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Job Search for Over 50

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Job Search for Over 50

  1. 1. Andrea Smith HRA/CTWorks So. Central asmith.ctwbs@ct.gov
  2. 2. PART 2 0F 2 Part 1 0f 2 ( Handout)
  3. 3. 3 Do I have any Saboteur (s) ?  Negative influences • Internal or external.  Past employment hurts • Fired….etc..  Lacks self-confidence • To compete in today’s job market.  I’m Over “50” • If you see your age as a problem, then the interviewer will too.  Do I know my “Marketing Brand” • strengths/weaknesses. • (Show that you are the solution to the problem)  Other…….. ?
  4. 4. Changes in - Job Search Approach (post-recession) 1) Passive job searching is no longer an option. 2) Fewer jobs mean more competition. 3) Mistakes, even minor, are not tolerated. 4) Social Media is the new recruiting tool. 5) Customization is critical. 6) Networking is more important than ever. By CareerBuilder , Posted Jan 31st 2012 @ 9:33AM By Debra Auerbach
  5. 5. H T T P : / / W W W . Y O U T U B E . C O M / W A T C H ? V = T D N H E Y P B P B Y http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOUeHPS8A8g
  6. 6. SHOULD EXPERIENCE ALONE COUNT WITH THE EMPLOYER - WHEN JOB SEARCHING ?
  7. 7. Job Seekers Over 50 Older Job seekers are facing a greater challenge in today’s job market --- because; 1. many, many years of experiences  higher pay $$ requirements 2. older workers are viewed  as less competitive 3. outdated experience  having outdated skills o more knowledge o more experienced In many cases THIS ----  have not helped in finding  employment any faster.
  8. 8. Strategies that May help
  9. 9. Age Signals to an Employer 1. Contact Details Today’s Resumes are usually completed with contact information o name o address o and other modes of communication. OLD SCHOOL a. e-mail can signify age -- molly55@aol.com b. Using one of the first emails @aol.com c. labeling the parts of the resume and cover letter – Telephone: (203) 238-3688 Fax: (203) 624-1493 E-mail: asmith.ctwbs@ct.gov d. Not having an email or LinkedIn address/documents Tip:  contact information on your resume and cover letter  MUST be CURRENT.
  10. 10. 2. Education While you should list degree(s) obtained – do not include the year. That information can be supplied to an employer if it is needed later on.. Tip:  Include the degree Type  Institution you attended  city and state of the institution  DO NOT put the date attended Age signals to an Employer Education can be particularly important to an employer  depending on the type of organization.  and the position you are applying for.
  11. 11. 4. Experience….. Most employers focus on the recent experiences... a. Your recent 10 to 15 years of work experience  Relevant to the job you're applying for. b. Experience over 15 years can be listed on the resume in this manner -  Other Experiences – or -  (relevant experience) Tip:  summarize without giving dates. Age signal to an Employer
  12. 12. Work Experience Is valuable and impressive on your resume  if the information is presented and laid out effectively using the CURRENT industry key-words. TIP: Use the RIGHT Resume Format --  Functional, chronological  or non-traditional Age signals to an Employer
  13. 13. • Using keywords from the Job Ad • Industry Jargon Terms and Words
  14. 14. To help list your accomplishments - think of a time when you:  Increased profits  Reduced costs  Reduced errors  Reduced conflict  Reduced losses  Improved quality  Improved teamwork  Made things smoother  Made things easier  Did what couldn't be done  Sped things up  Foresaw a need  Foresaw a problem  Foresaw an opportunity  Found an easier solution  Found a cheaper solution  Found a new opportunity  Accomplished the same with less  Accomplished more with the sameCreate a BRANDING statement using the above accomplishment starters……
  15. 15. Fashion Tips for Older Job Seekers The older we are - the longer it can take in finding employment How to Update Your Job Search Image
  16. 16. 1. hair cut/ color 2. shoes 3. handbag 4. brief case 5. fitness
  17. 17. There are so many great styles for older women and men. Find someone with a hairstyle you like.  A trusted stylist can guide you in the right way for both style and color.
  18. 18. Women’s Hair Styles Helen Mirren Annette Bening Jane FondaMary J. Blige Wendy Raquel Robinson Rudy Dee Mona Locke's
  19. 19. Hairstyle: The ultimate anti-aging fashion tool
  20. 20. Men’s Hair Styles Jamie Fox Sting George Lopez Morgan Freeman Jack Nicholson George Clooney Antonio Banderas Denzel Washington Ken Watanabe
  21. 21. Velcro, Orthopedics, Sandals, Sneakers Be careful Orthopedic Velcro
  22. 22. Comfort Shoes with Style Shoes; comfort is key as we age -- – but that doesn't mean you need to be wearing white sneakers to work. • So-called comfort shoes come in all sorts of price levels and you can find some pretty fabulous work shoes that deliver comfort and style.
  23. 23. Updating The Classic Bags For the office and job interviews, you don't need to carry a trendy handbag or briefcase.
  24. 24. What to wear ? Black can age you wear clothes with colors !
  25. 25. Presentation Does Matter
  26. 26. There are so many workplace alternatives in addition to the traditional suits today. 1. A cardigan worn belted over a pencil skirt - 2. trousers will give a polished option - 3. a variety of colors to business attire will bring newness to an old suit – 4. these fashion trends will never go out of style. By Alison Doyle, About.com Guide tips Cynthia Nellis Copyright Johnny Greig
  27. 27. Presentation Does Matter Bring Your: Confidence Smile Professionally dressed Firm-hand-shake
  28. 28. The “Over 50” are showing more interest in their own personal style and fashion sense. Eyeglasses are an accessory that should be chosen with care -- if done correctly - - 1. It can ADD == the appearance of being  updated  adaptable  relevant in a Post-Recession work place. 2. Your glasses will add a polished look to your professional attire and confidence.
  29. 29. Social Media – one of the “NEW” Recruiting Tool Employers & Recruiters are finding that using social media is 1. efficient 2. Cheap 3. recruiting potential employees. Which means ? ? ……..  As a job seekers
  30. 30. Know something about Technology/Social Media ?
  31. 31. The following answers will not be well received: 1) I don’t like technology 2) I lack the technical ability to set up a profile 3) I have too many inappropriate friends and relatives on my Facebook. 4) I want to keep my personal life private. 5) What is social media ? Avoiding Social Media or Technology…Today Job Market NOT a Good Move == Why? Ignoring a Network of over 1 billion sends a red flag to decision makers.
  32. 32. Social Media Websites: (Job Search) Over age 40Spanish-based An inside look at Jobs & companies BeKnown™ Career Hub for Tech/Eng
  33. 33. Example social media posting:. http://www.macysjobs.com/ Our beauty business is growing, and we’re adding positions across the country. Find out more about opportunities in beauty at beauty.macysJOBS.com. Macy’s is hiring for technology, merchandising, creative and marketing positions within the macys.com organization. Learn more at ecommerce.macysJOBS.com. Recent Tweets
  34. 34. iStockPhoto
  35. 35. Will you attend? Yes No
  36. 36. State and National Websites for Job Hunting www.careervoyages.gov www.ctdol.state.ct.us www.bls.gov www.cnacareer.org www.usnursingjobs.net www.workconnecticut.com www.aarp.com www.das.state.ct.us www.ctjobandcareer.org www.ctnow.com www.hotjobs.com www.careerbuilder.com www.retirementjobs.com www.aftercollege.com www.newhavencountyjobs.com www.monster.com www.wetfeet.com www.youbelonginct.com www.hirediversity.com www.prgjobs.com www.ctnonprofits.org www.bestjobsusa.com www.careermosaic.com www.jobhunt.com www.indeed.com www.simplyhired.com www.braintrack.com www.snagajob.com www.employmentguide.com www.usajobs.opm.gov/ www.jobsinct.org
  37. 37. AARP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DLWkHDvHOo 49
  38. 38.  1. If you build it, they can come. Instead of simply posting your résumé on a Web site, take it one step further and design an easily- navigable Web site or online portfolio (LinkedIn, Indeed) where recruiters can view your body of work  (different URL internet platforms), read about your goals and obtain contact information.  2. Check yourself to make sure you haven't wrecked yourself. Google yourself to see what comes up -- it's time to do damage control if necessary.  3. Narrow your options. USE the right words and format for your job search by region, industry and duration, and, oftentimes, you can narrow it even more by keywords, company names, experience needed and salary.  4. Go directly to the source. Instead of just applying for the posted job opening, one of the best strategies to finding a job is to first figure out where you want to work then research the Company on their web-site for jobs.  5. Find your niche with industry Web sites. Refine your search even more by visiting your industry's national or regional Web site, where you can find jobs in your field that might not appear on a national job board, for example; snagajob.com, State DOL/career fairs…etc. 50
  39. 39.  6. Try online staffing agencies. Recruiters will help match you with jobs that meet your specific skills and needs.  7. Utilize online digital résumés/non-traditional resume.  A video resume or non-traditional résumé are just one more way to stand out to employers. Video or LinkedIn style resumes are digital modes to communicate your accomplishments and fit to a potential employer. These modes are intended as supplements to -- not replacements for -- traditional résumés, digital résumés allow job seekers to showcase a little bit of their personalities and highlight one or two points of interest on their résumés.  8. Run queries. You run searches on everything else, from your high school sweetheart to low-fat recipes, so why not jobs?  Enter a search that describes the exact kind of job you're seeking and you may find more resources you wouldn't find otherwise (but be prepared to do some sorting).  9. Utilize job alerts. Most job boards have features that allow you to sign up to receive e-mail alerts about newly available jobs that match your chosen criteria. Jobseekers can also download JOB APPS on their smartphones and be alerted to daily jobs that fit their skill- set.  10. Get connected. Social media is becoming the primary way employers are finding their next employees, so it’s essential that jobseekers be digitally connection and is a part of employers search.  A word of caution: When you sign up for online social networking sites, you are in a public domain. Unless you are able to put a filter on some of your information, nothing is private, and it can be difficult to erase once it is posted.) CareerBuilder.com 51

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