4 Career Tips for Older Job Seekers

oldguyJob-searching when you’re close to retirement isn’t easy. Here’s how to take age out of the equation.

Author: Maurie Backman
Source: USA Today

Navigating the job market can be tricky, regardless of what stage you’re at in your career. But there’s no question that older job seekers — namely, those within five to 10 years of retirement — have unique challenges to deal with.

Let’s face it: Though age shouldn’t, in theory, play a role in a company’s hiring decision, the fact of the matter is that businesses often sink countless hours and money into onboarding new employees and bringing them up to speed. Unfair as it may seem, it’s understandable that a company might naturally prefer to invest in a 45-year-old, who, conceivably, could stay put another 20 years, over a 62-year-old, who might be planning to retire within 36 months.

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When Taking a New Job, There’s a Second Contract You Should Be Writing

familyAuthor: Neil Parischa
Source: The Muse

“Congratulations, Neil!”

I was sitting across from an HR exec at Walmart a few years ago. His hand was outstretched, and on the desk in front of us was a crisp sheet of paper spelling out all the terms of my new promotion. I shook his hand and left doing mental cartwheels down the hall.

This was it! The dream job: more money, bigger team, fancier title, more interesting work.

And more total work, too. A few more meetings. A few more hours. A few more business trips. A bigger job means bigger responsibilities, which would probably mean dedicating more time and effort overall—that’s just how promotions work, I inwardly shrugged.

Promotion letter in hand, I popped my head into the office of one of my mentors at the company: “Guess what! I got the big promotion.”

“Congratulations!” he said. “Are you going to accept it?”

What did he mean, Was I going to accept it?

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5 Tips for Achieving a Career You Love

lovecareerAuthor: Ashley Stahl
Source: Forbes

Clients come to me for a variety of different reasons: they want to make more money, they’re unhappy at their current job, they want to relocate, or they want to completely change careers. Regardless of their main motivation for seeking my mentorship, I believe that in my line of work, the ultimate goal is helping clients achieve what I have termed the “trifecta career,” one that: (1) aligns with who they are, (2) makes them great money, and (3) has an impact on the world.

A weighty goal to aspire to, I know… Yet it’s incredibly doable.

And trust me, even in my own career I’ve struggled at times with finding the right balance. But I believe wholeheartedly that it’s possible for everyone, regardless of your age, industry, or background.

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4 Ways to Stop Being Taken Advantage of at Work

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Author: Patricia Thompson
Source: The Daily Muse

Have you ever found yourself in the middle of an activity at work that you really wished you hadn’t agreed to? Maybe you ended up joining the company softball team, even though you hate sports and are embarrassed by your inability to throw in a straight line.

Perhaps you became the organizer of all of the office birthday parties, because no one else would do it. Or, maybe you picked up the slack yet again, and ended up staying late for a colleague who begged you to help him to finish a project at the last minute.

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10 Things to Add to Your Resume, and 10 to Remove Immediately

960x0Author: Liz Ryan
Source: Forbes

Most people don’t like their resumes. I don’t blame them! Most resumes are weak. They are boring, and they all sound alike.

Most resumes are lame because they are written in an awful language that’s only used for resumes and company policy memos. I call this language Corporate Zombie Speak. It is dry and formal. It sucks the power out of your story.

You are not a “results-oriented professional with a bottom-line orientation.” You are a unique, amazing person — but your power will never across in your resume as long as you brand yourself like every other battle drone in the fleet.

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Assessing A New Company’s Culture and How You’ll Fit In

Interracial Men & Women Business TeamAuthor: Susan Hoffman
Source: onlinecareertips.com

Cultural fit is a sought-after quality by many employers. Every year, articles are published about how to evaluate the cultural fit of job candidates and what qualities are sought in those people.

When a potential employer brings you in for one or more on-site interviews, he or she already thinks that you have the skills necessary for the job. Your on-site interviews then become a way to dig deeper into your skills and gauge your cultural fit.

But as someone who’s hunting for a job, how do you know if the company culture will fit YOU?

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How and Why to Create a 5 Year Plan

5yearAuthor: Bill Mccool
Source: The Daily Muse

We’ve all been there before.

You finally landed an interview for your dream job. You did your research on the company, you wore your best outfit, avoided nervously fidgeting with your hands during the interview… but then they asked you that dreaded question:

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

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