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January 17, 2017 @ 10:17 AM

Job Market Trends for 2017

By Jennifer Vaida, Teacher and Life Coach

Jennifer Vaida

 

It's a new year, and many of us are happy to put 2016 behind us and look ahead to what's to come.

Fortunately, if you're in the job market in 2017, prospects look pretty good.

According to ManPower Group, in the first quarter of 2017 employers nationwide are expecting a 16% net increase in employment, and California is among the top five states with a positive employment outlook, with projected hiring rates of 18% (Forbes.com).

"The job market in 2017 will be about as good as it gets," according to Mark Zandi of Moody's Analytics. "There are currently a record number of job openings and layoffs are at a record low." Zandi ...

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January 17, 2017 @ 10:07 AM

Turning Your JobSearch Fears into Success

Aliza Golshani, M.A, Ed, Your Path CareersAliza Golshani, M.A., Ed

 

It is time. The new year has begun. The sleepy holiday season is over. Companies and organizations have ramped up their recruiting volume. You are ready. You need a new job.

You may be in this situation for a multitude of reasons. Perhaps you have been in your current role for so long that you can practically do it with your eyes closed and you need a fresh challenge. Your situation could have been precipitated by an organizational restructure, you officially retired from your company and are embarking on your second career phase or your personal circumstances necessitated a rapid change - you relocated, experienced major family commitments ...

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December 29, 2016 @ 1:29 PM

Finding and Achieving Your Career Goals in 2017

By Ron Visconti, Executive Director of Phase2CareersImprove Finances

We begin every New Year with lots of enthusiasm, new ideas and projects we want to launch, which brings forth a flurry of questions that need to be answered:

  • How can we make them succeed?
  • How can we make this year different from the past?
  • Do you have a road map for your career plans?

 

It is important to take a look at what has worked and what hasn't. Ask yourself:

  • What did you accomplish in 2016 that you are proud of? Both personally and professionally?
  • What were new discoveries for you in 2016 (resources, people)?
  • Moving forward, what would you like to accomplish in 2017? Big or small?
  • Is there a class you ...
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October 27, 2016 @ 2:29 PM

Phase2Careers' Second Annual Award Ceremony

Phase2Careers held their second annual award ceremony on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 before an enthusiastic crowd of local employers, human resources professionals, and career coaches at the South San Francisco Conference Center.

 

Erin McInrue, VP of Research of Age Wave, gave a riveting presentation about:

Lifespan vs. Workspan: Can employers adapt to meet the reality of our longevity bonus?Erin McInrue, Key Speaker

In essence, she discussed new ways for employers to engage workers who are working and contributing well beyond the previous traditions of retirement at age 65.

"Many workplaces think about organizational structure, workplace policies, job titles, and career paths in a way that’s ...

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September 28, 2016 @ 12:18 PM

Ageism: Real or Not?  How to Handle It

By Ron Visconti, Executive Director of Phase2Careers

Ron Visconti, Executive Director of Phase2Careers

 

Ageism in the workplace is real.  However, what matters most is how we deal with it.

George was given his pink slip. 54 years of age, 20 years with the same company, a seasoned procurement specialist. "How am I going to get the next job?" Why is this happening to me? "Who will hire an older worker like me?"

Beverly, was a returning-to-work mom after a hiatus of 20 years in order to raise her kids. She had worked for many years in the hotel industry at the front desk. "They probably want someone younger," she thought. "How can I compete with someone younger and prettier?"

Jeanine is a ...

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August 23, 2016 @ 12:46 PM

Notre Dame de Namur University Logo

Mary Haesloop, Executive Director, Human Resources, of Notre Dame de Namur University recently provided a captivated audience of Phase2Careers
a detailed look into the history of the college, as well as their student body and their current and planned course work.

She also gave a snap shot of the college as a Peninsula-based employer. She gave insights into the working environment, current and future job openings, and the HR process. 

Mary cited her personal satisfaction working closely with employees while wearing many hats.

Mary, with pride, noted Notre Dame de Namur University's strength from their special vision of creating access to the more than 25% Hispanic student body, with 60% first generation college attendees.

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July 29, 2016 @ 2:24 PM

Interview between Ron Visconti, Executive Director, Phase2Careers and Erin McInrue, Vice President of Research, Age Wave

Ron Viconti, Executive Director, Phase2CareersErin McInrue, Vice President of Research at AgeWave

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Ron Visconti Erin McInrue, as VP of Research at Age Wave how did you get interested in the topic of aging?

Erin McInrue

Like many who work in the field of aging, my close relationships are with people much older than me. My key elder in my life was my grandma, who lived to be 101½. Another person of influence, was my piano teacher who started nonprofit programs and become a yoga/massage practitioner in her 70s.

But also my parents are key to my interest in the field of aging. They had me late in life - my dad was 50 and mom 43, so I got to witness many '...

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July 15, 2016 @ 3:22 PM

Overcoming Limiting Beliefs in Your Job Search:

Presentation by Dr. David Petrovay

Dr. David Petrovay and Phase2 Careers provided an energetic and interactive workshop for the Redwood City Library. "Participants learned how limiting beliefs (pre-suppositions) become self-fulfilling prophecies to set an endless pattern of self-image and performance," according to Roz Kutler, Redwood City's Adult Services and Programming Librarian. As she described it, Dr. Petrovay created a cocktail party buzz without alcohol. Exercises helped show participants how to change beliefs consciously, and practice new ones that will influence success in job seeking and your life as well.

What we think creates images that govern our behaviors. Our...

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June 25, 2016 @ 6:14 PM

Finding Your Why: Building a Business Vision

Please note:  The process applies to finding purpose in your career.

 

An Interview with Stephanie StaidleStephanie Staidle

Questions Asked by Ron Visconti, Phase2Careers' Executive Director

 

Question:

Stephanie, you recently gave a talk about Finding Your Why: Building a Business Vision.  How did you get interested in this topic?

I got interested in this topic when I first discovered my own vision, my own 'why' and realized it was the missing piece for me and my business.  There was a moment 5 years ago where I was lost and struggling and I had a mentor who helped me understand the importance of vision.  Once I had this clarity of why I was doing what I was ...

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June 17, 2016 @ 2:41 PM

Steps to a Positive Career Fair Experience

I have coordinated career fairs for three decades.  Despite the many changes that have taken place in the job market, the human dynamics and networking still remain the same.  We hire and want to work with people like ourselves and who are likeable and interesting. Career Fairs are just one of the many networking tools you should be using in your job search.

 

From Merriam-Webster Dictionary's definition of Networking: "The exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions; specifically: the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business."

 

Going to a Career Fair should provide you with more information about......

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