10 Books That Will Take Your Career To The Next Level

Career Warfare 10 Rules for Building a Successful Personal Brand on the Business Battlefield by David DAlessandro

1. “Career Warfare: 10 Rules for Building a Successful Personal Brand on the Business Battlefield” by David D’Alessandro.

Career Warfare is a “how to succeed book” for the ambitious person interested in breaking out of the pack and climbing high up the corporate ladder. The premise is simple: It’s hard to leave your peers behind and really excel. What sets the really successful players apart from those who never rise to the level of their ambitions is the character they reveal and the name they make for themselves with the people they meet in their working life.This book will offer concrete advice on building the kind of reputation that makes people want to take a chance on you. In D’Alessandro’s trademark style, it will also talk frankly and humorously about the absurd nature of corporate life. And it will offer shrewd recommendations to help the sane persons survive the less-than-same aspects of any organization – and eventually,  take over the asylum.In the tradition of the best-selling, What They Still Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School, D’Alessandro reveals the unwritten rules for reaching the top of any field. D’Alessandro reveals how business really works and speaks directly to any one in business – and provides savvy advice for every level.”Sure you’ll need accomplishments to get ahead. You’ll need to work hard and be smart. But the competition is stiff. Brains, hard work, and accomplishments are just a minimum requirement. If you intend to succeed, the stuff your mother told you – work hard, be polite, dress neatly, is all helpful. But the biggest mistake you can make is to assume that the business world is rational, and success will proceed in a rational manner from your good performance reviews. Corporations are really just like vertical villages, driven by gossip, intrigue, and anecdote. More than anything else, your reputation determines whether you conquer the vertical village or are defeated by it. The name you make for yourself determines whether you become the mayor – or the village idiot.”From one of America’s most prominent and respected CEO’s, with a best-selling track record, Career Warfare provides object lessons on success for leaders at every level.

The Cowbell Principle Career Advice On How To Get Your Dream Job And Make More Money by Brian Carter and Garrison Wynn

2. “The Cowbell Principle: Career Advice On How To Get Your Dream Job And Make More Money” by Brian Carter and Garrison Wynn.

Just like Will Ferrell’s goofy cowbell player in the Saturday Night Live sketch “More Cowbell,” you already possess a unique value that people have a fever for – your cowbell. For individuals, a cowbell is a talent or gift. For businesses, it’s a permanent competitive advantage. The key to happiness and success is knowing who you are and how you can make other people happy. A cowbell gives your value to people and they love you for it.

As simple as The Cowbell Principle sounds, few people or businesses harness its full power. Many individuals struggle to find their unique gift. Some toil on things they love that no one else appreciates- these are bagpipes not cowbells. Some find their cowbell but are frustrated that they can’t spend more time on it. Still others wish they could get paid for it. Similarly, many companies begin and grow without a real competitive advantage. This dooms them to miserable pricing wars with other non-unique businesses, shrinking profits and eventual failure. This book helps people and businesses find their true cowbell, develop it and communicate it. As a result, they reach new levels of joy, fulfillment and profits.

The book is for leaders, entrepreneurs, marketers, creatives and artists who want to maximize their unique differentiating strengths. But it’s also for employees anywhere who want to make more money, enjoy their work more and create job security for themselves.

The Bigs The Secrets Nobody Tells Students and Young Professionals About How to Find a Great Job Do a Great Job Be a Leader Start a Business Stay Out of Trouble, and Live A Happy Life by Ben Carpenter

3. “The Bigs: The Secrets Nobody Tells Students and Young Professionals Ab out How to Find a Gre at Job, Do a Great Job, Be a Leader, Start a Business, Stay Out of Trouble, and Live A Happy Life” by Ben Carpenter.

The Bigs is Ben Carpenter’s first-hand account of his life’s journey that started with a tumultuous childhood of frequent moves and the downward spiraling of his family’s finances. From this precarious beginning, Ben tells how he progressed from a naïve liberal arts graduate, to the owner of an out-of-control bar in Manhattan, to the CEO of a major international investment company. The book originated as a list of instructions for the author’s daughter as she was preparing to start her first job after college. Eventually, that list evolved into The Bigs, an invaluable guide for all college students, young professionals, and anyone seeking the hard-earned wisdom of a man who has won and lost many battles while winning the war of personal fulfillment.

In addition to being a captivating story, The Bigs tells you all the specific real world secrets you need to know — for instance, how to:

  • Get internships and stand out as an intern
  • Get informational interviews and turn them into job interviews
  • Get that great job even when competing against more qualified candidates
  • Get promoted by being identified as a leader
  • Have fun and be happy while working hard to achieve your hopes and dreams

During your 16-plus years of school, you have read countless books that provided you a valuable academic education, but did little to further your knowledge of how the real world works. In this highly entertaining book, The Bigs will bring you up to speed with unique stories and advice that will give you all the tools you need to survive, thrive, and have fun in the big leagues of life.

Forget a Mentor Find a Sponsor The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career by Sylvia Ann Hewlett

4. “Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor: The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career” by Sylvia Ann Hewlett.

Who’s pulling for you? Who’s got your back? Who’s putting your hat in the ring? Odds are this person is not a mentor but a sponsor. Mentors can build your self-esteem and provide a sounding board—but they’re not your ticket to the top.

If you’re interested in fast-tracking your career, what you need is a sponsor—a senior-level champion who believes in your potential and is willing to advocate for you as you pursue that next raise or promotion.

In this powerful yet practical book, economist and thought leader Sylvia Ann Hewlett—author of ten critically acclaimed books, including the groundbreaking Off-Ramps and On-Ramps—shows why sponsors are your proven link to success. Mixing solid data with vivid real-life narratives, Hewlett reveals the “two-way street” that makes sponsorship such a strong and mutually beneficial alliance. The seven-step map at the heart of this book allows you to chart your course toward your greatest goals.

Whether you’re looking to lead a company or drive a community campaign, Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor will help you forge the relationships that truly have the power to deliver you to your destination.

Improvise Unconventional Career Advice from an Unlikely CEO by Fred Cook

5. “Improvise: Unconventional Career Advice from an Unlikely CEO” by Fred Cook.

This year alone, 3.2 million US students will graduate from college and unprecedented percentages of them will be unable to obtain jobs in their desired fields. The key for young professionals to escape this cycle isn’t in the outdated tactics of climbing the corporate ladder, but rather in forging their own unique paths.

Improvise, by GolinHarris CEO Fred Cook, is an inspiring story of how Cook followed an unusual yet fascinating path from young adulthood to the corner office. Improvise combines Cook’s lifetime of uncommon experiences with his insights from a successful corporate career, as a means to help recent graduates and young entrepreneurs uncover the professional skills that exist outside any traditional office.

Following college, Cook was initiated into the business world through a dozen lackluster yet enlightening jobs, including pool hustler, chauffeur for drunks, cabin boy, doorman, and Italian leather salesman. Now he provides counsel to blue-chip companies like Nintendo, McDonald’s, Wal-Mart, BP, and Toyota, and has worked personally with Jeff Bezos, Michael Eisner, and Steve Jobs. Filled with colorful anecdotes and hilarious yet poignant moments, Improvise delivers practical tips on how people can change their perspectives, using unique life experiences as means to an end.

Mrs. Moneypennys Career Advice for Ambitious Women by Mrs Moneypenny and Heather McGregor

6. “Mrs. Moneypenny’s Career Advice for Ambitious Women” by Mrs. Moneypenny and Heather McGregor.

Mrs. Moneypenny—star Financial Times columnist, TV personality, wife, mother, and owner of a successful small business—is worried about women. She understands that although women can’t have it all, they’re expected to do it all. From maintaining a beautiful house and happy children to staying late at work and keeping up with the boys, Mrs. Moneypenny is honest about the difficult choices that working women face. Time is scarce and no woman can manage to excel both at work and at home—but that’s okay.
Mrs. Moneypenny distills her own experiences and shares observations of other successful working women in this incisive, practical, no-holds-barred guide. All women, from those at the start of their careers to high-level executives, will discover a helping hand and a laugh along the way.

 Breaking Into the Game Industry Advice for a Successful Career from Those Who Have Done It by Brenda Brathwaite and Ian Schreiber 

7. “Breaking Into the Game Industry: Advice for a Successful Career from Those Who Have Done It” by Brenda Brathwaite and Ian Schreiber.

Aspiring and professional game developers have a lot of questions: What should be in their portfolios? How do they make contacts? How do they negotiate salaries? How much do game designers make? What should they wear to interviews? In this fast-paced and humorous guide, the authors answer these questions and many more, including the ones you didn’t know to ask. “Breaking Into the Game Industry: Advice for a Successful Career from Those Who Have Done It”, provides aspiring game developers the know-how and confidence they need to make it in the industry. Written in a unique and engaging question and answer format, the book presents a clear, overall sense of what the game industry is and how the professionals operate in it, answering the key questions new developers should be asking as they begin their career. Providing invaluable advice and tips from experienced professionals, you’ll learn how to best present yourself and your skills, showcase your work and create a compelling portfolio, and much more, giving you a leg up as you try to break into the competitive and fast-paced game industry.


Career Match Connecting Who You Are with What You ll Love to Do by Shoya Zichy and Ann Bidou

8. “Career Match: Connecting Who You Are  with What You’ll Love to Do” by Shoya Zichy and Ann Bidou.

“Career Match” is a one-of-a-kind guide that uses the author’s revealing 10 minute self-assessment to help people discover their ideal work. Featuring in-depth chapters for each personality type, the book shows readers how to find a career that fits their passion and personality, and then shows them how to get it. It is an invaluable resource for those in need of direction, whether they’re seeking a new path or trying to confirm that they’re already on the right one.

Advice to Rocket Scientists A Career Survival Guide for Scientists and Engineers by Jim Longuski

9. “Advice to Rocket Scientists: A Career Survival Guide for Scientists and Engineers” by Jim Longuski.

A former NASA engineer and astronautics professor offers down-to-earth advice and recommended reading on preparing for and surviving in science-related professions. This book is especially valuable for those who are attempting career transitions between the work place and academic environments.

The Pathfinder How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by Nicholas Lore

10. “The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success” by Nicholas Lore.

This classic bestseller is the career-design bible for college graduates and midlife career-changers alike. Now fully revised and updated for the twenty-first century!

Based on breakthrough techniques developed by Rockport Institute, an innovative and award-winning career-counseling network that has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, The Pathfinder offers invaluable advice and more than 100 self-tests and diagnostic tools that will help you choose an entirely new career—or view a current job from a new, more positive perspective. You’ll learn:

Whether you’re a seasoned professional in search of a career change or a beginner just entering the working world, you want to make the right choices from the beginning. No matter where you are in your journey, if you want work to be more of a dance than a drag, The Pathfinder will expertly coach you through the process of designing a career you will love.

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Age Discrimination In Today’s Job Market

Age discrimination is an ugly truth of today’s job market. But, unlike young workers, who are rejected because they lack experience, older job seekers not only face persistent age-based discrimination, but are hit with a second bias if they have been out of work for too long.

Studies have revealed that older workers that lose their jobs have a much harder time than any other group finding new ones. Job seekers over the age of 45 have several prejudices against them. First of all, employers assume that older workers aren’t as nimble, and, being set in their ways, aren’t as easy to train. Employers also believe that older applicants are necessarily overqualified for the position, and will demand higher salaries or bolt from the position as soon as a better one is found.

A young recruiting officer or assistant at HR will see a long work history on a resume, add up the numbers, and dismiss the candidate on the grounds that they are overqualified and ‘too long in the tooth’. Most resumes never even get to the hiring manager.

A company called iEmployed, with twenty years in the industry, aims to change that. iEmployed sees the benefit of an experienced employee, and wants to help experienced job seekers find the dream jobs they deserve. iEmployed guarantees to send your resume directly to the hiring manager of any three companies that you choose.

iEmployed’s dedicated staff will assist you in perfecting your resume and provide feedback and guidance for the other stages of the process, from job interview to offer. iEmployed’s online portal system and notifications will let you see the status of your resume at any time. Not only that, but you will be provided with an invaluable resource, the direct contact information of the hiring manager, so that you can follow up on your interview yourself.

A perfect gift to yourself or a loved one, iEmployed is available at a very affordable cost of $49.99 for one month of service. To purchase, simply visit www.iemployed.com and enter the e-mail address of you or the recipient. You can see the comparison chart on our website.

iEmployed’s experienced team will contact you or your recipient right away to get the ball rolling. Circumvent the biases of recruiters and HR by using iEmployed to connect directly with hiring managers. The gift of a job is the greatest gift you can ever give.

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Job Boards Will Not Get You Into Your Dream Job

Finding a job is tough. Not only do you have to put together a cover letter and resume, you have to find where to apply. The first place most people turn to is online employment websites, such as Monster or Indeed. They post their resume, apply to positions, and never hear back from anything—all that hard work sucked up and lost in a virtual vortex.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that job boards will not get you into your dream job— the odds are stacked against you. Consider this: on Monster alone, there are 427,000 resumes posted each and every week. Of those, only 1 in 4 resumes will ever be seen by a hiring manager, because Human Resources screen out the majority of the resumes within 6-10 seconds of reading them. Then there’s the fact that there are actually two job markets—one hidden, the other public. Jobs in the “hidden market” are the best jobs available, top positions filled based on internal promotions, referrals and recommendations. When it comes to jobs in the hidden market, companies don’t just look at resumes; they assess each candidate based on skill, personality, and future potential. In other words, they look at you as a whole person, not just a piece of paper. But to have the opportunity to be evaluated in this way, you need to be recommended to the company or have a connection there.

A company called iEmployed, with 20 years job market experience, wants to be your connection. At iEmployed, you pay a small fee of $49.99 for one month’s service, posting your resume to iemployed.com and selecting three companies you want to work for. iEmployed then gets your resume directly into the hands of the hiring managers of the companies you selected. The dedicated staff at iEmployed will guide you through the entire process, from prepping your resume to preparing you for your job interview. They’ll even provide guidance when the job offers start rolling in! With an online portal system, you’ll be able to check on the status of your resume at any time, and you’ll also have access to the hiring managers’ direct contact info., so you can follow up on your resume and interview in-person.

What better way to spend your money than in an investment in yourself? Using iEmployed’s service and connections, your dream job will no longer be out of reach.



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I Want to Work in the USA

The dream of working and living in the United States to provide a better life for your family is truly wonderful but also very hard to attain. With the countless immigration obstacles you must face in obtaining all the required work Visas, the hope of coming to the USA may seem impossible. As you know, you need to first receive an employment offer before you can even apply for permission to work in USA. Although companies may be interested in your ability, the Visa quota system, high expense and long wait will discourage many companies from even giving you an opportunity.

The right employer can help you get into the US. If you get a job with a US company, they can sponsor you by getting you an H-1B Visa. With an H-1B Visa, you can stay and work in the US legally for up to three years. When those three years end, the visa can be renewed for up to six total years.

The big challenge is finding a company that will sponsor you for employment in the USA. Applying to a job posting or to a company’s website will result in your resume being immediately rejected by the company’s Human Resource department as soon as they realize you need a work permit to be employed in the USA.  A successful outcome can only be attained if the hiring manager directly receives your resume without Human Resource interference.

A company call iEmployed (www.iemployed.com), based in the United States, has for 20 years successfully connected candidates directly with the hiring managers at any major USA companies they select.   With a direct connection to a hiring manager who is only concerned with having a highly qualified team, you secure a much greater opportunity to receive an interview and then to hopefully receive an employment offer.

In addition to connecting you with the hiring managers, iEmployed will also give you guidance on your resume and provide you with feedback from your interview. iEmployed will also assist you in negotiating your offer, the American way, to receive the highest compensation possible.   Finally iEmployed experts in the industry will guide you through the H-1B Visa process and all required paperwork.

Please go to www.iemployed.com to start your new life in the United States of America.

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College Graduate Gift

Your college graduate has worked very hard to reach this wonderful culmination. The late night study sessions, the sacrifices and of course the expense deserve a gift fitting of their accomplishment. However the big question is what gift can you get them? In the this day and age of everything being accessible on the internet, your fear is that they have already purchased all affordable items and what they don’t already have, is most likely what they don’t want.

Of course there is the gift card at a store you hope they like or you can simply just give up and write them a check. However you want to show that you truly care about them and you want a gift that recognizes what they have achieved.

So then, what gift can you get at a reasonable price (under a hundred bucks) ?

Studies show that either most graduates have not secured a job before graduation or they have not attained an offer at their dream company. With all the top companies such as Apple, Google, Goldman Sachs and other famous companies receiving hundreds of thousands of resumes each year for just a few hundred positions truly open, the odds are definitely against them. The resumes they send on the internet job posting and or at the campus recruiting events, rarely ever reach the hiring manager. From your own past job search experience, you know it is impossible to get hired unless the hiring manager actually sees your resume.

A company called iEmployed (www.iemployed.com) with a twenty year track record will guarantee to send your graduates resume directly to the hiring manager of any three company they select. The cost of this wonderful gift is only $49.99 for one month of service. All you need to do is purchase the gift at www.iemployed.com and provide them with the e-mail address of your loved one. The highly experienced team at iEmployed will immediately contact your loved one and will take care of the rest. In addition to connecting directly with the hiring managers, iEmployed will also provide feedback on the resume and critical guidance during the interview and offer stages.

If you truly want to assist your graduate and give them a gift that clearly shows your love, the iEmployed career assistance is the greatest graduation gift you can ever purchase.

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Find a job as a military veteran

Being a member of the United States armed forces chances your life forever. It is an experience that not only gives you valuable training, but shapes your worth-ethic, morals, and character. As a military veteran, you have made sacrifices and dedicated a level of effort that most people cannot even comprehend, let alone accomplish.

In the military, you were an active member of a structured, tightly knit community that was built on personal relationships. Moving into the ‘civilian’ realm, where you might not currently have many connections, can represent a challenge. Unfortunately after serving your country many returning veterans come home to face long periods of unemployment or they accept jobs that do not recognize the valuable experience they have attained. Although you know your military experience will make you more than qualified for most civilian roles, the companies Human Resources department will not forward your resume to hiring manager unless your resume exactly matches the job postings.

The objective is to get your resume into the manager’s hand and hopefully to a manager who is a former veteran themselves. Once the manager receives your resume, there must be some follow-up to make sure the manager actually has reviewed your resume and to learn what the next step is. If an interview invitation is extended, there must be another round of follow-up to see what the outcome truly is.

Catering to the military community, there is a company call iEmployed (www.iEmployed.com) that achieves the objectives mentioned above. Your resume is guarantee to reach the hiring manager and a follow-up campaign will be engaged to provide you with the feedback you need. With iEmployed, you are provided with your own portal at www.iEmployed.com through which you will have access to the manager’s direct contact information. You will be updated of each manager’s response to your resume.

In the military you had access to the best equipment and technology in the world. Don’t leave your livelihood up to chance, use www.iEmployed.com to make your transition from the military to the civilian workplace a successful mission.

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Students and Employment

If you are an international student studying in the US, you have the opportunity to work part-time but remember that you are restricted by the terms of your visa. It is a MUST that you know all the requirements and restrictions concerning your visa!

iEmployed can help you to find jobs that sponsor work visa for students. Contact us to learn more.

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Long- and Short-Term Unemployment

Long-term unemployment creates a drag on inflation similar to that created by short-term joblessness, according to a new paper by a Federal Reserve economist paper that casts doubt on the notion that researchers should study the two categories separately.

People attend a job fair in Detroit in March. Reuters
The debate is important for a still-sluggish U.S. economic recovery because it could influence the Fed’s policy response to continued high unemployment, which was 6.7% in March.

Alan Krueger, a Princeton University professor and former adviser to President Barack Obama, recently argued that the long-term unemployed—those who have been without work six months or longer–were so detached from the job market that they weren’t major drivers of wage-growth or inflation.

However, Michael Kiley, associate director of the Fed’s Office of Financial Stability Policy and Research, writes in the paper, “We find that that short- and long-term unemployment exert equal downward pressure on price inflation.”

Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen has argued that a significant portion of the long-term unemployment problem is due to a depressed economy rather than structural issues such as aging or the gap between workers’ skills and employers’ needs. According to her line of thinking, Fed policies could help spur hiring by boosting demand. If the problem is primarily structural, as some other economists have argued, Fed policies are less likely to make any difference in employment.

“I believe that long-term unemployment might fall appreciably if economic conditions were stronger,” she said in a speech this month.

Mr. Kiley’s paper corroborates her findings. He said that by using regional data sets rather than simply national figures, he was able to “discriminate the independent influences of short- and long-term unemployment” on inflation.

“The results suggest that long-term unemployment has exerted similar downward pressure on inflation to that exerted by short-term unemployment in recent decades,” the author says.

– Ben Leubsdorf contributed to this article

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Age Discrimination – How To Handle It In Your Job Search

Part of a new series on Helping Professionals Over 50 Thrive

If you follow my Forbes blog, you know that I’ve written over 150 posts around careers, job search, leadership, networking, women’s professional issues and more. One issue that I find extremely hard to nail down and address effectively, however, is age bias. We all know it exists, and many (dare I say virtually all) of us over 50 have faced it head on. The critical question isn’t “Is there age bias?” but “How should I handle it when I experience it?’

For this series, I’ve reached out to a number of fellow experts and contributors on Forbes and beyond to help me tackle this critical, yet elusive issue. Today’s post features the insights of Kerry Hannon, who is AARP’s jobs expert, and award-winning author of What’s Next? Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties and Beyond. Kerry has spent more than 25 years covering all aspects of personal finance, career transitions and retirement for the nation’s leading media companies, including Forbes, Money, U.S. News & World Report and USA Today. Her latest book is Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy…and Pays the Bills.

Kerry shares her take on age bias and how to address it.

Kathy Caprino: Kerry, how rampant do you think age bias and age discrimination are today in preventing job seekers over 50 from being hired?

Kerry Hannon: Age discrimination is alive and well in the workplace. I’m not going to sugarcoat it. And it’s not just younger bosses and hiring managers who are discriminating. Those in the 50-plus set discriminate against their peers as well. It’s a tricky thing to prove, of course. And it’s still taboo to discuss openly. But it lurks. I’ve heard so many stories of workers over 50 sitting down for an interview and just getting that gut feeling that the person interviewing them is not really listening to what they have to offer, but rather seeing their expiration date.

Some stats you might find interesting:

According to the EEOC, age discrimination complaints have risen from 15,785 in 1997 to 21,396 in 2013, the date of the most recent statistics.

People in each age group from 40 up see discrimination against other workers or job seekers their age. Nearly half of job seekers blame age discrimination as the reason they were not hired. (AARP: 2013 Ahead of the Curve.)

And, of course, while the unemployment rate for the aged 55 and older population was down to 4.4 percent earlier this summer, the average duration of unemployment for those 55+ was 48.1 weeks vs 28.5 weeks for those under age 55.

Caprino: What is the best, straight-talking advice you can give to people who are legitimately facing age bias and can’t get work?

Hannon: Here’s the real deal: What worries employers about hiring older workers is this:

1. They worry that you aren’t up for the job. You don’t have the stamina.

Tip: My best advice is to get physically fit. When you’re fit, you exude the energy, positive attitude, and enthusiasm to demonstrate that’s not the case. People want to be around you. And you look better. Sure, if Botox or dying your hair make you feel more confident, go for it. But, in my opinion, when you are in shape and eat healthy, it goes a long way to showing you have what it takes stamina-wise to handle a new job. I’m not talking about running a super-fast mile or bench pressing your weight, but a fitness regime, be it walking or swimming a few times a week, can work magic.

2. They worry that you aren’t up to speed with technology.

Look at yourself honestly. You may be out of step. You can’t afford to be a luddite – passive and resisting where technology is taking the world.

Tip: Sign up for classes at the community college near you, workshops at local libraries, tap your nieces, nephews, grandkids, the 20-something who lives down the street and ask for their help. I love calling my 16-year old niece with quickie questions. Make sure you have any computer-oriented certifications required for the job you’re applying for. Look at the job descriptions. Do you have the tech skills necessary? Can you add them via a certification/workshop at a community college or industry association?

If you have a great, up-to-date LinkedIn profile and are active in LinkedIn groups, and are visible on Facebook, Twitter, etc. it shows that you are comfortable with social media. This is non-negotiable these days. Paper resumes aren’t passé exactly, but your online resume is truly your calling card. An employer will check you out online immediately. They want to know all about your social media footprint.

Other concerns:

3. They worry you are set in your ways and won’t be willing to try new ways of doing things.
4. They worry you won’t play nicely with younger workers.
5. They are concerned you want too much money and would be insulted by a lower salary than you had in your last job.

These are all issues you can address in your interview and through your actions and behaviors, with examples of why these concerns aren’t relevant. There is no one-size fits all solution to these last three worries; it will differ from one person to the next. I advise workers to think these through challenges and come up with their own, authentic way to address these employer fears. Develop a strategy to fight back. It is rough out there, but there are ways you can rise above it. It takes persistence and courage, but you can do it.

Caprino: What are the best and most important tools and resources people can turn to when they feel that the age factor is preventing them from gaining employment?

Hannon: Age discrimination is terribly hard to prove. The best resources are within yourself. Get the training you need. Look great. Check out smaller businesses and nonprofits that tend to value the experience and know-how that comes with age. They want grown-ups in the workplace. A hoodie can’t step in and do the job right now that an older worker typically can.

Plus, employers love the loyalty and ‘been there’ calm you bring to the workplace. They also know they benefit from the extensive network that an older worker can bring to the job. There is simply not as much ramping up necessary. And when an employer is short staffed, they will opt for the proven vs. the green worker.

Get involved with LinkedIn. Network with everyone you know. Skip the big jobs boards. Employers hire people they know or people whom their colleagues and peers know. You can find all sorts of connections online via Facebook, LinkedIn, who know you and can make introductions to get you in the door for an interview. Get out and go to alumni gatherings, industry group functions.

Get your mojo on. Be proactive. Don’t sit home and wait for the phone to ring. Go and do something. Blasting resumes out online is tough sledding when it comes to finding a job when you’re over 50. It really does come down to the personal touch.

I always advise unemployed older workers to volunteer. You never know who you might meet, and it keeps your resume alive. You can frame it up on your resume and in interviews by giving it a business-oriented spin – that you served as a project manager, fundraiser etc. And often, if it’s a nonprofit that speaks to your heart, you just might volunteer your way to a job. It happens all the time. They get a chance to check you out, and you can check them out.

Caprino: When does it make sense to stop looking for corporate work, and explore other avenues (solopreneurship, private practice, consulting, etc.)

Hannon: This kind of work is really the future for the 50-plus worker. Not everyone has the temperament or motivation, or is in a field that lends itself to being in business for oneself, but it works for me and many others I know who are 50-plus. For many workers over 50, frustrated with the roadblocks to a full-time job, this is increasingly the default. But it takes some time to get up to speed and build a client base, and certainly you need to have savings or a partner who is still working who can provide ballast (and health insurance perhaps) while you start off on your own.

That said, consulting and part-time work is a great way to stay in the game if you’re looking for a permanent position. You might string these together and find you make more than you ever did in-house with one employer. Or again, it could lead to a full-time position.

Kathy Caprino Contributor
Forbes Article

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USA Visa and Sponsoring

iEmployed helps foreign nationals obtain visa sponsoring in USA

Many people around the world dream of living and working in the United States.Unfortunately, this is not an easy goal to achieve. You can’t just pack up, hop on a plane, and start your new career in the U.S. For you to be able to work in the United States, your future employer needs to sponsor you. This means that they have to file for your work visa. This can be a lengthy process, but there are companies that sponsor United States work visas for the right candidate.

With multiple types of visas for different types of work and different companies, there is more than one way to achieve your goal of working in the United States. Depending on your type of employment and visa, you may also be able to apply to become a permanent resident of the United States. However, all of these different routes to gaining a work visa can take a long time and be quite expensive.

IEmployed can help you find a company that is willing to sponsor you for a work visa.Instead of having to search for weeks, months, or even years for an employer who is interested in you, you can simply provide us with your resume and information. IEmployed will search for the company that is interested in you and function as a liaison between you and your possible future employer. By taking on this role, we can alleviate the stress and confusion when trying to communicate with someone on the other side of the world.

We have years of experience placing foreign candidates with U.S. companies and our personal connections to hiring managers allow us to provide you with an excellent service that can help you achieve your goal of working in America.

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