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Older job seekers

The truth: Employers do value older applicants. Let’s start by tackling the first fundamental truth. Certainly, there are some employers who prefer younger candidates but there is convincing evidence that there are more employers who value older workers and welcome applicants in their 50s and 60s than those who don’t. These are employers who know […]

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The (questionable) value of lifelong learning

We are told, on an almost everyday basis, that we need to upskill regularly  and learn new skills lest we get caught up in the tidal wave of globalisation or find that technology has made us obsolete. Of course the ones who are telling us this are those who stand to make the most money from our fear – the higher educational institutions, which offer all manner of courses for our benefit, from postgraduate conversion courses to masters and doctoral degrees. These much admired giants of education will quite happily take your money and years of your life in return for providing you with a shiny new certificate, but what they won’t tell you is whether you’ll be employable afterwards. Pity the middle aged secretary who uses her pension fund to finance her childhood dream of studying only to find that she’s back to typing memos after graduation because no-one advised her that she’s unemployable in her new field due to her age. Now perhaps I’m being a tad cynical here, but in my view this amounts to nothing short of theft. Where are these institution’s ethics? Should they be accountable for admitting her? 

Please share your story if you feel you’ve been a victim of the great higher education rip off. I’d love to hear them. Who knows, if we get enough stories together, we could lobby for change!

Best job search techniques

Employers continue to use a variety of channels to attract external candidates e.g. staff referrals, adverts in newspapers (yes!), professional associations, college placement offices (for entry level jobs), employment agencies, head hunters and the state employment office. Networking remains the stock standard. It’s best to do this at conventions and in-person work gatherings. Some people find jobs by applying directly to the organisation in the hope that a vacancy exists, without responding to an advert or recommendation. E-recruitment is relatively new, which means you shouldn’t confine your job search to the internet.

How did you locate your job? Share your story.

Women in the workplace

An increasing number of women are gaining university degrees. As a result, more work environments will open to them, and if fewer males are pursuing formal education, their career options will shrink. Is this already happening? Share your views.

The inside story on recruitment

The first step that recruiters take when screening candidates involves reviewing the biographical data supplied on CVs/resumés. While you (as a candidate) might think very little about supplying this information, it is, in fact, often used by large organisations – via weighted application forms – to not only to fulfill quota requirements, but to predict success on the job, although studies show that it has little bearing on employee behaviour. Continue reading