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Wow, Tricia @TriciaS290892 -  That's a lot of job apps!

 

I totally hear your sense of frustration.  You are NOT at the end of your rope.  

 

I'm sure they do love you in these interviews, but the chances are that they're a) a bit intimidated, and b) misinformed about how older workers operate.  The conventional bias is that you're going to be too expensive (and you've already checked that box), and that you're not going to stay long, and that your skills are outdated, and that you won't fit with the younger crowd.  

 

These are all, of course, false assumptions, but as I've said over and over on this thread, we're not going to change anyone's mind overnight.

 

My prescription (and, shameless plug, I invite you to take a look at my book, which spells this out in great detail) is to think of yourself as a consultant providing value to a client, not as an employee looking to take directions from a manager.

 

After all this time in your profession, you should be able to identify where things are broken, how things can be fixed, and where the business is going.  You are uniquely positioned to provide the fix for one or two of these crucial gaps in your field (find an expert niche!).  You also have decades of experience and, most importantly, connections to be able to vet your assessment of what needs to be fixed, and how.

 

85% of jobs are filled by referrals, not by job postings.  So it's no surprise you're not getting any traction.  Focus on your network.  But in order to do that effectively, you have to come up with the specific value proposition that you bring to the table.  I don't know your business, so I can't advise you specifically.  But others you've worked with (including and especially former supervisors if you're on good enough terms) can help you narrow down your pitch so that it is something you can do with great authority and effectiveness, but also with gusto and confidence.

 

Then you have to re-craft your LinkedIn profile to fully embody that value proposition, including the "why" you do what you do, and the meaning/purpose you get from your work.  Use the profile Headline and About sections to underscore WHO you are, not WHAT you do (that comes in the Experience section).

 

Armed with this consistent, expressive, and most of all topical narrative, you are positioned to grab the attention of both potential employers and potential clients.  Your prior employers and colleagues, who are now working in other companies most likely, could be the first people to either hire you or refer you to someone who needs your services.

 

No matter whether you get hired into a fulltime position providing this service, or wind up with multiple clients (on potentially monthly, or yearly contracts), you're exercising greater control over your career, and only focusing on opportunities that are right for you.

 

Otherwise, you're trying to hit a distant target with one arm tied behind you and a blindfold on.

 

Make sense?  Let me know if you have further questions!

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I recently lost my job.  My contract came to an end at the age of 62.  I have applied for over 4,698 positions none of which panned out.  I get through the first two interviews and they seem to love me but when I go for the last interview and it comes down to age and financial compensation, I do not get the job. I have even now downplayed what my salary was.   I began applying for any position just to be able to pay some bills.

 

I am beginning to think I will never get a job at this age. I am at a loss.  I recently turned 63 and my savings are depleting rapidly. I will be desperate if nothing comes soon.  What can I do? 

 

TMS

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Thanks for your message, @df5493 -

 

I'm sorry to hear that you've been going through a challenging time.

 

There are some things that I'm not clear about in your story.

 

If you're being refused employment because of your injury/disability, then I would think you could have a case for discrimination that falls under the ADA.

 

I'm not quite clear why you are applying to positions as a Job Coach and Transition Specialist if this is not your background, and your CV doesn't have similar positions on it.

 

While I recognize that your condition does not permit you to participate in some of the aspects of your previous work, surely there's more to being a para-educator than that.  Could you be training other para-educators? Are there modalities and curricula that do not involve the physical exertion you are no longer capable of doing?

 

If the work you did was successful and respected, have you obtained letters of recommendation from your previous employers to use in new applications?

 

Have you reached out to former/current colleagues (and managers) for advice, recommendations, and referrals.  If you read my other messages on this thread, you'll know that I'm a big believer in the power of your network to secure that next job.

 

Finally, your condition/disability aside, what is the greatest quality as an educator that you bring to the job?  Do you have a particular ability to build effective working relationships with your students? Are you an invaluable support resource for the educators and administrators you're working with?  What is it that makes you special and that you feel best about when you are "in the flow" of your work?

 

Make sure to capture and define this special quality or set of qualities and use that as the key value that you bring to the table.  When someone asks "What do you do?" it is this quality or set of qualities that you want to talk about, not just say "I'm a para-educator."  You want to start thinking (and talking) about the impact that your work has on and for other people.  

 

Don't just respond to job postings.  That is the least efficient way to find a job that you'll enjoy and stay in for the long haul.  On LinkedIn, research companies/institutions, and find educators, administrators, program directors and others at these places who are doing the work that you want to be doing or involved with. Contact them, introduce yourself, and build a relationship by asking for information, asking specific questions about your field, and otherwise engaging as a peer, _not initially as a job seeker.  If they like what you have to say and respect your point of view, they're more likely to refer you to other professionals - some of whom may have job openings...

 

I realize this is not the answer to finding a job tomorrow.  I don't have the answer to that question (and I don't think anyone does).  But it is the answer to finding a job you'll  be good at and will find rewarding.

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Need help to find a job:

Hi @JohnTarnoff -I had to leave my job as a school para-educator because of severe sciatica pains. I have been through therapy.Now that I am feeling a little better I cannot work with children from birth-3 and up with autism spetrum disorders, because there is a lot of play therapy involve with these assignments. I have applied to Applied Behavior Analysis and when asked why I left my job of five years and I give them the reason they refused me employment. I have been applying for jobs online for Job Coach and Transition Specialists. I applied for unemployment for assistance and was rejected I appealed and waiting for a reply from them.

 

 Thanks,

@DF

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Thanks, @dwallace1954  - You should check out the reputation of companies on LinkedIn - or simply by googling them.  I would also suggest that you try to be more pro-active in terms of seeking out the companies you would like to work for or with, and connecting to other people doing the same kind of work you do and want to do, and getting referrals from them on target companies. You can also find these people on LinkedIn. 

 

If you haven't yet established a contact network on LI, that should be one of your top priorities.

 

If you spend more time researching the right companies and less time responding to ads, you will take back control of this process and yield better outcomes.

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How do I find reputable companies to work for from home doing case mgmt or utilization mgmt.? I keep running into false advertisements.

Thank you,

Darcy Wallace 

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Hi, @df5493  - It sounds like you've got a good plan that's already in motion.  Did you have some specfic questions or concerns I can help you with?

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Good evening- I have a Masters of Arts in Special Education/Certification in Autism. I would like to takemy career to the next level. My preference is to work with adults with autism sprectrum disorder and individuals with disibilities. I am in the process of applying for next fall semester online Masters of Social Work degree program, my interest will focus on community social work. 

 

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@lorilu3 , it's all about your network, right?

 

You have to make your intention known to those who know you, have worked with you, and can refer you.

 

Identify the companies you'd like to serve and see who can connect you. Make sure your LinkedIn profile communicates your strategic insights on where your field is headed. This will serve as a baseline for the conversations around Board work.  Use the LinkedIn article and post opportunities to share relevant articles and create your own original posts on topics that interest you. Build your reputation as a thought leader!

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Good evening. 

I am a Director of Rehabilitation and want to get more involved on boards and do consulting as well.  I have had experience in the past as a Regional Director for Rehab and started up states for other companies.  I have experience transitioning people over to another company with a 90% retention rate and love to teach and share with others.  What would you suggest for me to grow more in my career and supplement what I already love?  How can I break into boards and expand my expertise into other areas.  My specialty is Occupational Therapy.

 

Thank you

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