Preparing and empowering the "Over 40" worker for career opportunities in the new economy.
December 15, 2017 @ 5:00 PM

What I learned at Box

Written by Lisa Chai
In a recent Phase2Careers event that was run by Box in its headquarters in Redwood City, a small group of workers over the age of 40 was seeking relevant advice from millennials employed at this cloud content management and file sharing company.  The movers and shakers in this disruptive industry were cognizant of the wake of job loss to the older workers in the room due to fast moving business forces in technology. These younger professionals were all genuinely eager to impart their advice to the older workers. Likewise, the job seekers were grateful for having this opportunity to learn firsthand from professionals in a corporate culture different than what we may have ...

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November 28, 2017 @ 11:02 PM

The Future, Jobs and You

A Presentation by PK Agarwal,

Regional Dean & CEO of Northeastern University - Silicon Valley

Written by Lisa Chai


The Future, Jobs and YouMany people worry that the disruptive technologies that are occurring now will put a tremendous amount of people out of work.

While there is concern for certain industries and their jobs, these new technologies are creating a vast new set of industries and jobs to go along with them.

In fact, the innovative change facing our economy today is not the first time innovation has transformed how people work and relate to one another. Think back to the printing press. This innovation allowed for knowledge to be available to more people than when books were written and illustrated by hand ...

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November 21, 2017 @ 7:18 PM

What I learned from Improv: Ron Visconti

Dragon Theatre

Last year, my wife strongly urged me to take a class, just for fun. The stipulation was that it could not be work-related. "How about Improv?" she suggested.

Two things crossed my mind. Would I be good enough? Would I be funny enough?

My perception of Improv had been formed from shows like the Drew Carey show, Whose Line is it Anyway? And as a jazz enthusiast, I know that jazz musicians improvise.

After taking the class, I wanted to share my enthusiasm with others, in particular, with Phase2Careers clients.

Why not have a workshop just for us?

On October 27, 12 attendees participated in an Improv class at the Dragon Theatre in Redwood ......


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October 23, 2017 @ 11:08 PM

Phase2Careers Honored Excellence in the Workplace on October 20

Awards Ceremony Collage


Phase2Careers, a non-profit organization since 2010, that serves the career transition needs of the "Over 40" worker in San Mateo County and beyond, held its third annual "Honoring Excellence in the Workplace," awards ceremony and breakfast at Poplar Restaurant in San Mateo on Friday, October 20. Close to a hundred attendees included Human Resources Recruiters, representatives of county and city governments, professionals from social service agencies throughout San Mateo County, and from a number of high profile local employers.

Featured Keynote Speaker was Tom McGraw, CEO of First National Bank of Northern California. His topic was "......

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July 28, 2017 @ 10:24 AM

Interview with Jim McDonald, Author of
Behavioral Strengths & Employment Strategies: Augmenting Career Success


Book: Behavioral Strengths & Employment Strategies: Augmenting Career Success

 Q. What changes have you seen over the years in the field of recruitment?

A. The field of recruitment is now saturated with use of the Internet. 


1. Pervasive use of the Internet to attract, screen, and select applicants

2. Increased use of resume search systems

3. Less use of public job fairs

4. Greater use of video interviewing

5. Greater use of third party recruiter specialists

6. Greater outsourcing of the recruiting function

7. Increased use of temporary agencies


Q. What do you feel have been the most dramatic changes (in recruitment) and what do you anticipate for the .........

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April 30, 2017 @ 5:17 PM

An Interview with Dr. Ron Elsdon, Author of How to Build a Non-Traditional Career Path

Dr. Ron ElsdonDr. Ron Elsdon presented to a Phase2careers audience. Questions asked by Ron Visconti


Why did you write this book?

In today's and the future work world, creating an individual, nontraditional career path such as I have experienced is a growing opportunity. I am thankful for this and for many supportive people who made this path and what I have learned from it possible. It has been a pleasure giving presentations over the years on this topic and some seeds for writing this book were planted by encouragement from participants at those presentations to write a book. It is a blessing to be able to offer in this book much of what I have learned ...

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April 26, 2017 @ 12:54 PM

Informational (Exploratory) Interviews: Strategies for success for asking or answering questions!

By Aliza Golshani, Founder of Your Path Careers


Alisha Golshani

An informational interview stands alone from other types of interviews in its purpose and conventions.


Informational interviews explained

The word 'informational' is key to understanding that this type of interview is fundamentally about seeking and receiving advice. It is not an interview used exclusively by job seekers hoping the conversation will lead to a direct job offer (although those with relevant experience, aligned skills and goals may get lucky.)

If you are considering asking for an informational interview, read this advice first:

Informational interviews...

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April 17, 2017 @ 2:26 PM

An Anthropologist's Peek into Behind the Scene of Hiring

By Ilana Gershon, Professor of Anthropology at Indiana UniversityIlana Gershon

I recently published a book on the hiring ritual, Down and Out in the New Economy: How People Find (or Don't Find) Work Today ( There is always a risk of disappointing readers when writing an anthropological book about hiring for the general public. Anthropologists like to analyze how social interactions take place, and they don't like to give advice about what people should do. But what most people want to know about hiring is how to get a job, which is perfectly reasonable. I have been spending time since writing the book trying to think...

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March 9, 2017 @ 11:04 AM

How Volunteering Can Benefit Your Career

Aliza Golshani, M.A, Ed

Aliza Golshani, MA Ed

Volunteering provides opportunity for you to benefit society, through your local community, the environment, non-profit organizations or people outside your immediate family. Additionally, the benefits for you personally, are many.

Volunteers are defined by the United States Department of Labor 'as persons who do unpaid work (except for expenses) through or for an organization' - undertaken by choice. This definition is deliberately broad and enables people to choose widely how they would like to give their time. As such, volunteering has become a popular activity for people of all ages and across all demographics. The US Department of Labor (Bureau of Statistics,...

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March 4, 2017 @ 11:45 AM

Hiring Older Workers Benefits the Entire Community

By Jennifer Vaida, Teacher and Life Coach

Older Worker

Older workers are a valuable resource for companies, and there are countless reasons for hiring them: they bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge to the position; they have long and well-established network contacts that can be valuable to a company; their loyalty, punctuality, and attendance tend to be impeccable; they have a vast arsenal of problem-solving strategies and real-world applications for all kinds of situations; they typically have fewer distractions (family obligations, social media interests, personal branding priorities, etc.) than younger workers. The list goes on.


But what's equally compelling is the value that ...

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