As job-hunting drags on and rejection becomes the norm, procrastination is the name of the game. Tidying the garage, cleaning the fridge or reading the entire newspaper (instead of just the job ads), suddenly takes precedence. But having a job-hunting schedule helps and when it is a daily routine, the more you are going to enjoy… [Read More]
Job-hunting: Try a new pair of glasses!
‘If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.’ – Thomas Jefferson This 18th century advice is not out of place in the 21st century for the thousands of people over 50 who are desperately sending out CVs and getting nowhere. To be fair; this… [Read More]
Good news for mature techies!
If you are a mature techie, a recent survey which found that ‘Tech employees over age 55 are actually less stressed using technology in the workplace, and better at using multiple devices than their younger peers’ will come as no surprise to unappreciated you! “It’s dangerous for companies to assume that if you’re under 35, you’re… [Read More]
Still job-hunting? Try stepping out of your comfort zone!
The more I work with mature and experienced people, the more I have become aware of the myths out there. They are serious obstacles on the road to success, so dispelling them and taking action is vital! Myth # 1 I know how to job hunt! No! The way you used to do it, no… [Read More]
Not Retired: Dr Henry Heimlich
We all know the Heimlich manoeuvre (you know! that force applied to the solar plexus to dislodge food in the windpipe), but the man who bears its name, only applied it for first time at 96! Dr Henry Heimlich was staying in a retirement home but was clearly not retired in his mind, because when a… [Read More]
A foot in the door of your ideal employer? Here’s how.
At least six times in my life I have found a job by using my network and/or approaching the employer I wanted to work for. Five of those were ‘ideal’ jobs that suited my ambitions and my circumstances. In three of these cases the jobs were just a twinkle in the eye of the employer when I contacted them; they had not been… [Read More]
Where are the flippin’ jobs for 50+?
The jobs are there, but the truth is that 99% of your efforts may be misdirected. This used to be the success rate of job hunting methods (roughly): 10% sending CVs to advertised jobs or through employment agencies 25% approaching employers directly 50% networking 15% a combination of the above No one has done research… [Read More]
We are as mad as hell and we will not retire!
The R-word has no truck among me and my friends. We are experienced and competent and capable and refuse to be assigned to the R-box by anyone, least of all ourselves. We are mad because retirement is an artificial invention. Age 59 and 364 days and you are recognised as a productive member of society:… [Read More]
My aim is to get you into a job as quickly as possible! How does two weeks sound? That is how quickly one of my clients did it! You know that sending gazillions of CVs into cyberspace does not work. And you know that all the things you remember about job-hunting are not working, either. In short, this a different planet for… [Read More]
Not retired: Elena Griffing
Elena Griffing is 90 years old and is still working at the San Francisco Bay Area hospital she started with when she was 20. So this is her 71st year of work, with only four days taken off for sick leave in all that time! Although these days she works in patient relations for only… [Read More]