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  Seasoned Advice for Mature Workers
by Linda K. Rolie, M.A., CVC - Oct, 2012
A significantly growing population of job hunters, and those who are landing jobs, is between the ages of 55 to 71 (and beyond). You may have heard, “age 50 is the youth of old age” or “age 60 is the new 50” and so on. Various opinions exist about whether age-related biases negatively impact these mid-lifers’ employability. There are mature workers who are far from elder status but feel they are discriminated against due t...
 
  Is This Job A Good Fit?
by Linda K. Rolie, M.A., CVC - Oct, 2012
You can become skillful in the art of interviewing. You may even convince an employer that a perfect match exists during an interview even though you are truthfully only looking for a paycheck to reduce financial fear. Within the first three months of employment, relationships can unravel leaving you and the employer with feelings of frustration. To avoid a potentially bad experience and having to look for another job, first...
 
  Remain Positive During The Job Hunt
by Linda K. Rolie, M.A., CVC - Oct, 2012
How do you remain positive and keep feelings of hope present during a longer than anticipated period of unemployment? In the book of Psalms 40, King David writes “I waited patiently.” For some, fear is worrying about the future but in the bible we are told to not be afraid 365 times. You must fight discouragement. Fear and faith make poor roommates because one dispels the other. Make up your mind to choose to think affirming t...
 
  Is Job Hunting Like Online Dating?
by Linda K. Rolie, M.A., CVC - Oct, 2012
With more than 36,000 postal offices closing resulting in up to 100,000 postal workers losing jobs, how are these good candidates a match for specific positions? In job hunting, individuals and companies earnestly desire a match and you will want to identify your ‘match-factors’ for a longer term fit. Job hunters in the midst of the great recession are evaluating income and employment alternatives. You may feel genuine in...
 
  Think Beyond Traditional Job Hunting
by Linda K. Rolie, M.A., CVC - Sep, 2012
Think beyond traditional job hunting. Finding a way to use your preferred skills while merging desires and resources to create marketable work is possible. Individuals who have created an entire work environment that they most prefer on a daily basis are often successful. Creating a suitable job for you is a combination of: Paying equal attention to your heart and head Knowing your preferred work style; factor in...
 
  Successfully Completing Online Job Applications
by Linda K. Rolie, M.A., CVC - Aug, 2012
The job application you once filled out with pen or pencil is becoming obsolete. Completing online job applications can be daunting. Here are the most effective tips and suggestions for improving your chances of landing an interview with your online application. Today, nearly all mid-to large employers require that applicants complete an online application. For many, online applications are difficult. The following ar...
 
  Overcoming Discouragement and Getting Back to Work
by Linda K. Rolie, M.A., CVC - Jan, 2011
Excerpt from the book, GETTING BACK to WORK: Everything You Need to Bounce Back and Get a Job After a Layoff (McGraw-Hill). All rights reserved without written permission. The average job seeker takes about four months to land a job after searching for openings, preparing for interviews, and taking stock of financial resources. During an economic downturn, finding a job becomes even more difficult and so discouragement is...
 
  Warm up the Cold Call in Your Job Search
by Linda K. Rolie, M.A., CVC - Jan, 2011
Excerpt from the book, GETTING BACK to WORK: Everything You Need to Bounce Back and Get a Job After a Layoff (McGraw-Hill). All rights reserved without written permission. There are few things job seekers dread more than making cold calls. However, if you are serious about finding a job -- and in these tough times, you have to be -- it is pretty much a requirement. You might just land the perfect opportunity as a result of...
 
  Changing Jobs Can Have Effect On Loved Ones
by Linda K. Rolie, M.A., CVC - Nov, 2007
The job seeker's emotional state may be more fragile than usual when feelings of self-esteem and security are under attack, which can bring out the worst characteristics. A loss of normal interests, distancing of friendships, withdrawal or isolation, and overindulgence in habits may also occur when the job seeker is feeling overwhelmed. The people close to the job seeker experience many of the same feelings when first com...
 
  It's Both What You Know and Who You Know
by Linda K. Rolie, M.A., CVC - Nov, 2007
You have heard, "It is not what you know but who you know" that gets the job. Networking is the most successful resource for career transition. Networking requires making personal contact with people and telling them you are looking for a job, asking for references, and making connections. Over 80% of the good jobs are located through networking to uncover the hidden job market. Networking requires getting out and about,...
 
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