your advantage. True, potential employers may send you packing with lines like, "You're overqualified for this position," but you may be able to counter such quick dismissals with a few one-liners of your own. Tory Johnson, founder of Women for Hire, suggests these responses: "I thought about that very issue before I applied. I realized that because I'm committed to this line of work, my experience would be a tremendous asset." Or: "I have 20 years of experience in this industry. I'd love to apply that insight to solving problems and creating successes for this company and mentoring other people."

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    6 Ways To Kill Your Job Search Without Knowing

    Recruitment Revolution recently polled 1700 companies where “employers reveal most off-putting traits displayed by job applicants.”   There are a couple of very revealing conclusions. First you better be thinking about how you present yourself to the outside world before you NEED to find a new job. 

    What you write and say on social media sites WILL likely be viewed by a prospective recruiter or employer. So those innocent posts with photos on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn can turn into a magnifying lens in which a recruiter can be Judge and Jury without you ever getting cross examined. 

    Here are the 6 Ways You Can Kill Your Job Search Without Knowing.

    1. Abbreviating when you write. Ex. “TTYL” Talk to you later.
    2. Spelling errors on your social media , resume and emails.
    3. Listing your other interests and hobbies that are fun, but not necessarily good employee traits. Like partying instead of scuba diving.
    4. During interviews avoiding eye contact, bad breath and confrontational body language.
    5. 73% of Employers checked social media before hiring. Yes if you post it then assume it part of “your permanent record”.
    6. Dressing too Casual.

    All of these self destructive behaviors can be modified with very little effort. Why not give yourself an edge in the race to a new career or job.  What other traits have you seen that are self destructive?


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