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  1. Job Search for Over 50 brought to you by Bruce A. Bennett Career Coach Corner January 12, 2023
  2. Introduction MCWN Volunteer since 2010 & Contractor from 2018 Career Coach Corner Blogger & Presenter B² Discuss LinkedIn Podcaster General Notes for Today My contact info is on last slide Presentation file available on SlideShare Workshop is interactive Ask questions Share experience(s) Recognizing Age Discrimination in Action
  3. Outline Age Discrimination & Employment Act Recognizing age discrimination Websites for the mature workers Mature worker friendly companies Overcoming objections/stereotypes Networking Job search process Positioning yourself Suggested actions
  4. Paul Cameron Talks Age Discrimination The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) protects certain applicants and employees 40 years of age and older from discrimination on the basis of age in hiring, promotion, discharge, compensation, or terms, conditions or privileges of employment. It happens randomly not all the time More likely to be subtle An Experiment
  5. Lay offs Job elimination Team restructuring “Early retirement” You are too old for the job No use training older worker who’s about to retire Have higher insurance cost as older worker How long do you plan to work? Unlearn bad habits Do not know new technology
  6. Thrive Past 45 from Chicago Tribune
  7. Experience - Tout it, use it, solve it, e.g. pain CL Network - Employee referral to industry know how Loyalty - Commitment for company & projects Openness - Tech savvy and ready to learn Perspective - Obstacles and challenges Focus - Don Blackwell “ability to avoid distraction” Communication - Personal touch Flexibility - Not regimented for 9 to 5 Confidence – See 1st bullet
  18. 5 Strategies to Overcome Age Discrimination 1. Focus on relevant experience 2. What makes you different 3. Don’t stop learning 4. Build a strong LinkedIn profile 5. Network like you’ve networked before
  19. John Jennings raised a great point “Networking seems to be a crucial ‘back door’ when you may get filtered out at the ATS ‘front door’.” Rolodex or LinkedIn, use an advocacy group Put the “social” back into social media Send well wishes or brief notes Seek a coffee/break meeting on their turf Enjoy getting together Informational interview? Or learn about what & how you and your company succeed
  20. Caroline Ceniza-Levine suggests a 6 step process Identify your targets Create compelling marketing (e.g., resume, LinkedIn, networking pitch, cover letter) Research companies and industries Network and interview Stay motivated and organized and troubleshoot regularly Negotiate and close the offer
  21. Know thyself Inventory your skills What are your strengths Identify at least five for job search dialogues Be prepared to provide a narrative example Practice telling these stories Know & understand the positions you apply to Does the job description match your skills? Get past the ATS robots by using scanning sites Positive Mental Attitude
  22. There are many basic interview questions Behavioral type questions are popular Tell me about a time when you had to enforce a company policy you did not agree with Give an example of when you had to resolve a conflict Why were you let go at your last job? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Practice answering these questions Have prepared questions for the interviewer(s) Hint: Don’t ask questions answered on their website
  23. These websites help refine your resume Match your key skills with job description Empower you to get past ATS robots This is How Job Scan Works
  24. Career Explorer identifies transferable skills
  25. Begin by identify a job title LinkedIn makes suggestion based on key words
  26. Change default setting from high to low Find jobs on LinkedIn that match your skills
  27. Use local library to learn new skill i.e. LinkedIn Learning (formerly or Gale Courses as featured by AHML Attend networking events and job fairs Engage your networks - LinkedIn, Facebook, Neighborhood, etc. Volunteer Persistence & Tenacity
  28. Food truck experiment - Chicago Tribune - sunday/20200705/282432761438405 Basket give away experiment Heather Austin - 5 Strategies to Overcome Age Discrimination 10 mins J.T. O’Donnell - #1 Tip to Beat Age Discrimination in 2020 59 mins Podcast 31 mins
  29. January Calendar of Events & Services Personalized Job Search Assistance Services Resume Review Mock Interview LinkedIn Critique Email the professional directly to request review 33
  30. LinkedIn for Your Job Search Monday January 16, 2023 from 10:00am to 12:00pm LinkedIn Strategic Guidelines Wednesday January 18, 2023 from 10:00am to 12:00pm Resumes, Cover Letters & Applying Online Wednesday February 2, 2023 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm Guide to a Winning Interview Wednesday February 7, 2023 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm Boost Your Job Search by Volunteering Wednesday March 8, 2023 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm 34
  31. Jennifer W. – Marketing Lucas H. – IT Professional Liz F. – Graphics Designer Michael D. – IT Professional Sherry H. – Marketing Rich M. – Project Manager Cheryl W. – Bookkeeping Kenya B. – Finance I want to add your name to the list!!
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