Job Hunt 2014: Dress For Success To Get Beyond HR

Competing with 30-somethings for work is depressing. So what if they have flawless skin, hair and teeth and, oh yeah, those dazzling social media skills. We have flawless resumes with genuine experience (anyone can buy great skin, hair and teeth) plus dazzling people skills (real people! face to face!)… and we can spell. However in the end the right packaging is what just might push your little well-shod foot through the door.  Ya’ gotta fit in. If 2013″²s job hunt …

Job Hunting 2.0: Calling Cards and You

Hello again from Allie the intern! Today’s post is part two of my series… “Trying to reimagine yourself is harder than most people realize.” My dad knows this better than most. After a life-changing accident, he lost mobility in his left hand and the ability to continue his career of 30 years. Now that he has been cleared to return to work, he is faced with a new dilemma – finding employment at age 54 in a terrible economy with …

Getting Back to Work at 50+ – Deborah’s Story

Deborah Salim, 62, had been living a quiet life in her mother’s home town of Conway, S.C., happy with her 15-year job in the record keeping office of the local community college and with the fact that four of her five children and their children were close by. Then came 2009, and for Deborah, like so many other 50-plus, the bottom dropped out of her world. She received a week’s notice from the college that budget cuts had eliminated her position. …

Where Are All the Jobs? Read On.

If you’re hunting for work and wondering where the jobs are, look no further. A government report released Friday reveals the good, the bad and the ugly. Four states saw an upswing in hiring in December, despite employers’ reluctance to add to payrolls while lawmakers were still battling it out over budget cuts and taxes. Some 90,000 jobs were filled in New York, New Jersey, Georgia and Missouri. [See also 5 jobs in demand for 2013.] But if you were looking …

I’m Lonely In My Marriage

Q: I’m married and lonely. My husband, age 68, has his own business, works six days a week with 10- to 12-hour days, and is recovering from prostate cancer surgery, with a low testosterone count.  Meanwhile, I’m home alone every day by myself with no friends nearby or opportunities to make them (we live in a vacation community with no permanent residents). The one day a week hubby does take off, he sleeps until noon or later to catch up …

Labor Day is No Picnic for the Unemployed

Labor Day isn’t the easiest holiday for the millions of folks who are unemployed. For family and friends of people who are jobless, being unsure of what to say – or not say – is tough as well (the link has some good advice). It’s an especially difficult time for people who haven’t had to job-hunt in years, and for workers with multiple decades of experience who often face age bias. AARP has resources to help on topics from decoding job …