Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the May 27, 2002 issue of QuintZine.
If you are over 50 and looking for a new job, you may experience some prejudice because of your age. What to do? Bob Weinstein, author of So What If I’m Fifty? Straight Talk and Proven Strategies for Getting Hired in the Toughest Job Market Ever, says that bias against those over 50 is a job-market fact. However, he says, allowing yourself to feel defeated just becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Here are some of his tips to overcome ageism and get hired:
- Promise to meet any challenge that arises.
- Don’t use slang in interviews because you think it makes you sound younger.
- Emphasize specific creative projects that you’ve made a success.
- Take time to recover. Allow yourself time to deal with the emotional response you may feel — such as anger or disappointment — before making your next move.
- Reflect on the situation. Ask yourself questions about what happened, such as “What external factors impacted the outcome? What could I have done differently?”
- Don’t take it personally. Remember that failure is situational — while you may fail in your attempts to accomplish a particular goal, you are not a failure.
- Look for the silver lining. You’ve probably heard the paradox that success includes failure. Although your tendency may be to dwell on what you’ve lost or given up, focus your thoughts on what you can gain. For example, if you’ve been laid off from a job, take the opportunity to re-examine your career goals.
- Learn from your mistakes. Enduring a setback can enhance your sense of self-awareness and help you understand your limitations. The next time you find yourself in a similar situation put your newfound knowledge to use.
- The labor force is growing more slowly.
- The labor force is getting older.
- More women are working today than in the past.
- Minorities are the fastest growing part of the labor force.
- Immigrants are found at the high and low ends of the education scale.
- Education pays.
- Some jobs with above-average earnings do not require a bachelor’s degree, but most require substantial training.
- Workers with computer skills are in demand.
- The 10 occupations that will generate the most jobs range widely in their skill requirements.
- Benefits account for more than a quarter of total compensation.
- Retirement plans are changing.
- Workers will be supporting more Social Security recipients.
- The trend in years spent with an employer is down for men and up for women.
- The temporary help industry has grown rapidly.
- The most common alternative employment arrangement is independent contractor.
- Most mothers work.
- Married couples are working longer.
- The workplace is becoming safer.
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