Posts tagged #Fear

How Older Workers Can Stay Relevant In The Office

Age discrimination is illegal in the hiring process, but it's not illegal for employers to replace high-paid workers with younger employees who come with smaller salary demands. With technology constantly changing, older workers face the stereotype of being stale and out of date with the latest trends, which is why it's incumbent upon employees at any age to use an Occupreneur™ approach for remaining relevant, invaluable and employed.

An Occupreneur™ is someone who manages his or her career as an entrepreneur would manage a business. Entrepreneurs don't sit around waiting for someone to make decisions about their careers. They stay on their toes by reinventing and finding new ways to serve their clientele.  And they let their revenue streams serve as feedback on whether their approach is working or if adjustments are needed.

If you're an employee who feels that your career is dependent on the decisions made by others, or feel that you have no power over your employment status, it might be time to change your frame of mind. Attitude is everything: If you believe you're a valuable asset, then act like one. Employers will take not of your confidence and skill and reinforce your value.

Here are some steps to take today that will put you in the driver's seat for the remainder of you career:

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Posted on July 5, 2013 .

On The Latest Jobs Report

Regardless of the latest jobs numbers, it’s easy to get caught up in thinking that it's still difficult to land a new job. The truth is now is a prime time to make a change if you are smart about it. There are plenty of opportunities out there. All you need is the right mindset. Here are three things to consider:

  1. You could be your own worst enemy. One of the biggest hurdles in making a career change is fear. We all have fear. The question is will you let yours keep you stagnant? In terms of a career change, fear is often based on what you hear from others or a feeling that you don’t have the skills or the experience to have the career you want. This is usually nonsense. You have skills, experience (including life experience) and something valuable to offer. Focus on what you have, rather than what you lack, and the fear will slowly begin to dissipate.
  2. Re-think the word ‘job’ and replace it with the word ‘mission’ or ‘purpose.’ Instead of focusing on the hours you will work or how much money you will make, consider what you can bring to a new challenge and how you will contribute to an organization.
  3. A new opportunity might be right outside your front door. Open the door to your office or step outside your cubical. Employees often get so fed up with their current company that they fail to explore other opportunities internally. Many large and midsize organizations have openings in various disciplines. This is a great place to start looking for a career change since your experience and track record can be an asset.

And one final note: most professionals fail to recognize their true strengths. There is so much emphasis placed on hard skills and very little on soft skills. Soft skills, such as people skills or the ability to work under extreme pressure is as valuable, or even more so, than hard skills (or that which you learn though school or formal training). When looking for new opportunities, be sure to highlight your soft skills as they are some of your best assets.

Posted on May 2, 2013 .