The Age Strong job fair is being held this Saturday, Oct 19th from 9:00am - 1:00pm at the Dewitt Center in Roxbury, Massachusetts.
Find out all the info here.
NOW is the time to make those final preparations so you are confident and ready to go! Check out these tips to help you prepare for the fair as the weekend approaches!
-Wednesday Know the companies you are interested in and research their mission/culture TODAY. Take some time to see what they are all about and jot down some notes! Remember, your pitch should be tailored to what YOU bring to that company based on what they do. They will be impressed! Wondering who will be there? Find out here
Print and pack at least 50 copies of your resume and place them in a folder, or notebook and then tuck them away in a bag. You can run to Staples, your local library or print at home. Just make sure your resumes are easily accessible when an employer requests a copy, so you don't have to go digging for it!
-Thursday Practice and perfect your elevator pitch so you are ready to WOW employers on the spot!!
Plan to get to the fair on time. Figure out how you will arrive and how long it will take with Google maps. Are you sharing a ride, walking, taking the train or a Lyft? Just have your plan in place! If you can, arrive a little bit early (15mins) to calm your nerves and take a lap around the room when the doors open up.
-Friday Lay out your clothing out the day before. By planning ahead you don’t have to scramble trying to find something in the morning. Also, be sure it's clean and wrinkle-free. Check out some tips on what to wear here.
-Friday night Go to bed early.*Even if you’re a night owl, put on those pj’s and climb into bed early enough the night before so you get a full 8 hours. You will look rested tomorrow and feel much calmer and more focused.
-Saturday morning Eat a good breakfast. It’s true what they say, breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. It will fuel your brain/body first thing and last until lunchtime! When in doubt bring a snack to eat later to help keep you energized!
Also, be sure to practice your pitch a few times that morning. Whether it’s in the shower or on the ride over, say it a few times so you build up that confidence! What will you say in 20-30 seconds to grab that employer’s attention?
Nervous? If you are not sure what to say when you first meet an employer, use a few of these conversation starters to get things rolling!
Wishing you the best of luck at the job fair this week! You have got this! : )
Age is something that should never affect us in the workplace, BUT it ends up being something that certain coworkers will judge others on. Just take it from Marleys, whose coworkers made her feel bad for not being as tech savvy as they are.
Marleys says, *"I'm 57 years old getting back into the restaurant business boy do I feel like I've been punched in the gut!...How many of you are feeling my pain?"*
Have you ever experienced something like this?
Are you going to the Age Strong workshops and job fair? 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!
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.
Provided by AARP Mass, ENCORE BOSTON NETWORK INC, Jobcase, Inc., City of Boston, Operation ABLE, MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center, Boston Medical Center (BMC), Commonwealth of Massachusetts Exec office of Elder Affairs, and others | #ageism #free #boston #jobs #aarp #olderworkers #strongertogether #agestrong #workfromhome #coronavirus #interview #jobsearch
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.
Here are some tips to help you begin preparing for the event series:
Update and print those resumes Update your resume with all of your most relevant work experiences and skills. Then be sure to print and get ready to pack at least 50 copies and place them in a folder, or notebook and then tuck them away in a bag. Place them somewhere your resumes will be easily accessible the day of the events. This way you don't have to go digging for them! Don’t have a printer? No problem, check out some great advice [HERE] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/4d3535bd-34ee-5eb3-9d7e-fc2f066d82a6).
Write out and practice your pitch Whether it’s in the shower, to friends or family or even your pet rehearse it out loud so you build up that confidence! What will you say in 20-30 seconds to grab that employer’s attention? Need some help? Check out [THIS post] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/d11f70ef-0d6e-5730-8610-36528b33a832).
Know how to break the ice Practice a few of these [conversation starters] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/6d46f61d-c53b-5ec5-9d7c-69cc61713f6a) to get things rolling when you approach an employer. No one likes those awkward silences.
More tips coming soon! And we hope to see you in a few weeks at the [Age Strong Workshop and Job Fair series] (https://www.jobcase.com/groups/880150ab-4f0e-4b2d-9704-c6e8923e5669)!
Beautiful autumn New England weekend morning- so what is our Jobcase team doing? Helping run Mayor Martin Walsh’s Age Strong Job Fair today with our friends at AARP of course! Dozens of employers are meeting amazing older workers today here in greater Boston. Employers that understand you don’t hire older workers despite their age, but BECAUSE of their age - and all the great skills and experience it affords. Awesome initiative that’s sure to have awesome outcomes! Thanks for your leadership Mayor Walsh. #StrongerTogether Onwards and upwards!
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.
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!
If you attended the Age Strong Job Fair this weekend then this is the post for you!
Doing so lets the employer know you are serious, reminds them of who you are (they met a TON of people), your qualifications, and keeps the hiring process moving along.
So let’s take a look at how following up works...
•When- Send your follow up at least 1-2 business days after the event.
•Who- Reach out to the right person! Whether you jotted down the employer’s email address in a notebook, found it on the website, or have a business card make sure to reach out directly to the person you spoke to or the hiring manager. By sending it to an individual (and make sure to address it to them) you will avoid your follow up being lost in the shuffle.
•How- You can follow up with a call, email, or thank you card. Email is suggested as it’s instant and will give you the proper amount of time to gather your thoughts, however, there is also something wonderfully personal about receiving a handwritten note if you can send it quickly. See what to say in your follow up [HERE] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/3a2695c7-ced7-5bea-af4e-8789f758e97b).
•What- Make sure it’s personal. Remember that employers have likely met and spoken to MANY candidates so it’s unlikely they will automatically remember you. If you had a good conversation during the interview, make note of something you discussed and mention it in your follow up. Perhaps you both went to a certain college or own black labs. It’s all about forging a connection! Be sure to explain how excited you would be to work for them. Mention the main reasons why you would be the right person for the job by emphasizing your strengths and capabilities while demonstrating that you are a great fit. Keep it short and straight to the point.
A follow up is a great way to include those final things you may have neglected to mention at the job fair so make sure not to forget to take the time to do so.
Also, please make sure to keep us posted on your progress! : )
Sometimes it’s hard to know what to do in an interview if you think you may be profiled due to your age. Michelle however, has some uncommon advice that she thinks may help you get beyond that first interview.
When your age comes up, and you have all of this education and experience behind you, every job you apply for gets turned down…Here is what I've done, and it works in getting more interviews. Explain that at your age, money is less important than a sense of purpose. At this point in your life, you want to give back…Whatever you can think of that would give you a sense of purpose and makes sense to your potential employer. After all, it is not a job if you love what you do and feel you are making a difference.