Teach Your Old Dog New Tricks


by Tom Melander

Yes, you can teach old dogs new tricks.

One of the hazards of counseling others on career development is that, occasionally, you have to justify your own twisted career path. On the surface I’ve had three very different careers: nine years in sales, 13 years as a singer and actor, and most recently three years in workforce and career development. But I’ve never felt like I had to reinvent myself to find work. Why? Because in each of these fields I’ve found ways to apply the same three basic skills to a new work environment. I’ve taught my old dogs new tricks.

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Good News for Older Workers: Employers Want YOU


by Kathy Kirchoff

It may be hard right now to picture a time when jobs are plentiful and workers are desperately needed, but with large numbers of baby boomers retiring in the near future, those days are coming. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that by 2015, the number of workers 55 and older will hover around 30 million, or 20 percent of the total labor force, and that there will be a shortage of younger, skilled workers to replace them, especially in blue collar jobs.  Companies will need to retain older workers in order to maintain production levels, and they will be willing to make changes in the workplace environment to accommodate you.  

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Feeling Discouraged? Survey Says… “Take Heart!”


by Tom Melander

In my last post I showed you how to use the job vacancy survey (JVS) to help develop your job search strategy. Well, the new JVS data from the second quarter of 2010 is in, and while we’re not out of the woods, there is genuine reason for a little hope. The job market is measurably better than it was in the fall of 2009: the number of job vacancies reported in the last round was up 32 percent compared to the previous round. There were 41,379 job vacancies reported in Minnesota.

If you’ve been sidelined by discouragement, now is the time for action.

 

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I’ll PASS (Plan to Achieve Self-Support)


by Kathy Kirchoff

Are you currently receiving Social Security Disability benefits and would like to get back to work but lack funds for necessary training, uniforms, supplies, transportation, or equipment?  The Social Security Administration (SSA) has set up a program called PASS (Plan to Achieve Self-Support) to help disabled persons set aside money for installment or down payments for those items needed to achieve a specific work goal.

 

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