| Job Search Guide - Are You Too Old to Be Hired?
by Jane Jackson and Jenna Connour - May, 2015
Retired or partially retired people who are starting a new job search are in a unique position. They may feel that their skills and qualifications are outdated or no longer relevant. But, by implementing a few helpful strategies, it’s possible to make the most of your job search and find a “winning” position at any age. In this LJNRadio podcast, Jane Jackson offers tips for overcoming age discrimination in the job search proce...
| Management Decisions - Receiving Your Pension...Maybe
by Mark Stratis and Tim Muma - May, 2015
Some people may not even know what a pension is anymore, but for others, they're still potentially a part of the benefits offered by an employer. With some changes in philosophy, employers are searching for alternatives to get these long-term payments off the books. Mark Stratis, senior financial planner for Szarka Financial, discusses why pensions are disappearing. Mark also fills Tim Muma in on what options are taking the pl...
| Employment Notebook - Fears of Running Out of Money
by Les Szarka and Tim Muma - May, 2015
Unless you're in the latter part of your career, retirement is often looked at only occasionally with an eye on things like your 401K. The reality remains, many people end up fearing they won't have enough money to last them to the end of their lives. Les Szarka, CEO and founder of Szarka Financial, talks with Tim Muma about the concerns and solutions related to retirement and finances. Les offers his experienced advice on wha...
| Job Search Guide - Avoiding the Overqualified Designation
by Jeri Hird Dutcher and Jenna Connour - Feb, 2015
For some job seekers, hearing the word “overqualified” during a job interview is a huge fear. Whether you’re a mature worker who is hoping to “scale back” in your career or someone who is switching industries and wants to start off in an entry-level position, understanding how to avoid the “overqualified” designation can be helpful. Jeri Hird Dutcher – National Award-winning Certified Resume Writer, and Certified Career and In...
5 Signs You Might Be A Delusional Executive Job Seeker
by Lisa Rangel - Oct, 2015
Get ready. I'm going to vent. Some of you may even remove me as a LinkedIn connection. I'm ok with that. I'm annoyed at the delusional expectations of some executive job seekers and the infectious negativity they spread by not accepting job-seeking life for what it is. The executive job search is a sales process. It's not an entitlement program. I get it. It's hard. And you think it shouldn't be this ha...
Network? Oh, No, I Can’t Do That!
by Georgia Adamson - Oct, 2015
How do you react when someone tells you that you need to be networking to have a productive job search? Do you say, “Network? Oh, no, I can’t do that!” or just throw up your hands in horror? With all the technology-fueled job search trends around these days, you might think, “Hey, I don’t need to network. I can just put my resume online and email it to people.” Sorry, but you can’t get out of it that easily. Technology can...
Older Workers: Discrimination vs. Need for Their Knowledge
by Georgia Adamson - Sep, 2015
Age discrimination in the workplace has long been a big concern–especially if you’re not getting any younger as time goes on, and obviously none of us is! Now, however, there seems to be a growing trend of people working longer and at least some companies being glad it’s happening. Of course, there’s a lot more to it than that, and it’s worth delving into. Older Worker Discrimination Balanced by Need? It’s possible that...
Mature Job-Seekers: Your Game, Your Rules
by Rowe Leathers - Sep, 2015
With age comes experience, and with experience comes opportunities only afforded to mature workers. That said, seasoned workers must approach their job search differently than the younger and less experienced. The strategy of younger candidates is to lead with their education, embellish their experience, and highlight any and all certifications. Mature workers should consider an alternate approach: showcase your many years...
How Far Back Should I Go On My Executive Resume? 4 Rarely-Discussed Strategies
by Lisa Rangel - Jul, 2015
As with most tactical executive resume development questions, the question “How Far Back Should I Go On My Executive Resume?” is no exception in receiving the “It depends” answer. However, these are the X guidelines we use in making decisions on how much do we include and how far do we go back on resumes for executive-level clients with 15 to 35 years of work experience. Generally speaking, we recommend focusing on the most...
Sometimes you need to step back to get ahead
by Sherri Edwards - Jul, 2015
It happens all the time. A candidate has 8–10 years of experience doing something and wants to change into an entirely new role and new field. The requirements to compete for a senior-level role in the new arena are extremely high and impossible to match when there is no specific evidence of performance in the same function. Although the circumstances may seem the same, being capable and being competitive are two entirely diff...
Resumes for Older Workers
by Robin Schlinger - Jul, 2015
Although age discrimination is discouraged by state and federal regulations, anyone with a long career knows how difficult it is for a 55-year-old to impress a recruiter or hiring manager who is 30 years younger. Your resume should be written to get you into the door for an interview, where your enthusiasm, dedication and skill will impress your future employers. Successful resumes for older workers share these characteris...
The Simple Way to Build Intergenerational Relationships at Work
by Lindsey Pollak - Jul, 2015
If there’s one issue on which all generations agree, it’s that millennials are masters of technology. The Wall Street Journal recently published an article on millennials helping “befuddled” older employees with their tech troubles. Although I don’t love the thought of myself as “befuddled,” I did recently share in my newsletter how I enlisted a willing Millennial (my “Snapchat mentor”) to help me master the app’s quirks....
Millennial Question: Why Does Gen X Love Email?
by Lindsey Pollak - Jun, 2015
“You’ve got mail!” Ah, the days when the ding of a new message was exciting rather than annoying. With all the apps and productivity tools designed to help us manage our email and all the effort many devote to achieving “Inbox Zero,” it’s hard for millennials — and many others — to believe that Gen Xers used to adore email. And our dirty little secret is that many of us still do. Of course, not every Gen Xer feels this wa...
Employment Trends That Impact Your Resume
by Robin Schlinger - Jun, 2015
A company that specializes in helping virtual teams work effectively recently reported on the latest employment trends, including an increase in freelancing and part-time work, multigenerational workplaces and work across borders and time zones. What effect do these trends have on your resume? First, freelancing and part-time work—or multiple consulting jobs—are no longer seen as panicky attempts to fill an employment gap...
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