Skills

Got Skills???

iStock_000005892300XSmallSo here you are… In a funk because you can’t find work or you’re no longer satisfied with what you do, but you keep hearing that the job market is the worst it’s been ever. Where do you go from here? No one wants to hire someone your age or so it seems. What now???

How about a new direction? What? You don’t know how to do anything else??? Come on! You’ve been working for over twenty years and you haven’t acquired skills other than the obvious???

You know that you have mad skills! Think about it. You’ve been a leader, a mentor, and what about your hobbies? Think about it! There are areas you have never thought about…

Sometimes when you can’t find a job, you need to create one.

Today, I want you to consider the possibility of where your skills could take you. It doesn’t necessarily need to happen today, but maybe you should consider developing these skills further and see what you can do with it. Do some research, take a different approach to your job search. Sometimes it isn’t always obvious, but it’s ALWAYS there.

 

 

 

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It’s Not Your Age… It’s That Boulder on Your Shoulder!

Unpleasant Senior manAfter years of working with seasoned job hunters, I’ve found that they tend to fall into two groups… The determined and the victims. Now, don’t get me wrong, everyone has challenges, but there are some that create their own challenges.

Have you ever noticed that some people never struggle finding a job, that even their age is never an issue? Yet there are other people that just assume that they’re going to be discriminated against and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

I know you think that you’re different and that it doesn’t show during interviews or meetings, but it does. Whether you realize it or not, the victim mentality shows in every part of your being and that will always hurt. I can generally hear it in the phone conversation and if we meet face-to-face, I can often see it immediately.

If someone else can have that “go to” attitude, so can you! Age discrimination? Of course it’s real, but so is gender, race and any number of other forms of discrimination… Get over it! Adjust! Change your direction!

You can’t keep banging your head against the wall and think that there’s going to be different results. There are fields and organizations known for being age friendly, but it takes research in a new direction to have a chance at finding out. Get on it!

And one final note… A job search, especially a career changer, takes a full time commitment. A full time commitment takes time and that time is to be used wisely. We’re not talking two hours of a job search and research, with three hours of Angry Birds. Just wanted to clear that up.

A site that you might want to take a look at is http://www.retirementjobs.com/