Rising to the Top: Busting Job Search Myths at 64
by Mindy Thomas - Sep, 2014
When my boomer buddy, a global SVP, informed me that he landed a new job in less than 60 days after getting laid off from his company after 20 years, I shouted with joy. With over 3 million baby boomers currently unemployed, we all know how tough it is. I asked him, “Do you realize that you just shattered your own myth about not being hireable because you are ‘over the hill’, have grey hair and are 64 years old?” I will...
Tips For Job Searching When You Are Over 50
by Michelle Dumas - Sep, 2014
“50 is the new 30″. “Old guys rule”. “Age is only a number.” “Yeah, I got that scrape skateboarding with my grandson”. These are just some of the comments that reflect a shift in perception about aging in our society, in part because life-expectancy keeps increasing, as do the expectations those in middle age (and older) have of what they can and want to do. People over 50 are more active than ever and take pride in...
Seasoned Advice for Mature Workers
by Linda K. Rolie, M.A., CVC - Oct, 2012
A significantly growing population of job hunters, and those who are landing jobs, is between the ages of 55 to 71 (and beyond). You may have heard, “age 50 is the youth of old age” or “age 60 is the new 50” and so on. Various opinions exist about whether age-related biases negatively impact these mid-lifers’ employability. There are mature workers who are far from elder status but feel they are discriminated against due t...
Long Ago in a Far Away Place
by Debra Wheatman - Jul, 2012
Many stories begin with the trope, “long ago in a far away land.” We expect to be transported to an unfamiliar place and time. Unfortunately, some careerists use this technique when writing a résumé. We feel as though we are climbing on grandfather’s knee to hear the tale of a time when 3.5 inch floppy disk was king and everyone was blown away by DOS. We see skills such as Fortran and dBase. On the contact line, we see a f...
Community Outreach & Diversity
by Local JobNetwork™ - May, 2012
Welcome to a powerful network that connects employers with more than 16,000 organizations across the nation to provide employment assistance to constituents in their communities. We value our partnerships with construction/skilled trades, diversity organizations, general business, historically black colleges and unive...
Clash Points at Work – How Are the Generations Different?
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Nov, 2011
My trusty old Toyota Camry overheated the other day. I had the car towed to my mechanic and called Enterprise Car Rental to pick me up. The driver of the pick-up van was pretty friendly so we started to talk. He’s 71 years old and a retired mortician. He works full time for Enterprise. I asked him what it was like working with mostly twenty year olds. He wisely told me that everyone got along pretty well probably due to...
Is it Ageism or Your Attitude?
by Sherri Edwards - Jun, 2011
Is it Ageism or Your Attitude? There is an ongoing debate about age discrimination in the work place that has been around for a very long time. Since we will continue to have younger workers enter the workplace, it is likely a case will continue to be made either way. My position is it doesn’t do anyone much good to simply buy into it and give up on their pursuits without, examining the situation more carefully. It is he...
The Risk of Ignoring Millennials
by Judith Lindenberger - Feb, 2011
One of the biggest challenges for businesses today is integrating the Millennials twenty-somethings into a Baby Boomer culture. They are the newest generation to enter the labor market, arriving with their distinct ideas about what they expect from their jobs. They are our future leaders and our next generation of revenue-generators. So who are the Millennials and how do we manage their expectations while maintaining high perf...
Ten Resume Tips for Older Workers
by Barbara Safani - Jan, 2011
As an older job seeker, writing a resume can bring an additional set of challenges. It can be hard to know what to include and what to leave out of the document when you have had a long work history, and it may have been years since the last time you even needed a resume. Resume etiquette has changed, and it is important to change along with it. Here are 10 tips for updating your resume to remain relevant in the eyes of the...
Can you become an “Olderpreneur”?
by Maureen Cullen - Dec, 2010
Enterprise isn’t just for the young. People of any age can start up a business. When we are past fifty we sometimes feel it will be difficult to find an employer who will offer us the flexibility we want in a job. We come to an age where we want to “do our own thing” and be in control of our environment. Starting your own business is something you can do for yourself and it can provide you with a viable and interesting liv...
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