This is the first episode featuring the “baby-boomer” theme. That doesn’t mean that none of the advice that we’ve offered so far doesn’t apply to those of us over 50. But, I thought it was time to feature a conversation with an author, coach, blogger and podcaster Eileen Williams (@FeistySideofFifty) who talks about it constantly. She will offer a perspective of the value over 50 job seekers possess.
Are you over 50 and struggling with changing careers or finding a job? What are your unique struggles as an older job seeker? I would love to hear from you in one of three ways:
1) Leave a voice mail or text message at 708-365-9822. Let me know if I can share it on future shows
2) Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com and press the “Send Voicemail” button to leave a message online
Eileen Williams is a career strategist and has been in the business more than 20 years. She is the founder of FeistysideofFifty.com and has appeared on media outlets such as ABC, CBS and Fox. She is the author of the book, Land the Job You Love: 10 Surefire Strategies for Jobseekers Over 50.
Here are few of the highlights from our discussion:
- Older job seekers shouldn’t be discouraged by statistics that address the public in general
- Baby boomers have market knowledge and know where the areas of growth are
- Mature job seekers have seen the obstacles and events that are negative before
- Eileen emphasizes that mature job seekers have highly developed critical thinking and problem solving skills
- Although older job seekers need to sell hard skills, soft skills are crucial to present and show how they add value
- Baby boomers have people skills perfected over the years in dealing with difficult co workers and turn around disgruntled customers
- Emotional intelligence is a key attribute older workers have and now is recognized as a valuable asset
- A value list could help you sell your uniqueness – define who you are
- Eileen states that you use the job description as your primary tool to find skills that employers want
- Put on your resume “Ongoing Professional Development” to show your learning is relevant
- Eileen states that internships and volunteer work help you gain solid experience and networking opportunities
Here are some resources Eileen mentioned during the show:
- – Microsoft Office help and tutorials
- – Massive Open Online Courses (The link will send you to a list)
- – Links to educational websites
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