Tuesday, July 29, 2008

50+ Baby Boomers!

It can be difficult being 50+ and applying for a job. First of all don’t be discouraged. The key to a successful interview is confidence and an updated resume. Wiser Worker.com is dedicated to providing quality employment opportunities and resources to the largest demographic group in the country, Baby Boomers, 50+.
1. Don't wait to be laid off to look for a new job. It's always more difficult to find a job when you're out of work, and this is particularly true when you're over 55It's a perception issue: When you're employed, you're perceived as being "still in the game" you're looking for new work because you want new challenges. That's exactly what you want to project as an older worker. Once you're out of work, you risk being perceived as "washed up."
2. If you have been laid off, do a little soul-searching before deciding your next move. When you're younger, getting laid off is often a cause for panic; you dive right in to your job search. For older workers, force of habit may cause you to do the same thing. But now's a good time to think about what you really want at this stage of your life. Would you be happier doing what you do on a part-time basis? Finding a new job takes longer when you're older, so it's worth making sure you're committed to the path ahead.
3. "Dumb down" your resume. It's unfortunate, but age discrimination in the workplace is a very real problem. As a result, you might be screened out for a position simply because your job history goes back 30 years. Beyond age discrimination, there is the issue of being viewed as overqualified. If a company says it wants 10 years of experience, it might not want to pay for 30 and may screen you out without bothering to ask your salary requirements. In situations like these, you should use an alternative version of your resume that only goes back 10 or 15 years.
4. Put personal networking first. Most jobs for 55-plus executives come from personal referrals. In situations where you're seen as an individual rather than a demographic, you're going to have a much better chance. Build your personal network through online tools like LinkedIn and by becoming an active member of local professional groups. To make more time to network, spend less time searching for jobs online.
5. Target companies where the leadership skews older. Through your networking and research, you should seek out employers where the leadership team skews older; these companies are less likely to view you as a fossil simply because you qualify for AARP. If a company's execs are in their 30s and 40s, you might be out of luck. If they're in their 50s and above, however, being over 55 can be a real advantage, as you are more likely to be viewed as a cultural fit.
6. Be patient. When you're over 55, finding a new management or executive job generally takes twice as long as it does for younger executives. Perseverance is the key to success and this is more true the older you get.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

The Baltimore Employment Guide July28-Aug3

Check out this weeks career opportunites:
CES Security
North American Trade Schools
Corporate Express
Durham School Services
Signature Flight Support
Stella Maris
St. Elizabeth Rehabilitation & Nursing Center

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Do you have an upcoming job interview?
How about going to an upcoming job fair?

Here are some tips on how to dress for success.

For those of you, who need a quick review of the basics, follow these guidelines for successful interview dress:

Men and Women
•Conservative two-piece business suit (solid dark blue or grey is best)
•Conservative long-sleeved shirt/blouse (white is best, pastel is next best)
•Clean, polished conservative shoes
•Well-groomed hairstyle
•Clean, trimmed fingernails
•Minimal cologne or perfume
•Empty pockets—no bulges or tinkling coins
•No gum, candy, or cigarettes
•Light briefcase or portfolio case
•No visible body piercing (nose rings, eyebrow rings, etc.) or tattoos

•Necktie should be silk with a conservative pattern
•Dark shoes (black lace-ups are best)
•Dark socks (black is best)
•Get a haircut; short hair always fares best in interviews
•Fresh shave; mustaches are a possible negative, but if you must, make sure it is neat and trimmed
•No beards (unless you are interviewing for a job as a lumberjack!)
•No rings other than wedding ring or college ring
•No earrings (if you normally wear one, take it out)

•Wear a suit with a jacket and skirt or slacks; no dresses
•Shoes with conservative heels
•Conservative hosiery at or near skin color (and no runs!)
•No purses, small or large; carry a briefcase instead
•If you wear nail polish, use clear or a conservative color
•Keep your makeup simple and natural (it should not be too noticeable)
•No more than one ring on each hand
•One set of earrings only
If you are still unsure about the specifics after reading the above guidelines, check out a copy of John Molloy’s New Dress for Success or New Women’s Dress for Success. While these books may seem to have a rather conservative slant, it is still the norm for interviewing. It is almost always better to be higher than the standard than lower.
Information provided by: Prep Dressing-for-Interview-Success.

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Baltimore Employment Guide July21-July 27

Check out the following great career opportunites:
North American Trade Schools
All-State Career
American Beauty Academy
Signature Flight Support
George Hildebrant,Inc.
Canteen Correctional Services
Professional Healthcare Resources

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Job Fair 7/16/08!!

Reasons to attend The Baltimore Convention Center job fair on July 16, 2008 10am-2pm.

You can:
•Investigate positions and career fields of interest
•Meet representatives from organizations for whom you are interested in working.
•Get more information about specific companies and organizations.
•Gain valuable interview experience.
•Increase your chances of interviewing with an employer.
•Receive sound job search advice from seasoned company recruiters.
•Develop your network of contacts!

What to expect
Many job fairs are comprised of employers from as well as other youth community providers. Employers expect to interact with young people seeking job opportunities as well as those simply researching careers and organizations. Community service providers will be prepared to offer information on different programs and services offered to youth, ages 16-21.

This job fair will be held in one big room. Rows of tables will be staffed by representatives from the participating organizations and decorated with table-top displays.

A student registration table will be located at the entrance to the job fair. Here, you will be asked to sign in, create a name tag, and complete a brief questionnaire. Lists of attending organizations and maps identifying their locations will also be available.

How to prepare for a job fair

If you are attending the job fair in search of employment, you should prepare for the experience as you would for an interview.

1.Review the list of organizations that will be attending the fair, then research those employers of interest to you. Specific lists may be viewed on this website. Visit the organization s website for more information.
2.Ensure that your resume (or personal fact sheet) reflects your most current accomplishments, skills, and experiences. Bring multiple copies of this information.
3.Practice answering specific interview questions and prepare questions you would like to ask the employer.
4.Consider how you will dress. If you are exploring job opportunities, we recommend you dress in professional business attire.
5.Prepare a strategy for how you will work the fair. Prioritize the employers with whom you'd like to speak, identify the information you want to get from them, and specify goals you hope to achieve by attending the fair. Be sure to distribute your resume to each employer, and also get a business card from a representative at each organization that interests you.
After the fair

Within two weeks of the fair, make follow-up contact with the representatives you spoke to, unless you have discussed an alternative arrangement.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

The Baltimore Employment Guide July14-July 20

Don't forget our job fair at the Baltimore Convention Center on Wednesday July 16th, 10-2pm.
Career Opportunites

C&S Wholesale Grocers,Inc.
Medix School
All-State Career
North American Trade Schools
Staff Quest
Corporate Express
American Beauty Academy
Forman, Inc.
Alban Tractor
Lifetouch National School Studios, Inc.
S.A.F.E Management

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Employment Guides upcoming Job Fair Event

The Employment Guide is hosting a job fair at The Baltimore Convention Center on Wednesday, July 16th, 10-2 pm.

Why Go?

 To make a good (or great) impression in person (especially important if your resume doesn't necessarily stand out from the crowd).
 To see that the real world is not organized by major: you don't have to be a business major to go to Business Horizons, and you don't have to be an engineering major to go to Engineering Expo. You DO have to look at the list of employers attending in advance (see each fair's web site linked from the career / job fair list), and see what kinds of jobs each employer has.
 To learn more about employers than you can learn from their web site. You learn about the culture of an organization when you meet their people, and you can ask questions.
 Much of the job search process — before you can even get an interview — for both you, the job seeker, and for the employer in trying to find good candidates, is not done in person. It involves employers screening resumes and cover letters, and you reading about employers and viewing their web sites, and the like. Take advantage of opportunities to meet employers face-to-face.
 Some fairs include follow-up interviewing as part of the fair, for a full or half day.

Before you go:

Know which employers are attending.
See the Baltimore Blog to get an updated list on the companies attending the job fair

Have plenty of copies of your resume ready. You might need to prepare more than one version. Always take paper resumes to a career / job fair, even if you submitted your resume in advance to a resume book for the fair. Job fair resume books are often online and the employer won't have access while speaking to you. Even if the employer has a print resume book in hand, she won't waste time looking up your resume on the spot.

Be prepared that some employers cannot accept hard copy resumes and will ask you to apply online. This is to comply with federal regulations about the way employers keep data on applicants.
February 2006 federal regulations had an impact on employers, online job hunters, and how status as a job candidate is determined. In order to comply with these regulations, many employers are requiring all job applicants to apply for jobs online on the employer's web site.

Prepare a 20 to 30 second introduction to use with employers. You don't want to sound like a telephone solicitor reading a script; you do want to sound like you thought about why you're there. It might be something like, "Hello. I'm Daria Henderson, a junior in Communication Studies and Marketing. I'm looking for an internship related to marketing for next summer. I read on your web site that (name of company) has an internship program in your corporate marketing department, and would really like to learn more about this program." Get the idea? Keep in mind that some employer representatives may take control of the conversation quickly and you may do more listening than speaking, but you do want to be prepared to be proactive rather than passive.

Good luck and remember to follow up after the job fair!

Information provided by: How to Prep for Baltimore's Job Fair

Monday, July 7, 2008

The Baltimore Employment Guide July7-July13

Check out the following great career opportunites:
Woodlawn Motor Coach Inc.
North American Trade Schools
All-State Career
Signature Flight Support
Rite Aid
Tesst College of Technology
MKM Distribution Services
Professional Healthcare Resources
Bello Machre
Stella Maris
First Transit

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Baltimore Convention Center Job Fair July16,2008

Don’t forget to join us July16, 2008 from 10am-2pm at The Baltimore Convention Center job fair hosted by The Employment Guide. There are plenty of great career opportunities and a chance to talk with recruiters face-to-face who are currently hiring.

The following companies will be looking for their next qualified candidate:

Abacus Corporation
All State Career
Ameriprise Financial Services
Arts & Technology Academy
Attentive Care
Avon Products, Inc.
Baltimore City Department of Social Services
Baltimore City Police Department
Baltimore County police Department
Chesapeake Financial Group
Closet Factory
Eddie’s Roland Park
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Euler Hermes

Genesis Healthcare
Maryland Department of Public Safety
Matthew’s Media/ NIDA
Prudential Carruthers
Royal Farms
U.S. Army
U.S. Marines
Walter’s Art Gallery
Please be sure and check back daily for an updated list.

The Baltimore Employment Guide June 30-July 6

Check out this week's edition of The Employment guide by clicking on the image.
Here are some great career opportunites you should take advantage of:
North American Trade Schools
American Beauty Academy
Tesst College
Baltimore School of Massage
All-State Career
Corporate Express
American Red Cross
Durham School Services
George Hilderbrandt Inc.
Scotts Lawnservice
St.Elizabeth Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
ECS Mid-Atlantic