At the Top of Your Game

At the Top of Your Game

At the Top of Your Game

At the Top of Your Game

At the Top of Your Game

Are You Prepared to Succeed in Today’s Job Market?

Take This Quiz and Find Out

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Are You Prepared to Succeed in Today’s Job Market?
Today’s workplace is far different than it was a generation ago. Automation, new technologies and the skills needed to master them, in tandem with disruptors like flexible work and the gig economy, have redefined employment success. “The changes in the workplace have been extraordinary,” said Dorothy Leonard, professor emerita at Harvard Business School and chief advisor at the Leonard-Barton Group in Boston.

And with so many factors reshaping today’s labor force, one fact stands out: Workers must stay on their toes to keep their careers strong. While this is true for workers of all ages, it is especially important for people in their 40s, 50s and 60s, who are vulnerable to job loss because of age bias, among other factors.

Fortunately, unemployment rates have fallen below 5 percent overall, and to about 3.3 percent for workers over age 45. And job growth is robust in some industries. If you’re 50+, you may want some sound advice on how to effectively navigate today’s job market.

By taking steps to make yourself indispensable to employers, you can boost your chances of keeping your career on track. Learning new skills, embracing technology and being willing to adapt cheerfully to changes in the workplace can make it easier for you to keep your job and pursue new opportunities.

Workers age 50+ possess the skills many employers seek,” said John Challenger, chief executive of outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas in Chicago. “However, to get the attention of employers, they need to demonstrate a willingness to learn and adapt.”

Are you doing everything necessary to recharge your career in a changing workplace? Find out by taking the following quiz, which will help you determine what steps you can take to ensure that you have a long, resilient career.

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01 True or false:

Major companies rarely hire people in their 40s, 50s and 60s.
01. Major companies rarely hire people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s. DRAG ANSWER HERE DRAG ANSWER HERE scroll

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True

False

02 How long should a resume be for a 50+ worker with substantial career experience? 02. How long should a resume be for a 50+ worker with substantial career experience? DRAG ANSWER HERE DRAG ANSWER HERE scroll

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1 page

2 pages

3-4 pages

03 If you’re let go from your job, you should: 03. If you’re let go from your job, you should: DRAG ANSWER HERE DRAG ANSWER HERE scroll

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Lie about it. Tell friends and professional contacts you quit your job to spend more time with family.

Keep it a secret. If news of your layoff gets out, you’ll look bad.

Go public. Tell everyone you know that you were let go, you’re looking for a new job, and you’re open to advice, meetings, and networking opportunities.

Point your finger. Spread the word that your company is guilty of age discrimination against you.

04 True or false:

When 50+ adults try to change jobs or careers, they are not likely to be successful.
04. When 50+ adults try to change jobs or careers, they are not likely to be successful. DRAG ANSWER HERE DRAG ANSWER HERE scroll

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True

False

05 Having a well-written profile on business networking sites is: 05. Having a well-written profile on business networking sites is: DRAG ANSWER HERE DRAG ANSWER HERE scroll

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Absolutely necessary

Not a bad idea, especially if you’re in a technology-related field

Not necessary

06 Hiring managers are drawn to candidates who embrace technology. The best way for workers to stay up to date with technology is: 06. Hiring managers are drawn to candidates who embrace technology. The best way for workers to stay up to date with technology is: DRAG ANSWER HERE DRAG ANSWER HERE scroll

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Say yes if your boss offers to send you to classes or training sessions.

Don’t spend time learning about new technology unless you have been laid off or want to change jobs.

Always be updating your technology skills on your own and through employer-sponsored training programs.

07 Which industry will offer the greatest number of jobs during the coming years? 07. Which industry will offer the greatest number of jobs during the coming years? DRAG ANSWER HERE DRAG ANSWER HERE scroll

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Professional and business services

Healthcare and social assistance

The federal government

08 Which age group now contributes the most workers to the U.S. workforce? 08. Which age group now contributes the most workers to the U.S. workforce? DRAG ANSWER HERE DRAG ANSWER HERE scroll

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Baby boomers
(born 1946-1964)

Generation X
(born 1965-1980)

Millennials
(born 1981-1997)

At the Top of Your Game

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