- View yourself as a product: It’s competitive out there. Ask yourself: Why should someone hire me?
- Network, network, network- on-line and LIVE!: If you don’t like the word, network, think connecting, relationship building.
- Elevate the conversation with a potential employer: Get more aggressive. Ask specific questions about the job.
- Demonstrate mental agility: Cite examples where you can show how flexible and adaptable you are.
- Look the part: Appearance and presentation still matter. Don’t kid yourself.
- Match your drivers to the job description: Read DON’T RETIRE, REWIRE! to discover your drivers, or motivators, and see how they correlate to professional success and fulfillment.
- Discover how to differentiate yourself from the pack: Don’t associate only with the same age cohort! Pick up new trends and ideas from all four generations.
- Articulate what you can offer an employer: Don’t wait for the interviewer to ask about your strengths, tell them.
- Demonstrate that you are up to speed with “new” skills: Don’t get old and rusty in your technology or leadership skills.
- You’ve got the experience; have energy and enthusiasm, too: This is the great triumvirate. There is no replacement for the BIG THREE.
- Manage your expectations: Need I say more?
Monday, March 23, 2009
I recently attended a seminar at DEMOS, a non-partisan public policy research and advocacy organization headquartered in New York City. Demos works with advocates and policymakers around the country in pursuit of four overarching goals:
- a more equitable economy with widely shared prosperity and opportunity
- a vibrant and inclusive democracy with high levels of voting and civic engagement
- an empowered public sector that works for the common good
- responsible U.S. engagement in an interdependent world
Dr. Butler has great delivery and great insights...and when he told the audience to exercise and work to strengthen their thighs so we can always climb stairs I knew he was right on!! What a great message for all of us Boomers!
From my standpoint I think that to really get this longevity revolution right, we need to rewire ourselves mentally, physically and civically for starters!
Friday, March 20, 2009
During these challenging times I've decided to try new and different things that are fun, inexpensive, and getting me out of my comfort zone. And if I can learn a thing or two along the way, that's terrific so that's how I ended up at the YMHA, better known as the 92nd Street Y Tribeca http://www.92y.org/92YTribeca in New York City.
I wanted to learn to play poker. I'm from a card playing family in Michigan but have gotten rusty through the years. My goal was to learn the game, get a group of friends together once a month to play cards, to get caught up, do some networking, and do something that challenged the mind and was active, not passive! Basically I was Rewiring my fun time!
I took a lunch time class called- POKERDIVAS. Their motto is "If you want to be in the game, you have to be at the table." They have a great site: http://www.pokerdivas.com/.
In one class, with a highly talented "teacher," Ellen Leikind, I learned the basics and am ready to go! I met great women, from entrepreneurs and nurses to corporate executives and policy makers.
If you're in New York take the class, but also think about learning the game. From a career standpoint learning TEXAS HOLD'Em has several benefits beyond fun and learning to bluff well:
- develop strategic skills
- learn to read the competition
- become more of a risk taker
All good skills for managing the work world regardless of your position! and it's a lot of fun!