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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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How To Ace The Trickiest Interview Questions

(6) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 6:44 AM

If you are actively looking for work, you know the importance of adequately preparing for a job interview. These meetings, more than any other components of your search, are the events that will determine your success.

You can prepare yourself by gaining a thorough knowledge of the company, how...

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Why An Annual Career Checkup Can Be Just As Important As A Physical

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 5:49 AM

Taking time to review the direction of your career is vital to your success in today's ever-changing job market. Therefore, as the New Year begins, be certain to ask yourself the big questions:

  • Are you moving forward with exciting opportunities or is your field beset with limited options, a...

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This Is Why December Is The Best Month To Find A Job

(11) Comments | Posted December 13, 2015 | 6:27 AM

As a job-seeker, does December bring about thoughts of kicking back, relaxing and taking a long winter's nap? If so, you are not alone. Hiring drops dramatically during the holidays and the majority of people looking for work adopt the attitude that they will take these weeks off and then...

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The Words To Use -- And Words To Lose -- On Your Resume

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 5:03 AM

If you are conducting a job search, ask yourself the following questions: Is your resume providing you with the results you want? Is it a compelling document that highlights your skill sets and accomplishments to your best advantage? Are you distinguishing yourself from the competition by prominently displaying your added...

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The 5 Basic Interview Questions Job Applicants Need To Nail

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 1:31 PM

Got a job interview coming up? If so, ask yourself the following: How certain are you that your responses will make the grade? How can you build rapport, speak to your abilities with confidence and leave a favorable impression? How might you best position yourself as a knowledgeable insider --...

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3 Key Tips to Help You Ace the Behavioral Style Interview

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 6:34 PM

As a mature job-seeker, you already know this cardinal rule: If you want the job, you have to ace the interview. To do so means building rapport with your interviewers, targeting your responses to the needs of the position, validating your skills with specific examples, and presenting yourself as a...

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3 Ways To Boost Your 'It' Factor When Looking For A Job After 50

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 7:52 AM

What are the real reasons that make employers find a candidate attractive? Are applicants appealing because of the skills they bring to the position? Are they especially desirable as a result of the companies where they've worked, their educational background or the status of their job title? Perhaps their experience...

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Job Search 50: 4 Ways to Overcome the Overqualified Objection

(40) Comments | Posted August 8, 2015 | 8:26 AM

As a job-seeker over 50, you have likely faced one of the most frustrating aspects of looking for work: being told that you are overqualified for the position. This point is used as a common excuse to overlook mature applicants in favor of their younger counterparts. Too often employers consider...

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

(3) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 9:46 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 | 8:03 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!

(2) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 7:47 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 | 8:59 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 | 9:37 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 | 8:31 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 | 9:05 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 | 6:16 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 | 6:28 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 | 5:47 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 | 6:20 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 | 6:29 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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