BoomerJobTips – Curated Content for January 31

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Mid Century Classic – You Can Control Perceptions

Mid Century Classic

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I first heard the term “mid century classic” from a realtor on a home design program on television. She was referring to—of all things—a ranch house built in about 1957. Instead of describing it as low, cramped, and plain (as I saw it), she raved about its “clean lines, sleek styling and accessible decor.”

You are what you say you are.

I run into fellow baby boomers every day who describe themselves in terms that peg them as over the hill.

“I don’t really get Twitter.”

“I barely know how to use this stupid new phone.”

“I just want to make it a couple more years until retirement.”

“I need a flexible job so I can spend more time with the grand kids.”

News flash, boomers: it’s time to get your swagger back!

We were born in the 1950s and, in retrospect, it was a very cool era. The 50s produced cultural icons like James Dean, the Rat Pack, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. Rock ‘n’ Roll was invented. Blue jeans became the national uniform. Disneyland opened. These things are still cool today. You can be, too.

Old School. Classic. Vintage. Retro. Original. All ways of saying the same thing: old—but old with swagger!

“Old age and treachery will always beat youth and exuberance.”

David Mamet

Here are some tips to make sure you make the most of your classic self:

  1. Get a little thinner and a lot stronger – In part, what people perceive as youth is really about energy level. Fit and well-rested is appealing at any age, and great posture will make you look taller, thinner, and more confident. A smile gives you an instant facelift and makes you much more approachable.
  2. Remind yourself that beauty doesn’t disappear with age, but it does change - The Japanese have a term for it: wabi sabi. Wabi sabi reminds us that beauty is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. Therefore, we appreciate objects (and people) with flaws; in fact, it’s the flaws that make them beautiful. This explains the demand for reclaimed barn wood. Its flaws, its age, and its back story all go into its unique appeal. Actress Helen Mirren, who will turn 70 this year, kills it on the red carpet. She doesn’t look like Emma Stone, and she doesn’t want to. She wears long sleeves, minimal jewelry, and trusts artful draping. She is the picture of radiant confidence.
  3. Get comfortable with technology - It’s not fair that our generation is being pegged as tech-averse; after all, Jobs, Wozniak, and Gates were all boomers. But the perception is there, and even the appearance of refusing to adapt to new gadgets instantly ages you. I know it’s a pain to learn every new software iteration and download endless upgrades (patience was never the boomers’ strong suit), but your professional survival depends on it.
  4. Finally, focus on what you do best and position yourself as an expert – Young workers are willing to try everything and hope for the best. It’s part of their learning process. “Classics” like us know what we do well after years of honing our skills. We tend to specialize and build deep expertise. Show your prospective company what they will get when they hire someone with skill and experience: a team member who knows how to lead as well as follow (and who learned both by understanding when to get out of the way!).

So, remember this the next time you’re tempted to feel sorry for yourself: no one would ever choose a 2014 Prius over a 1958 Corvette as his dream car. Miles plus hip attitude beats that new car smell every time.

Are you a mid century classic?

About the author

Candace MoodyCandace Moody is a writer, blogger and career expert who has worked for a regional workforce development organization since 1997. She’s also an adjunct instructor at Jacksonville University’s Davis College of Business, where she teaches executive communications to undergrads. Candace has over 15 years of experience in Human Resources, training, recruiting, and assessment.

Candace’s writing on employment and career issues can be found at her blog named @ Work  and in her weekly column in the (Jacksonville) Florida Times Union. She also writes for several national blogs and business magazines and is frequently quoted in the media on labor market issues. Find her at LinkedIn here.

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Work to Live OR Live to Work Transition

Work to Live or Live to Work?

work-liveMost baby boomers work to live.

I know when I started my career, I sure did!

I was raised to be an employee who was supposed to go to work for a father-like corporation that would take care of me until I retired!

Do not get me wrong—I often enjoyed my work. The further I progressed in my career, I found increasingly better positions that suited my talents and skills.

I still went to work to get that paycheck. Oh, that regular paycheck that paid the bills, put food on the table, paid the mortgage, saved for our son’s college education, and planned for retirement.

The goal was to get that paycheck.

(More: Demise of the Paycheck – Good Riddance)

Live to Work

Some of you are blessed to have a talent that permits you to live to work.

Many of us have a talent like that, but do not recognize it.

In 2002, I had a bicycle accident that shook my belief system to the core. I hit a car head on, where speeds exceeded 50 miles per hour.

I lived!

From that point on, I have been working on the live to work thing.

I taught high school math at an inner city high school. I was amazingly successful, but could not teach and stay healthy at the same time.

I did a year of non-profit fund raising, but could not tolerate the dysfunctional organizational behaviors of non-profits.

I started Career Pivot in 2011, and I can truly say I live to work.

It was only then that I realized I had talents that would allow me to live to work.

(More: Talents Versus Skills – Do You Know the Difference?)

The Great Recession

The great recession has shaken quite a few people in our generation. Many would now even enjoy getting to a place where they could work to live.

Prior to the great recession, there were organizations like Encore.org all set to leverage the urge to transition from work to live to live to work. The idea was that, when we retired, we would want to give back.

With 69% of us worried that we will run out of money in retirement, giving back is not in the forefront of our thoughts!

Work to Live — Live to Work Transition

Most of us will work until we no longer can. My plan is to never retire, but work fewer hours at something I enjoy.

The great recession and the fundamental shift in our economy has changed almost all of our retirement plans.

Are you planning on a Work to Live — Live to Work transition?

Are you just hoping to be able to continue to Work to Live?

Marc Miller Career Design Specialist

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BoomerJobTips – Curated Content for January 24

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Is Telecommuting Good or Bad for Your Career

Telecommuting and Your Career

telecommutingRecently, the Austin Business Journal had a poll about telecommuting called Would You Be A Good Telecommuter?

This a hot topic, as we how have Los Angeles-like traffic in Austin. The question about telecommuting is not whether it would be good for you, but whether it would be good for your career?

I want to address two types of telecommuting: working in a remote city versus working from home to avoid the commute.

Telecommuting in a Remote City

With advances in technology, it is now possible to work from just about anywhere.

This has great advantages:

  • You are no longer restricted to working for companies located within your city
  • Greater variety of opportunities

This also has a number of disadvantages:

  • Team - When you are remote and, specifically, remote geographically, it is more difficult to develop relationships with your team. I have a client who manages multiple remote development teams, and he uses Google Hangouts to interact with them. This is still a challenge for him.
  • Cross Functional Teams – When you are not in the office, it is easy to be out of sight and out of mind. This is specifically true when you are trying to develop working relationships with people outside of your direct management chain.

Relationships are key to your career success. When you work in a remote city, you will really have to work to develop those key relationships.

Telecommuting Locally

Many of us have been given the option to work from home. Is this a good idea? It depends.

Is there a culture of telecommuting in the organization? If so, is there a pattern?

Do many employees work from home on Friday? Are there specific times of the week, like Wednesday morning, when employees work from home?

Whatever that pattern might be, follow that pattern. You want to telecommute whenever others telecommute. You want to be in the office when everyone else is in the office.

Why come into the office when most others are gone? I have one client who came into the office on days when others were telecommuting and she said it was like walking into a graveyard—really quiet!

Pick your times to be in the office when there is a high need for collaboration. Be strategic.

Resource Actions or Reduction in Force

Whenever there is a Resource Action or Reduction in Force or Redundancy, or whatever other name your have for a layoff, the easiest employees to eliminate are the remote employees. Often, management does not need to see these employees face to face to tell them their positions have been eliminated. I have seen this done over the phone and even by e-mail. Yes, I have known employees who were laid off via e-mail!

If you telecommute, you need to put some extra effort into developing key relationships. If you live locally, pick the times to work from home carefully.

Conclusion

What relationships do you need to cultivate, and will telecommuting detract from those relationships?

In my honest opinion, there is a lot to be lost by telecommuting in bad times…and a lot to be gained in good times.

It should be noted that Flexjobs.com just released their list of Top 100 Companies with Remote Jobs in 2015.

Do you telecommute? Is it a good or bad situation?

Marc Miller Career Design Specialist

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8 Best Baby Boomer Career Websites

Best Baby Boomer Career Websites

Career WebsitesGood career websites that focus on baby boomers are few and far between. Recently, Hannah Morgan, The Career Sherpa, published her list of the Best Job Search Websites 2015.

Of course, Career Pivot made the list in the over 50 category. There was only one other website in that category, Kerry Hannon’s website. Kerry regularly writes for Forbes, AARP, and PBS Next Avenue.

When Career Pivot made the Forbes 2013 Top Career Website list, I wrote a post where I dissected the list, and was very disappointed—there were only three career websites that focused on baby boomers.

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Last week, Career Pivot also made the list of Top 100 Software Developer Blogs for 2015.

Let me give you my top 8 baby boomer career website list!

Top 8 Baby Boomer Career Websites

1 – Career Pivot

Okay, I am being self serving, but Career Pivot is the only website that has made just about every list.

2 – Next Avenue

NextAvenue.org is owned by PBS. This website was launched in 2012 to serve the baby boomer community exclusively. It focuses on many issues that baby boomers are facing, not just career-related.

3 – Life Reimagined

Life Reimagined was launched by AARP starting in 2012 and relaunched in 2014. AARP is very late to the career market, but is making a good effort to address the needs of the baby boomer community.

4 – Kerry Hannon

KerryHannon.com is a place where you will find all of Kerry’s materials. Kerry writes for Forbes, AARP, and PBS Next Avenue. You might say that Kerry is a pioneer in this field.

 5 – My Lifestyle Career

MyLifeStyleCareer.com is a creation of Nancy Collamer. Nancy is the author of Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit from Your Passions During Semi-Retirement. What I love about Nancy’s book is that it lays your possibilities out in bite size chunks that are easily digestible. Her blog is full of great ideas.

6 – Encore.org

Encore.org was created prior to the onset of the Great Recession. Their mission statement says it all:

Encore.org is building a movement to tap the skills and experience of those in midlife and beyond to improve communities and the world.

7 – 40PlusCareerGuru

40PlusCareerGuru.blogspot.com is the creation of my dear friend Neil Patrick. Neil is like most of you. He was part of a redundancy (he is from the UK, so I need to use the funny language they use), and now works for himself. Neil started his blog in order to brand himself, and he has done a fabulous job.

8 – John Tarnoff – Boomer Reinvention

 JohnTarnoff.com is the creation of John Tarnoff! Specifically, you will want to check out John’s blog.

A career development coach, speaker, university educator and former media/entertainment executive, John Tarnoff focuses on personal and professional transformation across generations – reintegrating the Boomer Generation workforce into the rapidly evolving 21st century workplace, and developing programs, opportunities and curriculum to support new generations of leaders and entrepreneurs.

Why not the top 10?

My intention was to give you a top 10 list, but I could not find 10 well established websites!

Let me point to two other websites that are either new or under new ownership

ItsAllAboutMe.Today – Midlife Enpowerment

ItsAllAboutMe.Today – This is a brand new website that was developed by another friend Hugh Taylor. Check it out.

Boomers Next Step

BoomersNextStep.com – Jenni Proctor bought this domain and has re-launched it. Check it out.

Am I missing something? If so, comment below and tell me about any other Baby Boomer Career Websites you think are valuable.

Marc Miller Career Design Specialist

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BoomerJobTips – Curated Content for January 17

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Twitter – 4 Reasons Baby Boomers Should Care

Baby Boomers and Twitter

twitterI know you are thinking, “Why should I be on Twitter?” You see all those hashtags #whattheheckarethesethings when you watch just about any news program or sports event on television.

I am going to give you four reasons to get on Twitter to help manage your career!

Staying Current

In 2013, I turned on my television set moments after Asiana flight 214 crashed in San Francisco. I went to Twitter and searched for information on the crash at SFO airport. I immediately found pictures that were taken moments before from the crash site.

Most news channels get breaking news from Twitter.

If you want to be current on technology, the companies on your target list, or advances within your industry, you really need to be on Twitter.

Communicating

Have you tried to communicate via e-mail with a hiring manager or recruiter and not gotten a response? One of the best ways to get someone’s attention is to mention them in a tweet on Twitter.  Will Thomson, a recruiter I mentor, wrote the following in his post on How to Impress a Recruiter:

As a candidate, you have to recognize what recruiters are doing and saying. I had Matt Arch  send me a note on Twitter the other day that blew me away. Why did he intrigue me? He first went to LinkedIn and researched my profile. He found that I was in Austin and I recruited Sales and Marketing individuals. He then found my twitter handle on Linkedin. Once he found my twitter handle, he sent me a note saying he was looking to relocate to Austin and sent me a hyperlink to his resume.

If you want to get someone’s attention, send them a tweet with a link to your LinkedIn profile or resume.

If I want to get someone’s attention quickly, I will send them a tweet. If they have Twitter on their smart phone, it will immediately inform them of my tweet. There is no better way to get a rapid response!

If you tweet @careerpivot , it will come up on my iPhone and I will respond!

Have you heard of a Tweetchat or Twitter Chat? I wrote previously about these events in my post – Baby Boomers and Twitter? – How about a Twitter chat! It is safe!

Think of these as community events on Twitter—similar to a chat room. I attend two of these events (#blogchat and #linkedinchat) just about every week.

I can say that I have developed some very good professional relationships with members of these groups though I have never met any of them face to face.

There are a number of websites that list a schedule of Twitter chats. Check out TweetReports.com’s list.

Show That You Are Tech Savvy

I hear it all the time, baby boomers cannot keep up with all of the new technology. If you want to dispel this myth, then start using Twitter.

Are you going to embrace Twitter?

Marc Miller Career Design Specialist

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The Demise of the Paycheck – Good Riddance

Demise of the Paycheck

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My Last Paycheck

Paycheck…where is that dang paycheck? Oh, I did not get one in 2014. That’s right. I have not had a paycheck since 2011.

Because it is January, I started to gather my papers together to do my income taxes. I paid my property taxes today. I made sure to file my quarterly estimated taxes. What was missing is the W-2 statement I used to get from an employer.

It still feels strange not getting a paycheck!

I was raised to be an employee and to work for a father-like company that would take care of me.

Does this seem familiar?

For most baby boomers, we were encouraged to take the safe path, to work for a solid company and get a regular paycheck.

When I started to work for IBM in 1978, I got paid weekly. Every Monday, my paycheck was deposited into my credit union account like clockwork. It was always there! There was security in knowing that there was a steady flow of money coming in.

They Moved My Cheese!

In 1993, IBM went through its near bankruptcy. I watched as many of my older colleagues were walked to the door. They got big severance packages, but the security of the paycheck was gone.

In 1999, IBM made their first attempts to eliminate the pension plan. I started to realize that the concept of job security and a secure paycheck are an illusion.

They moved my cheese!

At that point, I decided it was time to move on. I left IBM in January of 2000 to go to a semi-conductor startup, Agere, Inc.

It was freeing to leave that father-like company—a company that was no more. I left on my terms. I still had a paycheck, but this one was not nearly as secure.

Dot Com Bust

Then came the dot com bust. I watched as many of my former colleagues were laid off from IBM, as well as other large companies.

I hung on to the concept that I needed to stay employed.

In July of 2002, I had a moment of clarity when I endured a near fatal bicycle accident.

I considered starting my own consulting practice, but I could not get health insurance for my wife. I clung to the concept that I needed to stay employed and get a paycheck. I made a couple of career pivots to teach high school math and work for a non-profit. In both, I had a paycheck and health insurance.

The Great Recession

In December of 2007, I took another position with a tech startup called LifeSize. Once again, I watched as so many friends were ejected and lost their steady paycheck.

In 2009, in the depth of the great recession, I started to explore the concept of starting a business, which is now called Career Pivot. I spent over 18 months in my exploration phase. I really liked that steady paycheck!

Sometimes, we have to get hit on the head a few times before we take action. It was late in 2010 when I was put in a highly unethical position at work. It was then that I had enough!

No Paycheck or W-2

It has been four years since I received my last paycheck. Once again, I will not get a W-2 this year. It has been scary at times. We live on less. In fact, we live on a lot less…but we are happier!

Due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), I can get health insurance for my wife. It is expensive, but at least I can get it. By the way, I think ACA is a great thing for baby boomers who want to ditch the paycheck. I am all for disconnecting health insurance from the workplace, but that is a whole different topic!

It is liberating not depending on my employer for a paycheck!

In fact, there are many predictions that say over half of us will be contractors or freelancers by 2020.

Are you willing to ditch the paycheck?

Paycheck?  Good Riddance!

Marc Miller Career Design Specialist

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BoomerJobTips – Curated Content for January 10

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