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LinkedIn Profile Advice from 1944: Location, Location, Location

Harold Samuel coined the phrase “Location, location, location” in 1944 when he founded Land Securities, one of the United Kingdom’s largest property companies. In 2021, his quote is as valid today when it comes to being found and searchable on your LinkedIn Profile. Continue reading LinkedIn Profile Advice from 1944: Location, Location, Location

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

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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YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU’RE CAPABLE OF UNTIL YOU TRY!

Oriah, author of The Invitation: “Once you recognize within yourself a hunger for something beyond just continuing, once you taste even the possibility of touching the meaning enfolded in your life, you can never be completely content with just going through the motions.”

Do meaningful work. Live with purpose. Explore life beyond your comfort zone. Never fear failure. Look for the learning. Be brave.

Just received: “Thank you for completing your registration and audition for America’s Got Talent Season 16!  If chosen to move on to our on-camera round, you will be notified by Spring 2021.”

YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU’RE CAPABLE OF UNTIL YOU TRY!

 

 

 

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Skills make you Retrievable and Recommendations make you Believable

When you want to be found by recruiters and hiring managers on LinkedIn remember that Skills = Keywords and play a significant role in matching you to what a prospective employer is looking for. So, make sure you are taking advantage of all 50 Skills slots on your LinkedIn Profile and that your Skills are targeted to the positions you want to be found for. Like the breadcrumbs left by Hansel and Gretel in the classic Brothers Grimm story, they are the path for finding your way to your next opportunity. Continue reading Skills make you Retrievable and Recommendations make you Believable

Know Your Job Candidate Value and Keep It “Above the Fold”

Job security is not a “thing.” It’s a person: YOU. And your experience and achievements are your brand story that your resume needs to convey. It should answer the hiring manager’s question, “Why is this candidate the ideal person I’m looking for and how can she or he solve the challenge I have?” 
Don’t get bogged down with creating a laundry list of “stuff” you’ve done. Focus on achievements, promotions, accomplishments, take charge opportunities you seized upon, skills, education, and certifications relevant to the position and industry you want to go after. And, quantify them whenever possible. In the early days of publishing, ‘above the fold’ was a term used for content that appeared on the top half of the front page of a newspaper. The same positioning applies to resumes. Be brief. Recruiters average 6-11 seconds looking at a resume so make sure your value is communicated “above the fold.”

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