I am always interested in reading about tips that help people get hired, whatever their age. But it is harder for people over 50, which is why this article caught my eye. When helping people write their bios, I always advise again including their age, unless they are the world's youngest astronaut or oldest snowboarder. This article gives excellent advice on how to deal with the age issue in an interview, as well as two other 'elephants in the room' you may need to address. Here is a portion of what Mary has to say, with a link to the full article.
By Mary Eileen Williams, Author, 'Land the Job you Love: 10 Surefire Strategies for Jobseekers over 50'
Are you over 50 and feeling frustrated by the lack of opportunities in the job market? Do you think you're being overlooked simply because of your age? Are you tired of seeing the jobs go to younger, less experienced applicants? If so... read on!
There is little doubt that age bias is out there. In fact, many younger employers hold three main objections to hiring mature workers:
Read the full article here.
This is an excellent article, and has lots of good advice for someone who is writing a bio as well.
By Emily Brandon, U.S. News, March 23, 2015
It can be especially challenging to find a new job in your 50s and 60s. The unemployment rate for older workers is lower than that of younger workers, but once out of work, older workers seem to have greater difficulties landing a new position. The average duration of unemployment for job seekers age 55 and older was 54.3 weeks in December 2014. That's over five months longer than the 28.2 weeks younger workers remain unemployed, according to an AARP Public Policy Institute analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Here are some strategies to find a new position after age 50.
Start your job search right away. Don't wait until your unemployment runs out to start looking for a new position. "It does seem like prospects are best for the unemployed as soon as they leave their jobs, so it might be a good idea to start job searching in earnest right at the beginning, rather than easing into job searching while on unemployment," says Joanna Lahey, an associate professor at Texas A&M University who studies age discrimination. A large gap on your resume and a growing sense of frustration with the job search process can make it even more difficult to get hired again.
Read the entire article here.
I came across this interesting article on common phrases even those of us who write for a living might misuse. But what really got my attention is the Correcta tool mentioned in the article. What a great idea! When working with people who are writing their bio, I always recommend they have a third party read them before sending them out. Correcta sounds like it would work well!
Just for fun, see how many of these 20 phrases you may be misusing!
By Christina Desmarais, Contributor, Inc.com
When you hear someone using grammar incorrectly do you make an assumption about his or her intelligence or education? There's no doubt that words are powerful things that can leave a lasting impression on those with whom you interact. In fact, using an idiom incorrectly or screwing up your grammar is akin to walking into a meeting with messy hair. That's according to Byron Reese, CEO of the venture-backed internet startup Knowingly. The company recently launched Correctica, a tool that scans websites looking for errors that spell checkers miss. And the business world is no exception. "When I look for these errors on LinkedIn profiles, they're all over the place--tens of thousands," he says.
Correctica recently scanned a handful of prominent websites and you might be surprised at how many errors it found. Here is Reese's list of the some of the most commonly misused phrases on the Web.
Read Christina's entire article, here.
I see it all the time as a copywriter for dental websites — the “About the Dentist” page says “Coming Soon,” or it has a picture of Dr. Who with no information. I’m always tempted to pick up the phone and encourage Dr. Who to complete his or her bio, because the About the Dentist page is the first page potential patients read.
People looking for a dental provider want to know about you before they make any financial or emotional investment in you or your practice. They assume you’re good at your job, and will only delve deeper into your qualifications after they learn more about you as a person. Having a blank “about” page, or a picture with no information, is a huge waste of a free marketing and bonding opportunity.
I’ve heard all the reasons dental practices don’t have bios. It’s also common for them to have bios, but they haven’t updated them since the practice was formed. The top reasons I hear for no bios are:
Please read the full article here, as published in Dentistry iQ
Jill Townsend is the author of "How to Write a Great Bio", an e-book with tips on writing a good bio fast, and with confidence.