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More Than 25 Years of Job Search Experience -- Office in Portland, Oregon

Boomer Alert – Born Before 1965?

The market is flooded with people aged 50-65, and it’s not true that these jobseekers can’t find good positions. I’ve helped clients as old as 71. There are special considerations that factor in, and there are industries that are more receptive to 50-somethings than to 30-somethings. In fact, there are sectors where older workers are preferred. Ask me about the two most important things “older workers” need to do when job hunting.

** The Parenthood Plus **

Despite the fact that mothers receive 10-15% lower pay than their peers without children, a working paper from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis suggests parents are superior performers. The study looked at publications from nearly 10,000 economists and concluded that women with children produced more work “at nearly every stage” of their typical 30-year careers. This proved true even considering productivity dips while the women were raising toddlers. Those women made up for that lost output by “being hyperproductive” before and after the early years of parenting. Yes: Motherhood hones skills in time management, multi-tasking, prioritizing, and succeeding while sleep deprived.

The Biggest Mistake People Make During Interviews

It’s not what you expect.

If You Feel Paralyzed, Remember: Action is the Antidote

Job hunting is a very “popular” activity, and in some cases you must compete with hundreds, even thousands (the janitorial posting at Kaiser Permanente, which netted 5615 responses, is now the stuff of legend). It takes patience, grit, and flexibility; but yes, there are jobs.

Fear need not be a deterrent; fear can be an engine.

All employers have problems, and you must be the solution.


Some Wisdom About Words

If you research job hunting, you will see a lot of references to technology: digital applications, web interfaces, etherbridges, net branding, media linkages, e-blasts, LinkedIn, etc. ad infinitum. Don’t get tangled in the tech impositions. The truth about resumes and job searches is that everything comes down to words. WORDS. It doesn’t matter if you have a video resume, a Twitter feed, a blog, a sandwich board, a poster, a passenger pigeon, a Tumblr account, a star-quality photo on your bio, a skywriting Cessna or a super app: Everything comes down to words.

WORDS. The best tool is not technology, shellac or shimmer; the best tool is honed, accurate, grammatical, clean writing.


Helping Clients Worldwide From Portland Office

Yes, we have an office in a commercial building, on a major street. If you visit, you may consult the crystal ball (which has such superpowers it started a fire on the desk last summer) and see the magic (plastic) wands. Office appointments are available for non-smokers.

However, we have clients in the Middle East, Europe, Canada, Asia, South America, and nearly every state; so e-lationships are a big part of the CRS platform, and the virtual office is global.


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