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Are There Still Opportunities for Older Workers in Today’s Economy?

More and more, you see people working past retirement as our lifespans have lengthened and the economy has worsened. Some want to work just to stay active, but many need to work out of necessity. This becomes a difficult situation however, as with old ways of thinking older workers are still encouraged to retire. If they do retire and are looking for something part-time for example, they may find that job opportunities open to them can be difficult to find. A lot of employers still have the mindset of hiring from within, even if it is older workers, rather than hiring a new employee who is older.


Fear Not, Opportunities Do Exist!

So, what do older workers do when they are seeking employment past retirement age? There are opportunities out there, and knowing what some of them are before you start looking is half the battle. There are many places in the hospitality field where jobs can be found. Places like the Marriott, Disney World and McDonald’s all have offered opportunities for older workers where they can find good employment. This is especially true in environments that frequently see older travelers – it would only make sense to have job opportunities for people working past retirement age to make a friendly environment for the older tourists.

It is also good to know that employers do look for the more experienced workers, and if you have experience with customer service related jobs already, this is a big plus. These types of jobs all require a lot of that, and employers will look for the people who can handle all types of different customers, including the difficult ones. From greeters, to cashiers to tour guides, jobs dealing with the public hold many options and job opportunities for older workers.

Go Out On Your Own

Although more difficult and risky, there are more and more people starting their own businesses after retiring. If you already have an interest and a skill set, this option will be much easier than completely starting from scratch. It is advisable you do start a business doing something you enjoy and already have some knowledge about – even if you are not an expert – so that you will have a much easier time getting started and keeping the business going. Many businesses can be started from your own home with a simple business license that is inexpensive. If you are working it yourself and do not have to worry about other employees, this is a fairly easy task.

Things to Know

Whichever direction you go when working past retirement, you should be able to find something that you can enjoy doing. You most likely won’t become rich at it, but you will be able to supplement any retirement or just be able to continue to pay for your living expenses. If you are looking at something in the hospitality industry, make sure you do your homework first and ask them questions. A lot of these positions require you to stand on your feet for the entire shift – make sure it is something you can physically handle without putting too much pressure or strain on your body.

Visit the places you are considering working at to see if it is somewhere you think you could enjoy working. Another good tip is to visit job fairs because these will help give you an idea of who is hiring and what they are looking for.

Working past retirement is not impossibility. If you do your research and take your time to do some careful planning, you can find a job that fits you and your needs, plus somewhere you enjoy working and you can feel like you are needed.


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4 Tips to Look Younger on Your Resume

Because of the illegal yet persistent practice of age discrimination in hiring, many seasoned job seekers want to appear younger on their resumes. The impulse is understandable, but many prospective employees go about resume editing in ways that are ineffective and make their resumes look as if they are attempting to hide something from prospective employers.


As a job seeker, if you do wish to look younger on your resume, here are some ways how:

1. Set up a Gmail Account – Email domains that were popular a decade ago is a sign (regardless of reality) that a job seeker is not up to date on current technological trends.

Not that Gmail is a newfangled addition to the email rolls, but nearly every young job seeker that sends their resume to our office uses the Google e-mail platform.

2. The Titles of Your 1st and 2nd Job – Many older job seekers who wish to appear younger truncate some of their first jobs on their resumes, yet still give away their experience range by having the first listed title be some form of managerial or senior level position.

When more seasoned job seekers end up doing so, it seems as if they may be hiding something such as their age or even past experience. This could translate into looking insecure to the resume reader.

3. Knowledge of Technology and Social Media – Many experienced job seekers are failing to keep up with new technological and social media / marketing trends. Since the demand for hiring companies to have individuals who can implement things such as blogs, website updates and working on iOS or Mac computers, job seekers who know these things look younger on paper, and more intelligent than those who simply know Windows and MS Office (an expected minimum).

Therefore, if you don’t know Mac operating systems and blog content management systems such as WordPress, not only do you look older, you are simply not as competitive as those who do, regardless of experience level. Unfortunately, you might also look lazy: the Mac OS is notoriously user-friendly.

4. Stating Number of Years In Your Resume Objective – Many job seekers who wish to look younger fall short in their resume objective by putting the number of years of experience that they have regardless if they implement a “+” sign.

This means that putting phrases like “Experienced marketing professional with 15+ years of retail marketing experience seeks job in,” is only going to make the resume reader wonder the exact value of “+” on your CV.

In the end, age discrimination in hiring is as commonplace as it is illegal. Write off the discriminatory parties as a bad working environment anyway, and focus on the fact that any hiring party worth their salt will be looking at knowledge, qualifications, and compensation level. Communicate these clearly and predominantly enough, and the resume reader will entirely forget to read into your age range.


Ken Sundheim is the Founder and President of KAS Placement Marketing Headhunters Chicago Executive Recruiters a sales and marketing staffing agency that helps both U.S. and International firms recruit all levels of sales and marketing experts throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The staffing professionals at KAS Media Headhunter Media Recruiting Firms have been around since 2005.

Jobs For People Over 50 – On The Road To Where?

The economy is unstable, to say the least, we don’t know if Social Security will come through for us (or even still be in existence) when we retire, and we keep hearing that we’re the part of the workforce that is least likely to get hired. CBS News even has a video titled Baby Boomers: America’s New Unemployables. That’s not exactly reassuring!

But Baby Boomers have a Secret Weapon that is more powerful than all of the gloom and doom and negative press. WE KNOW HOW TO USE OUR BRAINS! We are the largest and most successful generation in history, and we’ve had over 30 years experience in “making things happen”. Collectively, we’ve taken charge of the situations we’ve been faced with, looked head-on at the problems in front of us, and come up with a solution. How powerful is that!

So here we are again, looking at our situation, and trying to figure out “Where do I go from here?”

We may not have the answer to that question yet, but, rest assured, we will get it!

Luckily, there are road maps to help us get where we want to be. The steps are so simple that a child could follow them. As a matter of fact, they are the basic tenets of problem solving in child psychology. A good friend of mine, who is a child psychologist, calls them “your problem solving tools”. She advises her young patients to put them in their “problem solving kit”, and make sure they always carry it with them.

• The first tool is RECOGNITION. You must recognize that you have a problem before you can solve it.

• The second tool is DEFINITION. You may know that you have a problem, but if you don’t know what it is, you still can’t solve it.

• The third tool is RESOLUTION. And yes – YOU DO HAVE THIS TOOL! It may take a little while to become adept at using it, but if you actually “read the directions” you will become a master at using the resolution tool.

So… you’ve recognized that you have a problem and you’ve defined it; you need to find another job or career. Now, how do you go about resolving it?

It doesn’t matter if you’re a right brain person (Random/Intuitive) or a left brain person (Logical/Sequential/Rational). It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female. It doesn’t matter what problem you’re trying to solve; THE STEPS ARE THE SAME.

Lucky for you, you don’t have to take the first step by yourself. As a matter of fact, you don’t have to take any of the steps by yourself. We’re here to walk you through them! And, don’t get nervous; there are only 3 steps! How hard can that be? Hopefully, it will be as easy as 1,2,3.


To learn more about improving your career after 50, download my free ebook on the TOP JOBS for people over 50

Joe Mayer is the owner and editor of where he helps with useful advice and tips for working people over 50.

Give Your Resume a Youthful Makeover

Despite the desirability of experience as a “wish list item” on any hiring manager’s checklist, job seekers, especially those over forty, often fear losing out to their younger competitors. Notwithstanding protection from anti-discrimination laws, a few creative strategies can transform your resume into a powerful document that not only showcases your hard-earned experience, but also downplays the age factor (“A-Factor”).

As a career coach and professional resume writer, I work with thousands of accomplished professionals and executives, some with over three decades of experience. Though not appropriate in all cases, here are some strategies I have used to de-age resumes without compromising experience:

Take years off your resume

Experience is certainly a prized positioning strategy, especially for senior-level candidates, but that doesn’t mean one should go all the way back to the 60’s. In my opinion, fifteen years of recent employment chronology is sufficient to market a professional’s background.

In unique situations where a job seeker’s background – and the position’s requirements – merits detailing older positions, consider creating an “additional experience” section without dates. Eliminating dates can be very useful for the education summary as well, especially if your bachelor’s degree was obtained in or prior to the 80’s.

Highlight your work with younger markets, technologies, or products

If you recently worked on a marketing campaign targeting Generation Z or contributed toward the development of a cutting-edge product, mention it at the beginning of your resume. A summary section may be the most appropriate place to highlight this experience. For technology workers, start your professional proficiencies section with technologies, systems, processes, and strategies that are truly cutting-edge.

Expertise in state-of-the-art technologies can give you a solid competitive boost, especially if your profession is constantly evolving.

Emphasize your ability to connect with younger peers

Almost no executive can claim to have risen to the ranks without training Ms. Robinson, the intern, or Smith, the entry level professional and yet this information is almost never found on the resume. The ability to connect with younger professionals is an excellent indicator of a senior-level professional’s flexibility.

Stay abreast

Add a “Professional Development” section to your resume to identify your continuing education efforts. The section can send a strong message to recruiters that you are actively upgrading your skills.

Leverage social media

Add Web 2.0 tools, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking strategies to your job search arsenal. The advent of Web 2.0 and social media has impacted the job search landscape significantly. Recruiters and hiring managers often use these tools to find and evaluate candidates and a meaningful presence on the social media circuit can be an important contributor toward your job search success.

Nimish Thakkar is a sought-after certified career management coach and professional resume writer. Through his resume writing service,, and free career information site,, he has helped thousands of clients. features hundreds of free articles and thousands of resources.

Should You Be Worried About Age Discrimination?

Almost every client I work with who's above the age of 40 asks the same question at some point: Do I need to make myself look younger on my resume? The fear that they are being skipped over for younger candidates is clearly a widespread concern among today's job seekers.

While I certainly encourage those with 30 or more years of work experience to only include what's most relevant on their resumes, an article in the Wall Street Journal from a couple of years ago caused me to wonder whether age discrimination is really as rampant as people fear. One passage in particular jumped out at me:

Meanwhile, the share of people age 25-34 living with their parents jumped to 13.4% in 2010 from 12.7% in 2008… The poverty rate for adults age 25-34 living with their parents was 8.5%, but in that case they are considered part of a household. If their status was determined solely by their own income, 43% were below the poverty threshold for a single person.

This is data from the U.S. Census Bureau-generally a fairly credible source-and it states that almost 43% of our young workers are living below the poverty line. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reported that those aged 25-34 suffered the highest unemployment rate of any age group in August 2010-9.8%. Those 55 and over actually had the lowest rate of unemployment at 7.3%.

I'm not suggesting that age discrimination doesn't exist. If coloring your hair and buying a trendier interview suit will help you feel more confident during your job search, then go for it. However, the reality is that younger workers are facing a job market that's just as tough as it is for older workers-and in many cases the younger ones have an even harder time getting hired because of their lack of experience. With more than 13% of the young worker population still living at home with their parents, it's clear that even many with jobs are not making enough to live independently.

These statistics show that the job market has been tough on everyone. To increase your odds for an interview and an offer make sure your resume is completely customized and tailored to each position you apply to. For strategies at overcoming the "age issue" on your resume, speak with a certified resume writer today.

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Unfair Dismissal Laws: What They Mean For You

The Employment Rights Act of 1996 ensures that all employees have certain rights that have to be protected during dismissal. It is a tightrope that employers tread when dismissing an employee as there has to be valid proof that an employee has done something to warrant a dismissal from their job. If someone has been fired wrongly, there are laws in place called “Unfair Dismissal” to protect the employee. However, the employee also has to have valid proof that he/she was dismissed unfairly. They can’t just claim unfair dismissal and be awarded any type of compensation.

While current labor laws are different for each state, there are a few requirements that all companies need to abide by during the process of reviewing an employee for dismissal. Unfair dismissal laws are:

Human Resources within a company has to call the employee in for a conference and inform him/her of the problem and put them on notice and/or probation.

The employee has the right to have a witness with them during the meeting. 
The employee has the right to appeal the charges. 
If the problem persists, then the employer can take steps for dismissal.

If the aforementioned steps are not taken, an unfair dismissal may take place. Any compensatory awards may be increased if a mediator or judges deems fit. Eligibility requirements are typically 3 months of employment within a company. Any appeal process has to be filed within 6 months from release of duties in most states.

Unfair dismissals do happen on a regular basis as most states in the United States are at-will states. Which mean that an employer and an employee have the right to leave a position without notice. The employer has to keep an employee’s records for a certain period of time. The employee can file for unemployment wages, however, the unemployment office will conduct an investigation and determine if the separation was legitimate or not.

This is where the unfair dismissal laws can come into effect. If employment records do not prove a problem then the employee will receive unemployment wages and may even have a case for more compensation. At the same time, if the employee cannot prove unfair dismissal, he/she will not be compensated in the form of unemployment wages.

An employee who has been dismissed and believes he/she that it was unfair has certain steps to take as well. According to the unfair dismissal laws, they are:

1. Follow all steps within the company’s policy for appealing a dismissal. All companies have to have a policy in place to protect their rights.

2. Have all paperwork or evidence prepared and ready before a hearing.

3. Attend any and all meetings, mediations and/or hearings.

4. Be well versed in presenting the case before the court or mediator.

Some things will not fall into an unfair dismissal and that includes theft, sexual harassment, assault or gross misconduct. As stated, unfair dismissal laws are in place to protect the employee but at the same time, the employee has to conduct themselves accordingly. It is important to follow all company policy regarding dismissal.

Learn more about how to deal with unfair dismissal and important facts about constructive dismissal on James R Gibbs blog, who is a practicing lawyer specializing in employment disputes.

The Job Search When You Are Over 50: Strategies for Overcoming the Stereotypes

Anyone over 50 and seeking a new job is aware that ageism is alive and well and that the older job hunter faces some unflattering stereotypes. You will need a strategy to overcome the stereotypes that older workers are:

– not technologically savvy

– tired, slow, unenthusiastic and just putting in time until they can retire

– set in their ways and not willing to try new things

– unable to get along with younger co-workers and bosses

– too expensive

Boomers and other older workers may not learn the newer technologies as quickly as younger workers, but they can learn them and most older workers do have the skills required by the work place. If MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) are still a mystery to you, enroll in a class in a community college or training center immediately. Make sure you are current in the technology used in your field. If newer applications and technologies are becoming more common in your industry, take a class or workshop so you are familiar with your industry’s new standards.

Show that you are technologically savvy in the heading of your resume. Be sure it includes your email address and cell phone number. If it is relevant to the position that you seek, include the URL to your website.

Eighty percent of recruiters google applicants before contacting them. Google yourself and make sure the results are positive. There should be no indication of your age; some “find your classmates” and dating sites list your name and age. Make sure only friends and not recruiters can see the family pictures where you might really look your age. If a friend or relative has tagged you in an embarrassing photograph, hopefully you can convince them to remove it.

You should have an online presence. If there are other people with your name, you may want to start using a middle initial of even middle name to distinguish yourself from the crowd. At the very least you should be on LinkedIn. If you need some time to learn about LinkedIn, you can get started by developing a profile using About Me dot com or Flavors dot me. Whenever you do a profile at a social networking site, be sure to create a complete profile. You do not want to give anyone the impression that you do not finish what you start.

When you get an interview, be sure that you come across as vital and enthusiastic. Don’t let anything that you can control create a problem. Whether you are a man or a woman you should wear a suit that makes you look terrific. Go for something that is classic and fits perfectly. Have it tailored, if necessary. Shoes and accessories should match and be stylish. Unless everyone tells you how stunning your gray hair is, color your hair. Men with white or gray facial hair should color it or shave it. Of course, your hair style should be contemporary. If your eyeglasses say you’re old replace them with frames that are more fashionable. Stained or yellow teeth age your face; getting your teeth whitened may be a worthwhile investment.

Besides being good for you, daily exercise gives you a trimmer more vibrant appearance.

Hopefully your resume implies that you are flexible and have learned new things in your past positions; your responses to interview questions should also assure the interviewer that you have recent accomplishments and that you are not stuck in your ways. Be ready to weave through your answers to interview questions the answers to the interviewer’s unasked concerns. Those concerns include is this candidate: overqualified; able to learn the new job or industry; adaptable and open-minded; and able to work with people of all ages including younger bosses. When interviewing, be sure to show enthusiasm in your voice.

Be prepared for your interviews. There are numerous books and websites that list the typical questions that you should expect. Practice answering these questions and expect technical questions pertaining to your area of expertise. Be well versed on your accomplishments and indicate that you are knowledgeable about changes in your industry.

Before an interview, research the company, the job, and the potential boss (this is where LinkedIn can be a tremendous help) to get as much information as you can about the needs of the organization. This allows you to ask intelligent questions and prepares you to discuss how your background and skills will benefit this company. In other words, give them a reason to hire you! Many decision makers have mentioned that older candidates do a good job during the interview of telling their story, but they neglect to focus on what they can do for this organization.

Don’t talk money until a second interview or until there is a job offer. Salary questions are a device to screen out applicants. Learn the average salaries for your area and through your contacts try to get an idea of what the company you are interviewing with is planning to offer.

On electronic applications, try to leave any boxes about your past salaries blank. If leaving it blank does not work, try typing in “0,” which is obviously a mistake, but your online application will go through without a salary history that may be perceived as too high or too low.

There are many factors that fall under compensation and salary may not even be your main concern at this point.

Show your age. After your interviews, send your thank you letters by snail mail (U.S. mail with a stamp on it). Thank you emails are not memorable.

Don’t pay attention to the media. People over 50 do find new jobs. The media knows that bad news sells, so they are going to keep focusing on how bad the economy is, especially for older workers. However, the figures that they cite are drawn from generalities and do not take into account the personal drive, focus, and energy that an individual puts into his or her job search.

For more tips and assistance with your job search and resume visit Mary Ann, the owner of Career Development Services is now developing a new web site focusing on the career issues (job loss, new business start-up, and retirement planning) of Boomers and other older workers.

How to Sell Yourself in the Job Search Process If You Are 40+

Most organizations are looking for young talents with some existing experience. They are seen as flexible, adaptable to the structure and working culture and have less demand salary-wise in return of developing their skills.

While working in recruitment, I personally also received requests from my clients to consider age in the selection process – which of course I refused. Not only is it illegal to discriminate people based on age by European law, but also strategically it is not a wise decision for a company to act so. Why?

In only 2-3 years’ time, on European scale there will be more workforce of the generation 40+ than younger. This means that aging society will start showing its signs in employment. But if the average age in companies will move up and it will be difficult to find replacement for the experienced and soon-to-retire staff, organizations need to value more the generation 40+.

There are lots of companies out there that don’t even bother doing evaluation or career planning with their employees over 40, whereas their interest should be exactly the opposite – keeping them motivated and building on their strengths and experience. A young and motivated new hire might be more engaged in cold calls, but why not use the experienced ones for key account activities due to their client knowledge or how about product development / marketing due to their product and market knowledge? In general, this generation is already clear with expectations in terms of promotion, so why not give them more varied activities, let them coach or train new staff or involve them in strategic planning?

The 3 most important things that a company should do:

Evaluate also senior workforce and develop a career plan for them

Hire a coach to set up the inventory of their skills and see how they could be transferred into a potential new job

Make sure you are aware of aging within the company and assure a good working relationship between generations, by looking at how to capitalize on the strength of both groups

If you are one of the heroes of this article, here are 3 steps to follow:

Make a balance of your career – Are you sitting in your dream job? What are your skills and interests? Where do you want to be? What skills do you need to develop to get there? If you find it difficult to go through this process by yourself, hire a career coach to help you guiding.

Check whether your desired opportunity exists within your current company or whether you can create it!


Upon losing their jobs, one of the biggest challenges that I hear from 40+ people is they are getting rejected by new employers, being labelled as overqualified.

Indeed, in this economic situation, many companies tend to look at the budget first, forgetting the benefits that experienced people can add to their team. This doesn’t mean though that all companies are doing this deliberately – sometimes they just don’t see the value a senior person can bring on board. And it is your job to get them known this!


You need to start already with your CV. Once the recruiter takes your resume in their hands, the benefits and value of hiring you must come across in less than 15 seconds (this is by the way the same for job seekers of any age). So your CV is your number one tool to show them what you’re worth. Forget the cover letter, recruiters getting 200 CVs per day, will not even bother to open it, unless they got interested in the candidate by the resume.

So keeping these in mind, what are the benefits of your experience?

These might include:

Short (or non-existant) learning curve. Sometimes employers tend to forget that not only hiring has its cost, but the initial learning period as well. Once you highlight that due to your existing experience this learning curve would be dramatically shortened, it will mean to them (a) less training costs and (b) better productivity and instant results leading to profitability. So in the summary/skills part of your CV, whatever way you formulate it, you need to show them the direct link between your experience leading to profit.

Developed soft skills. Young hires do not only need an investment in technical training but also in developing their skills. These might be organisational, time management, communication, work ethics, adherence to rules and much more. Again, companies tend to neglect this hidden cost, therefore it is up to you to draw their attention of what they gain with your background.

Training / Coaching skills. Again, due to the already elaborated technical and market knowledge of 40+ employees, they are the best people to train or coach the juniors. In your CV, highlight any training/coaching experience you have and show up what results it had in your previous company (for example if you trained sales staff and they brought a certain revenue after the training).

Consultant status. As you are coming in to the organisation as an experienced person, you have a fresh, external and therefore more objective view on the company, its strategy, products etc. Use your experience to show them in what way it can contribute to improving profitability by giving them your consultative approach, sharing industry best practices and trends.

Of course, these are just some examples of strengths you can come up with in your resume.

As for the interview and salary, a trend that I am seeing more and more often among 40+ “overqualified” people, tired and sick of job search that they agree to settle with a less than ideal salary level, but with the condition to get a raise either bond to a timeframe or results. This could be a good strategy to follow. Just imagine if you show your flexibility by signing a contract with the less than expected amount and you specify that an x% raise would be given to you tied to y result, this y result will bring money to the company, which will enable it to pay you better, leading to a mutual win-win situation.

Career Wellness Coach Erika Kalmar helps you clarify your true career path, find the job you have been longing for and design your career to move towards the goals you set.

Having spent the last 10 years in recruitment, Erika realised the importance of career wellness as opposed to career success and applies this in her approach with clients. She is working with knowledge worker professionals who want to bring in more balance and fulfilment in their career lives, by offering free career tools, articles, career support community and coaching.

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Solving The Over Qualified Job Hunting Problem!

If you are over qualified for a position how do you solve the problem?

You’ve been looking for a job for several months. You’ve had several interviews but you get the feeling you are being passed over because the employers view you as being Over Qualified for the position.

It’s a feeling shared by many well qualified job hunters. If the prospective employer is concerned that in a short period of time you’ll become bored and leave as soon as something better is available, or you qualifications would over shadow your boss and cause conflicts they will pass on you and hire someone else.

If the over qualified issue comes up in the job interview or you are applying for a job that requires three years experience and you have twenty you strategy in dealing with the issue could be as follows:

If the interviewer mentions that you might be over qualified don’t argue with them. Agree and remind them you bring a high level of skills and qualifications to the position. And that you are clearly qualified for the job, and list your top two or three strength you bring to the position.

Next, indicate your high level of interest in the job opportunity and explain why it’s the right position for you at the present time. (You’ve always enjoyed the challenges of the job, the job is close to your home and you’re tired of the long commute, the job allows you to work in a new industry, the job is a better fit for your skills, etc…) And now ask them a question.

“I hope that makes sense?” Now wait for their response. If they agree you might back it up with an example of your hiring someone over qualified and how well it turned out.

If the overqualified issue does not come up in the interview, you’ll normally be given an opportunity to sum up the interview.

At the close of the interview you might say, “Some may look at my qualifications and conclude I’m over qualified for the position. It’s true my strengths (then list 2-3 of the top qualifications for the job) qualify me for the job. I’m very interested in the position, I know my boss might be younger than I am but I’ve worked with other managers younger than I am without a conflict or problem. The job will allow me to leverage my skills (list the skills) and that challenge is important to me and gives me an opportunity to provide a great benefit to (name employer).”

Practice your close. Make it as natural and positive as possible. With this strategy you’ll go a long way to overcoming possible objections and concerns that you are over qualified for the position.

John Groth has changed careers seven times during his working life. Learn more about changing careers and job hunting tips at Discover how others over age 50, built winning career plans and found the right careers by career planning after 50.

Can a Resume Make You Look Old?

The number of baby boomers out of work is growing, and more and more of them entering the job hunt. Don’t let your resume recommend that you’re past your prime. Many of the old rules about resume writing have changed and keeping up to date can keep you in the game.

It is becoming more and more common in the current job market for the person in charge of hiring to be considerably younger than the job applicant. While you can’t hide this fact you can lessen the impact by following these easy strategies.

Be Careful with Resume Dates

Dates are all over a resume. There are dates of employment, dates of graduation, dates of certification. Some you can simply leave off, others you can hide to a lesser extent. The years associated with your schooling should be left off altogether. They do not add anything and only prove to focus the resume screener’s attention on the fact that you might have graduated before they were born.

As for the years that match up with your work history, ignore the age-old advice to place dates on the left hand side of the resume. While this might have been true in the past, it is no longer a hard-and-fast rule so you do not need to follow it. The eye naturally drifts to the left and you do not want the dates to stand out, you want your seasoned experience to shine. Place all dates all the way over to the right hand margin.

Contact Info: Short and Sweet

While you might have multiple email addresses, a cell phone and a land line, you don’t want to place them all at the top of your resume. It sends the impression that you’re trying to hard. Simply put your name, address, email and one phone number at the top of the page.

Of course it goes without saying, but I’ll state it anyway, that you need to stay on top of those accounts. Nothing says out of touch more than a person who only checks his or her email once a day. You want to be able to respond to any inquiries within a two-hour period.

Keep Your Resume Current

You might very well have 30 years of unmatched experience, but what you’ve been doing over the past 15 is what will get you the interview. With few exceptions, your work history should be limited to the past 10 to 15 years.

According to a study by Urban Institute, for those 62 and older, the chance of finding a job within 12 months is 18 percent, which means keeping your resume up to date is of vital importance. Use these tips to create the strongest resume presentation possible.

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Understanding Employment Discrimination Basics

Many a times, an unfair practice of your employer leaves you in a difficult situation. The question is – is the practice just unfair, or is it unlawful as well? How do you know this for sure? What do you do if it is unlawful? You need to consult an employment lawyer to get the answers to these questions.

Here are a few questions, and answers, in this regard that would help.

Which laws prohibit discrimination? Numerous federal dictates prohibit discrimination. Some of the important ones are as follows:

• Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (1964)

• Age Discrimination in Employment Act (1967)

• Equal Pay Act (1963)

• Americans with Disabilities Act (1990)

• Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (2008)

Chapter 760, Florida Statutes also prohibits discrimination at the workplace on the grounds of race, religion, color, sex, marital status, national origin, handicap or age.

Are all employees eligible for this protection? It depends. Almost all of these laws protect employees working for federal or local governmental agencies, private employers, labor organizations, and such others.

Does your case fall within discrimination? Various activities are within discrimination – be it hiring or firing, promotion or demotion, or any such others. Your Naples employment lawyer can be the best judge of assessing whether a job-related decision of your employer is unlawful.

Where do you file a complaint? If you are a present employee, the first thing you may attempt is to talk to your employer about the matter. If this is not possible, you may file a complaint with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The Commission may lodge and investigation and help reach a resolution.

When can you file a lawsuit? The increasing number of discrimination related cases filed at the Commission often makes it impossible for them to investigate all. Therefore, for certain cases, they issue a ‘right-to-sue’ letter providing you, i.e. the employee seeking justice, the right to file a suit.

Whether you are filing a complaint with the EEOC or a lawsuit at a court of law, it is necessary to get legal help for the task. However, do not delay in these tasks. The EEOC filing has a deadline of 180 days (stretchable under certain circumstances). There is also a deadline of 90 days within the issuance of the ‘right-to-sue’ letter to file a suit.

Whether you are sure of discrimination or just suspect it, consulting an employment lawyer can help you with the situation.

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Starting Over at Fifty Doesn’t Have to Be This Scary

At 50 years, I am starting over on a new career path.

It’s not too late. Not at all. You see, fearlessness is a perspective that the young do not have a monopoly on. The “No Fear” decal that appeared on back windows of trucks a few years back, I shrugged off… until now.

“No Fear” fits easier the with the “X-Games” generation than the with the “Wide World of Sports” generation.

Nevertheless, I find myself now in a unsettled place, an economy, a job market, where movement is a must. Staying put means a declining real income as inflation edges upward. Gradually, being jobbed-out by young executives, carrying bigger debts at home, living more expensively with no new extravagances, it is like entering a haunted house and losing the way out.

It is scarier to “stay put” than to peer into unknown rooms. Something different, something new, something expansive. A second career.

At fifty, the key to removing the fear of starting over in pursuit of a new career translates into, literally, trying an online opportunity. Online, I am free to continue to grow as a professional, yet able to market my unique skillset in the world. Online Branding. Online Marketing. Online Anything, really.

If I were to pursue a new career, a new job that is really trading a specific number of my breathing hours per day for a specific dollar amount in a paycheck, then, yeah, I would be hard pressed to start over. Picture me leaning back, holding my hands upside down, behing my back and wincing the words, “Ouch!”

My breathing is shorter these days, my stamina less. You, too? Over 50? Well, listen, ever since I joined the 50+ Club, I pushed my mind to embrace it with a positive outlook.

In fact, one thing I did to scare away my “fifties” fears is to spend time hangin’ with 20-somethings. I met some new “youngsters” who are making tens of thousands of dollars per month on the internet. I was floored. I decided to learn from them. And — don’t tell them — subliminally absorb their youth. Yee Haw!

Something has changed in the world of talent, in the world of information, in the world of entertainment, and commerce, and services. It is a shift in the “fearless” generation. A change that has catapulted this midlife man who was dreading a new career decision. Not any longer. The Internet world rescued me.

The Internet has opened up vistas upon vistas (Microsoft pun not intended). Okay. The Internet has opened up an entire new solar system of possibilities. The options to market my ideas over the Internet, to work from home on the Internet, to develop new skills based upon the Internet, and well… it is simply phenomenal.

It means I have no fear and no doubts about changing my career at fifty. And it should mean that same thing for any of you deciding to expand your life from fifty onwards.

Eugene Harnett is a business and success consultant. He runs a Real Estate Investment firm and an Internet Marketing Business. He expands your knowledge, urging you to be the best possible person you can be in both life and in business. His experience covers 30 years of working in sales, in the ministry, and in the civic arena. He offers a panoramic, yet piquant, view on matters of human importance. Try him. HighIncomeNetwork