Bloomberg Gives Shout-Out to Older Workers

Michael Bloomberg, founder of the financial services company Bloomberg LP and former mayor of New York City, says younger people worry about hiring older workers. They come up with a lot of excuses, like older workers are “old school” or “won’t fit in with the culture,” but the bottom line is they don’t want older employees, Bloomberg said at a panel in New York today. >> 10 Growing Job Fields Kudos to Bloomberg for calling this out. Not only is this, er, …

7 Telltale Signs of a Job Scam

The good news for job seekers: The government’s most recent employment report finally puts total employment at pre-recession levels, with nearly 9 million more jobs than at its low point. The bad news: Scammers are even better poised to steal the money and identities of hopeful applicants, by posing (usually online) as legitimate employers with “We’re hiring!” claims. Here are some tip-offs to an impending employment rip-off: 1. Your cash for your (background) check. The most common ruse is getting job applicants …

Why Your College Grad Moved Back Home

At a party last weekend, I met a new college grad who had just moved back home. His plans: a camp counselor job this summer followed by a teaching assistant job come fall. Over the next year or so he plans to save money and figure out his future; maybe an M.S. in social work or a Ph.D. in psychology. He was looking forward to reconnecting with his parents after four years away. “It’s the last time I’ll live at …

Older Job Seekers Fear Being Seen as Overqualified

Snagging a job interview is a good thing, right? Well, yes, and for most people, it’s about as nerve-wracking as delivering a speech to a packed audience. A new poll finds that a job interview is a stressful ordeal for most of the 1,002 working adults surveyed. Having the jitters, of course, was a common complaint. For older workers, there was something else to worry about:  one in five people ages 54 to 65 say they worry that they’ll be considered …

Working Caregivers Need Government and Employers to Do a Better Job

Employers and policy leaders, are you listening? With the onslaught of aging boomers, the need for family-friendly work-leave policies will only increase. And yet, current policies don’t reach enough people and are not meeting the needs of today’s working caregivers. That’s the conclusion of a new report, Keeping Up with the Times: Supporting Family Caregivers with Workplace Leave Policies, issued by the AARP Public Policy Institute. Although the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was enacted 20 years ago, …

Find Yourself Complaining About Work?

Guilty. And I do count my lucky stars that I’m gainfully employed. But some days – mornings, especially – are downright depressing. I know I shouldn’t complain. I’m not an oncologist. Not a hospice nurse. Not a social worker or a homicide detective or a teacher in a rough school. I don’t get minimum wage to be on my feet all day (or night) doing physically demanding work, or something I find mind-numbingly repetitive. I don’t juggle two part-time jobs with no …