Skills Building Workshop
I'd like to know what sort of skills will be talked about during the Skills Building Workshop this weekend. Will it be interviewing skills, actual job skills, soft skills? A description of what to expect would be quite useful!
Age Strong Job Fair Employer List
We are so excited to announce that the [Age Strong job fair] (http://www.jobcase.com/agestrong) is coming up on Saturday, October 19th!
Participating employers include:
The Census Student Watchers The Post Office KNF&T Operation ABLE Boston Medical Center Pine Street Inn Seniors Helping Seniors Central Boston Elder Services GBLS Office of Workforce Development Rewarding Work
Have questions? Please ask, we are happy to help!
Robert's Story: Overlooked By Employers
It can often feel like you are being passed over for younger candidates when on the job search - especially when you hear that they are no longer interested after submitting information that could show your age.
Here’s what Robert said about it:
I’m a 57 year old man with 33 years of supervisory and managerial skills...and have applied to many companies. Only to be told that they have decided to proceed with other candidates...much younger than I. I wasn’t asking for 70-100k a year as they were probably were thinking, just a job so that I could get back into the swing of things, and help a company be successful...It’s frustrating knowing that we seniors can do just as good of a job if not better than the younger generation because of our comparison in skills.
Age Strong Workshop and Job Fair Series Continues THIS SAT!!
Workshop: An Overview of Employment Opportunities for the Older Worker: Saturday, Sept 14th 10:00am - 2:00pm (Already held.) 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 the last workshop and meet with some excellent companies at the Age Strong Job Fair. Full company list coming soon!
All events will be held in the Dewitt Center in Roxbury, MA.
Billy's Story: Forced to Settle For Less
"I am 60 years old. I am a baby boomer with too much education, I made too much money and I had to settle for 30K less than I was making before. I now make only 1/3 of what I made before the recession hit. It amazes me that in 2019 experience and education does not translate to $$$. There is age discrimination and for the first time in my career, I have experienced it."
Would you take a pay cut when taking a new job?
Gregory’s Story: What Age Is The President?
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?
They might ask you this
One of the most common questions asked during an interview or a job fair is…
Other variations could include... -Why should we hire you? -Why do you want to work here? -What is it about us that makes you want to work here?
Answer these 5 questions to help you plan what to say and impress employers!
1- What are the three strongest reasons I am a great fit for this job?
2- What are some positive things I can say about the company, and how can I connect what they do with what I can bring to them?
3- Why do I really want this job beyond having a steady paycheck and perks?
4- What are three AWESOME things I did in my previous position that I can also offer in this new role?
5- What is the EXACT job description (make sure to write it down) and how do MY skills match up with it? Be as specific as possible.
Answering these questions will help you feel prepared to go in with some great things to say!
Good luck ; ) we are rooting for you!!
Shelly’s Story: What did you say??
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?