22Dec 2019

The job search process is difficult and stressful for job seekers in general.  As a racial minority, this stress can be magnified as racism is often challenging to prove because it is carefully masked behind rhetoric and practices that make it difficult for ethnic minorities to identify.  These veiled racist hiring strategies often leave minorities feeling unqualified, undesirable, insecure, frustrated, defeated, stressed, and depressed. Many minorities are more than qualified for the positions they apply for, yet they get no responses or opportunities interview. Many feel that they can seal the deal and get hired if they get a fair chance to interview.  The steps below have been used by some of our clients to remove racial barriers to job search success so they can get an opportunity to compete for jobs they are qualified to perform. These tips below have worked for many clients but is not a guarantee that they work in all cases. They are at least some steps to take to improve the chances of at least getting interviewed. It is important to note that there are great recruiters out there who would never discriminate based on race, but a few bad apples can make it hard for minority job seekers.

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17Nov 2019

The job search process is frightening for many older job seekers (age 50 and older) and is a stressful time that causes anxiety for many.  Job seekers age 50 and older have endured negative experiences with ageism (age discrimination) while searching for new employment. Older job seekers describe feeling discouraged, defeated, vulnerable, depressed, insecure, financially insecure, emotional, physically-ill, lost, and hopeless.  Older workers are a fast-growing segment of the US workforce, and many older workers are choosing to work longer because they enjoy their careers, value constant personal development, and desire to stay active. Older Americans are healthier than ever and many intend to work as long as they are able; however, older job seekers face age discrimination upon reentering the job market and while seeking promotions due to ageist hiring practices.  Ageism is a problem for older job seekers who have no intentions of leaving the labor market.  According to numerous industry experts, studies have shown that hiring decision-makers use ageist hiring practices to evaluate older job seekers. These ageist recruitment strategies are often veiled and are, therefore, difficult for older job seekers to detect.  Such practices are the result of prejudicial thoughts and unfounded stereotypes about older workers. 

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19May 2019

Recruiters, hiring managers, and employers frequently search career and job aggregator sites such as LinkedIn, CareerBuilder, Monster, indeed and similar sites to source and screen prospective candidates. They then go to LinkedIn to assess your professionalism and credentials. Unfortunately, many LinkedIn profiles are incomplete and outdated. This can negatively impact your personal brand and job search. Professionals who want to be taken seriously should have current and professional keyword optimized LinkedIn profiles.

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