Posts Tagged ‘volunteer’

5 You May Have Missed – Older Workers

December 22nd, 2010

Unemployed older workers face more challenges their younger counterparts.  So this week, we’re going to give you a bonus with the weekly 5 blogs and articles you may have missed.

The first article comes from USA Today on the subject of the aging workforce – American Workforce Growing Grayer.

AOL gives you 10 Tips on Resumes for Older Workers and even better, Better Jobs Advice provides Approaches and Tactics for Older Workers Who Can’t Find a Job with helpful links to organizations and volunteer opportunities for older workers. provides Job Search Tips and Strategies for Older Workers

Wharton, the Business School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia explores the myths and realities of work for those over 55 in The ‘Silver Tsunami’: Why Older Workders Offer Better Value than Younger Ones.

And your added bonus comes from The Career Advice blog, which hints at some good news ahead for workers Over 55 and Unemployed.

Have a blog entry that WE may have missed?  please feel free to add it to our comments!


Why Aren’t I Working?

December 12th, 2010

It’s December, so it’s the time of year that people look back over the past year and judge what they have achieved or not achieved.

I suppose we’re getting ready to line up our New Year’s Resolutions.

I’ve accomplished a lot over the past year. With others, I started a non-profit to heighten awareness for retired racing greyhound adoption.

I started my own blog and website for unemployment and job searching here in the triangle.

I picked up a gig writing the Job Tech Review column for Cubicle to Classroom, an online magazine.

I “intern” (read unpaid) as the community facilitator for Hire Friday.

I attended numerous networking functions – met people, made friends, expanded my LinkedIn connections.

I’ve taken advantage of the free training available to job seekers through the local community colleges, as well as seminars and workshops to keep my certifications current.

I ended up an SME in social media for job search, to the point I’m giving talks and workshops on it.

I’ve volunteered – a lot.

What I haven’t done is found a job.

It’s at this point that I recognize the plight and frustration of the unemployed, myself included.

We’ve done everything we are told to do to find a job – networked, volunteered, gotten education, kept current.  We’ve filled out numerous applications online, met for gallons of coffee with folks, attended workshops, spent time and effort and nothing seems to work.

If I’m doing everything we’re being told to do, why aren’t I working?

Well, I’m here to say there’s no magic bullet.

Before this devolves into what could easily become a pity party and whine-fest — really, I’m not playing the victim here — I’d like to suggest that this time of year is as good as any to take stock of what you are doing.

If what you are it isn’t working, change it up.  Set aside time for yourself – figure out a way to rejuvenate yourself.  Treat yourself to something you’ve done without for a while.  Add some different exercise into your daily routine — actually change your exercise routine.  Drive a different route to the grocery store. Trade out the groups and meetings you attend for new ones.   Use the library instead of the home office to construct your project plan for being employed.   Get out there and hustle.

I recently discovered Gary Vaynerchuk, of Wine Library TV.  I must admit I came a bit late to the table on this one.  Gary Vaynerchuk has been out there talking about work and entrepreneurial endeavors for a while now.  But much of what he is talking about is applicable to a job search.  Pardon the rough language, but this is someone who is truly passionate about what he does – in every incarnation.  In the age of motivational speakers who don’t motivate me at all, he is a rarity.  Enjoy – but you might want to close the door before tuning up the sound.

On the bright side, three women who I’ve met through my job search networking have all landed jobs in the past few weeks.  I take this as a good sign.

What are you going to do to change what isn’t working for you?


Keep the Gray Matter Going – Become a Business Advisor

June 14th, 2010

The RTP Business Advisors Connection (RTP BAC) provides local businesses needing assistance (e.g. Finance, Operations, HR, Sales, Marketing, Business Development, IT, Project Management, etc.) with access to experienced professionals willing to offer their skills and time for minimal costs / alternative compensation.

Businesses seeking assistance can contact RTP BAC by sending an e-mail to providing a description of the assistance requested (including timeframe) and your contact information. The RTP BAC leader will post your request to the RTP BAC group and interested group members will respond directly to you.

Alternatively, businesses can scan the profiles of RTP BAC group members and send an e-mail directly to a member. Please include “RTP BAC Request” in the subject line of the e-mail.

RTP BAC members are independent contractors – agreements between the business and the RTP BAC member related to the scope of the project and the compensation are outside the purview of the RTP BAC.

Experienced professionals wishing to join RTP BAC not only request to join the Group but also need to have a recommendation from an existing RTP BAC member. The person supplying the recommendation should send an e-mail to with the name of the person he/she is endorsing.

The RTP Business Advisors Connection connects on Linked In through the group The RTP Business Advisors Connection Group.   By joining the group on Linked in you will be able to keep current with projects the group is involved with.  The RTP Business Advisors Connection meets twice monthly immediately following the TAFU meeting at the Carolina Cafe and Bakery in Cary, at the corner of Weston Parkway and Harrison Avenue.