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Unemployed and over 50? Here are 3 things to do to get a job

Job hunting for the over 50 jobseeker

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Let’s not mince words. It’s a tough job market, and more so for the over 50 jobseeker. No less than a recent survey conducted by the Associated Press—NORC Center for Public Affairs Research affirms this fact. The study revealed that close to a fourth of 50 and over are actively seeking jobs. And of these adults, more than half found the job difficult.

There’s an age bias. Many employers are skeptical about the ability of older workers to adapt to technology and new working environments. It doesn’t help that many older jobseekers were previously employed in the same department and/or in the same company for years, even decades, before they were let go. In the age of startups and technology disruptors, workplace loyalty is seen as a handicap rather than an admirable trait.

Nevertheless, there is hope for the over 50 jobseeker. The Associated Press-NORC study also revealed that many employers seek the skills and experience possessed by older jobseekers. In fact, “forty-three percent of adults age 50 years and older who have searched for a job in the last five years say they have experienced a high demand for their skills, and 31 percent have encountered a high demand for their experience.

But the question remains: How can an over 50 jobseeker accentuate the skills and experience earned over the years on the job and st.ill work around the age bias? Here are 3 things you should be doing to get you a job:

1.     Take stock

What are you good at?

Take a hard look at your current resume, look back at the jobs you’ve held over the years and carefully assess the skills you’ve picked up along the way. Also take stock of the achievements you’re proud of.

When you’re feeling “out of the loop,” this exercise not only builds your confidence but also provides a better perspective on what your skills and values are. The latter is extremely important when determining your job options. It may even widen your job options by encouraging you to consider some roles that match your skill set but you would have otherwise overlooked because its in a different role or industry altogether.

2.     Stay connected

Do you have an online profile?

Employers aren’t convinced that older workers are able to adapt to the changing work environment. If you don’t have an online presence, such as a LinkedIn profile or even Twitter, you may be giving the impression that you aren’t able to or even willing to adapt to changes.

Beyond that, social media may be just what you need to get people to notice you. Re-connect with old networks, discover new ones, and share your thoughts, ideas and experiences.

3.     Upgrade

What are you willing to learn to get a job?

Sometimes, it’s not enough to know what you are good at. Asking yourself what you’re willing to learn may be what you need to get that job.

Take an online course! Some classes are free and some are surprisingly affordable to take. Even top universities and business schools, such as Wharton, MIT and Stanford, have entered the fray and have launched online courses. Take the time to learn a new skill or two, let potential employers know that you still have what it takes to roll with the times.

 

Don’t let the age bias get in the way of your career. As somebody who has seen and been through it all, you’ve got a lot to offer. You just need to find the right organization that will value your skills and values—and, more importantly, be very compelling when convincing them that you are exactly what they need.

Google Interview Questions

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How many cows are there in Canada? How many tears are shed between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the southwestern United States? If you think these are just any old brain teasers, guess again. These are actual questions asked of Google applicants in the early stages of interviewing. They are likely on the “ban” list, but you’ll be sure to find equally diabolical ones during your interview.

Insanely difficult? Probably, but the best approach is to remember that they’re only partially judging you on your answer; how you answer these questions & your thought process behind it is infinitely more important.

If the probability of observing a car in 30 minutes on a highway is 0.95, what is the probability of observing a car in 10 minutes (assuming constant default probability)?

Source: Answers To 15 MORE Google Interview Questions That Made Geniuses Feel Dumb

Facebook + Hiring

Facebook isn’t just about sharing pictures and statuses with friends anymore… it’s becoming an integral part of the hiring process. Strong social connections are still the very best way to land your dream job. Facebook’s new Jobs app just launched with 1.7 million listings that can be sorted based on industry, location, and skills.

…this could represent “a tipping point” for the social recruiting industry, because it helps people “realize that Facebook isn’t just about pictures and friends, it’s about social connections you can use to find your next job or hire someone.”

Source: Facebook And Partners Launch Social Jobs App With 1.7M Listings

Obvious (but critical) job hunting tips

In this recession, managing your career presents some serious challenges. You’ll need a determined & focused attitude (with a lot of research thrown in for good measure). Look at the bigger picture, research your industry, and use search tools to help you better understand the marketplace… find what the most recession-proof jobs are in your field and target them! It’s a different type of market now. You may be brilliant, with an exceptional academic record and impeccable experience, but in this climate you’ll need to remember that there thousands of people out there that are equally good (you are not a special snowflake). You need to stand out! Start thinking from an employer’s perspective and what they’ll gain if they hire you. Be confident, not arrogant.

2 Speak to people in your field, network online & offline, and get yourself out there. If you know someone who works for a successful company, offer to help out for a week or two at no cost to the company. Use any means you can to get a foot-in-the-door & you’ll get some facetime with the added benefit of hands-on experience.  Contact companies directly: cold-call and let HR know about your skills & experience; inquire about short-term contracts or freelance opportunities. In this market, you may be exactly what they need, but the company may lack the budget for a permanent role.

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