So what are you going to do with your extra day?
- Catch up on sleep
- Watch all nine of the movies nominated for best picture at the Oscars on Sunday
- Get a head start on your spring cleaning
- Celebrate the birthday of Ja Rule, who was born on leap day
Or, you could spend your bonus day applying to jobs at these 10 companies, all of which are hiring now.
1. Arise Virtual Solutions
Industry: Customer service
Sample job titles: Customer service professional
2. Charles Schwab
Industry: Financial services
Sample job titles: Branch financial consultant, associate financial consultant, branch manager, broker - Series 7, broker trainee program, retirement plan service representative, relationship specialist, relationship manager- institutional, treasury analyst, portfolio consultant, product manager, senior service consultant, web developer, senior software engineer, middleware engineer, employee communications manager, operations associate
3. Consumer Cellular
Sample job titles: Customer service representative, customer service supervisor
4. Daymon Worldwide
Industry: Consulting, retail, food, consumer packaged goods
Sample job titles: Business manager, business analyst, analyst, consumer insights analyst
5. Kershaw Health
Industry: Health care
Sample job titles: PT, RN, CAN, LPN, Case manager nurse, OT, director of case management, speech therapist
6. RoundPoint Financial Group
Industry: Mortgage banking
Sample job titles: Loan processor, portfolio manager, VP — production, foreclosure specialist, loan officer, data services analyst, investor accounting manager
7. Ryder Logistics
Sample job titles: Diesel mechanic, service manager, team drivers
8. Senior Helpers
Industry: Health care
Sample job titles: Caregiver / companion, certified nursing assistant, scheduler, registered nurse , personal caregiver
9. Underwriters Laboratories
Industry: Engineering and technology
Sample job titles: Laboratory technician, executive assistant, engineer, project manager
Industry: Online marketing
Sample job titles: Outbound sales, graphic design, outside sales representatives
The idea of workplace violence is frightening, but it’s one of those situations where someone might think, “It won’t ever happen to me.” Yet a new survey reveals some startling statistics about the prevalence of violence, or intent of violence, in the workplace.
The “Violence in the American Workplace” survey conducted by AlliedBarton Security Services found that 52 percent of Americans employed outside their homes have witnessed, heard about or have experienced a violent event or an event that can lead to violence at their workplace. What’s more, 28 percent of workers reported that a violent event or one that can lead to violence happened to them at their current place of employment, or they have been personally affected by this type of event. The survey press release points to the increase in unemployment over the past several years as a reason why these incidents are happening at a high rate and why they may continue to increase.
Workplace violence can manifest itself in different ways, including mental, emotional or physical abuse. According to the study, violence can include open hostility, abusive language or threats and can escalate to significant physical harm to someone by another person. Psychologist Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D., author of “A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness,” works with clients who have encountered workplace violence. “Many of my clients have shared with me their experiences related to workplace verbal harassment and bullying, as well as fears that physical violence will ensue,” Lombardo says.
If a worker suspects or witnesses office violence, it’s often difficult for him to speak up out of concern for his own safety. “Many are hesitant to notify anyone of these experiences and fears out of concern that the ‘offender’ [will] find out who reported them and retaliate,” Lombardo says. According to the survey, 29 percent of workers who witnessed, heard about or experienced workplace violence did not report the incident or take other action.
Yet in order to prevent the incident from happening again or escalating into something worse, employees must report it. “Tell someone — HR, your boss, someone in a position of greater authority than you,” Lombardo stresses. “Given that there are about 500 workplace homicides during a year, it is vital that you be proactive.”
What employers can do
The survey found that after a violent incident occurred, almost all (94 percent) employers took some action. The most likely type of action taken was meeting with employees: 73 percent of workers who witnessed, heard about or experienced workplace violence said their employer held an employee meeting, and 69 percent said the employer met with the employee who experienced the violence.
Yet the best way to curb violence is prevention. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration encourages employers to put a workplace violence prevention program in place or incorporate information into an existing employee handbook, accident prevention program or standard operating procedures manual. In addition, they need to ensure that all employees know the policy and feel confident any reports submitted will be taken seriously and investigated promptly.
Lombardo also has advice on preventative actions employers can take to stop violence before it starts. Her suggestions include:
- Stress and anger management training
- Assistance for alcohol and drug abuse
- Increased employee control, as a perceived lack of control can increase a sense of helplessness and violence
- Demonstration of true caring for employees — employees are valued for who they are and what they do
For more on preventing or reporting workplace violence, go to the workplace violence section on the OSHA website.
The 84th Annual Academy Awards are finally here, and as it has most every year, the show will likely go off without a hitch. That’s because behind the camera there are thousands of volunteers, employees and vendors who have been tirelessly laboring morning, noon and night to ensure the audience and at-home viewers have an unforgettable experience.
Here’s a list highlighting just seven of the many behind-the-scenes jobs at the Oscars:
1. Seat filler: Ever wonder how there never seems to be a seat left empty at an awards show? Surely stars need to use the bathroom or take a break from sucking in on-camera. Enter the seat fillers. Seat fillers are hired to fill empty seats so the audience always looks full. Awards shows work with outside vendors to find seat fillers, like Seat Fillers and More or SeatFiller.com. While this is usually a volunteer position (translation: no pay), isn’t it payment enough to rub elbows with some of the world’s biggest stars?
2. Talent escort: Another volunteer position that gets you up close and personal with celebrities is the role of a talent escort. Talent escorts are essentially celebrity guardians — they are assigned specific celebrities and are responsible for them from the moment their feet touch the red carpet. Escorts do everything from keeping celebrities on schedule to guiding them back and forth from their seats. If a star is presenting, the escort is responsible for getting him backstage and ready to present.
3. Associate director: While the show’s director is the one who calls the shots, the AD sets up the shots. The AD is the assistant to the director, doing everything from choreographing the camera operators’ moves to ensuring the props and set are ready for each segment.
4. Stand-in: It takes several rounds of rehearsals to get the lighting, sound, cameras, flow and timing just right, and you can’t expect celebrity presenters to give up precious time to attend each and every rehearsal. That’s where celebrity stand-ins come in. This paid role involves standing in for the real celebrities and doing everything from walking on and off stage, running through lines and giving faux acceptance speeches.
5. Security consultant: Not surprisingly, awards shows are targets for people who want to commit harmful acts. And with the thousands of people attending and working the show, not to mention the hordes of fans crowding around the theater, being part of the security team is one of the show’s most important jobs. Security personnel begin working weeks, if not months, ahead of time, coordinating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Los Angeles Police Department, scoping out the various entrances and exits, locating areas of vulnerability, doing bomb sweeps and setting up security check-ins, among other duties.
6. Accountant: As the commercials come to an end and the cued music begins, viewers wait with excitement to see who the next celebrity presenter will be, only to groan in disappointment when the announcer says, “Please welcome representatives from the accounting firm…” Sure, they may not be the most exciting folks to grace the stage, but accountants play a big part in ensuring the integrity of the awards. According to a press release from PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting and consulting firm that oversees the balloting process, “PwC’s long-established balloting system involves the precise tallying of every single ballot at a concealed location to maintain the utmost level of accuracy, objectivity and confidentiality.”
7. Stage manager: Stage managers are the backstage directors, so if you’re backstage at the Oscars, you better listen to what the stage manager tells you to do. The stage manager hangs out in the wings, directing traffic, ensuring presenters are on their stage marks and keeping the show’s timing on track, among other responsibilities.
If you’ve ever gotten an unsolicited phone call from a telemarketer, you know what it’s like to feel that your time is being wasted by someone who wants something from you. It’s annoying to have people think you’ve got nothing better to do than listen to them talk about why you need a new furnace or why you should support a local political candidate. If you need a new furnace or have the inkling to back a certain politico, you’ll figure it out on your own. Click.
The above example represents the main reason that the cold sell, whether by phone call or email, is a tricky art to master. You’re basically asking a total stranger to give you — at the very least — his or her time. People are busy and don’t part with their time very easily.
However, there’s a reason that cold calls and emails are still a big part of the way that companies generate sales leads. If done correctly, they work. This same theory applies to your job search, too – if approached correctly, cold introductions can be a great way to generate leads and develop networking relationships that can eventually help you land a job.
So what’s the right way to make a successful cold introduction? Here, four tricks to getting through to people you don’t know.
It’s not about you. “The number one rule [for cold calling] a company: it’s about them, not you,” says Judi Perkins, owner of career coaching firm Find the Perfect Job and former recruiter with 22 years of experience. “If you start and end your call or message by talking about how fabulous you are, you’ll get nowhere. Instead, tie yourself to [the company's mission] by showing how you can benefit them or how you have similar values or philosophies.”
Do this by raising a problem or need the company has or a challenge they are facing in their market, and explain how you can help solve that problem.
If you can’t quickly articulate why the company or person you are addressing should be interested in what you have to say and how you can advance their cause, you’ll lose their attention.
Make it personal. Don’t just call a company and ask to speak to the human resources department. Find the name of the person you are specifically looking to speak with first.
“There is absolutely no reason for you to start a ‘smile and dial’ campaign without first conducting some research and identifying your contact’s name,” advise Laura Labovich and Miriam Salpeter, co-authors of the upcoming book “100 Conversations for Career Success: Learn to Tweet, Cold-Call and Network Your Way to a Dream Job.” “Finding data about the person via LinkedIn, Twitter or Google+ and uncovering key details will make your conversation more productive.”
Become allies with the phone gatekeepers. “Executive assistants, receptionists and office managers like to play defense for the team they support, protecting them from unnecessary interruptions,” Labovich and Salpeter counsel. “An authentic request such as: ‘I wonder if you would be willing to help me?’ will go a long way toward getting a gatekeeper on your side. Don’t forget: get the gatekeeper’s name — and be sure to thank him or her.”
Warm up a cold intro. Before making a call or sending an email, try building connections with people of interest through social media.
Paul Cameron, president and senior technology recruiter at Illinois-based DriveStaff, Inc., offers the following advice for getting on the radar of a person or company you’d like to network with.
- Find them on Twitter and follow them. When they post, comment on their posts and compliment them on their references.
- Follow their company pages on LinkednIn and Facebook. Once again, comment and compliment the posts.
“Doing these things shows you are interested in [the company or person], which helps them to be interested in you,” Cameron says. “It gets your name in front of the employer in a positive way, so when you do call, email or meet them, they already know of you and already like you. It helps to eliminate ‘cold’ calls and emails.”
U.S. scientists are ready to field-test a new method of minimizing soil liquefaction in earthquakes.
Most of us can recall an embarrassing moment in our lives that was caused by nerves. Whether it was drawing a blank at a crucial time, spilling a drink on a first date or stuttering through a presentation at work, at one point or another, anxiety has gotten the best of all of us.
One of life’s most notoriously nerve-racking events, the job interview, can be a perfect storm for the creation of these sorts of foot-in-mouth moments. The combination of excitement and pressure can cloud our judgment and lead us to make mistakes, decisions and comments that we wouldn’t normally make.
Fortunately, making mistakes is part of being human, and most hiring managers will let the occasional blank stare or fumbled sentence slide during an interview. But, there are some slip-ups that just can’t be recovered from; mistakes so ridiculous that they’ll completely eclipse any potential you may have in the mind of your interviewer.
What kind of mistakes, you ask? Well, mistakes like the ones below, which hiring managers reported to CareerBuilder as the most unusual interview mishaps they’d ever seen. (Though we’re not certain all of these mistakes were caused by nerves, we’re going to give everyone the benefit of the doubt here – mostly because we can’t bear to think otherwise.)
• Candidate brought a “how to interview book” with him to the interview.
• Candidate asked, “What company is this again?”
• Candidate put interviewer on hold during a phone interview. When she came back on the line, she told the interviewer that she had a date set up for Friday.
• Candidate wore a Boy Scout uniform and never told interviewers why.
• Candidate talked about promptness as one of her strengths after showing up ten minutes late.
• On the way to the interview, candidate passed, cut-off, and flipped middle finger to driver who happened to be the interviewer.
• Candidate referred to himself in the third person.
• Candidate took off shoes during interview.
• Candidate asked for a sip of interviewer’s coffee.
• A mature candidate told interviewer she wasn’t sure if the job offered was worth “starting the car for.”
How’s that for some third-party embarrassment?
But, before you go thinking, “what kind of idiot would ask a stranger for a sip of his coffee?” know that it doesn’t take a mistake as bizarre as the examples above to kill a perfectly good interview. There are a plenty of less-ridiculous, but equally detrimental interview gaffes that job candidates — even smart ones – make all the time.
According to the CareerBuilder survey, the following are the errors job seekers make most often.
• Answering cell phone or texting: 77 percent
• Appearing disinterested: 75 percent
• Dressing inappropriately: 72 percent
• Appearing arrogant: 72 percent
• Talking negatively about current or previous employers: 67 percent
• Chewing gum: 63 percent
So how can you avoid making mistakes — outrageous or otherwise – in your next job interview?
Be prepared, says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. “With preparation and practice, candidates can greatly improve their interview skills,” she says. Well-prepared job seekers are more confident, articulate and relaxed – and therefore less susceptible to error – than those who aren’t.
Before your interview, research the company, conduct mock-interviews with friends and practice telling specific anecdotes that highlight your accomplishments, Haefner suggests.
For even more tips on successful interviewing, check out the video, below.
Another little-known fact about our first president is that he made a living as a surveyor before becoming commander in chief. Other jobs presidents have held pre-White House: Abraham Lincoln was a postmaster, Andrew Johnson worked as a tailor and Ronald Reagan made a living as an actor.
Whether or not your career dreams have you reaching for the White House, here’s a list of 10 companies hiring this week:
1. Actuary Resources
Industry: Financial services
Sample job titles: Actuary analyst, benefit analyst, pensions analyst
Industry: Medical devices
Sample job titles: R&D buyer/commodity leader, supplier quality engineer, vascular sales rep.
3. Five Star Quality Care
Industry: Health care
Sample job titles: Executive director, physical therapist, housekeeper, dietician, dining room supervisor
4. The Home Depot
Industry: Retail, home improvement
Sample job titles: Transportation, IT, logistics, store managers, outside sales
5. Huntington National Bank
Sample job titles: Teller, personal banker, branch manager, customer service associate (call center), store banking specialist (in grocery store), business analyst, collector, commercial portfolio manager, mortgage loan officer, retail investment associate
6. Jasper Contractors
Industry: Construction roofing
Sample job titles: Outside sales representative, field insurance claims manager, collections manager, customer service, recruiter, office manager, computer technician, superintendent
7. Nationwide Insurance
Sample job titles: Customer service reps., insurance sales, IT, claims
8. Plymouth Auctioneering Services (under Park West Gallery)
Industry: Sales, fine art
Sample job title: International fine art sales associate
Sample job titles: Store manager, assistant manager, manager-in-training, customer account representative, IT developer
10. Steward Health Care System
Industry: Health care
Sample job titles: RN, LPN, nursing assistant, compliance specialist, medical billers/coders, histology technicians, nurse managers, medical technologists
Tax season is upon us, with less than two months to go until the April 17th deadline.
Last year at this time I was a contract employee, and I remember the hassle of having to go through my taxes. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, but I did listen to my mother’s sage advice to always “pay yourself first.” I hid money away, because I knew I’d have to fork over cash to Uncle Sam since no taxes were taken out of my paycheck.
For those that are new to contracting and/or consulting, like I was, there are several things that you can use to your benefit when reporting taxes. Experts and freelancers recommend these nine tips for filing your 2012 tax returns as a consultant or contractor:
1. Track your business mileage: Freelance worker David Oro suggests keeping track of all your business-related mileage in a spreadsheet. “Going to a bank to cash a client check? Or going to the post office to check the [business] mail? That mileage, if used for business, is tax deductible,” Oro says.
2. Decide whether to form a business structure: Nellie Akalp, CEO of CorpNet.com, helps freelancers and entrepreneurs start their own businesses, such as a Limited Liability Company. What’s the perk? “While liability protection is the main benefit for incorporating or forming an LLC, in many cases, corporate tax rates are lower than individual tax rates,” Akalp says. “And corporations and LLCs often qualify for additional tax benefits and deductions that aren’t available to individuals.” Be sure to consult a tax professional to see if this is the best avenue for your consulting business.
3. Review your 1099s carefully: Thursday R. Bram, a consultant to freelancers, says that consultants should “make sure the amount that your clients tell the IRS that they paid you last year actually matches what you received. It isn’t a big deal if they report a little less, as long as you report everything to the IRS correctly. But if a client reports that she paid you more than you received, you need to get an amended 1099 ASAP – or the IRS will expect you to pay taxes on the full amount that client reported. Whether or not you actually received the money won’t matter to the IRS.”
4. Make bookkeeping easy: “Two great tools to automate bookkeeping are Outright.com and WaveAccounting.com,” suggests Wray Rives, CPA, CGMA. “The biggest tax challenge for a freelance worker is actually having good records to prepare and support their tax return. Both Outright and Wave will automate your bookkeeping and are real simple to use even for a non-accountant.” Other recommended programs are Quicken, Shoeboxed.com and Mint.com.
5. Pay yourself: Bob Hampton, CPA/PFS, ChFC at Impart Financial, LLC, advises you to pay yourself first. ” … Stash money away in savings to cover your tax liability,” Hamption says. ”As a rough rule of thumb, 30 percent of your net from freelancing will get you pretty close to your self-employment and income tax obligations.”
6. Consider your medical expenses: Self-employed worker Sandy Drew suggests brushing up on the tax benefits associated with health care. “Many consumers overlook deductions built into the tax code that are designed to make medical care and health insurance more affordable,” Drew says. ”Consumers who had high medical expenditures in 2011, who pay for their own individually-purchased health insurance and who are self-employed should educate themselves on the opportunities to deduct a portion of these expenses from their federal income tax.” Again, consult with a tax professional to understand what is and isn’t deductible.
7. Receipts are cash, not trash: Thank Denise Winston from MoneyStartsHere.com for that brilliant and absolutely true one-liner. “You need your receipts to back up the deductions you claim,” Winston says. “Each receipt must clearly indicate the purpose of each expense — example for travel: where, why and the amount or file folders for bookkeeping. Establish and carry a receipt envelope with you in your purse, car, briefcase, backpack — whatever works for you. As you make business expense purchases, simply place the receipt into the envelope after you note the purpose of the expense. As the envelope fills up, transfer to proper accounting files or systems – I use a color coded tax write-off category filing system. Red folder is for office expenses, blue for travel, green for banking, etc.” The more organized you remain throughout the year with your business expenses, the less stressed you’ll be during tax time.
8. Separate business accounts from personal accounts: “When you put all your job-related expenses on the same credit card and not use that card for anything else, it will be very easy to know what to write off and how much it cost,” says Dr. Geraldine Boyer-Cussac, a self-employed pianist, music director and vocal coach. ”Make sure not to use it for anything other than expenses for work.” Keeping everything separated will be easier to manage than having to split out personal and business expenses.
9. Schedule C may be better bang for your buck: Attorney Diane Rosenberg of Rosenberg & Rosenberg LLP explains the benefits of the Schedule C. “One can deduct all expenses that were incurred in performing the work, including work at home and use of a personal vehicle when used for work. With Other Income, it’s possible to
net out expenses, but the IRS would raise an eyebrow as to why it’s not reported in detail on Schedule C. And hobby losses are only deductible to the extent of hobby gains, so if the freelancing work happens to generate a loss, the loss would be available on Schedule C, but unavailable as a hobby loss.” She warns that the home-office deduction is often a red flag for the IRS because many abuse the privilege. You should only be taken if there’s actual space in the home dedicated to the freelancing activities.
As I learned when I freelanced, organization is key. Whether you prepare your own taxes or use a tax preparation service, you’ll benefit from having all your ducks in a row, and you’ll have a better understanding of what you may end up owing.
Check out the other articles below for more tax-related posts!
Disclaimer: I am not a tax expert. Also, those of us working at CareerBuilder.com and TheWorkBuzz.com are not tax experts. You should always consult a tax professional with your specific questions. One great resource is the TurboTax blog, which has answers to frequently-asked questions about taxes.
It’s been an exciting couple of months for the fashion industry. The kickoff of awards season in January had us glued to our TV screens, critiquing the best and worst dressed on the red carpet. Mercedes Benz Fashion Week had fashionsitas everywhere going gaga over designers’ fall 2012 ready-to-wear collections. And while the average fashion lover doesn’t get to hob-knob with celebrities at awards soirées or rub elbows with fashion’s finest at designer runway shows, that doesn’t mean a career in fashion is unattainable.
If you have a passion for fashion, consider pursuing one of these eight jobs, which cover a variety of fields:
1. Retail salesperson: A good way to get some fashion experience is to start by working as a salesperson at a clothing store. As a salesperson, you have exposure to the buying, styling and customer-service sides of the business. And while having a background in retail can help when pursuing other fashion-related jobs, it’s not to say you can’t build a successful career in retail. Salespeople can go on to management or corporate positions within the company.
National average salary: $25,557*
2. Visual merchandiser: If you have a good eye and are interested in how a visual display can help sell a product, consider a career in visual merchandising. According to occupational information source O*Net, visual merchandisers plan commercial displays, develop and create window decorations and coordinate with the communications and sales teams to ensure cohesion across all campaigns, among other duties. Education usually includes either a bachelor’s or associate degree in visual or fashion merchandising. Prior experience in retail is also helpful.
National average salary: $36,865
3. Stylist: If you’re a fan a Rachel Zoe or her former-assistant-turned-stylist-competition Brad Goreski, you have a sense of what a stylist is. As a fashion stylist, you may be in charge of anything from identifying the location for a photo shoot, to picking the wardrobe for a magazine’s fashion spread, to pulling outfits for clients to wear at events. Most stylists start by first becoming an assistant or apprentice for an independent stylist or a company. Once they have more experience under their belts, many become independent stylists themselves. While a degree in fashion design or marketing is helpful, having prior retail or fashion work experience can also help you get a foot in the door.
National average salary: $66,986
4. Personal shopper: According to the retail section of About.com, the typical job of a personal shopper involves being up on the latest trends while also having a deep understanding of your client’s style. Personal shoppers need to establish and foster relationships with their clientele to ensure they get repeat business, and many rely on word-of-mouth from satisfied clients to grow their business. Personal shoppers may own their own company or work for a retail or department store that offers such services.
National average salary: $38,514
5. Writer for fashion website, magazine or blog: If you love both writing and fashion, consider seeking out opportunities with a fashion magazine, website or blog. In this role, you could do anything from interviewing designers, to writing trend reports, to attending and reviewing fashion shows. One way to dip your toe into this field is to pursue freelance work. With media outlets shrinking the size of their staffs, they’ve had to rely on freelancers to help fill their pages or posts. The education of a fashion writer may include a bachelor’s degree in journalism, with some previous fashion background or experience.
National average salary: $60,493 (writer at a magazine)
6. Fashion-focused public relations specialist: Another way to satiate your fashion craving is to conduct public relations work for a fashion label or clothing store. Such roles can be found in the marketing or communications department at a fashion company or at a public relations agency. Some agencies specialize in fashion PR, while others have a variety of clients, including fashion and retail. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the public relations industry is expected to grow much faster than average, but competition for entry-level jobs is high.
National average salary: $60,379
7. Fashion photographer: A photograph, whether used in advertising or editorial, has the power to define a brand, state a point of view and sell a product. As a photographer for the fashion industry, assignments may vary from magazine editorial photo shoots, to print advertisements for a brand, to images for a company’s catalogue or look book. According to the BLS, “photojournalists or industrial or scientific photographers generally need a college degree. Freelance and portrait photographers need technical proficiency, gained through a degree, training program or experience.”
National average salary: $52,499 (general photographer)
8. Interior designer: Interior decorators need many of the same skills as someone in fashion — a creative eye; an understanding of how to mix colors, shapes and styles; and the ability to bring a client’s vision to life. According to O*Net, interior designers, “plan, design and furnish interiors of residential, commercial or industrial buildings. Many specialize in a particular field, style or phase of interior design.”
National average salary: $58,779
*National average salary data from CBSalary.com. Salaries listed are estimates and may vary greatly depending on level, position or location.
“Retirement” used to mean the end of one chapter in life spent working and the beginning of a new chapter spent with family and friends, traveling or focusing on hobbies. Yet for many of today’s mature workers, their picture of retirement looks very different. It no longer means the end of their career; instead, they are either staying longer at their current jobs or getting new jobs once retired. In fact, a new CareerBuilder study found that 57 percent of workers age 60 plus surveyed said they would look for a new job after retiring from their current company.
When asked how soon they think they can retire from their current job, 11 percent of workers surveyed said they don’t think they’ll ever be able to retire. Other answers included:
- 1-2 years – 26 percent
- 3-4 years – 23 percent
- 5-6 years – 22 percent
- 7-8 years – 7 percent
- 9-10 years – 7 percent
- More than 10 years – 4 percent
Employers see value mature workers offer
Yet in this sluggish job market, mature workers have to compete with younger workers for jobs. The good news is that employers see the value mature workers can bring to a company, with 43 percent of employers planning to hire workers age 50 plus this year. One concern mature workers may have when going back into the job market is that they may be perceived as overqualified. Yet 75 percent of the employers surveyed would consider an application from an overqualified worker who is 50 plus.
Using your experience to your advantage
Of the employers who said they would consider an application from an overqualified candidate, 59 percent said it’s because mature candidates bring a wealth of knowledge to an organization and can mentor others. When applying and interviewing, mature workers should highlight both their work and life experiences to help sell them as the right candidate for the position.
- Leverage your professional and real-world experience. When updating your résumé or interviewing for a job, think about your experience in terms of both work-related and life skills. Whether it’s your strong leadership skills or your wherewithal to weather a tough economy, play up the strengths that come with having more years under your belt.
- Bring value to your company in other ways. If you’re looking to stay with your current company beyond retirement, find new ways to contribute to the organization, outside of your day-to-day tasks. Spearhead a mentorship program or offer to train new hires.
- Consider part-time or freelance work. For workers who aren’t ready to completely stop working, part-time employment may be a good solution. Forty-nine percent of workers age 60-plus said they will most likely work part-time once retired. Check out job boards, talk to staffing firms and tap into your social and professional networks for part-time, freelance or temporary work.
For more advice on what mature and experienced workers can do to stand out, check out this video: