Being the new kid on the workplace block--at 57

Guest blogger Mary Calhoun shares career survival instincts that are timeless

Looking for a job as an older adult can be daunting, but finding the right job is worth the hunt.
Monday, January 12, 2015/Author: Mary Calhoun/Number of views (1150)/Comments (-)/
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Sharing volunteer passions with employer pays off

Sharing volunteer passions with employer pays off

Tutor Mary Jo Summers wanted her company to know more about OASIS.

OASIS volunteer Mary Jo Summers loves her work with the Intergenerational Tutoring program so much that she thought her employer needed to know more. Her instincts were spot on.
 
Monday, September 15, 2014/Author: Guest Author/Number of views (914)/Comments (-)/
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Think no one sees your resume? You may be right.

Resumes often fail to pass the software scan. Here's how to pass the barrier.

Traditional thought about resumes sometimes focuses on a great visual appearance, something that makes them look professional and appealing in hopes of making the person wading through the pile stop and look. The truth is, large companies use software to weed through thousands, even millions of resumes, and those fancy resumes can guarantee failure.
Thursday, August 21, 2014/Author: Ken Charvoz/Number of views (1210)/Comments (-)/

Thinking outside the typical job-hunting box

Starting over at 57

I may have to retire from my career job but that does not mean I am retiring from ever earning an income again. I have marketable skills that are valued in today’s workplace market. There are lots of income opportunities out there. I simply have to figure out how to turn these opportunity options into an income reality that works for me. 
Thursday, July 17, 2014/Author: Mary Calhoun/Number of views (1370)/Comments (-)/

Another pension income reality: I’m an income snob

Starting over at 57

It’s a relief to know that I can actually afford to retire now and be able to comfortably live and financially sustain my lifestyle. I will earn/generate more income in retirement than my current net take home pay. So what’s the problem? 
Income social status! 
Monday, July 14, 2014/Author: Mary Calhoun/Number of views (1334)/Comments (-)/
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Are we talking about my retirement expectations or yours?

Starting over at 57

I'm being blasted from colleagues and friends as “jumping ship” prematurely into retirement because I’m not using some pre-packaged presumed assumption of how I will be living my life when I retire from my current career job. Whose retirement is this, anyway?
Monday, June 30, 2014/Author: Mary Calhoun/Number of views (1354)/Comments (-)/
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Surviving the realities of job hunting in 2014

Starting over at 57

In these past few weeks, I have gone through an ego-bruising crash-course in job hunting 2014, and it has not been pretty.Today’s info-tech-centric culture means the job-hunting process has morphed into an endless series of click, select, edit, scan, download, save and submit buttons.
Friday, June 27, 2014/Author: Mary Calhoun/Number of views (1274)/Comments (-)/
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Turning ageism on its age

Starting over at 57

I’ve been on a couple of interviews now and they have been most enlightening. Every one has been hosted by individuals decades younger and considerably less experienced. There have been some awkward moments and some engaging ones. Who knew that I could charm these young folks into seriously considering me to be a part of their team, working under their direction?
Tuesday, June 03, 2014/Author: Mary Calhoun/Number of views (1521)/Comments (-)/
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Neutralizing the naysayers

Starting over at 57

“Now you’ll see what the rest of us have been dealing with … let’s see how long you’ll be a confirmed practicing optimist now! … you’ve been living the high life, welcome to the real world!”
I could go on, but you get the idea of what I’ve been bombarded with since I informed some of the people in my small world about my impending job loss.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014/Author: Mary Calhoun/Number of views (1760)/Comments (-)/
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