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Mid-Life Career Changes: What You Need To Know To Beat Out The (Younger) Competition

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The days when a young college grad could start with a great company and settle in for a 30-year promotion-filled career are gone.  Not only do we job-hop from company to company these days, more and more of us career-hop…but that’s where it gets tricky.  Career-hopping in mid-life brings a unique set of challenges for the job candidate.  It can be done, and done well. 

Older candidates can bring experience, good judgment, and stability to a position, but there are a few negative stereotypes you might have to overcome before you land the job.  Older workers have a reputation for not embracing change, not being willing or able to learn new technology, not having the energy or mental flexibility to keep up in a fast-paced position, and not being willing to take orders from a younger boss.  Here’s how you can get past those issues and get the job you want:

Energy and Flexibility

The only way to avoid these issues as a candidate is to constantly be learning:  read books, take classes, and keep up with the latest technology.  Some of this can go on your resume, but most needs to be discussed in your interview.  Make sure you bring up what you’ve read and what you’ve done lately to actively pursue your career.  Don’t rely on your job experience to carry you through.  Bring a great attitude to the interview, and let your energy and enthusiasm for the job show.

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Minnesota Golden Gophers Vs Iowa Hawkeyes 2010 Photos And Video

So I still have not figured out what to do with (Gopher Football Blog) and I have not posted any information here since the firing of Head Coach Tim Brewster.

Heck, come to think of it I have not posted any coaching news speculation and now things are getting really crazy with rumors.

Not because I have no interest but a lack of time.

But… last nights victory by the over the that brings back has me jacked up 24 hours later.

Here is a Floyd Of Rosedale photo:

Floyd Of Rosedale: 10-11-27 Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Iowa Hawkeyes Floyd of Rosedale

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Reaching For The Brass Ring In Job Search

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"I lost my heart On the carousel . . ." - Michael Jackson from the song Carousel

Remember ridding the carousel as a kid? The horses that would go up and down and the horses that just went no where?

What about the embarrassing "bench" that not only didn't move but was on the inside near the gears (did your parents make you sit on the bench when you were too little to ride the horse)?

And then, of course, there was the Brass Ring (or most often, the Iron Ring).

But on the horse, it was all about reaching as far as you could without falling off, timing it just right so you could grab the ring. And then, every so often you would grab the ring look in your hand and it was the Brass Ring and a free ride!

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7 Computer Programming Languages To Watch

Maybe instead of watch I should say learn?

One of the most frequent questions I get from tech pros is something like:

So what is the next big thing?

What are companies looking for?

What should I get a certification in?

I can give a good answer on what Minnesota companies are looking for right now and maybe this next year but I am not sure I can see any further.

Mostly because my sight is on today to six months from now.

I did come across this article from InfoWorld and they list (with some reasoning) 7 languages that the enterprise is starting to use more of.

Click for the full article (yes they do list 8 but call the article 7):


Minnesota Recruiter Jobs

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Minnesota Recruiters Conference 12 | Fall 2010 Invite

Minnesota Recruiters logo on white

Plans are set for our 12th event and many thanks to the team at General Mills for hosting us.

To register for this event click

Who should attend this event:

Corporate Recruiters
HR VPs/Directors/Managers
Staffing Specialists/Managers
HR Recruiters
Workforce Planning Professionals
Researchers/Sourcers
Search Firm Professionals

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Minnesota Recruiter Jobs

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Managing Your Online Brand And Digital Dirt

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On the one hand, the Internet is a wonderful place to get your name out as a highly qualified job candidate.  On the other hand, there may be information floating around about you that you’d rather was not shared with everyone in the world.  How can you determine what’s out there in cyberspace?

Googling your own name is a popular technique for digging up digital dirt.  You will certainly find some information this way, but if you have a common name, you’ll find information on many other people as well.  One way to find information specifically about yourself is to run a search on pipl.com.  This Web site allows you to enter your location and finds information particular to you.  It often turns up things that googling yourself does not—such as public profiles you may have on sites like Amazon or on old social networking sites that you no longer use.

All Internet exposure is not bad—getting traffic to your LinkedIn, twitter, blog, and professional facebook accounts can all generate interest in your job search. 

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Not Everyone Wants To Hire An Expert. Is Your Personal Brand Getting In The Way?

I have been sitting on this blog post for some time but a Tweet from my friend Steve Levy has me wanting to hit the publish button.

From @levyrecruits:

People were getting jobs before experts were yapping about brands

Yes they were. They still are and they will in the future too.

All of the gurus and experts at conferences, top selling business books and webinars say that “personal branding” is the key to ones career path.

While I get that finding a job or next consulting gig is decided to a large extent on who you know (knows) and what they know about you this has gone too far.

Too damn far.

Let the mini rant begin...

Ask yourself this, of the people getting hired are they all (most) online? Of course not.

So many profiles and resumes have guru, expert, thought leader, pro, speaker, top ________, jedi, ninja, etc that the coolness has been watered down or worse, cannot be backed up with real experience and results.

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