BoomerJobTips – Curated Content for November 15

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Perfect Fit for the Position? Expect to Lose!

Perfect Fit for the Position

perfect fitI have heard it over and over about how you are a perfect fit for the position.

I hate to tell you that, if you are really a perfect fit for the position, you will almost always lose!

WHAT???

Let’s start at the beginning of the hiring process with the creation of the job description.

Job Description

I am going out on a limb to say that most job descriptions are badly written. The hiring manager uses the Internet to find a similar position and then modifies it to fit the position they want. They will put every possible qualification in the job description. This turns into a Purple Cow Job Description that is almost impossible to find a perfect fit.

Your Resume

If you are smart, you will customize your resume so that it highlights accomplishments, results and metrics (ARM) for each responsibility in the job description.

When a recruiter looks at your resume, they quickly scan for these ARM statements and decide whether to call you. Typically, if you meet six out of the ten criteria, you will likely get a call for a screen interview.

If you meet ten out of ten, well, they may determine that you are overqualified!

You will likely get—at the very least—a phone interview.

The Interview

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You prepare for the interview by researching the company and the hiring manager thoroughly. You probe for pain points during the interview and simply wow them with your expertise. You can do this job in your sleep!

You walk out of the interview thinking you just nailed it. You then wait for the call saying they will be making an offer.

You wait and wait and wait…

You say to yourself, “I am a perfect fit. I can do this job. Who would be better?”

The Problem

You are a perfect fit! That is the problem. There is nothing for you to learn. There is nothing for you to grow into.

The hiring manager is sitting in the interview saying to him or herself, wow this is one impressive candidate. Will they get bored in six or more months and then leave? Would I rather have a less qualified candidate who can grow into the role, possibly pay them less, and have them stick around for two or three years?

If you are a perfect fit, there is no room for growth! Why would you want to take a job that does stretch your skills?

This is an area where a lot of baby boomers get into trouble. Maybe they want to scale back and take on fewer responsibilities. They are a perfect fit for the position, but will anyone believe them that they will not get bored in a few months?

NOPE!

If you really are a perfect fit for a position, you will almost always lose.

This post is part of a weekly series on the Personal Branding Blog.

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Unretirement by Chris Farrell – Book Review

Unretirement – How Baby Boomer Are Changing The Way We Think About Work, Community and the Good Life

unretirementUnretirement: How Baby Boomers are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community, and the Good Life by Chris Farrell, was released in early September of 2014.  Chris Farrell is economics editor of Marketplace Money, a nationally syndicated one-hour weekly personal finance show produced by American Public Media.

The concept of retirement is a relatively new one. In the United States, it first was mentioned in 1935 when Social Security was created. It then became a really viable concept in the 1950s, when Florida and Arizona were being developed. Affordable housing and warm weather attracted thousands to live there in their golden years.

Chris Farrell writes in Unretirement that, for many baby boomers, the concept of retirement will be replaced by unretirement. It is the concept that, if we want to live longer, happier, and more prosperous lives, we need to work past the traditional retirement age of 65.

It should come as no surprise to most baby boomers that 80% or more of us will not retire as planned. This is where the concept of unretirement comes into play.

Chris Farrell writes:

The last third of life is being reimagined and reinvented into “unretirement.” If the popular images of retirement are the golf course and the RV, the defining institutions of unretirement are the workplace and the entrepreneurial start-up. The unretirement movement builds on the insight that a better-educated, healthier work force can continue to earn well into the traditional retirement years.

The author hypothesizes that, if baby boomers delay retirement to 70 years of age, most baby boomers will have a secure retirement.

Here is the challenge, will baby boomers be able to find adequate paying jobs to be able to work till 70 years of age. I wrote in my previous The State of Baby Boomers in America that in many baby boomers are retiring early because either they cannot find work or unable to work due to health issues.

The author states:

Employer stereotypes that view older workers as lacking creativity won’t hold up to scrutiny. The prejudice that older workers aren’t productive will be proven false. The competition for talented employees will push managers to abandon long-held hiring hurdles against aging workers. Seniors will recharge the nation’s entrepreneurial energy.

What do you think?

Baby boomers have redefined society to match their needs and wants. The author states that baby boomers will redefine the concept of retirement to create unretirement.

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This will likely mean that most will work at both traditional and non-traditional jobs well after the age of 65. We will not necessarily work in the same industry or use the same skill sets, but will reinvent the concept of retirement to live longer and happier lives…because we continue to work.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and agree with most everything the author hypothesizes. It paints a rosy picture going forward that looks very different from what we planned or assumed just ten years ago.

Marc Miller Career Design Specialist

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BoomerJobTips – Curated Content for November 8

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Conferences and Your Career

Conferences and Your Career

ConferencesI recently had a client receive free passes to a coveted industry conference. She was not sure how to prepare to get most out of the day.

Business Cards

You should always have business cards. There are two different kinds; personal and business. Which do you take?

Depends on who is paying and our objectives for attending the conference. If the company is paying and you intend to stay at your current company for the time being, always give out your company business card. If you are quietly looking for something new, then give out your company business card. Only use the personal business card when you are not worried about anyone at your current employer finding out that your are looking or you are out of work.

Attendee Lists

Many smaller niche conferences will give you a list of attendees. You can also contact the organizer ahead of time and ask them if they would be willing to give you the names of attendees.

The plan should be to scour the attendee list for key people that work for companies on your target list.  A good goal is to plan to meet at least one person from each company on your target list. You want a list of individuals that you can on the look out for on the day of the conference.

Conference Agenda

Review the agenda and determine which conference speakers you would like to meet. Prepare several salient questions that you could ask the speaker that will demonstrate your knowledge of the topic. Be prepared to ask for A-I-R (Advice, Insights and Recommends).

Day of Event

Arrive early and plan your day. Pick the sessions you plan to attend with an eye for topics where key people that work for companies on your target list might be attending.

This is kind of like being a teenager again. When you wanted to meet a certain girl you would hang out where you thought she would be. Same thing here. Where will the people you want to meet be hanging out?

Make sure your name tag is easy to read and placed on the right shoulder. I like to attach it to my collar on the right side of my body.

If there is a speaker that is of particular importance to your career, arrive early for the session and sit in the front row. Do not sit in the back row!!

If possible, introduce yourself to the speaker before the session and give them a business card. Be careful to not interfere with their session preparations. When the session is complete, you can approach the speaker with the salient questions you previously prepared.

Take notes on business cards on where and when you met each person.

Lunch and Breaks

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Do not eat lunch with people you know. Seek out tables where key people that work for companies on your target list might be sitting. At worse case, randomly pick a place to sit. You never know who might sit down next to you!

Post Conference

The day after the conference, sort through all of the business cards and select key individuals that you need to follow up with. If possible, send them a handwritten thank you note and insert your business card in the envelope. Yes, this is old school but when they receive it, they will open it and you business card is no longer just another card in the stack but it is right in front of them on their desk!

Send LinkedIn connection requests to everyone you met, and schedule follow up meetings with key individuals.

Conferences are a great way to make initial contact with key individuals who can help you with your career.

Real networking does not happen at conferences but the real networking comes afterwards in the follow up meetings.

This post is part of a weekly series on the Personal Branding Blog.

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The State of Baby Boomers in America

Baby Boomers in America

Baby Boomers in AmericaBaby Boomers in America are in the process of dividing into multiple groups as we all approach the traditional retirement age of 65. Unfortunately, I see a very disturbing trend that I would like to discuss in this post.

Baby Boomers in America and Encore Careers

Recently, Encore.org announced their 2014 Purpose Prize Award winners. The purpose prize is given to six inspiring social innovators over 60 who are working to advance the social good in their communities and the world. These are tremendously inspiring stories of people who have decided to dedicate their later years to social good. They should be an inspiration to all baby boomers in America.

Baby Boomers in America and Entrepreneurship

We are seeing entrepreneurship grow among baby boomers in America. Self employment rates among those over 60 is growing exponentially. This is both good and bad.

Some (I include myself in this group) have reached a point in their lives where pursuing entrepreneurship can be a reality. It might be kids out of the house, paying off the mortgage, or just tired of working for the man that makes this plausible.

For others, it is a necessity. I refer to these as necessity entrepreneurs, or “buying a job.” They cannot find a job due to age discrimination or their industry or profession has disappeared.

Many are not really oriented to being an entrepreneur, and their best option is to buy a franchise or buy a business in a box. I have seen many people successfully do this. Are they happy? Well…they are financially independent…but happy? I just don’t know.

Baby Boomers in America and Malaise

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Over the last couple of years, I have talked to a lot of baby boomers in America who are in a holding pattern, or malaise. Many have lost their jobs and have not been able to find work. They are in a financial position where they can afford to retire, but they are young enough that they really do not want to retire.

They view retirement as defeat. They are scared that, if they retire now (typically in their late 50s or early 60s), they will run out of money before they die.

Many of the people I have talked to have always worked for someone else. They are not suited to starting their own businesses. That is not how they are wired.

Most of them will never work again. In my humble opinion, this is one reason the labor force participation rate is declining.

Baby Boomers in America and Poverty

Baby boomers in America are retiring into poverty in large numbers is my greatest concern. I have talked to a lot about baby boomers in America who applied for social security at the age of 62 because that was their only source of income. They cannot find work and probably will never work again.

In the coming weeks, I will be reviewing the book Unretirement: How Baby Boomers are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community, and the Good Life by Chris Farrell. Chris Farrell is economics editor of Marketplace Money, a nationally syndicated one-hour weekly personal finance show produced by American Public Media.

Chris hypothesizes that, as the economy continues to grow, it will reach a point where companies will have to hire older workers to fill their needs. He also states that that will only happen if—and this is a big if—companies change their hiring practices that currently exclude hiring older workers.

I hope he is correct!

Conclusion

I have concluded that these last two groups, baby boomers in America and malaise or poverty, will make up the majority of baby boomers in America in the next ten years. I find this very disturbing!

What group do you fall into?

Am I wrong in my findings? I would love for someone tell me what I am missing!

Marc Miller Career Design Specialist

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BoomerJobTips – Curated Content for November 1

BoomerJobTips Update

BoomerJobTipsWelcome to this weeks BoomerJobTips Update the central point to get current career information for the Baby Boomer Generation!

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Anatomy of a Winning LinkedIn Publisher Post

Winning LinkedIn Publisher Post

LinkedIn PublisherLinkedIn launched LinkedIn Publisher earlier this year. Every LinkedIn user now has access to a publishing platform to establish their credibility.

I have used LinkedIn Publisher as a vehicle to republish successful blog posts to a much larger audience. Starting in the middle of June, the first post was published with mixed results. With the exception of one post, views did not exceed 1,700. The one exception was Target the Company and Quit Chasing the Job.

What was special about that post?

It was picked up by LinkedIn Pulse Channel Careers Next Level.

This post generated close to 14,000 views and drove a lot of traffic to the Career Pivot Website. It also generated hundreds of subscriptions to the blog…and much more.

Pretty Successful!

5 Things on Your Resume That Make You Sound Old

On Monday, October 13th at 8 AM CT, I copied the post What Does Your Resume Say About Your Age into LinkedIn Publisher and pushed the publish button. Within a 30 minutes, I received an e-mail from a LinkedIn Publisher editor asking me to change the title to 5 Things on Your Resume That Make You Sound Old. Once again, the post was picked up by LinkedIn Pulse Channel Careers Next Level.

Within an a couple of hours my website was being hammered with views. Around Noon CT the Career Pivot website went down.

As I write this post, the same LinkedIn Publisher post has been viewed over 500,000 times. That is over half a million views!

The after effects have been extraordinary:

  • 100+ Books Sold
  • 250+ Subscriptions to blog
  • 50+ Likes to FB Page
  • 100+ Twitter Follows
  • 2000+ Followers on LinkedIn
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What Happened and Why?

So, what was different?

This was a very successful post on the Career Pivot website in June. It had over 4,000 views in just over a few weeks. I knew it was good content. It is not what you think is good, but what your readers think is good!

  • It had a title that was controversial
  • The content was relevant but controversial

When I wrote the original post, I did not think either was controversial.

The five things I listed that make you sound old on your resume are:

  • aol.com
  • Home phone #
  • Home address
  • Defunct or obsolete skills
  • Two spaces after a period

It was the title and the two spaces after a period that got people riled up. I never knew people could get so excited about two spaces after a period!

What was key in being selected for the LinkedIn Pulse Channel?

What do you need to do to be eligible to be selected? I do not know.

This has been a topic on a number of LinkedIn groups and there is no consensus on how this works. Let’s talk about how you might figure this out.

Your Personal Brand and LinkedIn Publisher

Write on topics in which you want to viewed as a thought leader. Select a LinkedIn Pulse Channel that matches your interests. Look at posts in that channel that are not written by a LinkedIn Influencer! You want to find material that was written by an ordinary Joe or Jane like you and me. These posts were selected by the LinkedIn Pulse Editorial staff.

What is common among these posts? Is it the topic? Is it the title? Is it the writing style?

Once you have determined a winning style, how does that fit with your personal brand?

By doing this research, you increase the possibility that your posts will be picked up by the editorial staff of LinkedIn Pulse.

Start Writing

Craft titles the pique people’s interests. As much as I hate to admit it, titles starting with a number get views!

Make sure what you write has a bite to it. Edgy is good!

I encourage all of my clients to start publishing on LinkedIn Publisher. I encourage you to try this yourself.

Be prepared for some negative comments!

If I can produce a winning LinkedIn Publisher post, then you can to. If you were suddenly introduced to half a million people through your post, what would that do to your personal brand?

You might not become famous, but it would likely establish you as someone to follow.

Are you ready to write a winning LinkedIn Publisher Post!

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Why Save For Retirement If You Don’t Plan On Retiring

Why Save For Retirement If You Don’t Plan On Retiring

RetirementClose your eyes and envision how you will be spending your time when you are 65, 70, or 75 years old (for some of you that will not be hard!). What do you see?

In meetings with families, it is much less common for me to hear about walking away from their job for a life of golf, TV, and bridge games. More often, the conversation steers toward working with a non-profit, consulting part-time, teaching, or even starting a business around a passion or hobby. The idea of phasing into retirement with a reduced or modified work schedule also appeals for several reasons.

Yes, Baby Boomers are taking the term “retirement” and making it their own. How can you get and stay motivated to save much for the future if you envision yourself with some sort of income until the day you die? Simply put, because life happens. What does that mean?

You may be unemployed. Around 70% of employed Americans plan to work beyond age 65, but only 28% of current retirees actually did. They were no longer working due to factors beyond their control – health problems, layoffs, or family obligations.

  •  Plans change. Think back 10-20 years ago. Did you have a clear picture of what life would be like today? (if you did, contact me – I could use a good oracle). You may decide that you want something completely different to fill your remaining years, and that may take more money than you thought.
  • The power of “walkaway freedom”. You could call it “financial independence” or “financial freedom”, but they all refer to the day when you no longer work because you need the paycheck. If you become fed up with work, you have the luxury of walking away and still maintaining the lifestyle you desire for your remaining years.
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Now close your eyes again. Envision having enough money set aside to support your family even if you cannot work anymore, to give you flexibility to change your mind, and to give you the power to choose to work or not.

THAT is why you should get started on a solid path, regardless of your age! This is what I want to work toward with my clients.

So what can you do?

Get a solid idea of the expenses you anticipate in the future (and taking 80% of your current income does not count). I wrote a couple of posts regarding retirement expense myths and expenses you may not think about.

  • Research what kinds of opportunities exist for a retirement career. Check out Encore Careers (encore.org), Your Encore (www.yourencore.com), and Retirement Jobs (www.retirementjobs.com) to see what types of work you might enjoy.
  • Consider working with a Certified Financial Planner®. Creating income in retirement is a complex problem, but there are also many opportunities to reduce investment expenses while remaining conservative. You can read more about what to look for in an adviser here as well as the CFP® Board’s “Let’s Make a Plan” site.

Who do you know that might enjoy re-framing their mindset on saving for the future? Be sure to share this with them!

Biography

EllioElliott Weirtt Weir, MBA, CFP® has been working with families to help them navigate retirement since 2004. He started III Financial in 2012 to focus on helping address the financial realities faced by people over age 50, without the sale of products or the large asset fees of money managers. He is also the editor for the Society of Financial Service Professionals “Retirement Counseling” newsletter.

Elliott earned his MBA in 2002 through the McCombs School of Business (University of Texas at Austin). He enjoys watching the US National soccer team, tinkering with technology alongside his son Travis, keeping up with his son Tyler, and going to see movies with his wife of 17 years, Carrie.

For more, please read his full bio.

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BoomerJobTips – Curated Content for October 25

BoomerJobTips Update

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