The informational interview is an under-appreciated and under-utilized opportunity to grow your network and build your professional brand. Target existing and new connections to learn about your industry, deepen your relationships, and lay the foundation for your next position.


Informational Interviews Are Not Just For Students

An informational interview is a one-on-one meeting with a colleague to advance your career agenda. You may have first heard the concept when you were trying to land your first job in your industry coming out of school.

If that was the last time you held an informational interview, it…

If your job was turned upside down in 2020, or you’re thinking you could get laid off at any moment, what are your prospects for 2021? Not only is age discrimination not going away, it may get worse. Watch for three trends that are impacting workers over 50. But also consider three tactics you can use to circumvent age bias and remain competitive and sought-after.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act is now over 50 (just like the people it was written to protect). Passed in 1967 and modeled on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the ADEA is supposed to prevent workers over 40 from being denied employment or from being let go on…

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“Generativity vs Stagnation.” This is psychologist Erik Erikson’s challenge to late-career professionals. If we don’t keep “generating” value, engaging with the world, and pushing our careers forward, we are doomed to “stagnate” as inertia and complacency overtake us.

This concept of “generativity vs stagnation” is the seventh of Erikson’s eight…

Women over 50 are well-positioned to make a career comeback in today’s volatile economy, mitigating the wage losses and ageism of the past. But the secret is to take the initiative and to take charge. Fashion entrepreneur Marla Wynne exemplifies this trend.

Women over 50 are the largest age and gender workforce category in the U.S. economy and are growing, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Almost 4 million women over 50 will become a part of the U.S. …

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For every networking plan we make to successfully reach out and engage with our connections, we dread the entire process. How can we promote ourselves and get the job referrals we need without being pushy or feeling awkward or inauthentic?

We know that up to 85% of open positions are filled through job referrals, not through applications. So it’s really unlikely that you will get the job you want, sign a client, or start a business without a networking plan.

This is especially important when it comes to the so-called…

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Job security has become a luxury that your employer can no longer afford to grant you. Redefine the value that you deliver to your employer and build job security by becoming an intrapreneur — a more motivated, strategic, and growth-oriented contributor within your team.

Demographic surveys confirm again and again that a significant number of workers over 50 never return to the workforce after a layoff. When coupled with the finding that over 50% of workers over 50 will lose their jobs involuntarily, job security becomes a top priority. …

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My approach to career development is inner-focused. So I approach the issues that come up around working from home in the same way. We need to build a strong inner foundation to help us become more aware, more intentional, and more balanced.

This is a great way to naturally gravitate to practices and routines that support our outer work goals.

Search Google for “Working from home” and you’ll get dozens of breezy and superficial listicles (“list articles”) that give the top tips to successfully managing yourself. …

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The resume tips you got when you were younger no longer apply in the digital era. Your resume is no longer your primary job search tool, nor is it the best way to tell your career story. It’s still a vital part of your toolkit — but in a new way.

Hiring has become too crowded and noisy while also getting incredibly specific. This means that recruiters aren’t spending their time fielding and sifting through applicants — no matter how many resume tips you follow. …

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Many of us came of age inspired by mythologist Joseph Campbell and the line that is often attributed to him: “Follow your bliss and the money will follow.” What Campbell actually said was a bit different, and not quite so definitive:

“Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”

Still, as products of post-WWII cultural transformation, and motivated by progressive ideas and “new politics,” we embraced this idea that we could have our cake and eat it too. …

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By John Tarnoff

I’ve been hearing the word “resilient” increasingly over the past few months as the world grapples with the traumatic effects of the global pandemic and its economic consequences. …

John Tarnoff

John Tarnoff is a career transition coach, speaker and best-selling author who helps late-career professionals transition to meaningful second-act careers.

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