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5 Ways Temporary Staffing Helps Older Workers at a Crossroads

As you age, your role in the workforce may become more confusing. While some workers reach the pinnacle of career success in their 50s and 60s, others find their career has languished and they want (or need) something new. You may have reached an obstacle to further growth or grown tired of doing the same thing for so many years. You may even wonder if you’re still relevant alongside younger workers.  How can you beat these challenges and find new inspiration during this crossroads in your career? One way is to use a temporary staffing service. Discover five ways you can use this resource to find new direction. 1. Learn New Skills Keep yourself relevant and valuable to employers by continually updating and improving your skill set. While you can do this in several ways, such as returning for more education, one of the most effective methods is to try new things first-hand on new jobs. When you take a different position, you’re organically introduced to new ways, new techniques, and different technology. You might learn something completely new and find you take to it immediately. Or you might be able to put to work a skill you previously only learned about in theory. Temporary agencies offer a wide variety of learning opportunities because they work with many different employers.  2. Try New Industries Job doldrums may not be the fault of your type of work but rather issues within the industry. Many mature workers who have spent years in various fields have accumulated many transferrable skills and talents. If you’re a financial professional fed up with a punishing corporate office culture, for instance, you might consider taking those financial skills to the construction industry, nonprofits, or startups.  3. Widen Your Network Networking is important for all workers but is especially important for those at the beginning and late years of a career. Have you expanded your network recently? This can be challenging if you’ve been within the same social or business circle for many years. And if the industry community in your immediate area isn’t very large, you may have limited opportunities. This is a good time to venture beyond your borders and connect with people in new companies, new industries, new locations, and new positions. Again, a temporary staffing arrangement helps with this because it allows you more freedom to meet people and try new situations. 4. Consider

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Retiring Early? How to Decide If You Should Work Part-Time

If you plan to retire fairly early, you face the decision about what you will do with your time afterward. Most Americans rightly look at their retirement as their big chance to travel, to enjoy leisure time, and to spend more time with friends and family. But should your retirement plans include working part-time? The answer may be yes, and for a variety of reasons. And if so, how should you approach work after retiring? Here are some answers to your questions. 

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Remember These 5 Things on Your Job Search

Unemployment can be stressful and uncertain. If you have bills to pay and people to provide for, you’ll need to get back into the workforce as soon as possible so life can get back to normal. On your search for new employment, remember these tips to find a job that will not only pay your bills but give you work in which you can take pride. 1. Know What You Want You won’t find a better time than your period of unemployment to evaluate what you know how to do, what you enjoy doing, and what you’re capable of pursuing in the future. Being jobless allows you to reset and determine the kind of job you want to do for the foreseeable future. You will find it much easier to narrow down where to apply and what companies to work for if you have a grasp of the kind of job you want. 2. Research and Specify Once you know the kind of work you’d like to do, find the companies that want to hire in that area. If your resume and interview seem tailor-made for the spot they need to fill, you’ll make a good impression on the recruiters and people in charge of hiring. Your task is to make sure that’s what they see. Look into the company before you send in your application, and reword your resume as necessary to present yourself as the perfect fit. If you make it to the interview stage, you’ll need to do more research before you go in. The more you know about the company and the position you want to take, the more you’ll show your interviewer that you’re ready and able to fill it. Prepare yourself for the questions they may ask, and have a few of your own

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3 Ways to Prepare Yourself to Return to the Workforce

Are you planning to return to the workforce after a hiatus?  No matter what took you out of the job market — raising kids, managing a personal challenge, or not needing to earn — getting back in can be daunting. So before you start to head out for interviews, take the time now to prepare yourself to be in the best place possible for this new chapter. Here are three ways you can do just that.  1. Get Into Good Routines When you don’t work a full schedule, you may find yourself falling into different routines and habits. These aren’t necessarily bad habits, but they may not be conducive to regularly going to a workplace. And that can make your transition to working again more difficult than it needs to be.  Instead of waiting to change your lifestyle until you actually get a job, start now. Set your alarm and wake up reasonably early. Go to bed early. Make to-do lists and get them done each day so you remain productive. Rearrange your chores to accommodate a schedule similar to when you expect to be at the office. If you make the meals for your family, practice meal prepping. Begin to eat properly, exercise, hydrate, and sleep properly. Establishing or returning to good habits can take some time. So start now,and work on these positive developments one at a time.  2. Update Your Skills Updating work-related skills serves dual purposes. First, it helps you find and land a good job because you can do what today’s employers are looking for. Secondly, it gives you confidence as you return to your career. Confidence is a boost for better performance at interviews and adds motivation to get back into the workforce. What type of updating you should take on depends on how

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8 Signs That Mean It Is Time to Change Jobs

Is it time for you to change jobs? Do you get a sense of dread when the weekend is almost over, anticipating the coming week? If you have been contemplating a job change or if you simply despise what you do, maybe it is time for a change in vocation. Watch for these eight signs that it is time to move on and change jobs.

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