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Monday, March 30, 2015

From AARP: 9 Things to Know if You're Laid Off After 50

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Lorrie Lynch was laid off from her job, after over 30 years. She spent the next 12 months job hunting and shared her thoughts in her AARP blog.

I learned a lot about myself — and even more about the dynamics of landing paid work. I hope these tips prove useful to those in the same boat now:

1) Embrace your anger. Don’t listen to the Soothers — you know, the people who say things like, “It’s not personal. It’s all about numbers.” Of course it’s personal! What could possibly be impersonal about unprovoked inhumane treatment? People with more power than you just devalued your longtime contributions to the workplace. So get mad if that works for you. (It did for me.)

2) Get every penny you are owed. If you worked for a company like my former employer, which is using the unemployment system to pay part of severance expenses, it’s crucial to apply right now for unemployment benefits in your state. Once you get your paperwork squared away, getting your life back in order becomes a little less daunting.
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Branding: Do You Look Too Old For The Job?

Branding Yourself in Mid Life.

Marva Goldsmith is a insightful writer who  knows what it is to reinvent yourself as a older worker. Part of the game is how you look. Do you look 60 or 20? What is appropriate for a seasoned skilled worker to wear to a job interview? Her book on Branding Over 50 offers some insight. (Editor's Note)

"What does your packaging look like?
Some think of image as something shallow or relating only to surface features, but as with commercial brands, personal branding includes the proper selection and construction of your personal brand packaging.

First impressions matter. You must take control of your appearance. People form opinions of you—right or wrong—within moments of meeting you. That means you can’t afford to leave someone’s impression of you up to chance.

Studies show that in the first 30 seconds of meeting you, people base their impression of you on this:
55%    What they see
38%    How you speak
7%    What you say

We all know snap judgments can be wrong and unfair. Still, you can’t ignore the reality: people form opinions based on the most minor details. More than half of what goes into forming someone’s first impression of you happens even before you open your mouth. That’s right: 55% of someone’s initial response to you is based on visual cues. That could easily be a whole workbook in itself (check out Spin Me: Creating the Image That Gets the Job; An Image Guide for Recent Grads and Job Hunters at, but for the basics, here’s a primer on what to consider, especially when going to an interview.
Clothing—People do judge books by their covers, every day. Make sure that your cover conveys the message you want people to remember. Here’s a sample of messages that your clothing might be saying about you (whether you like it or not):

Tips for the 50+ job seeker

You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.”

—George Burns, Comedian
First and foremost, if you purchased your interview suit in the 1900s…think about an upgrade. You must look current. Your clothing, your eyewear, and your hair must tell the story that you are current. That does not mean to dress like a youngster, only that you must appear up-to-date, interesting, fresh, competent, etc. Invest in an all-weather wool suit in navy blue or charcoal gray. For creative industries, you have more latitude with color.
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Make a statement about your personality with your scarf choice and/or jewelry selection. Women especially can use jewelry to bring color and interest into the interview uniform. Earrings should not dangle and the jewelry should not make noise, as it can be distracting.

If your hair is silver, wear accents of blue or a French blue shirt to add vitality to your face. Depending on your personal coloring, a white shirt can drain the color from your face, leaving a “ghastly” appearance. If you have stark silver in your hair and the rest of your hair is black or very deep brown—avoid brown tones; the color will make your hair look dull.

And, what about a dye job? 
Only if you can get a professional to dye and maintain the look.  Avoid stark colors, i.e., jet black at 62 years old.  Use colors that look natural--including a little silver around the temples.  Aim for a look that connotes vibrancy, vitality and health...and that does not necessarily require a dye job.

Before your interview, use Visine. Not only does it get the “red out,” it also whitens and adds a little sparkle.

If your teeth are stained, consider professional teeth cleaning or whitening. If that’s too expensive, then opt for some of the over-the-counter toothpaste whiteners

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Learn More About Branding:

Personal Branding: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself (video).
Top 10 Tips for Personal Branding Online as a Boomer.

    Read more From:Marva GoldSmith Branding Yourself After Age 50

    Tuesday, March 24, 2015

    13 Illegal Interview Questions: Do You Know What To Do?

    Most Job Seekers have no idea what an Illegal Interview question sounds like. Here is a list of 13 questions that a job interviewer should not be asking you. Remember the purpose of an interview is to get the job. So it is important that you understand how to answer even inappropriate interview questions.(Editor's Notes)

    13 Sample Illegal and Legal Interview Questions: (and a few answers-see below)
    1. Age
    • How old are you?
    • What year were you born?
    • When did you graduate from high school?
    • Before hiring, asking if you are over the minimum age for the hours or working conditions.
    • After hiring, verifying same with a birth certificate or other ID, and asking age on insurance forms.

    • Are you a citizen of the US?
    • Are your parents or spouse citizens of the US?
    • On what dates did you , your parents or your spouse acquire US Citizenship?
    • Are you, your parents or your spouse naturalized or native-born US citizens?

    • If you are not a US citizen, do you have the legal right to remain permanently in the US?
    • What is your visa status (if no to the previous question).
    • Are you able to provide proof of employment eligibility upon hire?

    3.Criminal Record
    • Have you ever been arrested?
    • Have you ever spent a night in jail?
    • Have you ever been convicted of a crime?
    • Do you have any disabilities?
    • What's your medical history?
    • How does your condition affect your abilities?
    • Can you perform the specific duties of the job.
    • After hiring, ask about medical history on insurance forms.
    • Questions concerning spouse, or spouse's employment, salary, arrangements, or dependents.
    • What kind of child care arrangements have you made?
    • How will your spouse feel about the amount of time you will be traveling if you get this job?
    • Can you work overtime?
    • Is there any reason you can't start at 7:30am?
    • Whether an applicant can meet specified work schedules or has activities or commitments that may prevent him or her from meeting attendance requirements.
    6.Marital Status
    • Are you married, divorced, separated, engaged, widowed, etc?
    • Is this your maiden or married name?
    • What is the name of your relative/spouse/children?
    • Do you live with your parents?
    • After hiring, marital status on tax and insurance forms.
    • What type or condition is your military discharge?
    • Can you supply your discharge papers?
    • What is your experience in other than US armed forces?

    • Describe the relevant work experience as it relates to this position that you acquired from a US armed forces.
    8.National Origin
    • What is your nationality?
    • Where were you born?
    • Where are your parents from?
    • What's your heritage?
    • What is your mother tongue?
    • How did you acquire the ability to speak, read or write a foreign language?
    • How did you acquire familiarity with a foreign country?
    • What language is spoken in your home?
    • Verifying legal U.S. residence or work visa status.
    • What languages do you speak, read or write fluently?

    9.Parental Status
    • How many kids do you have?
    • Do you plan to have children?
    • How old are your children?
    • Are you pregnant?
    • After hiring, asking for dependent information on tax and insurance forms.
    10.Race or Skin Color
    • What race are you?
    • Are you a member of a minority group?
    • None
    11.Religion or Creed
    • What is your religious affiliation?
    • Which religious holidays will you be taking off from work?
    • Do you attend church regularly?
    • Can you work on Saturdays?
    • Do you own or rent your home?
    • Do you live in town?
    • With whom do you live?
    • Inquiries about the address to facilitate contact with the applicant.
    • Will you be able to start work at 8:00am?
    • Do you wish to be addressed as Mr., Mrs., Miss, or Ms.?
    • What are your plans to have children in the future?

    Source:University of Chicago 

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    Monday, March 23, 2015

    Career Shift at Age 40 - 5 Steps To Success

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    If you are forty-plus and want to change careers, you're probably shaking in your boots. Children. Homes. Bills. All of these things cause you to pause when you think about leaving your job. Yet, you're miserable. You want a change. (Read Full article page 1 of 3)

    Well, don't ignore your feelings. Understand that switching careers doing the middle years of your life is not a recipe for disaster. As a matter of fact, it can be a start to a great 'new' beginning in which you gain the type of success you've always dreamed of.

    Here are a few steps to get you started. They've worked for people in the past and so they can also work for you. Do them one second, minute, month and year at a time until you reach your ultimate goal.

    Step 1. Re-name yourself. Even before you write your resignation letter, start speaking out loud your new title. If you've been working as a waitress all of your life, but want to be a writer, say it. Get your mind acquainted with the idea that you can do more than serve plates to hungry customers. It'll be a mental preparation that will help you on the road ahead.

    Step 2. Research your path. Check out the best way to get into your new profession and what it really entails. Do you need to take night classes? Are jobs for that type of career available in your area? Can you do it alone or do you need a partner? How long will it take for you to transition into your new job? These questions are ones you need to ask yourself before you make any changes. Once you gather this information together, you'll be better equipped to move forward and also know if it's a risk you truly want to take.

    Step 3. Reel in a friend. Don't think that you have to be a lone ranger through your process of change. Get a friend who's on your side and supports your dream to assist you. This assistance can range from help with getting into a new position to a pep talk when you're feeling discouraged about your new path. Either way, the support of a friend will help you move forward in your journey.
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