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Starting this Wednesday, Jobcase will be supporting a free, online workshop for older workers who are seeking jobs in the midst of the corona crisis! In partnership with AARP, Encore Boston, the City of Boston, and others, we'll be providing a free, 5 week webinar, starting on May 20th, sharing job-seeking basics, tips, strategies, and support align with challenges faced by jobseekers 50+!
Free registration here: https://states.aarp.org/massachusetts/mastering-the-job-search-for-people-over-50
There's a new topic each Wednesday and workshop participants will be here, in this jobcase group, to discuss the workshop and answer additional questions that may arise after (or before) each session.
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Don’t worry, before a job fair or interview it is 100% normal to feel a little anxious. Here are some tips to help you rock your next one!
Don’t forget to breathe An interview can be a high-pressure situation but it is important to take a breath and collect yourself when you are feeling nervous. When you are asked a question and you feel yourself blanking, it’s ok! Just take a breath and pause for a moment. To you, it will feel like a LONG time, but in actuality, it will be just a few seconds. Sometimes those few seconds are all you need to clear your head and refocus!
Prepare for outside forces Things like weather, traffic, and delays can cause our nerves to SKY rocket. Avoid them by leaving EARLY and planning your route. Know how long it should take you. If you’re driving get gas the night before, if you are taking the train or bus have your pass with you. Be sure to check the weather too to see if you need an umbrella or a heavier jacket so you are comfortable and stay dry when you arrive.
Pack the important things Don’t forget to bring a small notebook and pen to jot things down. You will want to review your notes when you get home so everything isn’t a blur! Also be sure to bring 40-50 copies of your resume as well as a business card if you do have them. It’s always best when you are prepared and ready to go so you aren’t stressed that you forgot something or scrambling at the last minute.
Present yourself in the best ways possible Think about how you would ideally want to present yourself as well as how you want your personality to come across to your interviewer. They are meeting you for the first time, so think about how you will come across. Practice answering questions in the mirror or record your responses and play them back. How do you sound? By prepping ahead of time and planning what you want to say, it will help build your confidence. Don't forget to smile, sit/stand up straight, listen, respond, and maintain good eye contact.
Remember to keep calm and [introduce yourself to the employer] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/6d46f61d-c53b-5ec5-9d7c-69cc61713f6a) with a firm handshake. Give them a good vibe! Don't forget, they are human JUST like you and have been in your shoes. They will not only understand, but they will expect you to be a bit nervous.
Check out some other great tips to help you [prepare here] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/29869635-4d8f-502f-b912-2211f8b674d8).
Wishing you the best during your job hunt! : )
Workshop: An Overview of Employment Opportunities for the Older Worker: Saturday, Sept 14th 10:00am - 2:00pm Workshop: Skills Building: Saturday, Oct 5th 10:00am - 2:00pm Job Fair: Saturday, Oct 19th 10:00am - 2:00pm
If you haven’t already, be sure to register HERE so you have the chance to attend workshops and meet with some excellent companies. Full company list coming soon!
All events will be held in the Dewitt Center in Roxbury, MA.
No, no, I’m not asking you to break out the crop top and start using the latest tween lingo. But I AM encouraging you to stay up to date on current trends and technology! :)
It’s no secret that companies who have greater diversity in their employees evolve more rapidly and successfully. However, age discrimination (or ageism) is a real hardship that many of those in the workforce struggle with.
Show them you’re just as knowledgeable as any other worker! Demonstrating that continued learning is a priority of yours makes you more competitive in the market. Think about additional certifications you could earn and areas you can improve on.
Here are some great resources for expanding your skillset + staying up to date with current trends:
The job search is frustrating enough dealing with 4 or more different application portals online, tens of applications out at once, and not hearing back after interviews. If you’re older, you might also have to worry about age discrimination too. As long as you can do the job correctly, your age should not come into play. Gregory says:
"The average age of the 4 top presidential candidates (including the president) is 74. We all know age discrimination exists. Maybe we should run for office to be taken seriously.”
What kind of age discrimination have you faced in your job search? Do you agree with Gregory?
Sometimes an interviewer will make an off-color comment or joke that really tips us off about what they think about us. When Shelly was interviewing for a Lab Technician position, her interviewer dropped a comment on her that set her alarm bells ringing! Shelly says:
She kept telling me that their is a lot of walking with the job. I said Okay. As I was walking back to the trailer with her she made a comment You know as you age your body slows down and you can not walk as fast as you used too. I am 55 years old.
What would you say or do if you were in Shelly’s shoes? Have you experienced something similar?
Are there professional jobs, like for masters level? I'm working now but need to change jobs