Expert provides tips for dealing with age bias

By Lisa Chenofsky Singer
As appeared in The Star Ledger Guest Column “Hire Me” (www.nj.com) and in MillburnPatch.com
Q.
I have been consulting but have not been able to land a regular full time position. What
best approaches do you suggest for those of us in our mid-late 50’s who want full time
work? I truly believe that my age is a very real obstacle and many of my colleagues feel the
same way — we all have impressive resumes, successful track records, yet don’t seem to be
able to get anywhere. Your advice is appreciated.
— LF
Short Hills

 

Learn resiliency in face of career hurdles

By Lisa Chenofsky Singer
As appeared in The Star Ledger Guest Column “Hire Me” (www.nj.com)

The term “resilience” is defined as an ability to recover from or adjust easily to change.

But how does this apply to careers?

Networking is a skill that needs to mastered, but always tactfully

By Lisa Chenofsky Singer
As appeared in The Star Ledger Guest Column “Hire Me” (www.nj.com)

 

As you know, I believe networking is a year-round activity. We are always networking — formally or informally — and I often reference two types of networks, the “cultivated” and the “fly by” network contact.

When you think of an insect that flies around your head or buzzes in your ear, it is annoying. This flying insect is one that you tend to swat away. When you encounter an individual who is not respectful of your personal space or in your face too soon, then this individual is more annoying than valuable. This networker for the receiver is a “fly by” contact that is not typically maintained.

On the other hand, the cultivated networker understands that relationships take time to develop. They will engage someone and continue to bring a value proposition to the table.

There is typically a value exchange between the networker and the receiver. There is a solid reason to come back together and reconnect over and over again.

Why bother networking? In this tight job market, your reputation will precede you if you have worked in an industry or field for some time. So think about your reputation — who are you, what consistencies does your story have, how do people perceive you based on your history of interactions with them?
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