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Change the Channel

Remember from your childhood, memories of collapsing on the couch after a long day of school and flicking through TV channels to find your favorite show to watch? Or finding a new show to indulge in because the others just aren’t giving you what you want? In like manner, the channels of your job search should be rotated and switched up too! If you are looking for a few key premium channels to indulge in for your job searching, check out Recruiters, Network & Reciprocate, and LinkedIn.

Firstly, a channel is a method of attaining a job offer.  Just like there are several channels to watch on TV, each yielding something different – there are also methods or channels available to secure employment.

Let’s look at a few key channel options:

Recruiters

On this channel, it is all about making the cut. Just like an actor going to audition, you want to charm the audience and be remembered so you’re the one called in for the ‘part’ aka job!   Often recruiters act as an extension of their company so if you look good, they look good.  This is one of many channels to tune into during the job search

Network & Reciprocate

This channel is full of opportunities to meet pertinent individuals that will expand your network and provide you with important contacts to assist you in your job search. These individuals can be past coworkers, a new or old friend, a colleague, or even a hiring manager.  Seek opportunities to attend various social events or meetings to broaden your network of connections. Most importantly, strive to cultivate those connections. To deepen these relationships, extend a helping hand, inquire if you can assist them in their endeavors or simply send a thank you letter.

LinkedIn

Here, LinkedIn is a most sufficient social media platform to utilize during your job search. As it is another form of networking, you have the opportunity to speak directly to hiring managers by finding them on LinkedIn. Using this platform is a good opportunity to research your potential job as well as make a good first impression during the interview.  In addition, LinkedIn provides you with job search resources and job availabilities that best suit the qualities you possess.

Try these channels for something new to watch. Remember, getting the variety you need is as simple as changing the channel!

Shifting Gears: Four Retirement Lessons for a Woman in her Prime

Last year our CEO was asked to be a featured author for Prime Women Magazine, a magazine dedicated to advising women in business, health, travel and much more! As a career expert for over 20 years, Danielle Dayries has written for over 100 magazines and online journals, providing expose’s on career transition and development. 

Check out her most recent article below which discusses what to do when facing a younger interviewer! Originally featured here

Retirement is often seen as the pinnacle of one’s career. However, the emotional and mental side of this life enchanting, albeit often unnerving, change is often overlooked. After years of developing professional skills and social contacts, shifting gears can be challenging.

This life experience is similar to renovating a building with deconstruction and building it back up. It takes time. To aid with the transition, I have outlined four retirement lessons as you continue to thoughtfully and purposely plan for this next chapter.

4 Retirement Lessons

1. Grieve the Loss

With any major change comes loss of the old ways. Grieving this loss has several emotional stages that include denial, anger, sadness and finally, acceptance. We suggest you acknowledge them, tell yourself it is okay to feel this way, realize this feeling is not permanent and allow yourself the time to acknowledge and process the emotions.

As you walk through this stage, draw upon the grace and dignity you have perfected over the course of your career. Remember those times you were stretched, asked to adapt to a new way of doing things without a vote or had to work with that challenging client – you conquered all of that so you can certainly manage this change.

2. Be Gentle on Yourself

Starting a new path requires dealing with the emotional changes and reconstructing different routines and connections. As with any new project, progress can be slow. So, be gentle on yourself and allow yourself to rest – you deserve it!

Prior to your last day at work, have a plan in place that allows you to explore activities that align with your newfound time. Fuel your body and mind with a healthy serving of OATS when forging new paths.

3. Get Involved

Make new connections by becoming involved in activities with like-minded people. Many of our clients engaging in this transition tell us that one of the most helpful tactics they employed was enrolling in a group exercise program.

They found that these type of exercise programs were an excellent way to increase endorphins, connect and socialize with others and rest easier. You now have the time to really listen to your unique physical and emotionally energy level. Creating new routines and connections are good guides to help you stay balanced.

4. Embrace the New You!

This is the new you so embrace it as you create a vision focused on the desired outcome. Just like a work project, create a plan, follow the plan and trust the process behind the plan. By dreaming, planning and preparing for the next chapter, a new way of living after retirement will unveil itself in a way that allows you to soar in this next chapter of life.

“We delight in the beauty of a butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” Maya Angelo

3 Smart Tips: How to Successfully Work with a Young Boss

Last year our CEO was asked to be a featured author for Prime Women Magazine, a magazine dedicated to advising women in business, health, travel and much more! As a career expert for over 20 years, Danielle Dayries has written for over 100 magazines and online journals, providing expose’s on career transition and development. 

Check out her most recent article below which discusses what to do when facing a younger interviewer! Originally featured here

There are so many upsides of working with a young boss – they are technically savvy, excellent multi-taskers and are willing to share knowledge. However, as we all know, these same attributes can also be a challenge.

Communication can easily break down with the fast-paced work load and misunderstandings happen resulting in miscommunications and snafu’s in the workplace. As we progress in our careers, working in a cross generational workforce is inevitable. To leverage these situations and set yourself up for career success in your Prime, follow these three smart tips:

1. Listen without Judgement

In most instances, the young boss is undergoing a significant learning curve. This, combined with the responsibility of supervising a diverse staff with different experience levels is challenging. Listening without judgement helps create a supportive work environment. It can be a challenge to only offer suggestions when asked, but the positive side is learning new tactics to achieve business objectives.

Knowing when to chime in and when to observe is critical to any professional, but as we mature and think we have “seen it all,” keeping quiet can be hard! It takes true maturity and confidence to observe and learn from a younger professional. In the Prime Women article “Returning to the Workforce after 50” we share the importance in being confident and knowing that observing and listening are true signs of security.

2. Body Language Self-Awareness

Ok, so you just heard your young boss propose something you have seen fail 100 times…while it is tempting to disagree, even in a nonverbal manner, keep it positive! Negative body language such as eye rolling, crossed arms or frowning are examples of displaying disagreement in a conversation.

These passive-aggressive tendencies break down the open communication needed for productivity. Stay aware of how thoughts are communicated non-verbally. All the wisdom in the world can’t be sold if you are perceived negatively.

3. Build Trust with a Young Boss to Build Partnerships

Trust is an essential part of having your younger supervisor open to your ideas and expertise, ultimately leading to career success.

Building trust starts with positive and open communication. David Perdew, President/Founder of MyNAMS, a company that inspires online social entrepreneurship, states “Integrity is a key ingredient to building relationships. Openness builds trust.” Therefore, we suggest strategically seeking opportunities that demonstrate you have the best interest of the company in mind and don’t feel intimidated by allowing others to shine.

Ultimately, we encourage you to be yourself! Work to understand your manager’s problems and pitch solutions as appropriate; provide your boss with historical and relational information about the organization and industry; and remain confident and positive! After all, having someone in their Prime is a benefit to any smart boss!

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”–John Quincy Adams

3 Job Interview Tips to Use When Facing a Younger Interviewer

Last year our CEO was asked to be a featured author for Prime Women Magazine, a magazine dedicated to advising women in business, health, travel and much more! As a career expert for over 20 years, Danielle Dayries has written for over 100 magazines and online journals, providing expose’s on career transition and development. 

Check out her most recent article below which discusses what to do when facing a younger interviewer! Originally featured here

 

With an aging population and company downsizing, there is a good chance that an older, more experienced job seeker will interview with a younger boss. This job interview dynamic has challenges, but carefully thought out, the interaction results can be successful. A good start is understanding their concerns and counteracting with strengths.

See these 3 job interview tips to age proof your candidacy:

1. Focus on unique skills

Researching the company’s problems and challenges helps create an opportunity to communicate your unique skillset advantage. In other words, identify the value you can immediately add to help solve one of their problems. A good job interviewing tip is quantifying solutions to similar previous problems. By doing so you establish credibility and further convey your unique advantage over a lesser experienced candidate. Draw on all that knowledge and experience that only you have and communicate clearly and concisely.

2. Address age concerns

Some common concerns are openness to taking directions from younger supervisors and tech savviness. They may have doubts about older candidates being less flexible in taking direction or not as up-to-date on computer software and social media. The second of my job interview tips is to counter these concerns. Share how you handled experiences working on a team with diversified ages or under a younger supervisor. Explain how you handled the age differences. Show examples and stories about ways and reasons for using social media, a smartphone and other professional work related software.

3. Build trust

In Jia Jiang’s book, Rejection Proof, he states that honesty and empathy build trust. Rapport is created when someone finds you believable and trustworthy which in turn leaves a lasting impression. Collaborating respectfully and honestly with others, and sharing specific stories that demonstrate your enthusiasm for the business makes you a valuable asset in any job opportunity.

“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been. “
— Madeleine L’Engle

We Are Proud of Our Interns

At DMD & Associates we are very proud to interact with students from our community. As a career consulting firm, we understand that internships are an incredibly important part of a students learning and growth. We are incredibly proud to have offered internship experiences for over twenty years. Our interns from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Tulane University had a wonderful spirit and provided great insights for our company. Thank you for your hard work!

Welcome SHRM Annual Conference 2017!

This year the National Society for Human Resource Management is hosting their Annual Conference and Exposition here in New Orleans June 18-21! With keynote speakers such as Laszlo Bock, Sr. VP of People Operations Google, Laila Ali, World Champion Athlete, Patrick Lencioni, Founder and President of The Table Group, and Kat Cole, Group President of Focus Brands, this event is not to be missed!

We are always looking forward to these conventions because they offer us a chance to learn of industry updates and trends, learn of new new resources for our clients, and develop relationships with some of Human Resource’s top movers and shakers!

We are especially excited this year to see a personal and leadership development break out sessions which will focus on branding yourself in the work place in order to develop your career.

Learn more about the event here

Wondering What to Put on Your Resume? Age is an Asset

If you are wondering what to put on your resume – and what you shouldn’t put on your resume, we have some helpful advice. After all – age is an asset, not a limitation.

Let’s say you’re about to attach your resume and hit send to apply for that job you’ve been eyeing for the past week-and instead you hit the panic button in your mind. You check your resume one last time and wonder, “Should I include the dates of my graduation and specific dates of my work history, or will that reveal my age?”

What To Put On Your Resume

Showing your age is a common question for many when filling out online applications. However, your age should never be a limitation, rather an asset. Why? Read on…

You have experience.

Your college graduation date is no competition for the years of experience you have under your belt. Use this to your advantage by listing your recent and relatable work history, specifically the transferable skills that are beneficial to the job for which you are applying. Take action and remember you ARE good enough.

To keep or not to keep your graduation date.

Age discrimination concerns aside, it’s irrelevant information. Unless you are a recent graduate, your exact year of graduation is not the focus of hiring managers. The asset you possess is the degree itself, not the year is was awarded.

In fact, it’s so common to leave the year of graduation off that you needn’t worry it will look as though you’re hiding something.

Your resume will SPEAK.

What to put on your resume is a hard question to answer, but it is easy to do so when you are able to showcase your personal brand. Your resume is your opportunity to showcase your Skills, Personality, Experience, Accomplishments, and Knowledge of what makes you the standout candidate. Additionally, while having the experience and skills to represent what you have done, it is just as important to focus on what you can do that will benefit company.

Do keep work dates.

Although it’s not necessary to include your graduation date from college, including dates from your past and recent work experience can enhance your chances of impressing your future employer. Employers want to track your past work history and using dates only enhances rather than diminishes your chances of landing the job.

“Being confident and believing in your own self-worth is necessary to achieving your potential.” –Sheryl Sandberg, CEO of Facebook

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