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April 12, 2007

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rod

Nobody seems to comment on this blog. Question to the blogmaster: are you "Chicago George"? I am Rod, although I'm not sure if I was Rod then. At one point I lived in Japan. Now I live in Indiana. Like a cicada, once every 17 years I wake up and try to get in touch with people.

Dan Schawbel

You need to stay positive, so that you are perceived as positive by your audience.

George Blomgren

Hey Rod, Yup, Chicago George -- Glasgow? Drop me an email.

Rick75

Experience speaks for itself but, in many cases, it all comes down to attitude. Some older workers merely shut their eyes to new things and some even ignore the trends in their professions. I have two words of advice: You can't! You certainly can't escape these changes if you're in a customer-facing position, but even in "back office" functions, you need to think about today and tomorrow, and how your skills can fit in. Then, you have to believe in the "value" you can deliver to an employer. It's all about staying positive, as Dan Schawbel says, and communicating a positive message.

Michael Holley Smith

Older workers in particular can benefit from using a powerful bioblog rather than a (limiting) traditional resume, either chronological or functional, since both point towards the past rather than a bioblog, which paints the future. (What an employer is going to be betting on.) Images over words in these circumstances are a sly way around the negatives. Potential trumps the past.

Anita Bruzzese

It's interesting how some people set themselves up to fail, no matter their age. It's like the 20-something who blames GenX and the Baby Boomers for all the world's ills, or the 50-plus person who claims to think FaceBook or MySpace is stupid and has no interest in even hearing about them. When we close ourselves off to other ideas and other people who are different than ourselves, we really limit our opportunities and possibilities.
Anita Bruzzese
www.45things.com

Employment Finder

The more you stay alert on job offering you can make more out of it. Simple see whats coming your way

Marcia Robinson

Great post.

I had a conversation with a friend today who has been with the same company for 20 years. The company has been warning for the last 5 months about restructuring.

They offered buy outs, early retirement or other jobs in other departments.

My friend chose none of these options despite knowing full well he was in a disappearing industry. He was let go this past Friday and is still amazed that the company could do this to him so close to retirement.

Many people perceive change as loss and many would rather complain rather than make a plan and take a chance. One behavior is about looking out and one is about looking in.

We all need to look in more.

Marcia Robinson
www.bullseyeresumes.com

Medical Sales Recruiter

Good Stuff! I really liked the part about attitude. I liked Anita's comment about myspace and facebook...That is funny!!

Gustafson

Something that older job seekers need to keep in mind as well as that as a job hunter, we aren't limited to the industry that we have always been a part of...

perhaps those skills that made us good at what we do will help us succeed somewhere else...

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Gustafson
http://www.theviewfromhome.com/thejobhunt - my job search notes

Lee

I appreciate this post. It's applicable on either end of the age spectrum and to just about any other perceived prejudice that job seekers think is holding them back. Your point is dead-on, the prejudice may very well exist, but allowing that to cause you to give up will guarantee failure. Accepting it, then powering ahead anyway is far more logical and will always produce superior results.

Emily Sanders

Older job seekers as well as younger ones can benefit from having a winning resume, too. I found a company that reworks resumes so that they are as effective as they can be. They are here: www.careerexperts.org

Emily Sanders

I worked for the company above for 3 weeks and was never paid. They are FRAUDULENT.

DO NOT accept online positions or ask for resume help from

Careerexperts.org.

This is a SCAM! I wanted people to know so other people don't get defrauded as I did.

Resume Help

Good post.

With the current economic situation, anyone, young or old, may be faced with needing to dust off the resume and search for a new position. The attitude you take to the interview, and to your job, is certainly a key factor. An employee (or prospective employee) who doesn't quite have all the needed job skills but who is eager to learn and to improve is much more valuable to an employer than someone who is technically competent right now but who isn't interested in doing the things that will keep them productive in the future.

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ITJobHelper

Good stuff. I like what Employment Finder said up top.
indemandjobs.blogspot.com

Russ

Always be a lifetime learner and you will succeed at new ventures. What I am realizing is that any job we currently have, things are never static - always changing

Alden

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The company has been warning for the last 5 months about restructuring. I appreciate this post. It's applicable on either end of the age spectrum and to just about any other perceived prejudice that job seekers think is holding them. My friend chose none of these options despite knowing full well he was in a disappearing industry. He was let go this past Friday and is still amazed that the company could do this to him so close to retirement. Thanks for the information shared here. Interesting and useful blog for the job seekers

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