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Mary Eileen Williams
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Mary Eileen Williams is the author of Land the Job You Love: 10 Surefire Strategies for Jobseekers Over 50. This comprehensive book/workbook is filled with insider tips and action steps providing mature applicants with the tools they need to turn their age into an advantage.

Mary Eileen holds a Master's Degree in Career Development and brings more than twenty years' of combined experience as a career and life transition counselor, job search specialist, university instructor, and writer/blogger to her work. Over her career, she has worked with thousands of older applicants--teaching them the most effective methods to overcoming the special challenges they face and providing them with strategies to successfully navigate the job market of today.

She also hosts both the popular blog and Internet radio show entitled "Feisty Side of Fifty." Mary Eileen is an ardent believer in the power of a positive outlook. As long as you have the right attitude, you can realize your aspirations and achieve your goals at any age!

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Mature Job-Seeker? A Surefire Way To Give Yourself The Competitive Edge!

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 8:46 PM

Mature job-seekers face special challenges. It is common knowledge that younger employers are likely to hold several negative stereotypes relating to age. Perhaps the most prevalent of these preconceptions is that you lack the necessary technical skills for the job. There is, nevertheless, one surefire way to counteract this presumption....

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Want To Ace Your Job Interview? Take A Conversational Approach!

(3) Comments | Posted June 27, 2015 | 7:03 AM

Savvy job-seekers recognize that every employer is looking for the same thing: a problem solver who will successfully deal with the issues and challenges they face. The interview is your all-important opportunity to show the hiring manager that you are the #1 candidate for the job. You will need to...

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Ready To Reinvent Your Career? Here's What You Need To Know!

(1) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 6:47 AM

Are you fed up with the path your career has taken as of late? Do you feel frustrated and blocked from what you really want to do? Is your work draining you of energy and enthusiasm?

If you answered, "yes" to any of the questions above, this is a sign...

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Mature Job-Seeker? Now Is The Time To Land Your Summer Job!

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2015 | 7:59 AM

Think summer jobs are just for kids? Well ... think again! Now is just the right time and you are at just the right age to land an adventure-filled position that will prove both fun and rewarding.

The seasonal job market has opened up to applicants of all ages as...

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Job Search After 50: 3 Keys to Help You Beat The Age Bias!

(22) Comments | Posted April 26, 2015 | 8:37 AM

Are you over 50 and feeling frustrated by the lack of opportunities in the job market? Do you think you're being overlooked simply because of your age? Are you tired of seeing the jobs go to younger, less experienced applicants? If so... read on!

There is little doubt that age...

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5 Surefire Ways To Make A Powerful First Impression

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2015 | 7:31 PM

Presenting a positive and powerful first impression is important to many aspects of your personal and professional life. In a job search, however, it is the critical factor determining your potential for success.

Experts disagree as to the amount of time it takes for people to form...

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Got the Job Search Blues? 3 Surefire Solutions To Overcoming Your Biggest Challenges

(7) Comments | Posted March 15, 2015 | 8:05 AM

Attitude is everything... especially in a job search. But looking for work is hard and filled with mounting frustrations and multiple rejections. So how will you keep upbeat and positive? How can you pull yourself out of the slumps and setbacks so inherent to the process? How will you maintain...

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3 Unexpected Tips For A Winning Job Interview

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 5:16 AM

You have an important interview coming up. You've done your due diligence, researched the company and have an understanding of the direction they are heading and the challenges they face. Additionally, you have thoroughly studied the position description, identified your key selling points and can speak to ways you will...

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The Defining Moments Of Every Job Interview

(12) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 5:28 AM

Answer: It's the 30 minutes before it begins!

You have been called in for a job interview and you want to do your best. Are you confident you can convey the qualities and style employers are looking to find? Are you prepared to set yourself apart with the impact of...

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4 Power-Packed Resolutions For Job Search 2015

(1) Comments | Posted January 3, 2015 | 4:47 AM

This is the time of year for making New Year's resolutions. And if you are a savvy job-seeker, it's also time to take full advantage of the surge in hiring that takes place in January and February. Just as we mark the onset of the New Year with our personal...

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Why December Is The Best Time Of Year To Look For Work

(5) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 5:20 AM

Savvy job-seekers might know how to write resumes and cover letters, but few are aware of this surprising fact: Contrary to popular belief, December is actually the best time of year to look for work!

There are two compelling reasons why this is true--

#1 Competition levels drop dramatically. The...

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10 Effective Tips For Frustrated Midlifers Seeking A Job

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 5:29 AM

Today's job search is a difficult process. If you're currently out there looking for work, you know the roadblocks, frustrations and daily grind involved in finding a new position. Plus, if you're over 50, you have additional hurdles to overcome. Age bias is real and all too prevalent in the...

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Job Search 50: 3 Ways To Make Your Brand Clear, Consistent, Powerful And Unique

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 6:04 AM

The most elemental (and often most difficult) aspect of a job search is to precisely and powerfully describe who you are, what you're going for and how you can contribute. These three elements comprise the foundation of your branding campaign and form an integral component to each of the ways...

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The Proactive Job Search: 3 Ways To Turn Your Networking Meetings Into A Job Offer

(2) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 5:57 AM

Conducting a proactive job search is, by far, the most effective way to land your next position. Rather than merely reacting to the market by responding to postings, answering ads or attending job fairs, proactive job-seekers target companies where they'd like to work and network their way through the door....

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3 Ways To Energize Your Job Search And Get Hired Now!

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 7:39 AM

Many job-seekers don't realize there is a seasonal aspect to the job hunt. The good news is that early fall is one of the two best times of year to look for work. Just like the school year begins anew, organizations gear up after the summer slowdown.

Companies need...

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The Job Postings -- An Unlikely Key To Your Success!

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 6:16 AM

Could studying the job postings really help you land a new position?

Most savvy job-seekers would reply to the negative. They are well aware that networking is the most effective method to finding work. In fact, job search articles claim that anywhere from 75 to 90 percent of positions...

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Job Search 50: 5 Factors That Will Determine Your Career Satisfaction

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 5:49 AM

As the old saying goes: if you aren't clear about what you want, how can you possibly know when you've got it? Nothing could represent that tried and true statement more than a job search. People typically spend more time planning their vacations, deciding on which car to buy, or...

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3 Simple Practices That Will Help Make You Job Candidate #1

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2014 | 7:10 AM

How would you like to be viewed as the #1 Candidate for the job? Think it's impossible once you've hit fifty or older? Think again! Although it's true that older job-seekers face special challenges in today's market, you might be surprised to learn that some of the best ways to...

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Avoid These 3 Basic Interview Question Pitfalls

(6) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 7:19 AM

You have been called in for a job interview and want to be at your best. Naturally, you have studied the position description and have created several examples highlighting ways you've made a positive impact using the skills required in the posting. You have also prepared focused responses that feature...

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What Employers Want: Ask Yourself 3 Key Questions That Will Turn Your Resume Into A Winner!

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 6:45 AM

As a mature job-seeker, you are well aware that your resume has to be top notch. Not only does it need to make a dynamic first impression, it must also distinguish you from the competition and present your skills and experience in such a way that you are viewed as...

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