Changing careers later in life (from someone who did it)

Unless you’ve made your way to the C-suite, you’re unlikely to find many articles addressing the successes, struggles, and challenges of the older worker. Little is written about us, save for the occasional anti-ageism piece published mostly for public image purposes. So when I decided to leave my career in Real Estate at the age of 45, I was largely without guidance. Of course, I had my family as support and the Internet as a general - if often lacking - resource, but I didn’t have an article like this one. Which is why I’m creating it.

Late-life career changes aren’t doomed to failure

82% of respondents to an American Institute for Economic Research survey reported making a successful transition to a new career after the age of 45. You probably aren’t doing the same job you dreamed of as a kid, or even the same job you did 10-20 years ago. Why stop evolvi...
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The surprising benefits of workplace nemeses

An office without some level of disaccord is essentially impossible; it seems to be a rule of nature that every Jim has a Dwight. And it’s easy to see that as a negative - especially if your workplace rival has an annoying tendency to roll their eyes or speak over you in meetings. Here’s the thing: a simple mindset shift can help you to not only outshine your competition, but to drastically increase your workplace satisfaction while reducing unnecessary anxiety. Many people talk about the value of workplace friends - few discuss the benefits of workplace enemies. Follow these tips to make the most of your rivals. The basis of workplace competition. Competition at work isn’t just inevitable - it’s actively encouraged. READ MORE

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Early career professionals are taking on temp-to-hire

We know what you’re thinking: why take the risk? Why not just wait for an ideal permanent position? We’re asked this question every day. And no, we don’t have a vested interest in you taking a temporary position over a permanent role. The answer is simple: temp-to-hire allows you to fearlessly experiment with new software systems and/or company sizes, while exposing you to a larger network in your industry of choice and allowing you to develop your skills. Best of all, it more often than not results in a permanent position at a company that truly appreciates your value. And honestly, no job - temporary or permanent - is ever guaranteed. At-will employment means you could be fired at any time for any reason. So how do you want to spend your time - at a job that will superdrive your career and challenge you anew, or a job with little movement or opportunity for growth? You tell us. Why do companies opt for temp-to-hire? Temp-to-hire is not atypical and it should ...
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A job seeker’s guide to marijuana testing

Yes, marijuana will show up in your drug test. And yes, companies still care. Surprise, surprise - just because you live in one of the states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana (10 states and 33 states, respectively), doesn’t mean you’re in the clear when it comes to pre-employment drug testing. Despite tacit approval for recreational marijuana and widespread support for medical use, companies still rely on drug tests to validate their hiring processes. As recruiters, we speak with hundreds of candidates every month - many of whom believe themselves ‘safe’ from discrimination based on marijuana use. This simply isn’t true. Don’t let your dream job slip away in the last stages: here’s everything you need to know about marijuana testing in today’s post-legalization world. The basics: risks, rules, revelations. Marijuana...
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Counter offers: necessary evil or desirable endgame?

Most counter offer articles hinge on one magical statistic – 60% (or 75% or 90%, depending on the source) of people who accept counter offers leave their company within 6-12 months. These articles, unsurprisingly, are written by recruiting firms. They are also devoid of sources or concrete studies to support their claims. In our extensive research, we haven't been able to uncover a single study to back this commonly quoted statistic. What’s different about this post? We’re also a recruiting firm, and we also don’t want you to take a counter offer; accepting a counter offer means the hours spent finding you a job, coaching you for the interview, debriefing, and negotiating with the hiring manager, were for nothing. And yet, it is in our best interest to encourage trust. So in the spirit of full-disclosure, here’s what you should really know about counter offers - the good and the bad. Counter offers aren’t all bad. Few things are ...
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Checklist: 3 ways to survive your first year in recruiting

If you're in your final year of college and you have no idea where your life is headed – consider this your survival guide. During my final year of studies, I was unexpectedly forced to graduate early. I wasn't mentally prepared to start job searching and I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do, or even could do. While I enjoyed my major, my main interests were in co-curriculars. I never excelled at any one subject, and I never felt pressured to adopt a definite path. All I knew was that being around people and helping others reach their goals made my life feel purposeful. I'm sure many of you are or have been in a similar boat - unsure of where you should go to start or pivot your career. While recruiting isn’t for everyone, this profession does allow anyone to succeed if they are eager to learn and willing to work hard. It can be difficult at times – especially when you’re just starting out – but if ...
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Texans: read this before signing your non-compete

Non-competes have always been a source of confusion. In which states are they enforceable? What is actually being protected? What happens if you’re fired? The truth is, there’s no one clear answer. Each state has a unique set of laws regulating non-competes, and even within a single state, rules can be twisted or reframed depending on your unique situation. To be safe, you should expect Texas courts – pro-competition in most other respects – to uphold a fair and reasonable non-compete agreement. Before you sign your future away, make sure you’re aware of the consequences, limitations, and possible protections at your disposal. Here’s everything you need to know before signing: What makes a non-compete agreement enforceable? It’s quite simple; to be enforced under Texas state law, a non-compete must fulfill ...
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Negotiation strategies for people who feel underpaid (& hate confrontation)

According to recent studies, 46% of Americans feel underpaid, and by consequence under-valued. Leading the pack at 62%, the majority of San Diegans report a troubling disparity between their perceived worth and their current paycheck. Reports by Pew Research support their claim; apparently, despite an inconceivably low unemployment rate and an incredibly healthy economy, today’s average salary holds nearly the same READ MORE

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How to make better, smarter, longer-lasting career resolutions.

Only about 20% of New Year resolutions make it past January. Come March, that number plummets to near zero. So how do you make key changes in your life, without succumbing to self-sabotage or - worse yet - without simply losing interest? For starters, consider committing to your resolutions a few days or weeks before January 1st; that way you avoid the gimmick and can actually focus on the work. Beyond that, check out these little-known strategies to boost your resolution success:

Take the long-view: plan three years in advance.

Try to imagine what you want your life to look like in 2021. Will you be at the same comp...
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Stop searching for passion: how to find meaning in any career.

Too often, passion is coded as some kind of inborn motivator, planted within you from birth and destined to follow you, unchanging, throughout your life. Yet in reality, passion is just as easily ‘created’ as it is ‘discovered.’ The epithet ‘follow your passions’ has always been a (mis)guiding force for young professionals as they embark on their chosen career path – or as they commit, yet again, to a path that has consistently failed to prove its value. With the right conditions, you can find passion and fulfillment in almost any career. Read on to find your passion – no matter what you do.

What do you really want?

Most people aren’t lucky enough – or maybe they’re actually the lucky ones? – to be born with an explicit, well-defined, commodifiable passion. In fact, it’s rare that passion is attached to a specific activity at all; it’s more often a product of how that activity makes you feel. What you w...
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