Belle’s Commitment to Blog on the Unemployment Benefit Process

entitlement programs“Definition of older worker refers to any employee 40 or above”, per Worksource seminar on older workers. This statement left most people in the room somewhat surprised. The second statement made in regards to older workers, was that most were considered over-qualified by employers.The average age of attendees in this particular seminar was approx 50-54.  Many of the individuals had been laid off secondary to the recessed economy and downsizing of businesses.The instructor was quite familiar with her topic in that she was also a displaced worker from a few years back. She started off the class by going around the room and having each participant identify themselves as well as give a brief narrative, as to what their former position was and why they were here. There wasn’t an individual in the room who didn’t want a job. It was noted that the largest displaced group of workers were the 25-54 year olds, then the 55-64 year olds and lastly, the 20-24 year olds. The top group for being re-employed was the 55-64 year olds, then 25-54 year olds and lastly, the 20-24 year olds.

I personally ‘felt the need’ of these individuals related in part to their identity or lack of, in being considered a productive contributor. Most individuals in the room had been working a good 20-30 years and were now without a job; definitely catastrophic in nature with associated stress that could precipitate health issues if not resolved. It’s hard to understand this principle unless you’ve worn the shoes, which I can now attest to. There were some people in the room with rent due, bills to pay and no job–a lot of palpable pain.

The Instructor did present 5 steps for Older Workers to succeed in the job hunt. 1)Use a professional E Mail address. Send to contacts and keep them abreast of your job status. 2)Join Linked In; good media source/site promoting business networking. Great place to submit one’s working profile. 3)Networking. Search for people on social media sites that you know and invite them to connect with you. Also ask your colleagues for recommendations. Join alumni, peer and industry groups for more networking and to stay abreast of job opportunities. 4) Start a Twitter Account. Follow people or companies where you might want to interview. Use your actual name as your username, include a bio with where you live and what kind of work you do. 5)Don’t be a wallflower. Participate in online job real-time chats and comment in industry group discussions. Good places to find information about employment trends and firms that are hiring, as well as network with recruiters and other job seekers.

A deal of time was spent on how to combat the subject of over-qualification. 1)Learn to network. 2)Focus on new skills (ie. computers) and become efficient at. 3)Do not request the same salary of your last job. Get hired then prove yourself with consequent raises/promotions. 4)Reveal the advantages of hiring older workers in interviews. 5)Emphasize teamwork. 6)Showcase cutting edge knowledge such as efficiency in setting up PowerPoint programs. 7)Demonstrate loyalty. 8)Express interest, admiration and enthusiasm.

Resumes were the last topic discussed. The instructor recommended addressing the following issues in a cover letter with your resume: 1)Your work ethics. 2)Getting along with fellow employees and noting you’re a team player. 3)Not a drama king or queen.  4)Reliability. Lastly, do your homework and know your employer or company/individual you are interviewing with. What do they do? There was an HR person from a large, local company who gave a talk and took questions regarding hiring.

The information presented was basically right on. I had personally spent most of my 30-40 yrs hiring/training other employees and felt the content of the seminar was straightforward and helpful for most in the room. As to how many will actually re-train or use the available resources to re-invent themselves, that is to be seen.








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