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What! Internships for people 50+? How is that possible?

July 29, 2009 Leave a comment

by David Mezzapelle
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Our company has been advising people to re-visit education to sharpen old skills or learn a new one. This is especially important for people looking for a new job or simply re-entering the workforce. There is no age limitation on this advice.

So how do internships fit in? Quite simply. Employers across all industries can always use interns for a myriad of purposes. Until now, an internship was always considered sub-entry level and was reserved for students. Today more & more HR organizations are taking the time to educate employers on the benefit of hiring 50+ candidates in order to fill different roles on a flex-temporary basis (and at a low cost effective wage). This basis is the grounds for what we call a “50+ internship.”

This internship serves as a stepping stone for the candidate as they advance their career or it can be the initial foot in the door the candidate needs to work for a particular employer.

The benefits for the job seeker include:
• sharpens old skills
• modernizes the resume
• compliments any continuing education one may have taken (or is currently taking)
• some work is better than no work and this helps eliminate any gaps in time

The benefits for the employer include:
• obtaining a loyal, flexible employee with potential for a longer stay
• intern/employee can handle a variety of tasks ranging from basic to complicated
• cost effective
• a 50+ intern can usually work more hours
• more mature means more grounded. An improved ability to focus with being less easily distracted

Another factor to consider is the common misconception among young hiring managers that 50+ candidates are not up to date on the applications or tools necessary to get the job done. It is important for the candidate to diffuse that misconception early on. This can be done in a cover letter, resume and even during an interview if necessary. However, if you apply our internship concept to a candidate’s resume you will see that it also helps to diffuse the misconception along with many other benefits as well.

For more information on how your business can benefit from a 50+ intern, please visit us at www.jobsover50.com or email info@jobsover50.com.

About JobsOver50:
JobsOver50.com is a free web-based employment service for Baby Boomers & Retirees backed by the powerful GoliathJobs network. JobsOver50 connects job seekers to employers via schools & alma maters across all levels of education. This model delivers a competitive edge to candidates, a career service edge to schools and significant results to employers.

About GoliathJobs:
GoliathJobs is a free web-based employment service. We connect job seekers to employers via schools & alma maters. GoliathJobs creates partnerships with schools throughout North America which serve as liaisons. This model delivers a powerful edge to schools at no charge (and lifelong career services), a competitive edge to job seekers and high-quality results to employers. We believe that employment starts with education regardless of age, experience or educational level. 100% spam-free.

So What Do We Do Now?

June 30, 2009 Leave a comment

By Michele O’Connor
JobsOver50.com

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HR Technology Report

To answer that, we need to look at this question from the angle of a job seeker, employer & recruiter.

As job seekers we may want to remember that "Employment Starts with Education." We’ve all attended school in some form – high school, college, grad school, tech school, etc. Our underlying education may have been to learn the English language. Or maybe it was finance, history or healthcare. Either way, education is the basis of many of our talents and skills.

During these tough economic times and periods of intense layoffs & downsizing, people should feel comfortable freshening up their skills. Maybe it is time to switch gears into other areas and start a new learning curve. If you lost your job as a financial advisor on Wall Street, maybe consider an accounting or finance job in a different industry such as biotech, insurance, healthcare, "Green", etc. You can always visit your alma mater (or other educational facilities in your area) to hone in on those skills or take the courses you may need. You can also look to your old career service center for up-to-date pointers on resume writing, interviewing and job search techniques.

As employers & recruiters we may want to consider "Contrarian Hiring." Let me illustrate,
Rick Fecteau runs a chain of automobile dealerships in New Hampshire & Massachusetts. One would think that his dealerships are suffering like many other dealerships during this tough economic time. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel that is causing his business to hold it’s own and even improve – the availability of top performers from other dealerships that lost their jobs.

Instead of waiting around for the market to turnaround, Rick has taken a proactive stance and has been hiring top talent from other dealerships that have closed. “It would normally be impossible to get these people to leave their old jobs and join other dealerships,” says Rick Fecteau of Port City Nissan/Suzuki & Amesbury Chevrolet. New hires include managers, salesmen, technicians, etc. Once the economy gets back on track, Rick will reap the benefits of hiring talent at this stage. Consider it “Contrarian Hiring.”

Popular job boards are seeing the same trends. “Job seekers are certainly registering on our site in massive numbers but we are also seeing employers world-wide using this opportunity to hire the best talent that would normally be hard to source,” says David Mezzapelle, Director of Marketing & Development at GoliathJobs.com.
Due to the current economic climate, employers should also consider hiring interns as a means of building a cost-effective, motivated staff. The benefits are endless. Plus, as things improve, the better performing interns can fill permanent roles post-graduation.

“Internship” is a word that is often used to encompass employment while attending school (or during the summer). The internship is a means of gaining experience in the applicable field of study. Most of the time it implies receiving college credit, in lieu of pay, while gaining real-life experience. In other cases pay is received but at a reduced rate. If no credit is earned the pay scale is generally higher.
Employers benefit greatly.

Here are a few of those benefits:
• When employers hire interns, it clearly displays the employer’s involvement in the local community. This is important for corporate development and civic duty.
• Interns are “bright-eyed” and motivated to learn. They want to gain experience towards their career and, quite frankly, need that experience to compete.
• Interns are cost-effective and flexible.
• Top Performers are spotted early and can be groomed for full-time employment later.
• Interns that are hired full time post-graduation have already learned your culture. No need to retrain.
• The surge in the 50+ population is reducing the amount of young people available to fill key roles. By hiring interns and retaining them full-time, you are protecting the long term growth of your workforce.

Hiring interns is no longer reserved for law or healthcare. Internships now exist across all industries including technology, business, education, skilled labor, hospitality and much more. Job seekers & employers have nothing to lose and everything to gain.