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]
Retirement? Thanks, but no thanks.
We want to work and most of us want to earn, but being productive is the thing.
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]
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]
Human Resources! Are you ageist?
In going for the gold of youth, are you missing out on the silver of age? It is easy for any HR practitioner to be focused youth; it is almost a no-brainer: they cost less, they can be molded and trained in your ways, they are digitally smart and inexpensive. Besides, they are better looking…. [Read More]
Scared of job-hunting? Bash down that wall!
It is easy to construct a whole wall out of reasons not to job-hunt. Once we start looking for negatives, we become masters in the craft of obscuring the future. We can find reason after reason, laying each one like a brick on top the first, as though we have never heard of windows or doors. That is not… [Read More]
Forget CV, hello Résumé for the 2nd Life
See also: Work Seekers Guide It is clear: what worked for -50 will not work +50 and for our 2nd Life. We will need to repurpose with a special Résumé. There is a reason why you do not put the fact that you passed Grade 1 on a traditional CV; it is history which not useful… [Read More]
Personal Job Hunting Coach
Are you 40+? Are you job hunting? Meet your personal Job Hunting Coach LIZANNE BARNETT ‘In 1980 I stopped being a job-hunter and became an opportunity seeker. Up until that moment I had used traditional job hunting methods, but when every CV I sent out was not even acknowledged, I gradually began to despair until there was no… [Read More]