Times They Have A-Changed For Older Workers

~by Erik White

The workforce has undergone significant transformation since the start of the century.  Millennials are entering the workforce and baby boomers are preparing for their exit.  Perhaps the most prominent change is the advancement of technology and its role in the workplace.  Job duties have changed and new types of jobs have been created to incorporate the technology upgrades.

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Finding Success and Honor in a New Career

by Lora Foremen-Krall ~

Middle-age has a way of sneaking up on you.

All of the sudden you realize your hair is a bit grayer, your waistline a bit bigger, and the career you thought you wanted is not going in the direction you had hoped.  Some try to recapture their youth with new cars, clothes and makeovers. Others go on a trip hoping to find inspiration and adventure, while others simply accept an unfulfilling career. None of those was an option for me!

Gray hair signified the wisdom life has given me. My waistline: a sedentary job. And as for my career — you’re never too old to try something new!

I wanted to do some form of public service, but stay close to home. I found an opportunity with Minnesota Reading Corps to serve children who needed support to succeed in school. Continue reading

Turn Age into an Advantage During the Interview

by Rachel Vilsack

Yesterday we covered some common interview questions and how you may want to prepare your answer. Not all interview questions are legal. Employers are prohibited from asking certain personal questions during a job interview. Questions like “are you married?” and “what is your national origin?” are not allowed before a conditional offer of employment. However, employers may legally ask questions that allude to the answers they are interested in, including “are you willing to travel?” and “do you have the legal right to work in the United States?”


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Getting Back to Work

by Amanda Rohrer

The economy’s getting better – the unemployment rate in Minnesota is down below six percent and the monthly employment numbers show more jobs this year than last year. But while there are more jobs and more people employed, the number of people out of work for a year or more (pdf) is still historically high: 44,000 Minnesotans were unemployed a year or more in 2010.


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Multiple Generations in the Workplace

by Kathy Kirchoff

Are you a Traditionalist, Baby Boomer, Generation X, or a Millennial? Your generation is defined by your age, shared life experiences, world events, and technology. Your background has shaped your values, communication, and leadership style. Understanding your own generation, and the work characteristics and values of other generations, can make you a better worker and a more tolerant team player.

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Not TOO OLD for this: Job Hunting for Older Workers

by Kathy Kirchoff

Times have changed. If you’re an older adult looking for work in this tough job market, you’ve probably discovered that job hunting is very different from the way it was just a few years ago. And, if you haven’t had to look for work in decades, your job hunting skills may be a little rusty.

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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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