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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Career Shift at Age 40 - 5 Steps To Success

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If you are forty-plus and want to change careers, you're probably shaking in your boots. Children. Homes. Bills. All of these things cause you to pause when you think about leaving your job. Yet, you're miserable. You want a change. (Read Full article page 1 of 3)

Well, don't ignore your feelings. Understand that switching careers doing the middle years of your life is not a recipe for disaster. As a matter of fact, it can be a start to a great 'new' beginning in which you gain the type of success you've always dreamed of.

Here are a few steps to get you started. They've worked for people in the past and so they can also work for you. Do them one second, minute, month and year at a time until you reach your ultimate goal.

Step 1. Re-name yourself. Even before you write your resignation letter, start speaking out loud your new title. If you've been working as a waitress all of your life, but want to be a writer, say it. Get your mind acquainted with the idea that you can do more than serve plates to hungry customers. It'll be a mental preparation that will help you on the road ahead.

Step 2. Research your path. Check out the best way to get into your new profession and what it really entails. Do you need to take night classes? Are jobs for that type of career available in your area? Can you do it alone or do you need a partner? How long will it take for you to transition into your new job? These questions are ones you need to ask yourself before you make any changes. Once you gather this information together, you'll be better equipped to move forward and also know if it's a risk you truly want to take.

Step 3. Reel in a friend. Don't think that you have to be a lone ranger through your process of change. Get a friend who's on your side and supports your dream to assist you. This assistance can range from help with getting into a new position to a pep talk when you're feeling discouraged about your new path. Either way, the support of a friend will help you move forward in your journey.
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    Baby Boomer Interview Tips:Do You Know How To Interview With A Younger Generation?

    Going through an interview session with the younger generation can certainly present an entirely different set of problems for baby boomers. However, there's no need for older job seekers to get disheartened so easily. In addition to older employees having more job experience, there is also the Federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

    According to the Act, any kind of employment discrimination against those over 40 is illegal. Listed below are a few common interview questions based on age - and some helpful tips on how to answer or avoid them tactfully.

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    Addressing Retirement Issues

    Questions relating to your retirement or future career plans are usually asked to candidates to determine whether the job will be used as a bridge to fill in retirement gaps. The question "what are your expectations from the job a few years down the line" is another way of asking the same question.

    No matter how the interviewer puts the question, be sure that you tackle it gracefully. While it would be better to discuss the retirement issue honestly, you also need to convince the interviewer that you are looking forward to long term employment.

    Salary Requirements

    Although this is a tough question that definitely arises at every interview, dealing with salary issues will require skillful negotiation on your part. This question can prove to be even more difficult for older candidates with years, even decades, of expertise and experience to answer. However, in order to avoid your former income from working against you, you should make every attempt to reply in a firm but cool tone.

    At first try giving a noncommittal answer - but if probed further, give a salary range. Generally, you should refrain from stating exact figures regarding your salary requirements. And, you should always let the employer give the first number.

    Needless to say, do some research on the position and its salary before attending the interview.

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    Monday, August 25, 2014

    Have you prepared for Tricky Job Interview Answers? (updated 8/23/14)

    As an older skilled worker are you prepared to effectively answer these interview questions?

      1. Why did you leave your last job?
      2. Have you ever been fired or forced to resign?
      3. Why have you had so many jobs in such a short period of time?
      4. Can you explain this gap in your employment history?
      5. Exactly why do you want to work here?
      6. Why should we hire YOU? What can you do for us that someone else can not?
      7. Have you ever had problems with a supervisor or a coworker? Describe the situation for me.

    • Describe some times when you were not very satisfied with your own performance. What did you do about it?
    • Give me an example of a problem you faced on the job, and tell me how you solved it?
    • Give me an example of an important goal you had to set and tell me about your progress in reaching that goal. What steps did you take?
    • What was your role in your department's most recent success?

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    • "Package & Spin" your work experience so it is a perfect fit for the job
    • Increase your confidence, easily calm nerves or fear
    • Be more like-able
    • Use professional words and phrases that will impress them
    • Position yourself as the BEST candidate for the job
    • Tell them exactly what they want to hear — so you get hired!
    Use this Guide to build and re-enforce your attitude of confidently EXPECTING to succeed. Visualize yourself conquering the interview and GETTING HIRED!
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    4 Ways to Ace Your Next Job Interview

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    Stand Out and Ace Your Job Interview

    You’ve got a terrific resume. You’ve crafted the perfect cover letter. Now, you’ve been called in for that all important interview. You know that over 50 people applied for this one position, and they will be interviewing qualified candidates for several days. What can you do to distinguish yourself from the competition?
    There are many articles about interviewing skills, questions interviewers might ask, and mistakes to avoid when you interview. While those are helpful, when the competition is as stiff as you are experiencing today, you need to stand out. Here are some tips to help you do just that.

    1. Do Some Research

    Learn about the company. Get a copy of their last annual report or news report. Go to their website and learn the company’s mission and customers. Google them to see why they are making news. See who is on the board of directors and who holds the top positions. This will, of course, vary based on the size of the company. If it is a huge conglomerate, learn as much as you can about the division in which you are interviewing.

    If possible, when they call to set up the interview, ask who you will be meeting with. Google them. That helps you remember names, and by knowing what they do, you can make your answers more relevant.

    For example, if you are interviewing with a nonprofit agency and members of the board of directors will be interviewing you, knowing the companies they represent will give you more insight into their priorities. If you are interviewing with a small firm, look up the HR team if possible. If you are interviewing with the manager you might be working for, Google him or her. It may give you some common interests or insights you might benefit from knowing ahead of time.

    Do you know anyone working for the company or who has done business with them? Ask these people about the company and specifically whether they know the people who will be interviewing you. Ask what their own interview was like.

    2. Prepare

    Be prepared to tell them about yourself with items they haven’t already read about in your resume while also using examples that match the company’s mission and goals.

    For example, if you are going to be writing press releases, bring examples of your writing. If you are going into a technical field, have a summary and list of your key papers, patents and research. If you will be doing marketing, bring an example of a great marketing activity on which you worked previously. If you are interviewing with a nonprofit organization, discuss volunteer work you have done, especially if it involved raising monies. If you are fresh out of college and this is your first job, bring examples of leadership, key activities, honors and organizations in which you participated.

    You may never even pull this file out during the interview but preparing it gets you ready for questions.

    You will be asked questions like:

    What are your strengths and weaknesses?

    What are your goals?

    Why do you want this job?

    Prepare your answers with the key message you want to impart but don’t memorize your answer word-for-word. You should be natural and involved.

    3. Have Your Own Killer Questions Ready

    Remember: You are interviewing them just as much as they are interviewing you. By having these questions prepared, you have control over where the interview goes. Relax, listen, and ask your killer questions.
    some good questions to ask are:
    What do you consider an ideal candidate?
    Be prepared to compare yourself to this. (If there was an ad for this position, it may have listed some ideal qualities, so you can prepare your answer ahead of time).

    What are the main challenges this position needs to solve?
    They will also likely ask you how you would go about solving these challenges. You might then ask, What has been tried so far, and how has it worked? Getting into a give-and-take of questions and answers on a topic like this can set you apart from those other 49 candidates.
    When I interviewed for a position at IBM, one of the interviewing managers discussed a key technical problem they were working on. I asked a lot of questions, suggested some things to try and before I knew it, we were both working together to solve the problem. At that point, I knew I had him “hooked.”
    Ask about some of the basics.
    If you are interviewing for a managerial or leadership position, ask what your budget would be and how it is broken down. If you are interviewing for a marketing position, ask who their clients are and what have been some of their most successful marketing campaigns.

    A friend seeking a job at a nonprofit was asked if she had done any fundraising. She asked first about the ones that the organization found most successful, so that she could identify similar experiences she’d had. She then hit them with an idea about something she had done previously that they had never considered. At that point, they were “hooked.”
    The questioning process is your chance to WOW them. Impress them with your knowledge, interest and energy. And let yourself enjoy the process! Pretend you were actually in the company working on the issues you discuss, and before you know it, they, too, will be “hooked.”

    Most job seekers spend too much time on the questions they will be asked and forget about the ones they should be asking. By asking questions, you can direct the conversation into the areas where you excel, and by making them Killer Questions, you will stand well above the other candidates.

    4. Leave on a High Note

    When you are ready to leave, you need to have a 30 second or less thank you speech — tell them how much you appreciate their time and reiterate why you think you are a strong candidate as well as your interest in helping them be successful.

    You should also ask when you might expect to hear back from them.

    Finally, remember that all important thank you note which you should send out the next day. (In today’s world, an email is an acceptable alternative and much quicker than snail mail.) Thank them for their time. Make it personal and relevant by referring to some key points from the interview.

    Renee Weisman, owner of Winning at Work Consulting, was one of the first woman engineers, managers, executives and working mothers in the male-dominated semiconductor industry. Over her 40 years in education and industry, she learned to make gender differences work for her and teaches others how to do the same.She is the author of Winning in a Man’s World, and  5 Ways to Get a Man to Listen.

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