Think that your age may hamper your ability to find a job? Could your attitude about your age be what’s really holding you back?
Did you know that in addition to a wealth of experience, a mature worker generally has a lower turnover rate, is more loyal and performs with a strong work ethic? So, what can a mature job-seeker do to assist in finding a job?
5 Tips for Job-Seekers over 50
1. Keep a positive mental attitude. Everyone gets rejected occasionally. Preparing mentally with appropriate expectations puts you a step ahead. What should your expectations be? Dave Opton, president and founder of the networking site Execunet.com, says that keeping a positive attitude boosts your self esteem and energy and makes you more appealing to an employer.
2. Find niche staffing firms. Firms such as Time Staffing, Inc. frequently specialize in certain industries or job functions. These firms have professionals who are experienced in matching mature individuals with the right positions.
3. Network. Networking sites like LinkedIn help broaden your circle of contacts. LinkedIn also provides searchable parameters for locating current jobs. Foster conversation and discussions that could generate warm leads, but remember that networking works best when you reciprocate.
4. Use new technology. Social media mostly builds your network, but understanding and using technology such as text messaging, instant messaging or chat features can show you are savvy and favorably impress a potential employer.
5. Act contemporary. Avoid behaving, dressing or speaking as though you are stuck in the past. An updated style shows you are interested in your world and makes you appear more lively and appealing as a job candidate. Covering up gray hair is not necessary, says Opton, but reinforcing an energetic presence definitely makes a great impression.
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The statistics on social media continue to rise. Facebook has nearly 850 million users, Twitter more than 125 million, LinkedIn over 150 million, and Google+ over 90 million. Together, social media users comprise about one-tenth of the world’s population. So, with the proliferation of social media, how could a job-seeker use these tools to capture a job?
While UniversityAve.net states that 16% of job seekers obtained their jobs through social media, and most of those individuals were under the age of 40, the use of social media for job seekers is far from commonplace. So, if you commit your resume to the minions who respond to advertised jobs, your chances of receiving a response tops out at about 3%. Not so good odds.
And while using social media may make you appear multidimensional, getting the attention of a prospective employer requires a well-planned and executed strategy that may or may not land you where you want to be. Further, it would take significant luck to latch onto a job in manufacturing or engineering unless you have developed a personal brand that shows off high-level technical expertise or specialized in-demand skills.
That’s not to say that creating a robust personal brand for use with social media is without merit. While common knowledge has employers digging for dirt on potential hires, the landscape is changing.
In addition to posting job opportunities on social networks, recruiters also source applicants. Recruiters and staffing firms now use social media platforms to connect with candidates for more than 80% of job openings.
Therefore, job-seekers, target those recruiters in your area or your industry that emphasize social media.
Recruiting companies increasing use of social media
According to OnlineDegrees.com, recruiters spend about six seconds reviewing a candidate’s profile. Connecting with them requires thinking of your social media presence as your cover letter. Scouting your posts, tweets and profiles helps a recruiter match you to an open position in their job bank, but also predict the likelihood of your success in a potential job.
A study by professors at Cornell University discovered that applicants were less likely to fabricate past work experience on their LinkedIn profile than on a traditional resume. Nearly 95% of recruiters have successfully hired candidates through LinkedIn.
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Experts agree that trust reigns as one of the most important elements of a synergistic, harmonious and efficient workplace. Experts also agree that trust starts with you and with management. Trust and trustworthiness exist when top management sets and follows the example.
High trust organizations tend to outperform low-trust ones. It is healthy when business leaders realize that they must not only get results but do so with integrity, not just once, but in every instance.
5 ways to create trust within your workplace
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Trust in the workplace benefits everyone
Remember that trust is earned, and broken trust is a betrayal. Minor betrayals such as gossiping or blaming erode trust over time and can accumulate into a big problem that negatively impacts commitment, confidence and energy.
It pays to hold yourself and others accountable. If a member of your team promises much but delivers nothing, the failure reflects on you. And once trust is broken, it can be a hard row to hoe to restore it. Besides, it leaves behind a stigma that can bite, especially when you may be looking for a new job.
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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued a revised policy regarding Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The policy originally was written to prohibit discrimination according to race, nationality, color, religion or gender. The document has become a resource for employers, employment agencies and unions pertaining to applicants and employees.
As a job-seeker, you need to know how this policy revision may impact you in your job search.
Why did the EEOC find the need to revise its Title VII policy? The appeal of a court case in Pennsylvania five years ago began the process. During the last span of time, stakeholders were invited to submit input toward the Commission’s study and decision about their current practices and issues with applicants whose records contained criminal activities. As a result, the new policy provides a more in-depth process for employers in the use of criminal background checks.
A brief listing of what will be considered under the new policy
While Title VII prohibits employers from discriminating between job applicants with the same criminal record, it does establish procedures for employers to follow. However, perhaps most importantly, it does not regulate an employer’s acquisition of criminal history for applicants.
Applicants with criminal records will be considered on an individual basis according to relevance of:
Time Staffing, Inc. maintains best practices and is up-to-date on developments in employment laws and policies. We also share our core values up front, so you know you will be treated fairly and respectfully.
Ohio’s job market is currently enjoying a rebound and Time Staffing, Inc. is actively seeking workers to fill a number of open positions. Check out our available jobs and register today.
CNN Money just reported that Ohio’s manufacturing industry, the largest sector in the state, is ramping up production and employment.
Hard hit by the recent recession, the Buckeye State’s economic health played a pivotal role in the Super Tuesday election as voters chose Romney (R) as nominee for president in hope for further change favorable to the country. While new jobs are crucial, so are skilled workers to fill them.
Return of the auto and oil industries, and the labor shortage in Ohio
President of the Ohio Manufacturers Association, Eric Burkland, stated that manufacturing is driving Ohio’s recovery. Investment in new facilities and technology has redefined productivity, and while fewer people are needed on the factory floor, firms are still adding workers.
Ohio’s manufacturing sector growth is being revived by the forecasted return of the auto industry, which is predicted to add about 200,000 jobs to the Midwest within the next four years. Auto parts suppliers are also expected to increase hiring. Even with replacement hires of retiring workers, the job growth in the auto industry will remain at nearly 170,000 jobs split among Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.
According to sales tracker Autodata, sales of new cars rose about 14%, the best since September 2008. Analysts believe that the momentum will continue through next year. This is good news for Ohio’s economy, provided that the gap for skilled labor can be filled.
Growth in U.S. energy production and the demand for the export of steel and building materials abroad are also contributing to the surge in manufacturing.
Ohio is set for a potential oil boom which will make it the sixth largest oil producing state for domestic supply. The potential boom, if drilling regulations can be decided, is thanks to new drilling technology called fracking. If properly developed, Ohio could be producing up to 200,000 barrels of crude per day by end of the decade. In addition to bolstering tax revenue by half a billion dollars, the number of jobs in the oil industry would reach in the thousands.
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