I just spent the first of two days learning about LegalShield and what it offers to employers and their employees, or to individuals and families. I met a really nice group of people too, and heard some impressive stories about how LegalShield attorneys saved them $100’s. One spoke of getting stopped by a police officer for a rolling stop, when the cop car had been two blocks away and he had stopped correctly. He called the attorney, the attorney came to court with him and the charges were dropped – for no additional fee beyond the monthly membership ($25 approximate.) Another told of starting a new job as manager of a retail store and being called at work several times by a debt collector for something long paid. He called his LegalShield attorney and she made a few calls – again for no charge other than the monthly fee – and turns out the debt was removed from two of the three reporting bureaus and yes, was paid. A letter to the third reporting bureau and even the credit score was improved. Of course, the collection calls to his work ended too.
What impresses me about this product – besides the fact that it’s an incredibly low-cost way for all of us to have legal representation (and protection from identity theft) when we need it – is that the company is so supportive of its associates. In all my decades of employment and self-employment I have never met a firm that has so many online, phone and face-to-face opportunities to learn, and to have others help you succeed. If you are looking for a part time job to add to your income or perhaps wondering about making a career move or pick up some extra money to add to your retirement funds, I encourage you to reach out to me by phone or email. People of all ages, a variety of backgrounds and levels of sales experience, have found success. it’s a great product that just makes sense. I’m happy to tell you more and / or bring you as my guest to a local event. If you’re not local, I’ll make a call to one of my colleagues in your area so you can be his or her guest instead. See my About Senior Wellth page for contact information.
If you are a boomer or senior you have obstacles to overcome in your job search. Unless you’re seeking a career move that is lateral or a promotion, you’re fighting a recruiter’s concern that you are overqualified and will not stay. Age, however, can be a very big issue. No hiring manager can ask the question, but it’s hard to disguise your age. If you’re 55 you might succeed in looking 45 or 50 for awhile, but for the most part it’s clear that you’re at least a boomer. It’s important to know what that recruiter might be assuming as she or he thinks about your age. She might assume, for instance:
The pros to hiring an older worker:
They generally have a great work ethic – on time, don’t call in sick a lot, concentrate on doing their job when they’re there.
They generally keep the job for longer
They take direction well, and are seldom insubordinate
The cons to hiring an older worker:
They might have more health problems, perhaps ultimately driving up the group insurance premium for all
Their skills are out of date
They don’t learn as quickly, and don’t retain as well
A strong LinkedIn profile can remove every one of these obstacles.
I’m about to tell you how, but first I need to make two points about LinkedIn and social media in general that you MUST take to heart before you even delve into the social networking world. Continue reading “LinkedIn for 50+ Job Hunt”
If you’re a boomer or senior going back to work, changing jobs, or seeking part time work to supplement your retirement income, you may have a hard road ahead of you. While there are savvy recruiters who will realize that your experience and your work ethic make you an attractive candidate many will have some pre-conceived notions about you, the “old person,” as a prospective employee.
Hiring managers might well think:
Your skills are out of date – not digital or technical enough
You will learn too slowly
You are over-qualified so will want more money and then won’t stay long
You will have more insurance claims, and be out sick more often
You can dispel all of these issues with your cleverly-worded cover letter, and, should you get that interview, with the answers you provide and even the questions you ask, in the interview itself. Continue reading “50+ Job Hunt Tips”