Archive for August, 2009

A Negative becomes a Positive

August 17, 2009

Statistics point to the fact that older workers make up a disproportionately larger percentage of the laid off workforce.  If you’re in the 50 plus job seeking group, this post is for you.

Age can be seen as a potential negative by employers in certain industry segments. The  technology industry comes to mind.  Other industry segments can be much more age-friendly.  If you find yourself with years of experience in a potentially age-unfriendly industry, all is not lost.  The key is to turn that potential negative into an overwhelming positive.  If you are in your 50’s, that means you have a wealth of working experience.  If you happen to be like me, most of that work experience is in a specific niche of a given market segment.  For me, that niche is sales and business development for companies that provide software for companies that develop electronic systems.  Focus your job search on companies that will put high value on your years of experience within a niche.  By default, your age becomes a major positive.

Good searching!

Volunteering your way to a job

August 7, 2009

With unemployment statistics on the rise, we need to continue to use our creativity to land a job. 

Volunteerism needs to be part of your job searching plans.  We all have time on our hands when you consider the lack of positions to interview for.  Volunteering is the perfect way to put that spare time to productive use.  Volunteers are in big demand by non profit organizations.  Non profits are under the tightest of budget crunches while the demands for their services are increasing during this economic meltdown.  This creates an great opportunity for you to put your skills to work.

Volunteering is a great way to augment your job search.  When we volunteer, we make network with new contacts, and put our skills to work in ways that can lead to a new career.  I’m currently volunteering for a local community non profit organization that provides management consulting to non profit organizations.

Think about volunteering with a twist.  Volunteering is a great way to get your foot in the door of a company that you would love to go to work for.  We’ve all run into the situation where the company that we really want to go to work for, has no open positions.  Why not offer to do some volunteer work?  This gets your foot in the door and gives you the opportunity to make that foot in the door to a real job.

Good searching!