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Turning Age into Advantage: Tips for Job Searching for Professionals 55-plus

Aging workers looking for new jobs face a slew of challenges. You'd think with age and experience, finding a fresh position would come easy. But at some point the scales tip and your age seems to change from being a welcome advantage to a negative characteristic. Age discrimination is illegal, but that doesn't stop it from happening. Just like any other type of discrimination, it can be subtle and hard to...

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5 Common Resume Mistakes That Can Cost You the Job

Creating a high-quality resume is one part art, one part science, and a whole lot of work when done correctly. But when you're in full-on job search mode, mistakes can happen. These resume tips can change that. Some errors are so common that hiring managers see them on a daily basis. However, it's often these common errors that are the most costly. For example, it may not seem like a big...

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100 Top Companies with Remote Jobs in 2018

Written by Brie Weiler Reynolds, Senior Career Specialist at FlexJobs Over the last several years, remote work has grown into a lasting trend, offering benefits to both companies and professionals. More people are working remotely and more companies are offering remote jobs. But if you’re interested in working remotely, where do you start? These 100 companies are probably a good place because they’ve been recognized for offering the most remote job...

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3 Mistakes HR Makes When Creating Anti-Harassment Policies

anti harassment policyHarassment headlines hit newsfeeds on a weekly basis. For example, accusations about Hollywood elite like Harvey Weinstein were quickly followed by a host of other big entertainment names that continue to drip into newsfeeds today. Not confined to the entertainment industry, harassment can happen at any time and at any place of work. This is the stuff that keeps human resource professionals up at night. Whether you're running an SMB or...

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3 Questions You Must Ask If You Get Fired or Laid Off

It's a company merger and a warning of upcoming layoffs. It's that unexpected request for a meeting in your boss's office. It's entering a room and having the HR director ask you to sit down. Gulp. No one wants to be in the position of losing their job, but if you find yourself there, it's important to stay calm and collected. This is the time to maintain your professional composure and ask...

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No Longer Blue or White: New-Collar Jobs Offer New Opportunity

A record 6.2 million jobs are currently open, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So why are 7 million people in America unemployed? Traditionally in the United States there have been blue-collar jobs and white-collar jobs. However, technology has changed many aspects of work, and today things aren't so blue and white. Many people are out of work because they aren't skilled enough to perform at these modern positions. Consider the example...

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QUIZ! How Well Do You Know GetFive's Approach to the Job Search?

At GetFive, we’re all about applying a proven method to your job search. Take this quiz to see how much you know about the GetFive approach. The questions are at the top; answers at the bottom. Good luck! Questions   What are the four basic techniques to land a meeting in your target market? What three elements constitute a job target? Can “not-for-profit” be considered a “target?” What should your...

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Why a Strong Summary Distinguishes a Memorable Resume

Every job seeker needs to stand out in their search. While there are numerous components that will lead to success, some are erroneously ignored by well-meaning job hunters. One extremely important aspect of any job search is the summary that appears on your resume, yet many spend little time on resume summary. However, if you create a great summary, you'll set yourself apart from other candidates. The best summaries will position...

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A Recipe for Career Success, a Member Success Story

Modern airport terminals present daunting construction and development challenges, involving large land areas, layers of complex partnerships, and enormous budgets. GetFive member Kevin Hauppa, who was originally hired as a project manager for a $30 million project at a major international airport, now, as a senior project manager, oversees the day-to-day implementation of a project with a budget exceeding $100 million. And he wouldn’t have gotten there without the help...

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5 Things You Can Do in 15 Minutes or Less to Boost Your Job Search

Searching for a job is like a job itself. It takes time, patience, and dedication. Some days you may spend hours customizing your resume and speaking to recruiters. Other days you might not have as much availability, but that doesn't mean you should halt your job search momentum completely. If you can only scrape together 15 minutes for your job search, that's OK. Here are five activities you can do...

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Quiz: How to Follow Up After a Job Interview

At GetFive, we like to say that the real work begins after the interviews, in the follow-up process. To stay sharp in this very important area, take a few moments to answer the questions in this fun quiz. After each statement, write an A for appropriate or I for inappropriate next to each question. Once you’re done, jump to the bottom to review the answers and see how well you did. You decide...

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From the CEO's Desk: Your Place of Employment Is an Important Community

If you think about all the time you spend with your colleagues, you will often discover you log more hours with them each week than you do any other person, even your spouse and children. This isn't necessarily a negative, as coworkers can serve as a pseudo second family. Of course there's work to be done, but over time you can really grow to care about the people on your team....

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Whether You Like It or Not, the Compensation Landscape Is Evolving

Being a hiring manager has always involved complex decisions, but determining compensation didn't used to be one of them. In fact, salary was pretty cut and dried and rarely a topic that caused you to break a sweat. Today, the compensation landscape is evolving. New legislation, paired with cultural shifts, has changed the way HR and hiring managers approach salary offers and negotiations. It's even extended to current employees' compensation and...

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A New Perspective on Work and Careers

Many baby boomers adhere to the old adage, “Don’t leave one job until you have another.” But this isn’t always true with the younger generation of workers. Many millennials and Gen Xers leave one job and pursue another because of long-term career goals, even if this means they must move home on an interim basis or surf couches for a few months. Many older workers find it hard to come to...

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5 Job-Seeking Rules You Should Break Every Time

Some advice is obviously good: “Buy low, sell high.” “Treat others as you would like to be treated.” “Don’t use raw eggs when you first take up juggling.” Some job-seeking advice is also obviously good: “Network to build connections and relationships.” “Never sell yourself short.” However, there’s also a lot of really bad job advice out there, and those cruddy tips are even worse when they’re presented as rules. Some...

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10 Tips on Writing Emails That Will Land Interviews and Meetings

By Rob Hellmann, GetFive Certified Coach It’s a cold fact that you don't know if many of the cold emails and cover letters you send to people are even read by the recipient. Perhaps the email subject line doesn’t resonate, or the content is too dense, boring, or seemingly pointless to engage the reader. Whatever the case, many have found that following these 10 rules has dramatically improved their email...

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How to Network More Effectively

Many people mistakenly think that networking entails asking one person after another about job openings. These misguided people tend to think the more people they ask, the more likely they are to stumble onto something. But just talking to hundreds of people probably won’t give you much traction. The secret to effective networking involves crafting and executing a precise outreach program based on the following principles: Perfect your pitch. People...

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