BoomerJobTips – Curated Content for February 28

BoomerJobTips Update

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

Check BoomerJobTips Daily for the latest curated career content. Content is curated from hundreds of the leading career websites with a focus on baby boomer career issues.

Most Popular

Social Media

Career

Baby Boomer

Job Search

Career Pivot

Another way to look at the same links AND MORE from BoomerJobTips.

Join us on the BoomerJobTips LinkedIn Group

————————————————

Like what you just read? Share it with your friends using the buttons below?

Subscribe

————————————————

Check out my book which is available on Amazon.com!

Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers

You can also download my latest white paperThe Multi-Generational WorkplaceMaking Generational Diversity Work

Re-entering the Workforce – Marketable Skills After 50

Marketable Skills After 50

marketable skillsAre you over 50, re-entering the workforce, and wondering about your marketable skills?

There are those of you who have served as housewives; still others, who raised their children, then raised other people’s children. You may have taken extended time off to care for a parent.

You who have lived great lives but now desire to get busy and get a job outside of the home may feel that you can’t compete in today’s workforce. We will shed light on your dilemma.

Let’s look at 3 recommendations for those re-entering the workforce with few marketable skills after age 50.

People are willing to hire others to attend to the things they no long have the time to do.

Marketable Skills Recommendation #1

Think about your talents, passions, and the things that you want to learn. Think about how your skills fill a need.

Present your talent to those who need it.

Sometimes, you can do this with a business card announcing your services, or with a postcard noting that you have the answer to a problem.

Try asking a needs-based question that your potential client is looking for someone to help them answer.

And don’t think that these jobs can’t lead to a lucrative salary. For example:

  • Home workers are generally excellent at organizing.
  • Event planners, personal shoppers, or home health aides are ideal professions for those with are excited to use those skills sets.

You have lived and have noticed many issues, concerns, and problems in your community, nation and worldwide.

Think about the solutions that you feel would best address any particular problem. For instance, you may have noticed a few businesses that have recently opened in the community. Although they might offer competitive prices for their products, you notice that a few workers are young and lack good customer service.

Marketable Skills Recommendation #2

Offer new businesses your service as a customer service trainer, working to help employees learn great ways to offer excellent customer service. Job creation starts with company’s needs.

Craft a short bio and offer your services to new businesses in town, based on your talents.

Go to the chamber of commerce and grab their members’ directory and start there. You’ll be surprised how many companies would be interested in hiring people for subcontracted assignments based on direct need.

These opportunities do not require that people possess a PhD, but rather, pertinent skills.

For example, accounting firms would welcome a smart, intelligent bookkeeper assistant to help with audits, tabulate clients’ documents during tax season, and help with paper pushing at the end of the fiscal year.

Companies need the obvious:

  • Capitalize on trends
  • Respond to problems in the company
  • Improve on the way things are being done now
  • Use of old things in new ways
  • Increase customer base
  • Expand business
  • Help save or make money

Recommendation #3 Connect with opportunities that will help connect your talents. See Government Senior Citizens Resources (http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Seniors.shtml), Work from home computer customer service jobs (http://www.segroupllc.org/), and Opportunities for online writing jobs (http://bit.ly/1DDCz3C).

Realize that you should not limit your ideas about your talents. They include:

  • Personality
  • Assurances
  • Vision
  • Age
  • Perspective
  • Insight
  • Credibility
  • Skill
  • Information
  • Authenticity
  • Reputation
  • Values
  • Wisdom
  • Research, data
  • Understanding
  • Experience

You have remarkable employ-ability skills that most employers would be glad to have on board.

First, consider only the jobs and career areas that are of interest to you. Next, connect with a professional organization. This affiliation will teach you, help you to earn continuing education credits, and introduce you to like-minded people. Most importantly, they will help connect you to opportunities to work, learn, and give within your industry of choice. 50+ people have a dynamic place in the workplace!

Go find your place!

Debra Ann Matthews, M.A., JCTC is a passionate career coach and resume writer who works with debra ann matthewshundreds of clients throughout her career to achieve their dreams. Her extensive experience includes helping in President Clinton’s AmeriCorps, Up With People, and Job Corps. She loves to help motivated career changers in her business Let Me Write It For You. She’s noted in USAA Military, NBC Chicago, MSN Latino, Monster, Monster Working, Calgary Sun, Money Mix, & Careerbuilder.co.uk. Connect with her on LinkedIn at letmewriteit4u or via FB at www.facebook.com/letmewriteit4u.

————————————————

Like what you just read? Share it with your friends using the buttons below?

Subscribe

When you subscribe to this blog you get full access to Career Pivot’s Whitepaper Library

————————————————

Check out my book which is available on Amazon.com!

Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers

————————————————

You can also download my personal branding white paper – Personal Branding for Baby Boomers – What It Is, How to Manage It, and Why It’s No Longer Optional!

Check out the BoomerJobTips Page for the latest curated content relating to baby boomers or join us on the BoomerJobTips LinkedIn Group

College Degree After 50 – Worth It?

College Degree After 50

College Degree After 50Is attaining a college degree after 50 years of age worth the effort and expense?

There is a lot of conversation about whether higher education is worth the money.

Robert Reich recently wrote a piece for Salon.com titled:

Robert Reich: College gets you nowhere

The Author writes:

This is the time of year when high school seniors apply to college, and when I get lots of mail about whether college is worth the cost.

The answer is unequivocally yes, but with one big qualification.

A college degree no longer guarantees a good job. The main reason it pays better than the job of someone without a degree is the latter’s wages are dropping.

If this applies to a high school senior what about a 50+ year old who has seen their industry or profession disappear?

It all comes down to what you expect to gain from attaining the degree.

Preservation or Reinvention

Are you trying to preserve or re-invent your career?

I have heard of many going back to school and getting a masters degree in their chosen profession. As long as their current employer supports and/or funds the degree program, it proves to be successful. A good example is getting a Masters in Education, for those in the K-12 education field.

It is used to be that attaining an MBA was a sure fire way to spark your career. I am not sure that is true anymore. Especially, if you are going to invest $100K of your own money. I have one client who received her MBA from a prestigious executive MBA program, and it has done nothing for her. Of course, she received it during the great recession.

In my research for writing this post, I have found nothing that says getting an MBA after 50 makes sense financially.

If you think differently, please comment below.

If you are reinventing your career, my experience is that getting a bachelors or masters degree after 50 is not a good investment, especially, if you are taking out student loans!

I have talked to dozens of individuals over the last couple of years who obtained their college degree after 50. Almost all of them told me it did not give them the competitive edge they needed.

If you are entering a new field after 50 years of age, you will be competing with others much younger than you. The same issues of age discrimination that you found in your old field will likely apply in the new one.

My conclusion is that getting a college degree after 50 works for preserving your career.

It does not make sense most of the time getting a college degree after 50 works to reinvent your career.

Either way, you must do your research. Find others who have successfully forged the trail before you embark on getting your college degree after 50.

Certificate Programs

Certificate programs offered at many community colleges are much less expensive and time consuming.  For example, Austin Community College offers certificate programs in non-profit management. If want to make the leap from for profit to non-profit, this a cost effective means of gaining skills and will give you some street cred in your new field.

I recently talked with Christine Jensen, who I found through her article on PBS NextAvenue website called RIF’d at 59: The Lessons She Learned.

Christine is now a freelance writer. She is considering going to her local community college for a photography certificate. It is affordable and she can pick and choose what to take. She may not even pursue a certificate if she obtains the skills she needs without completing the program.

It all comes down to — do your research!

Have you pursued your college degree after 50? Was it worth it?

Marc Miller Career Design Specialist

————————————————

Like what you just read? Share it with your friends using the buttons below?

Subscribe

When you subscribe to this blog you get full access to Career Pivot’s Whitepaper Library

————————————————

Check out my book which is available on Amazon.com!

Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers

————————————————

You can also download my latest white paperThe Multi-Generational WorkplaceMaking Generational Diversity Work

Check out the BoomerJobTips Page for the latest curated content relating to baby boomers or join us on the BoomerJobTips LinkedIn Group

BoomerJobTips – Curated Content for February 21

BoomerJobTips Update

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

Check BoomerJobTips Daily for the latest curated career content. Content is curated from hundreds of the leading career websites with a focus on baby boomer career issues.

Most Popular

Social Media

Career

Baby Boomer

Job Search

Career Pivot

Another way to look at the same links AND MORE from BoomerJobTips.

Join us on the BoomerJobTips LinkedIn Group

————————————————

Like what you just read? Share it with your friends using the buttons below?

Subscribe

————————————————

Check out my book which is available on Amazon.com!

Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers

You can also download my latest white paperThe Multi-Generational WorkplaceMaking Generational Diversity Work

3rd Anniversary of Career Pivot

3rd Anniversary of Career Pivot

3rd AnniversaryFebruary marks the 3rd anniversary of Career Pivot, which is dedicated to helping baby boomers and others make career transitions.

The Career Pivot website now attracts over 15,000 visitors a month. I wanted to chronicle some of the history behind Career Pivot.

In the Beginning

I was deep in developing curriculum for designing routers and switches using network processors in 2002. The dot com bust was in full bloom. I was traveling back and forth to Asia to train major networking equipment companies. It was then that my world was turned upside down.

On July 11th of 2002, I was riding my bike alongside a local bicycle club. I came down a hill and slammed head-on into a Toyota Corolla. I spent five days in the trauma center, broke a lot of bones, and dislocated a shoulder, but had no internal or brain injuries—that I am willing to admit to! You can read a lot more about his here.

Following Your Passion

In 2003, I decided to volunteer for a layoff and pursue my Texas High School Math teaching certificate. I have a lot of funny stories from this experience.

I taught Algebra I and II for two years in a inner city high school in Austin. Although I felt extremely successful, no one in the administration noticed. After two years, I was exhausted and needed to leave for my own preservation.

Following your passion is not enough.

Launch Pad Job Club

After leaving teaching, I was lost. I did a short contract for the State of Texas as a trainer for a failing project. NOT FUN!

I found myself in a Launch Pad Job Club meeting in April or May of 2006. I saw many others who had been spit out of large technology companies and found themselves…lost. Despite how I felt, I was determined not to return to the world of high tech. I joined the board of directors of Launch Pad later that year.

I pivoted into the non-profit world for a year, only to learn I could not deal with the dysfunctional nature of the industry.

The Great Recession

I was found by a another tech startup in late 2007. What I did not know at the time (and neither did most of you) was that the great recession was just around the corner.

In 2009, the concept of Career Pivot was born. I looked around and found few were addressing the upcoming plight of the baby boomer generation. Every few months, I would attend a Launch Pad meeting—and they were huge!

I left high tech for the second time in 2011 after my boss put me in a highly unethical position.

In 2011, I hired a college intern to do some research on the plight of baby boomers. The numbers he came back with were not just bad, they were awful!

Career Pivot Launch in 2012

The Career Pivot brand and website were launched in February 2012.

Repurpose Your Career – A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers was published in January 2013 and has now sold over 1,200 copies worldwide.

Career Pivot made the Forbes Top 100 Career Website list in September of 2013. Career Pivot has been featured on multiple lists since.

What is very disappointing is that very few other websites have followed. I created my own list this year but….

I am now celebrating the 3rd anniversary of Career Pivot.

What has changed?

  • I see a lot of older Gen Xers with the same issues
  • The economy has improved, but not enough to make a significant difference in most of your lives

What has not changed?

  • Age discrimination is alive and well
  • Retirement is still not attainable for most baby boomers

What has changed for you? What change would you like to see?

Leave a comment below

The momentum for Career Pivot continues to build in 2015.

Thank you for all of your support!

Marc Miller Career Design Specialist

————————————————

Like what you just read? Share it with your friends using the buttons below?

Subscribe

When you subscribe to this blog you get full access to Career Pivot’s Whitepaper Library

————————————————

Check out my book which is available on Amazon.com!

Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers

————————————————

You can also download my whitepaperDon’t Retire Even If you Can and What to do Instead – A Baby Boomer Manifesto

Check out the BoomerJobTips Page for the latest curated content relating to baby boomers or join us on the BoomerJobTips LinkedIn Group

Twitter, Hashtags and Your Job Search

Twitter and Hashtags

hashtagsHow can using Twitter and understanding hashtags help you in your job search?

I want you to think of Twitter as a giant chat room. Messages fly back and forth around the world—and many of those messages  contain hashtags.

What the heck are hashtags?

Hashtags are just a string of letters and numbers proceeded with a “#.”

Who owns a hashtag? NO ONE!

Can you register a hashtag? NO!

How do I know what #hashtag to use? Go to hashtags.org and see how a hashtag is being used.

Some hashtags would seem to be pretty obvious but, for example, I focus on the baby boomer generation. You would think that I could use the #boomer hashtag and everyone would find my tweets.

Hmm…not so fast. If you search hashtags.org for #boomer, you would discover it is primarily used to tag tweets about the University of Oklahoma Boomer Sooner sports teams and events. I hadn’t considered that! Since I live in the heart of Texas Longhorn country, I rarely think of Boomer Sooner.

I use the hashtags #babyboomer and #babyboomers instead.

But, I still do not see how I would use them…

Twitter is a giant database of messages. You can search Twitter to find announcements and posts. In my last post, I wrote about Twitter Lists and your job search.

You do not even need a Twitter User ID to search Twitter. Just go to the Twitter Search Page.

Try this: Click here to search on #Austin #Jobs #ProjectManager

Swap out #Austin with #YourCityorLocation.

How do I know what hashtags to use when searching for a specific job? Go to hashtags.org and try different combinations.

If you search on #productmanager you will find it is almost never used. You might have to use a combination of hashtags like #product #manager.

What other hashtags can you suggest?

This can be done through trial and error. In my searches, I find Austin job tweeters use:

  • #jobs #austin
  • #job #austin
  • #atxjobs
  • #hiring #austin

Once you found a tweet announcing a position, you will want to follow the Twitter account. You may want to consider adding them to one of your Twitter Lists that you created from my last post.

What other questions do you have?

Tweet: “I have a question for @careerpivot about #hashtags and my job search.” I will do my best to respond!

Marc Miller Career Design Specialist

————————————————

Like what you just read? Share it with your friends using the buttons below?

Subscribe

When you subscribe to this blog you get full access to Career Pivot’s Whitepaper Library

————————————————

Check out my book which is available on Amazon.com!

Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers

————————————————

You can also download my personal branding white paper – Personal Branding for Baby Boomers – What It Is, How to Manage It, and Why It’s No Longer Optional!

Check out the BoomerJobTips Page for the latest curated content relating to baby boomers or join us on the BoomerJobTips LinkedIn Group

BoomerJobTips – Curated Content for February 14

BoomerJobTips Update

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

Check BoomerJobTips Daily for the latest curated career content. Content is curated from hundreds of the leading career websites with a focus on baby boomer career issues.

Most Popular

Multi-Generational Workplace

Social Media

Career

Baby Boomer

Job Search

Career Pivot

Another way to look at the same links AND MORE from BoomerJobTips.

Join us on the BoomerJobTips LinkedIn Group

————————————————

Like what you just read? Share it with your friends using the buttons below?

Subscribe

————————————————

Check out my book which is available on Amazon.com!

Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers

You can also download my latest white paper “Strategic Networking – A Career Pivot White Paper

Boomers Working for Millennials: Finding common ground!

Boomers Working for Millenials

MillenialsIf you are a baby boomer, you probably have children that are millennials. Do you network with people your kid’s age?

Could you see yourself working for a millennial in the near future?

Have you incorporated millennials into your job search network?

If you have not, you should, and here is why.

Millennials Will Dominate the Workforce

First, look at the current demographics of the workforce. According to the Pew Research, baby boomers make up 1/3 and generation X and millennials make up the other 2/3s.

The reality is, many of the current hiring managers are much younger than you, and in they will continue to be in the future. Millennials will dominate the workforce by 2020 and outnumber the baby boomers.

What does this mean for you as a Job Seeker?

It means you need to make sure millennials are in your job search network NOW!

Are millennial managers in your network?

Your new approach is not to spend time looking in the advertised market. Develop relationships with millennial managers who could hire you.

Find a “common ground” with millennials by understanding what they look for in baby boomer new hires.

You want to know this before the interview—not during it.

As one of Stephen Covey’s Habits of Highly Successful People, “Seek to understand, then to be understood,” which could translate into: Learn first and then sell yourself!

New Approach

How can you get started on your new approach? Here are some 7 tips to help you!

  1.  Adjust your mindset so that, on Monday morning, you have new job search responsibilities and activities to begin your day. You will NOT be applying for jobs in the advertised market!
  2.  Create an uplifting 30-second commercial using language about the changing demographics and your goal of building a network of millennials.
  3.  Invite a group of your children’s friends and work colleagues over to let them know you are in the job market. Tell them that you are trying  to build a diverse network that includes young professionals.
  4.  Ask great questions to learn about their values, motivators, and what they may be looking for in a baby boomer employee.
  5.  Attend an association meeting for young professionals where you will meet many people from different industries and disciplines, too.
  6.  Update your LinkedIn profile that include interests of activities that keep you active. Ask for recommendations from someone younger that either worked for you or with you.
  7.  Volunteer your time with organizations that need mentors where younger people can see you engaged and connected to what they are doing.

Baby boomers are going up against younger job candidates. The more you understand and “find the common ground,” you just might increase your chances of being hired!

What is your next step to find common ground with millennials?

About the author

Jayne_MattsonJayne Mattson is Senior Vice President of Keystone Associates, a founding partner of Career Partners International LLC, a partnership of global leaders in the talent management and outplacement industries. Jayne consults with professionals from a diverse range of industries and functions, and specializes in mid-career change and pre-retirement planning. She is a Certified Retirement Coach and Master Career Consultant.

Jayne frequently authors articles on numerous career topics; her work has appeared on Mashable.com, Monster, Career Builder and print publications including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

Jayne volunteers her time in youth organizations to help them build self-confidence and professional leadership skills.

————————————————

Like what you just read? Share it with your friends using the buttons below?

Subscribe

When you subscribe to this blog you get full access to Career Pivot’s Whitepaper Library

————————————————

Check out my book which is available on Amazon.com!

Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers

————————————————

You can also download my latest white paperThe Multi-Generational WorkplaceMaking Generational Diversity Work

Check out the BoomerJobTips Page for the latest curated content relating to baby boomers or join us on the BoomerJobTips LinkedIn Group

Twitter Lists and the Targeted Job Search [Video]

Twitter Lists and the Targeted Job Search

Twitter ListsYou should use Twitter and Twitter Lists in your targeted job search—and you do not need to tweet.

If you are unfamiliar with the concept of the targeted job search, please read the start of the series: Target the Company and Quit Chasing the Job. Follow the links at the end of the post to read the rest of the series.

I want you to think of Twitter as a cross between Instant Messenger (IM), a chat room, and a blog.

  • Instant Messenger – You can direct message (DM) a user, and the message is private. You can Tweet and use the person’s Twitter handle in the body of the tweet. The recipient will see the tweet in their Twitter notifications. If they have the Twitter app installed on their smartphone, they will be immediately informed of the message. (Great way to get a recruiter’s attention!)
  • Chat Room – All public tweets are visible and searchable. I will cover searching Twitter in my next post! Due to the fact that everything is visible, there are things called Twitter Chats. I wrote about Twitter chats in my post Baby Boomers and Twitter? – How about a Twitter chat! It is safe!
  • Blog – Users can post a message and a link. This is how many recruiters inform the public of new job postings.

Twitter Lists

Twitter lists are a lists of twitter users. When you view the list, you will see only Tweets from the users in the list. This is a great way to filter and group Tweets.

I recommend you create Twitter lists for each company on your target list. This way, you can quickly scan the Tweets for any given company.

Twitter Lists can be public or private. You will want to make your target job search Twitter lists private. We do not want to disclose to your boss or anyone else that you are watching these companies.

Watch the video below to see how to create Twitter lists:

Once the list is created you can add Twitter users/handles to these Twitter lists. I recommend you add at least one from the following categories:

  • Corporate – Companies will often have one Twitter Id where they will Tweet out news. You may find they have one specifically for hiring, or for a specific region or division of the company.
  • Recruiters – Search LinkedIn for recruiters. Add any recruiters that tweet out jobs.
  • Hiring Managers – Search LinkedIn for managers of the business area where you want to get hired. Add any managers that use Twitter to the list.
  • Executives or Thought Leaders – Find key executives in the target companies and add them to the list.

Watch the following video on how to add Twitter handles to Twitter Lists from these different categories.

Check each list every few days. Depending on the frequency of tweeting, you may have to check more often.

You do not need to tweet, but retweeting or responding to these tweets is a great way to get the attention of the people on your list…which is the whole idea behind the targeted job search!

Try this: Click on following link to Tweet: I learned all about how to use Twitter Lists in the Targeted Job Search from @careerpivot

Marc Miller Career Design Specialist

————————————————

Like what you just read? Share it with your friends using the buttons below?

Subscribe

When you subscribe to this blog you get full access to Career Pivot’s Whitepaper Library

————————————————

Check out my book which is available on Amazon.com!

Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers

————————————————

You can also download my personal branding white paper – Personal Branding for Baby Boomers – What It Is, How to Manage It, and Why It’s No Longer Optional!

Check out the BoomerJobTips Page for the latest curated content relating to baby boomers or join us on the BoomerJobTips LinkedIn Group

BoomerJobTips – Curated Content for February 7

BoomerJobTips Update

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

Check BoomerJobTips Daily for the latest curated career content. Content is curated from hundreds of the leading career websites with a focus on baby boomer career issues.

Most Popular

Social Media

Career

Baby Boomer

Job Search

Career Pivot

Another way to look at the same links AND MORE from BoomerJobTips.

Join us on the BoomerJobTips LinkedIn Group

————————————————

Like what you just read? Share it with your friends using the buttons below?

Subscribe

————————————————

Check out my book which is available on Amazon.com!

Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers

You can also download my latest white paperThe Multi-Generational WorkplaceMaking Generational Diversity Work