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Career Advice For The Over 50 Crowd

Posted by | December 28, 2015 | Mosaic Blog

Over 50 Crowd

If you thought looking for a job when under 30 was hard work, wait till you get to what they like to call the senior age. Anywhere from 50 years and the doors just keep getting shut. Of course the general explanation for shutting you out of a job opportunity is that you are far too old and they are looking for young blood. Young blood here to signify you do not have the energy. Well, here are tips that will make them shove their words back in their throats and all they will be able to say when you sit in their midst is “You are hired”

Avoid Indicating Your Age

I know that it’s good to be honest, however, let’s keep it real here – when you apply for a job, avoid mentioning your age or hinting at how old you are. If you indicate prior experience, experts advice noting the experience for the previous 10 years and only hinting at the years before that. This way, they cannot shut you out before they listen to you. They cannot just discriminate you because of your age and assume you do not qualify. Also keep in mind that if they openly discriminate you because of your age, they are committing a crime and if you can prove it then you can use that as leverage to get the job.

Have A Strong Online Presence

Today, just about everything is online, including platforms for employment. Sites such as LinkedIn provide a great opportunity to get employment. Having a LinkedIn profile therefore gives you a better chance of landing that job. Indicate experience and skill but avoid mentioning your age. Note that “The internet never forgets” so if you have any unprofessional images or anything that screams “Do not hire me” on other online platforms, you should delete them. The first thing a potential employer does when they meet you online is Google you, so imagine what would happen if they stumbled across drunk photos of you on Facebook.

Improve Your Skills

The thing that makes potential employers choose the younger crowd over you is their skill set. Things change as times change. Computers were invented and everyone owns a phone now. Similarly, curriculums changed and new stuff was incorporated into curriculums. If you do not change with the changing times you become obsolete. While you are out looking for a job, it would also be best if you could sharpen your skills. Take that additional course, learn computer programming or something else. The more up to date you are, the higher the chances of being hired. New knowledge but your experience makes you an indispensable asset.

And as always, network, network, network.

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Let Your Resume Reflect Your Skills

Posted by | December 20, 2015 | Mosaic Blog


Whenever you start writing your resume, it’s natural that you will try to understand the nature of the prospective employer. It will help you write your resume in an attractive manner. However, it is not always possible to know the nature of the interviewer. So, what can be done by you is prepare such a resume that will reflect your skills that will be needed by the concern.

You need to be very careful while writing the resume as it should not be very lengthy as the employer will not go through every detail. Even it should not be one copied from internet! An experienced human resource manager will understand by just giving a glance at it. So, while writing the resume makes sure that your skills are highlighted so that the employer calls you for an interview.

Start with cover letter – How Important is it?

A cover letter is just not a simple letter. With it you can make your resume from all other resumes! In this letter you can write the synopsis of your experience and skills that will be apt for the position applied by you. By going through the cover letter an employer can know why it is important to go through your resume and consider you as a probable candidate.

Different skills that must be mentioned in the resume

Various skills that should be highlighted by you in the resume are

  • Analytical and conceptual skills that will show the employer that you have the ability to understand a problem and come up with a solution for the problem. You can include instances from your work life.
  • Planning and Organizational skills are the most essential part of any resume. It includes setting goals and meeting them on time. A planned person will complete tasks in time and make them error free too, that is needed for the company.
  • Interpersonal skills are also important to highlight as they will reflect that you are a team person and can work in team to achieve the goal of the company. These skills are important for a strong teambuilding that will liked by almost all the employers.
  • Personal Skills are your strength that will be beneficial for the company. So, include personal skills self-motivated, punctual, responsible, adaptability in your resume to let the employer know about your strengths.
  • Technical and Computer skills are the most important ones as these will be required for doing the work. Like if you are applying for a dot net associate, you should have requisite skills for that and it must be reflected in your resume.

Deena Pierott @deenapierott
Mosaic Blueprint


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What can you do to advance diversity

Posted by | September 25, 2015 | Mosaic Blog

When the topic of diversity comes up, white men often feel labeled “the bad guys.” We can be so worried about saying the wrong thing that sometimes we default to saying nothing instead. But that is a mistake. Success today, whether in business or in our communities, requires cultural dexterity – the ability to work effectively with people who are different from ourselves. To build that skill we must understand the lens through which we view the world. For white men, that means acknowledging that we have a race and a gender. While we are not a monolithic group, those dimensions of diversity are important aspects of our identity and they do influence our experiences at work. It also means recognizing that we can contribute to advancing diversity in our organizations.

Robert E. Moritz share his ideas on Four things White Men can do to advance diversity

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Managing diversity

Posted by | September 23, 2015 | Mosaic Blog

Managing diversity should be the same. When it is truly embedded in a company’s culture, it is a natural part of how it operates and is reflected in all its practices: it’s on the priority list of the CEO, the CLO, and the head of human resources. These companies have management systems that guarantee the empowerment of the main business units, including middle managers, allowing them to implement diversity at all levels and in many different ways. At the same time, diversity management should be part of the incentive and recognition mechanisms of the main directors, and not limited simply to human resources.

Santiago Iniguez sharing about Managing Diversity: Just Smart Business

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People Management Vs. Talent Management

Posted by | September 21, 2015 | Mosaic Blog

Talent scarcity is still a problem, but engagement, empowerment, and environment are now the real issues companies face.

Do today’s “talent management” programs, as defined, work? Have all the companies who purchased and implemented talent management software truly transformed themselves? Have we really built the “talent-centric” organizations we talked about over the last decade?

Read Josh Bersin’s perspective on Why People Management is Replacing Talent Management.

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There’s been a lot said over the last 2-3 years about the need for businesses to achieve a better balance of gender equality throughout their workforce’s, including in senior executive and Board level roles. Certain countries, such as Norway, have gone as far as passing legislation that requires businesses to achieve a certain ratio in the Boardroom. Other countries have adopted a voluntary (but required) approach and that is beginning to extend deeper into the executive ranks. But, several years into this agenda, have we reached equality?

Read the insightful post by Alistair Cox on what can be done to Achieve Gender Diversity.

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We can’t innovate without being diverse and inclusive,” explained Denise Young Smith, Apple’s Worldwide Human Resources president, when the company announced it was to invest $50 million in not-for-profit organisations that promote the integration of women, minorities and older people into the technology sector. The news came out the same week Apple unveiled its smart watch, and is just one of many such initiatives some Silicon Valley companies are undertaking to increase diversity, particularly in terms of hiring more women.

Read the full post by Santiago Iniguez on why Real Diversity Is About Bringing Together People Who Think Differently

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Why You Need Adequate Sleep to Perform

Posted by | September 14, 2015 | Mosaic Blog


According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, the short-term productivity gains from skipping sleep to work are quickly washed away by the detrimental effects of sleep deprivation on your mood, ability to focus, and access to higher-level brain functions for days to come. The negative effects of sleep deprivation are so great that people who are drunk outperform those lacking sleep.

Read the full post by Dr. Travis Bradberry on why Sleep Deprivation Is Killing You and Your Career

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The worst thing you can do after getting passed
up on a promotion


I found a great article by my friend Mike Guerchon, chief people officer at Okta, who offers stellar advice on what to do and what not to do whenever you’re passed up on a job promotion. Share with your friends or colleagues who may be experiencing this right now.  Click Here to read




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Women’s Panel Success!

Posted by | July 2, 2015 | Mosaic Blog

I’m so honored that we had such a dynamic panel discussion last week for the Women and the Hidden Color Barrier event.  All of our panelists were spot on and not only share their personal stories but also shared valuable takeaways on how to be a #ChangeAngel in your environment.

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Testimonial from an attendee:
“After spending 20+ years in Organizational Development (globally), this was the best panel, facilitator and SME/Professor I have ever had the luxury of being a part of. I was so fired up, I came back to the office and told everyone about this OUTSTANDING event.”

More sessions will be planned for Portland, Seattle and San Francisco – if you’d like to get on the list to be notified of these events, or bring to your city just email me at Engage(at)

Deena Pierott
Mosaic Blueprint

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