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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Deconstructing the most public interview in the world – Dos and Don’ts

Set aside the war for talent - the war for (apparently multi-lingual!!) soundbites has commenced!  As of last night, ten of the twenty Democratic candidates entered what will be the most scrutinized and drawn-out interview process worldwide. Upwards of sixteen million people watched, commented, and dissected their every word and action - myself included! Except as a recruiter of 20+ years, I watched the debates from a somewhat unique perspective: I watched as someone whose entire business hinges on the success - or failure - of the interview process itself. Somewhere between Warren’s student loan plan and O’Rourke’s climate change initiative, a few things became exceptionally clear; the same issues plaguing the average candidate exert equal influence on the most qualified and well-trained professionals in the land. That being said, these presidential hopefuls do have a lot to teach us. Here’s what went right in yesterday’s debate, and what went surprisingly wrong. ...
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How long should my resume be?

Trying to compress a lengthy resume into a single page is, at this point, a professional rite of passage. We’ve all done it - combined bullet points, removed perfectly valid work experience, and skipped over contextual elements that would otherwise complement our background. But is this minimization of our professional history really necessary? In this day and age when printed resumes are all but dead, does the single page resume still hold power? The short answer is no, it isn’t necessary to cram a lifetime of professional achievements onto an 8x11” piece of paper. That is, unless your professional history has been relatively short. Keep reading for the optimal resume length given your career and aspirations:

What recruiters like to see, according to science.

We’re not the first people to ask this question - in fact, the question has been hotly debated since the invention of the resume, and especially contentious since Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS: ...
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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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The science of cold emails: connect with anyone, anytime

The best cold emails don’t feel like cold emails at all – they’re unconventional, highly targeted, and they offer a clear point of connection. These emails defy industry standards; whereas most professional emails garner open rates of 15.22% to 28.46%, expert emailers can see considerably higher numbers – sometimes nearing 40-50%. The more people you can engage through email, the better your chances of landing that new client or opportunity. Whether you’re struggling as a salesperson getting targets to respond, or you’re a job seeker looking to connect with high-level decision makers at your desired company, you’ll need to boost your open rates if you want to get ahead. And the best part is – cold emails aren’t even very difficult to master. All you need is an engaging subject line, a clear value proposition, and a targeted call to action. It’s as easy as follo...
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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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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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Write a Cover Letter in 10 minutes or less & get noticed

If you’ve ever given up on applying to a job because of the cover letter requirement, listen up – it’s not as daunting as it may seem. As much as we may try to avoid them, there are many companies that require cover letters as a part of their application process. You’re only doing yourself a disservice by overlooking what could otherwise be a perfectly matched job opportunity. Once you know how to approach the cover letter, it’s actually relatively easy to get through the initial screening. Most people avoid cover letters for one of three reasons:

1. The purpose of the cover letter is not evident or known

2. A cover letter seems like a waste of time

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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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