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November 29, 2016

Dear Friends:

Older job seekers, take heart! According to a recent Wall Street Journal article Five Myths About Landing a Good Job Later in Life (you can read the entire article by clicking here), studies and statistics show that older job seekers actually have a lot going for them.  

Even as age discrimination remains a problem for many older job seekers, the 55-and-older crowd is now the only age group with a rising labor-force participation rate. Workers age 50 or older now comprise 33.4% of the U.S. labor force, up from 25% in 2002. And more than 60% of workers age 65 or older now hold full-time positions, up from 44% in 1995.
 
The article also points out that as the U.S. economy shifts from manufacturing to services, it’s creating more positions in which cognitive skills matter more than physical ability which means more opportunities for older workers.
 
In addition, a large part of the long-term increase in employment growth has 
come from skilled jobs in professional-services industries, according to a 2013 academic paper. Another study found that from 1996 to 2012, just 1.4% of job seekers in their early to mid 50s landed in “old person” occupations—typically “low-paying, low-status” jobs in which older hires outnumber younger hires by at least 2 to 1.
 
I've always been a realist relating to older job seekers: On the one hand, age discrimination absolutely exists in the workplace, but on the other hand the companies or individuals that are preventing or shunning experienced, mature and accomplished professionals from being hired are organizations who typically have real internal culture problems to begin with and you'd probably not want to work there.

As older job seekers, you still have to express a red hot confidence in your skills, accomplishments and experiences and describe how these things add value to a company.  But, as the article points out, there are also a lot of other opportunities older job seekers are taking advantage of, including entrepreneurship. As a matter of fact, in 2015, 26% of new businesses were started by individuals between 55 and 64 years of age.
 
Don't talk yourself into letting your age be a negative characteristic; in fact, your age reflects wisdom, maturity, experience, industry and institutional knowledge and connections. These are all POSITIVE things that can help you find your next job.
 

Between Now and Next Year:
20 Minutes a Day to Jumpstart Your Job Search


Now is the time of year when many people start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions.  For those whose resolution is to make a career change, now is also the best time to start preparing for the job
search.
 
Of course, looking for a new job can be daunting. Job seeking is one of the most stressful and overwhelming life events for most anybody.  If you are thinking of changing careers or reinventing yourself and pursuing a completely different line of work, the process requires a lot of time, planning and patience.
 
By starting right now, you can be so much better prepared to launch into your new journey.

One of the things that I try to counsel my job-seeking clients is to create ways to make what seems completely overwhelming… manageable.
 
Here’s an easy trick: Create small goals and then commit a short amount of time each day toward those goals to show demonstrable results in a short period of time.

Let me give you an example: A novelist friend of mine commits to writing 300 words every day. No matter what. Now think about that: 300 words x 30 days per month is 9,000 words! Now some days might be more difficult and other days the words flow like water, but the commitment and perseverance to the goal is what matters. It's forward progress. It’s results. 

So as a job seeker what are manageable goals?

If you started today and committed to spending 20 minutes per day working on job-search related goals, by the end of December, you will have spent 10 hours on your job search. Think about how much you could get done in 10 hours by January 1, 2017.

Here are manageable and achievable 20 minute goals you can work on:

Write a short narrative about yourself that you’ll use in your resumes, cover letters, interviews, networking events.  Practice saying it out loud. Don’t be shy: define your background, skills, accomplishments and of course, what is that you want to do! Get used to this. You are marketing yourself and you will be expected to confidently define yourself in a variety of job seeking settings.

Start writing (or updating) your resume. Spending 20 minutes per day for one week, you will have spent over two hours working refining and polishing your resume.

Make lists of individuals – friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, clients - that will be part of your job-seeking network. These are people who can be partners in your job seeking journey; folks that can keep you motivated, make referrals, give you advice or, perhaps even a new job!

Research companies or nonprofit organizations that you want to work for. December is the month the Denver Business Journal’s Book of Lists is published. It is a full of details on the top performing companies and industries in Colorado. You can also find out a wealth of information from a company's website, LinkedIn or from local business media.

Discover what learning opportunities are available to enhance your skills. Look at the schedules of classes available or certificate or degree programs that will be helpful in your job search.

Practice writing a cover letter. Cover letters are an essential link between applying and getting a job offer. Preparing your standard cover letter that can be modified to reflect the details of each job you apply for will be a time saver when you are in the fast-paced rhythm of your job search.
 
Write your perfect job description describing what your next job will be. I’ve always found that this exercise helps you define your marketable skills, your accomplishments, your experiences and your value.

Research and join a professional association related to your chosen field. Most professional associations attract people with common backgrounds and are terrific opportunities to network and meet new people.
 


Meet the One and Only Gabby Gourmet

Foodies unite! My dear friend Pat Miller, a.k.a. the Gabby Gourmet, is coming to the Belmar Library. Get a taste of what it’s like to be a successful restaurant reviewer—a job Gabby has enjoyed for over 30 years. Signed copies of the 30th edition of her popular Gabby Gourmet Restaurant Guide will be available for purchase -- just in time for the holidays! $20 (cash or checks only). 

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6

Belmar Library
555 S Allison Pkwy
Lakewood, CO 80226 (MAP)

 

It’s Time – Schedule Your Colorado Gives Day Donations!

Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. For the seventh consecutive year, Community First Foundation and FirstBank are partnering to present Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Donations are accepted through ColoradoGives.org.

You can pre-schedule your Colorado Gives Day donations to nonprofits working to make our communities better.  Scheduled donations will process on Colorado Gives Day, December 6, 2016, and will receive a boost from the $1 Million Incentive Fund. Take your time, explore the variety of nonprofits on ColoradoGives.org and schedule donations at your leisure.

How Scheduling Your Donations Works

When you’re ready, follow these five easy steps:

Go to ColoradoGives.org.

Search for nonprofits or fundraising pages.

Press the orange “Donate” button on the search result listing. Add your donation amount and press the “CO Gives Day” button to schedule it to process on December 6, 2016.

Complete the other fields and click “Add to Cart.”

Want to donate to more than one organization? Click on the “add more nonprofits to cart” button on the next page and keep going! Please note, if you want to add nonprofits to your cart over the course of several hours or days and checkout at a later time, you can save the items in your cart by logging into or creating a donor account.

Once all your scheduled donations are in your cart, finish checking out by clicking the “Checkout” button, logging into or creating a donor account, entering your payment information, and then pressing submit.

Please note you will receive an acknowledgement email indicating you have scheduled a donation. On Colorado Gives Day, you will receive a second email that confirms your donations have been processed. A copy of this email will also be stored on your donor account and can be accessed at any time. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

 

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Nonprofit of the Week

Amp the Cause


Amp the Cause is a Denver nonprofit organization that improves the lives of families through entertainment, annual events and community service projects.

We raise critical health and education funds, generate awareness of local charities, use monetary and in-kind donations to help children with life-threatening illnesses and provide opportunities for kids to participate in educational programs in a safe and healthy environment.

Amp the Cause was formerly Concerts for Kids, founded in 2004. The organization has distributed more than 5 million in monetary and in-kind donations to our beneficiaries.

On today's AH Jobs List, Amp the Cause is searching for a new Executive Director.

Executive Director
Amp the Cause


Job Description:
The Executive Director is the key management leader of Amp the Cause. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the President and CEO.
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