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40+ Career Clinic

  1. 1. Welcome To 40+ Career Clinic
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>Ageism in the Workplace </li></ul><ul><li>The Age Advantage </li></ul><ul><li>The Roller-coaster of Unemployment </li></ul><ul><li>Staying Motivated </li></ul><ul><li>Labour Market Information </li></ul><ul><li>Resumes and Cover Letter Tips </li></ul><ul><li>Making a Positive Impression </li></ul>
  3. 3. Ageism <ul><ul><li>Ageism: A basic attitude that makes assumptions about mature individuals and their abilities and places labels on them </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Age Discrimination <ul><ul><li>It is illegal to be denied employment, promotion or training due to your age </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your age should not be used as a factor to force your retirement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Asking personal questions in an interview about age is not necessarily illegal </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The Age Advantage <ul><li>Your Skills </li></ul><ul><li>The Local Labour Market </li></ul><ul><li>The Employer’s Perception of you </li></ul>
  6. 6. Older Workers Are <ul><ul><li>Just as adaptable to changes in the workplace as other workers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 times more likely to stay on the job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More careful and have fewer accidents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More productive because they make fewer mistakes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comfortable being supervised by younger colleagues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More open to criticism leading to self improvement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Utilize more advanced skills </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Top 3 Employee Skills <ul><ul><li>Willingness to learn </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Willingness to stay at the company </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customer Service Skills </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Your Employability Skills <ul><ul><li>Identify the skills you used to fulfill your responsibilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Describe situations in which you have demonstrated your skills </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. The Emotional Roller Coaster of Job Search Adapted from Handling Unemployment in Groups Leaders Manual, CMHA Metro Toronto.
  10. 10. How to Successfully Manage Feelings <ul><li>Talking with others </li></ul><ul><li>Support or Employment Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Take a Step Back and Breathe Deep </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain structure </li></ul><ul><li>Physical exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Positive speech </li></ul>
  11. 11. Attitude is Everything <ul><ul><li>You're more employable with a positive attitude </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>With a positive attitude you present a more memorable first impression </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your self-esteem will increase along with productivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You will have more energy to pursue your goals and dreams </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Staying Motivated <ul><ul><li>Frustration and Fatigue are a normal part of job search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember only you have control of your attitude </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What areas you can improve in </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Labour Market Information January 2009
  14. 14. Labour Market Information <ul><li>Employment fell by 129,000 in January (-0.8%), almost all in full time, pushing the unemployment rate up 0.6 percentage points to 7.2%. This drop in employment exceeds any monthly decline during the previous economic downturns of the 1980s and 1990s. </li></ul><ul><li>In January, the drop in employment was most pronounced in manufacturing, where the net loss totalled 101,000. There were declines in a number of other industries as well. The only industry with notable gains was health care and social assistance, where employment increased by 31,000. </li></ul><ul><li>Over half of employment losses were in Ontario (-71,000), </li></ul><ul><li>Employment in health care and social assistance bucked the trend in January, up 31,000, with the largest gains in Ontario and Quebec. Since January 2008, health care and social assistance has experienced the fastest employment growth of all industries, up 5.1% (+95,000), with gains in social assistance, nursing and residential care facilities as well as hospitals. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Labour Market Information <ul><li>How could this trend affect me? </li></ul><ul><li>What opportunities might this trend create? </li></ul>
  16. 16. General Tips for Cover Letters <ul><li>Use phrases like &quot;significant” &quot;extensive experience&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Remember your cover letter is an introduction, designed to give the employer a taste of what you can do </li></ul><ul><li>Include traits such as flexibility, adaptability, and willingness to learn </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasize that you are a proven commodity </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that your cover letter expresses your understanding of the employer’s needs. </li></ul><ul><li>Customize your cover letter </li></ul><ul><li>Proofread your letter before you send it out   </li></ul>
  17. 17. General Tips for Resumes
  18. 18. General Tips for Resumes <ul><li>Include a qualifications summary </li></ul><ul><li>De-emphasizing dates. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider using a functional style resume. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure to include a current e-mail address next to your contact details. </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware that some companies use keywords from the job description to filter the best resumes from electronic databases. </li></ul><ul><li>List any computer skills you possess </li></ul>
  19. 19. Work Experience on Resumes <ul><li>Only list the last 10 years and no more than 15 </li></ul><ul><li>Do not exaggerate how long you were at your last job </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasize results, accomplishments, and achievements that could set you apart from other job candidates </li></ul>
  20. 20. Education on Resumes <ul><li>Be sure to list all relevant courses and professional development activities that you have undertaken </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure that you only list courses that you are currently certified in </li></ul><ul><li>Do not include the dates of when you graduated high school </li></ul>
  21. 21. Resume Formatting <ul><li>Does it reflect the current Style / Trend </li></ul><ul><li>2 Pages Max </li></ul><ul><li>It is acceptable to have 2 or 3 tailored resumes </li></ul><ul><li>Let your experience work for you rather than against you. </li></ul><ul><li>Place employment dates on the right of the page </li></ul><ul><li>Use no more than two fonts </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain a 1 inch margin where possible </li></ul><ul><li>Proofread </li></ul>
  22. 22. Making a Positive First Impression <ul><li>PREPARATION </li></ul><ul><li>Do your homework / research </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Anticipate questions they might ask </li></ul><ul><li>Put together a list of questions you want to ask </li></ul><ul><li>Practice how you want to present yourself </li></ul>
  23. 23. Making a Good Impression Delivering a Resume <ul><li>Dress professionally </li></ul><ul><li>Ask to speak to the manager/supervisor if they are available </li></ul><ul><li>Offer the manager your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Sell yourself. Be ready with a thumbnail sketch of the skills and talents that set you apart </li></ul><ul><li>Convey interest, enthusiasm, and confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to what they're saying </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of the time </li></ul><ul><li>Follow Up </li></ul>
  24. 24. Making a Good Impression at the Interview <ul><li>Dress professionally </li></ul><ul><li>Offer the interviewer your resume or other documents </li></ul><ul><li>Convey the knowledge you have of the organization </li></ul><ul><li>Sell yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask about the application process </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to what they're saying </li></ul><ul><li>Convey interest, enthusiasm, and confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Follow Up </li></ul>
  25. 25. Overcoming a Bad First Impression <ul><li>Timing – A key factor in overcoming bad first impressions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A common example is you’re on your way to an interview and there is traffic due to an accident. Don’t wait until you arrive at the employer to explain why you are late. Call ahead and let them know what is happening so that the interviewer is not waiting around or that alternate arrangements can be made. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Be prepared – The reality is that bad impressions come from, not nerves, but a lack of preparation </li></ul>
  26. 26. Good Luck with your Job Search