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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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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!

(2) 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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Job Search 50: What's Really Behind Your Interviewer's Questions?

(1) Comments | Posted May 18, 2014 | 7:11 AM

This is it! You've been called in for an interview with the hiring manager and you want to do your very best. Like many other aspects in life, the key to success is preparation. And one of the best ways to prepare is to thoroughly understand the hiring manager's true...

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8 Ingredients For Job Search Success

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 7:56 AM

Anyone conducting a job search today knows that you'll need to be as visible as possible -- both through your personal network and your online presence. Close to 100 percent of employers and recruiters are now turning to sites liked LinkedIn and Facebook to source candidates, check out their skills,...

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Want A Job? Learn How To Work The Room!

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 7:27 AM

Despite dramatic changes in job searching due to today's technology, one thing remains the same: people get people jobs! Studies remain fairly consistent showing that a minimum of 75 percent of positions is obtained by way of personal referral. Moreover, this percentage grows even greater for older workers, for those...

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5 Amazing Ways to Brand Yourself For Job Success

(2) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 5:01 AM

There is no way around it: To land a job today, you have to consider yourself a product to be sold in the marketplace. Successful products require successful branding. There are 5 power-packed branding techniques that, used correctly, are certain to distinguish you as the product of choice.


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Your Surprising Key To Interview Success!

(7) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 5:42 AM

Savvy job-seekers know that there are several ways to prepare for the job interview. Applicants must thoroughly research the company, understand the competition, and be knowledgeable as to the current conditions of the industry/field. They also need to develop a keen awareness of the challenges faced by the hiring manager...

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Land Your Next Job Now! 3 Winning Resolutions to Position Yourself for Success

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 9:08 AM

This is the time for making New Year's resolutions... and, if you're looking for work, there's no better time to maximize your efforts than now!

The months of January and February represent the strongest hiring period of the year. New projects, initiatives and budgets are put into place. Organizations need...

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5 Reasons The Holidays Are The BEST Time To Look For Work!

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 7:09 AM

Job-seekers over 50 are savvy to the ways of the world... but this might come as a surprise. Believe it or not the holidays are, without question, the best time of year to look for work!

At first glance this statement might seem crazy. After all, companies don't do much...

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3 Powerful Keys For Moving Your Search Forward!

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 5:43 AM

Want to find work fast? Even more, do you want to land a position that pays well and you will actually enjoy?

You're likely thinking that achieving the above is next to impossible. After all, older job-seekers hear more than their share of discouraging news. The media is filled...

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Younger Job Interviewer? Blast Away Their Age-Related Objections!

(11) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 6:51 AM

If you're a job-seeker in your 50s or 60s, you're already well aware that you face a number of age-related roadblocks to landing your next position. One of the biggest is successfully navigating the interview with a younger hiring manager. Assumptions on both sides of the generation gap can cause...

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Post-50 Job Search: 3 Keys To A Standout Resume

(19) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 6:22 AM

As a post-50 job-seeker, your best bet to land an interview -- and ultimately the job -- is through people you know, i.e. networking. Nevertheless, your resume still needs to be top-notch; your contacts will generally recommend you by providing perspective employers with a copy of this vital document. How...

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Your Post-50 Job Search: First Impressions Count -- Make Yours A Winner!

(3) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 7:00 AM

As a post-50 job-seeker, you're likely to encounter a number of preconceptions regarding your energy, enthusiasm and commitment to a new position and to your career in general. Many younger employers will hold the opinion that you're feeling burnt out, no longer flexible and open to new ideas, and are...

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Job Search 50: 12 Killer Ways To Prep For Your Interview

(3) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 7:03 AM

The success of your job interview is contingent upon several factors: the impact of your first impression, your ability to handle yourself well and speak to your strengths, how well your skills and experience match with the general requirements of the position, your personality and your overall professionalism. This all-important...

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Job Search 50: 3 Powerful Phrases To Work Your Network

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 6:36 AM

The #1 maxim of the job search is this: people get people jobs. But you've got to be smart about how you go about your networking or you'll be wasting valuable time, energy and personal resources.

Studies show that a minimum of 75 percent of new positions are obtained...

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Job Search 50: The Simple Phrase That Packs A Wallop!

(9) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 7:27 AM

Mature job-seekers are well aware of the fact that they face a number of unflattering stereotypes due to their age alone. However, by keeping one simple phrase in mind, you absolutely can overcome a number of negative preconceptions younger employers may be holding against you. In fact, you'll be able...

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Job Search 50: Avoid The 3 Big Time-Wasters!

(2) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 6:08 AM

Recent reports state that job-seekers over 50 can plan on looking for close to a year before they are reemployed. The PBS NEWSHOUR ran one such gloomy piece in May of this year entitled: "Brutal Job Search Reality for Older Americans." In another report in June,

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