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...
Are you 45+ with an idea about how to make a difference?
by Miriam Salpeter - Nov, 2010
Do you have an idea that will make a difference in your community in the areas of education, social services, environment, health care or helping others engage in encore careers (careers that combine purpose, passion and a paycheck)? If you are at least 45 years old, take note! Civic Ventures (a think tank on boomers, work and social purpose) just announced its new Launch Pad contest, which is designed to discover five inspir...
Over 50 in the job hunt
by Miriam Salpeter - Oct, 2010
I recently received a note from a prospective client. An executive in his late 50¡äs, he took early retirement from his company and was looking for his *next* thing to do. He explained he had applied for hundreds of executive positions and almost as many minimum wage positions with his resume, but that he had not been called in for one interview. His frustration, ¡°I can¡¯t help that I am over 50.¡± What a frustrating situa...
Should you be worried about age discrimination?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
Almost every client I work with who’s above the age of 40 asks the same question at some point: Do I need to make myself look younger on my resume? The fear that they are being skipped over for younger candidates is clearly a widespread concern among today’s job seekers. While I certainly encourage those with 30 or more years of work experience to only include what’s most relevant on their resumes, this article in the Wal...
Over 50? Tricks to Land a Better Job
by Robin Ryan - Sep, 2010
You read so much bad news about anyone who's a mature worker that you might think your best years are behind you if you are over 50 - WRONG! I've recently worked with several career counseling clients who are past 49 and each has had a BIG career success. Hope - and self confidence, plus some savvy know-how - seems to be the key. Wendell is a programmer in his mid 50s - a tough job title to maintain on a permanent ba...
Successful Job Search Strategies For Mature Workers
by Ford R. Myers - Jul, 2010
On July 2, 2010, CNNMoney.com ran an interesting article about older job candidates. Click here to read the article. It stated that “Companies are starting to hire again, but many are turning their backs on older job seekers.” The piece went on to say, “The nationwide unemployment rate for older workers – while lower than that of younger workers – has barely moved since hitting a record high of 7.2% in December of 2009. This r...
How to Communicate Across Generations
by Alexandra Levit - Jul, 2010
In every talk I give at a corporation or conference on intergenerational communication, someone raises their hand and says that people of different generations don’t vary in their styles and that it’s all in my head. If you’re tempted to think that, here are some examples of the types of remarks I’m always hearing: Born before 1945, they’re the loyalists, the ones who spent a lifetime at the company and expect to be reward...
How Do I Overcome Being Rejected As Being ‘Too Senior’ For A Role?
by John Crant - Jun, 2010
Q: How do I overcome being rejected as being ‘too senior’ for a role? - signed, A Wealth of Experience The most interesting part for me, is that the HR person emailed you almost exactly what I talk about in my lecture series. Here’s a portion of the rejection for the audience of readers: “...you are a little too high level for this position and it probably wouldn’t keep you interested for very long. “The worry is that...
Effective Use of Social Media and the Mature Worker
by Kathy Bornheimer - May, 2010
There are increasing programs on using Social Media offered by a plethora of resources. Some just skim the surface, some overwhelm and others are so technical that the participant goes into shut down. The following information is specifically for the novice and the technically challenged “baby boomer” who finds themselves in an unstable employment situation or job search. The focus will be exclusively on the use of LinkedIn...
Too Old To Get Hired?
by Harry Urschel - Mar, 2010
One comment I hear often from people over 50 is that it’s very tough for them to get a new job because of their age. When they aren’t getting a new job in the timeframe they hoped, the assumption is that some form of age discrimination is taking place. That kind of thinking is reinforced by ads for “Just For Men” hair coloring, news stories I’ve seen of people getting plastic surgery to look younger for job interviews, o...
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