Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Looking for Work after 50

Greatest challenge I've had to face. My first obstacle was believing this was going to be more difficult than the last time. The bosses keep getting younger, but that has never been a problem for me unless they weren't capable of doing their job, of course. It's those HR people who make this hard.

Most HR people I've encountered have been fresh out of college trained. Even if they have been working for 10 years, they have only been in the HR hiring position and don't show a true understanding for on the job skills. I've only been looking for temporary assignments this time, not even temp-to-hire, and my years are proving to be a serious detriment. My computer testing consistently yields 100% scores in all the MS Office programs and should open the door into any Executive Assistant position where the boss is high demand. But, not one door has shown itself. Imagine that, an Executive Assistant who can spell, write a coherent sentence, understands business, marketing, professionalism, and can accomplish the work of 3 people in a day. If she's over 50, few are willing to turn the desk outside their plush office over to her, though.

I have two good friends who are in their late 30's/earliest 40's. We often find ourselves applying for the same jobs. Neither one can type accurately, intuitively figure out new computer programs, polish the etiquette elements of a Board meeting, or head off potential problems by thinking ahead of them. Yet, both are beautiful to look at, and each has gotten at least one job over me. It took those shallow bosses about 3 months of working with them to literally grow to hate the sight of them before they got fired for an inability to accomplish the work they were hired to do. I'd bet you all saw that coming, though.

My skills and confidence have finally come full circle and I have decided this belief in my own talents, love for success, and strength in business protocols are far more suited to being in business for myself. Who can I possibly trust more than me to take care of me? My personal success lies in me doing what is most satisfying to me professionally.

Keep in touch, and I'll keep you posted on my business growth and the positive (or negative) elements of detaching myself from the corporate control monster. My business is focused in that other passion of the over 50 set, too. Retaining the appearance of our more youthful days!

If you want more information, post your questions in comments and I'll reply as soon as possible.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Nothing wrong with getting older

I've honestly enjoyed growing up. What I have not enjoyed is watching the changes that keep surprising me in the mirror. At some point in my future, I know I will go for the "big fix" and get some plastic surgery, though not at a dramatic level. Looking good is only important to me at the level of saying, "looks good at her age".

For anyone who isn't caring for their skin, it's never too late to begin that process. Get your monthly facials, use SPA products at home, switch to mineral makeup, stop smoking, keep your drinking to what's good for the heart, be happy, meditate, eat right, believe the rumors of the value of the Omega 3's and 6's, exercise and do whatever makes you feel beautiful. I strongly recommend the use of a jade roller when your eye area gets puffy, and natural skin rejuvenation systems (tuning forks, jade roller, facial massage, accupressure) to minimize and delay the wrinkles and sags that send so many to the surgeons.

I am in business for myself. The product I represent is a home handheld device that regenerates the collagen/elastin that breaks down with age. It is very exciting, but my passion remains in doing facials and teaching the care and maintenance of beautiful skin for my clients. Stay away from anything that "hurts" or forces the top layers of skin cells off to expose a younger looking, new layer of skin. Those procedures remove the wrinkles because they are injuring the skin, which causes swelling. The effects only last until the swelling goes down. Do those things regularly and you will develop scar tissue that will end up prematurely aging your skin.

Beautiful is a word that describes absolutely everyone. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have about my business ventures, skin care, or facials.