Her first rule "the first thing I tell my over-40 clients: #1 DON'T LOOK OLD! You must be perceived as the person who is the solution to the employer's problem of whom to hire."
Second she suggests that "a surprising fact that most boomers fail to realize is that their
ATTITUDE is a major stumbling block. Too many mature workers show up
looking weatherworn, tired, defeated, desperate, just plain OLD and
worn out. You must have an enthusiastic attitude that radiates energy
that insures you can do the job."
As for the resume part "You need to have a resume full of accomplishments. Keep it focused on the last 10 years, don't go back further than that."
Is too much experience a negative.
I agree with her on not showing up looking defeated and worn out.
On the other hand, I don't think being over 40 classifies you as old.
Being Just Over 50 and Not Dead Yet myself, despite being plugged in the online community and current trends, I consider myself full of energy most days yet I cannot hide the few wrinkles I have and do not see a year round tan as a plus.
What does looking old mean?
Should hiring be based on appearances rather than substance?
"In continental Europe, corporate life is stuffed with matinee idols.
There is Alessandro Benetton, Wolfgang Bernhard at Daimler, Bernard
Arnault at LVMH, Henri de Castries at Axa, François-Henri Pinault at
PPR – all are distractingly good-looking, and there are many more where
they came from.
But in the UK and the US, the pickings are very
slim indeed. There are a few dishy entrepreneurs. Michael Dell is quite
handsome in a square-jawed sort of way. Richard Branson has – or had –
something. But in mainstream corporate life in the UK and the US, the
ugly mug rules."
Lucy then offers some explanations:
"The first is that men in business start handsome enough but by the time
they are big enough to get noticed they are old and bald and have eaten
too many aeroplane meals.
The second and more plausible explanation is that for beautiful men
there are easier and more glamorous paths to success than a long
arduous climb up the ladder in cement or insurance. Instead they go
into investment banking, show business, media and the law, where looks
– and the arrogance that goes with them – are admired."
Robin Ryan is the author of Over 40, You're Hired (cover above)
Not feeling old and craggy for Monday Work Etiquette #126
He builds his case using a menu from Balthazar in New York and the 6 'trade tricks'.
Exhibit Number 3 is Bonus Boxes:
"A box around a menu item draws the diner's attention. Is $16 (£10)such
an indulgence for a shrimp cocktail, they might think? Not next to a
$115 extravaganza! (Le Balthazar Seafood Plate). A really fancy box is better yet. The cheeses at the
bottom are probably high-profit puzzles."
At Number 5 is Menu Siberia, things you don't want to sell because they don't generate profit you want, in the case of Balthazar, it would be burgers he says.
For the other 4, read the rest of his piece...
Don't feel like reading check his Menu Psych video (above)
Would you believe it but I spent so much time tasting German whites that I skipped quite a few 'just arrived' French wines at Terry Theise Spring Tasting on Tuesday (January 19).
I noticed once it was all over that I missed the St Pourcain Blanc, 'Tressalier des Graviers' from Domaine Nebout which is 100% Tressalier, a minuscule production in the ocean of French wines.
Blame it on nostalgia sake, the Gaillac Rouge 'Cuvee Reserve' Domaine du Moulin (07) should have made the cut with its 50% Duras not to confuse with Cotes de Duras (rest is Syrah). I spent quite a bit of time in the area in my youth.
Last, I would also have liked to try, 2 Cote Roannaise, 'Les Originelles' and 'Vielles Vignes' (40 year old vines) by Domaine Robert Serol (both 2008), varietal is Gamay St Romain, from the foothills of Massic Central.
Hopefully I will have a chance to make up for this.
How can you taste 250 plus wines in 2 hours anyway?
30 Days with Words like Smoke at Chelsea Space, London (January 20 to February 20, 2010)
What's it all about, in their own words:
with words like smoke is a clause stolen and a promise overturned,
four words on a page that once spoken disappear. 'with words like
smoke' is an exhibition of works that reveal and revell in their
evolving forms as their initial brickworks vanish.
with words like smoke is a clause stolen from Samuel Beckett's Texts for Nothing (1953), thirteen stories that converge under his
translation of mesures pour rien - a bar's silence - the
purpose of which is to carry a musical whole. During the exhibition,
spoken works will interpose the visual, from the opening’s performances
to a mid-point rehearsal to its final live broadcast.
Amongst the works on display, 'Some of that color' (below *) by Amalia Pica is the one that struck a chord with me.
(* Image courtesy of the artist and Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam, Copyright Felix Weigand, from the program pages).
As previous programs at Chelsea Space, I believe Admission is Free
What better way to discover new wines and winemakers than by visiting the place where it's made.
In the run up to its 2010 Wine Fair in Montpellier, Vinisud picked not grapes but 6 New Wine Tourism Spots in Southern France (Sud de France).
If you want to use fancy words, oenotourism is the word.
Amongst Vinisud 6 picks is surprise Chez Serge, a restaurant in Carpentras run by sommelier Serge Ghoukassian. Besides sharing his love of local produce and wines like Cotes du Ventoux, Serge likes take visitors to some local vignerons or the truffle market.
Emanuel Serin of Domaine de la Dourbie (French site only) near Montpellier makes room in his busy schedule for classes including winemaking basics and tastings.
They can help you book a room nearby via partners such as La DorDine ('SleepEat') in Pezenas. Their buildings have character as you can see above.
On the contrary, besides the social comment, Vincent Perrottet also designs vivid Posters/ Program for a number of Cultural Hotspots in France.
I was intrigued by one of them La Filature which in French has two meanings, a textile plant or a detective following someone.
La Filature is humming with culture in Mulhouse, eastern France.
They mix it up nicely from jazz with Paul Bley in October 09 to chanson with Jane Birkin not long ago (January 13, 2010) taking a bite our of the apple, theater from classics like Moliere to new talent, classical music as well.
From January 12 to February 21, 2010, they host Les Frontieres du Sable ('the sand frontiers') by Celine Duval who they say is like an ecologist of photography, rescuing lost and found slices of life, giving them new life and meaning through collages, montages and many other ways.
This exhibit is Free.
La Filature, worth checking if you happen to be in the area.
If you happen to be in the Bay Area and have a taste for all things Japanese, there is now an option besides catching the next flight to Narita.
It's called New People and that's how they describe themselves:
"New People offers the latest films, art, fashion and retail brands from
Japan and is the creative vision of the J-Pop Center Project and VIZ
Pictures, a distributor and producer of Japanese live action film.
Located at 1746 Post Street, the 20,000 square foot structure features
a striking 3-floor transparent glass façade that frames a fun and
exotic new environment to engage the imagination into the 21st Century."
In January, their Viz Cinema showcases music flavored films like Midnight Sun (January 21), the melodramatic story of "Kaoru is a talented young teenager, gifted as a singer and guitarist.
She also suffers from a rare skin disease which prevents her body from repairing cell damage caused by
ultraviolet (UV) light.This means that she must avoid sunlight
Japanese are Single Malt fans, they also produce their own Whiskies which have won plaudits in recent years.
Bertand Celce reports in Wine News (Wine Terroir, January 9) that Japanese Whiskies now have their own window display in Paris at La Maison du Whisky located 6 Carrefour de l'Odéon 75006.
In his piece Bertrand offers a few recommendations including:
Hibiki 12 years (Suntory) 52 € Hakushu Single Malt 25 years 650 € Hanyu Single Malt 1986 22 years (closed distilleries) 198 € Myagikyo Single Malt 12 years 84 € Nikka Single Malt 20 years Yoichi 199 € Kawasaki Single Grain 1981 28 years (closed distilleries) 199 €
Jet lagged after this whirlwind tour of Japan abroad for Tokyo Thursdays # 123