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Put Off Retirement and Find Another Gig You Like

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects the trend of older people working to continue, estimating that 13 million Americans age 65 and older will be in the labor force by 2024. While earlier generations viewed retirement as a time for rest and relaxation, in the last 10 to 15 years, the retirement age has crept up to 68. As of February 2019, more than 20% of Americans aged 65 or older were working or looking for work, a 57-year high, according to federal data. Continue reading Put Off Retirement and Find Another Gig You Like

Here’s Why You Should Update Your Resume Now

If the most recent version of your resume is on a floppy disc in that lower drawer of your desk that you only venture into when it’s the place of last resort for finding something you’ve lost, it’s definitely time to update it (as well as save it on the Cloud!).

If you’re like most professionals, you only update your resume when you choose to or have to begin a new job search. When you’re at one job for several years, you can become comfortable and forget what areas of professional growth were important to you as a job seeker. Updating your resume regularly can expose the gaps in your skills and experience and reinvigorate your desire for career self-improvement. There are compelling reasons to regularly review your resume to ensure it’s ready to use at a moment’s notice. Here’s why: Continue reading Here’s Why You Should Update Your Resume Now

Covid-19 Has Redefined the Workplace of the Future

American multinational software company Citrix Systems, Inc. partnered with OnePoll to survey 7,250 employees in 12 countries to determine how their attitudes and expectations on work have changed since the Covid-19 pandemic began. Three findings strikingly illustrate how the workplace we formerly took for granted will be unrecognizable in the future of work. Continue reading Covid-19 Has Redefined the Workplace of the Future

AGEISM STRATEGIES FOR YOUR 50+ JOB SEARCH

In states that require helmet use for all riders (operators and passengers), 99% of motorcyclists wear helmets. Nowhere near the same compliance when it comes to age discrimination in the workplace. Although age discrimination in hiring is illegal under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), it’s clearly a research-supported reality that older workers have more difficulty landing new jobs than their younger counterparts; even when skills are comparable.  The harsh truth is that, according to a 2020 study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), workers 40 years of age and above are only about half as likely to get a job offer as younger workers if employers know (or surmise) their age. But, take it from someone who at 70 and 72 has been offered notable positions with major companies, it IS possible to secure meaningful work…you just need to know how. Continue reading AGEISM STRATEGIES FOR YOUR 50+ JOB SEARCH

Networking on LinkedIn ~ Take the Polar Bear Plunge

The polar bear plunge is held during the winter when participants enter a body of water despite the extremely low temperature. For LinkedIn members who have used the premier business networking site as just another online place to download their résumé, putting their toes into the networking waters often freezes them into inactivity.

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IF JOB DESCRIPTIONS COULD TALK

Joel Schwartzberg, in his insightful article, What Job Description Jargon is Actually Saying, makes this important point: A job description (JD) is more than just a summary of a role. A JD may hold more clues than first meets the eye, including hints about corporate culture, the true prioritization of their needs, and what might be secretly negotiable. Knowing how to find these clues may give you a distinct advantage over other applicants. Knowing how to find these clues may give you a distinct advantage over other applicants.

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IF ALL YOU REALLY NEED TO KNOW YOU LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN YOU ARE GOING TO BE LEFT BACK IN YOUR CAREER

By 2022, 42% of core skills required to perform existing jobs are expected to change. The solution: develop a continuous learning mindset throughout your career because lifelong learning is more important than ever before. Continue reading IF ALL YOU REALLY NEED TO KNOW YOU LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN YOU ARE GOING TO BE LEFT BACK IN YOUR CAREER