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How a Good Serving of OATS Makes for a Successful Job Search

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If you’re like most women, you start your mornings off with a nice, healthy breakfast. Preferably, something quick but wholesome and delicious to help you start the day off right. Might I suggest a warm bowl of OATS? These OATS, however, provide you with essential nutrients to have the most successful job search, every time.

– Objective for the day or week or hour. At the beginning of your day, it is important to write down your objective(s), as this will help you keep in mind your goal(s) while searching for that particular job.

A – Actions required to meet objective. As important as it is to have objectives, you must also note what actions are needed in order to accomplish each objective. What steps are involved? What does this job require?

T – Time required to complete actions. Now that you have your objective(s) and you know what actions are required, how much time is needed to complete those actions? Give yourself a time frame in which each objective will be completed and then plot it out in your calendar. You may want to add 20% to the timing of your actions in the beginning, while you are getting organized in a new job search.

S – Schedule it – put it in writing. The final step is to write it all down. Write down your objective(s), the actions and time required to accomplish each. This is a great way to keep track of what you have completed. I suggest putting your schedule into your calendar just like you would projects and meetings at work.

Starting your successful job search with a nice serving of OATS is sure to help you be more productive, organized, and stress free. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so give it a try!

Great. You’ve Just Lost Your Job. Now What?

Keep Your Cool.

Keeping a positive relationship with the company that just let you go is crucial. Losing your temper could cost you a future position or a positive recommendation.

Realize Your Opportunity

Take the time to assess your strengths, talents, hopes and goals. It could be the time to make a career change now that the job you lost isn’t holding you back.

Focus On Your Best Qualities

 Focus on your best qualities that make you a valuable person and a future employee. Don’t take the layoff personally as it’s often a business decision and not based on your performance.

Make A Decision And Move Forward.

Once you’ve decided how you want to move forward, engage, research and do what it takes to to achieve this goal. It can be tempting after being rejected to hide away in one’s own safe home, but it is in the bright light of day that your path will be visible to you.

Client Success Story

” I lost my job when the industry took a dive. I was shocked and didn’t know what to do. DMD & Associates, Inc. provided me with step by step advise for me to follow to get me back on track.  It would have taken me twice as long if I had not worked with them.”     – D. Bourke, Petroleum Engineer

Job Interview Strategies for the Over 50 Job Seeker

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Perception is reality, right? Not so fast! As you know, the perception some have of job seekers over 50 is that they are overqualified, inflexible and possess limited technical skills. Let’s turn these perceptions around and nail the interview.

Tap into these job interview strategies for the best results:

1. Highlight your skills and experiences that will immediately deliver results.

By researching the company, the industry and asking questions about current issues they’re facing, you open the door for an opportunity to share solutions. Applying your hard earned knowledge to successfully problem solve showcases your abilities and further communicates that your experience and expertise can immediately impact the bottom line.

2. Share examples that demonstrate your ability to creatively innovate.

With years of professional experience and workplace knowledge comes a tendency to be stereotyped as inflexible. Communicating your willingness and ability to think outside the box is important in showing you can be innovative. One way to do this is to select and share stories about creative solutions you and you alone created and implemented. Use real-life work examples that clearly demonstrate that when it was important to shift gears, you easily did so and succeeded! This lends credibility and further provides insight into your innovate way of thinking and debunks any myths that you are resistant to change.

3. Showcase your technical knowledge by providing powerful examples of how technology improved your productivity. (AND THE ROI OF THE COMPANY!)

Lack of technical knowledge and computer skills are another concern for hiring managers when interviewing job seekers over 50. It is difficult to determine the level of computer skills in a short conversation. As part of your job interview strategy, prepare specific examples of how technology has enhanced your productivity or improved a project. Weave into the discussion your professional use of social media, highlight recent technology skills you acquired, technology articles you’ve recently read or webinars you’ve attended. Also, communicate your willingness and ability to learn new software products and provide examples of when you mastered a new technology quickly. All ages are being constantly introduced to mandatory new software or computer programs. Show how this is just the norm for you, too!

Bottom-line, job seekers over 50 have an advantage when developing job interview strategies because you are mindful of strengths, have a track record of proactively addressing weaknesses and have a breadth and depth of experience no one else can bring to the table. You already have the skills necessary to overcome stereotypical interview challenges and you possess the wisdom to prepare for the interview in a fashion that allows you to showcase your unique experiences and abilities. Keep these suggestions in mind when developing job interview strategies and you’ll be able to communicate the impact you have made, and will make, for an employer.

“I think the best role models for women are people who are fruitfully and confidently themselves, who bring light into the world.” —Meryl Streep


Does Your Resume Match the Job You are Pursuing?

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If you have been told that you appear overqualified for a job position or that your resume may be just a tad overwhelming for the job you are pursuing, it’s time to simplify.

If your resume appears to showcase you in a way that showcases your skills as the next CEO, but you have decided to apply in a vastly different, albeit less stressful role – it’s time to simplify.  The key here is to pare down the high level experiences and play up the experiences and skills necessary for the job position.

Just like you choose how to add only the right accessory to create a sleek look, so goes it with what you select to include in a new resume. In this case, you are consciously choosing to simplify your resume to get your foot in the door. Simplifying does not mean you are less, but instead, that you are savvy enough to know when to exclude something that just doesn’t serve your current situation.

Prepare for the Why Question

Just like preparing the perfect outfit takes thought and planning, so does preparing a response to the inevitable question people will ask – “why.” Why are you moving from CEO to sales associate? Is this is a conscious decision or a midlife crisis? Think of your answer in advance. It will serve you well when networking and while being interviewed. Your fully planned and prepared response to these inevitable questions serves as the foundation when employers are assessing your hire-ability. When responding, it is important not only to be honest, but to allow your response to still showcase yourself as a qualified applicant for the position. Explain that this is a well thought out and quite strategic decision. Then, go on to highlight the skills you have learned from your previous job that will be useful to the targeted position and focus on the future.

The term, “overqualified,” does not have to mean that you are “too good” for the position. Here, it is all about utilizing your skills gained over the years and applying the ones that prove to be most beneficial to the company’s progress.

Even with the challenges that arise in being viewed as “overqualified,” remember to simplify, simplify, simplify. Simplify your resume, your networking messages and your interviewing answers to focus not on ‘why’ but ‘why not.” Utilize the skills you have attained to work to your advantage so you can go from overqualified for a job to a perfectly suited strategic hire!

“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.”
Henry David Thoreau

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