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How to Stay Competitive After 50

 Oct 29, 2019 10:00 PM
by Debra Yearwood

All signs point to a future workforce that will span as many as four generations, but what can you do right now to stay competitive in a labour market that often favours youth? I asked Robynn Storey of Storyline Resumes to give her top three pieces of advice for job seekers over 50. As an experienced human resources person and LinkedIn influencer, you may be surprised at what she has to say.

Robynn’s advice to older workers:

  1. Don't worry about your age, worry about how you are communicating your value.  Never dumb down your resume or experience because you want to 'fit' into a lower-level job.  Be you and don't be humble.  You are accomplished. Show it and communicate it on your resume.
  2. For your resume, only go into details that cover about 15 to 20 years of your history.  At the end of your resume, you can list a few more jobs under an 'early career summary' including companies and job titles, but eliminating dates. Eliminate all dates on your education as well.
  3. Use your network. One of the many great things about getting older is that you have built a strong network of peers, counterparts, friends, co-workers and influencers.  Don't be afraid to ask for introductions or favours.  You've earned it! And it is the best way to leapfrog other candidates and uncover the hidden job market.

If you’d like some direct support on your resume or LinkedIn profile from Robynn or her team you can find her on LinkedIn or you can call her at 724-832-8845.

For entrepreneurs, the job search may be over, but interviews with investors, lenders, and clients may just be starting.  Check out T60’s Entrepreneur Interviews for tips on getting ready and staying sharp in interviews.
 

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The Good Old Days

 Oct 15, 2019 1:00 PM
by Helen Spence

The “Knowledge Doubling Curve” is a term that refers to the length of time it takes for information to double. According to Buckminster Fuller, who coined the expression, until 1900 human knowledge doubled every 100 years. By the end of WWII, “doubling” was taking place every 25 years. Today, on average, human knowledge is doubling every 13 months, and soon human knowledge will start doubling every 12 hours.

Who can possibly keep up? It’s no wonder that when older adults reflect on their past, they frequently fall back onto familiar adages such as  “when I was your age” or “in the good old days”. Life wasn’t as complicated and change occurred much more slowly. Some things were more straightforward and simpler than they are today. This doesn’t mean, however, that harkening back to those olden times was necessarily ‘better’. They were different.

Recently, I had the great pleasure of being in the company of Jane Goodall on two occasions. At both events, Dr. Goodall referred to her past with a bit of nostalgia, and in the next moment, counter with how much more she is able to accomplish in today’s world. She is the embodiment of someone who is ageing positively. She understands her chronological age (85), embraces it and seeks new learning and experience wherever she lands. She travels 300 days/year. She talks about her eventual death matter of factly, understanding there is less and less time left to champion her cause. She is determined to make the most of every experience and encounter to ensure that her message of hope for our planet is heard.

Her ambassadors of hope are children and youth.  She respects and cherishes her connections with them and understands the value of listening to them. She actively engages with them in order to understand their perspectives and priorities, learning from them the way they learn from her. It is her lived experience that makes her exceptional.

We may not all be icons like Jane Goodall, but we all have choices to make about how we both age and engage with the world. While reflecting on times past is important, staying actively involved in the present is vital for future health and well-being. Seeking new experiences, interacting with younger people and moving safely outside comfort zones is necessary to keep those ‘good old days’ in perspective, and to ensure there are future good days too.

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