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Q&A: Resumes and Social Media

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Question:

How closely should my information posted on social sites and job boards match the information on my resume?

~Chris from Millwaukie

Answer:

It is very important to invest the time to keep your internet reputation current and polished. Having out of date and out of sync with your social networking sites is often a red flag for hiring managers and HR professionals. It is well worth the time to keep this information current.</br>

Q&A: Dying Hair

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Anonymous writes:

. . . my wife and daughter are convinced that not only do I need to update my wardrobe, but I need a makeover and should dye my hair.  REALLY??

 

GMC: Anonymous,

Coloring your hair is actually not bad advice . . . , but we suggest the services of a professional.  A good hair stylist can give you highlights, can keep an appropriate amount of gray and wash the rest away. Look forward to touch ups every 4 or 5 weeks.

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On this Memorial Day, 2014

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Greater love hath no one than to lay down their life for love of family, friends and freedom.

Today we honor all who gave their lives for this great country.

To you: eternal honor, gratitude and recognition.

Respectfully,

The Gray Matters Coalitionist

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Appearances Part 1

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Anonymous writes:

After 19 years of employment I have been laid off from a company I’d planned on retiring with. I’m in mid-management, and haven’t even considered looking for a job or been on an interview in years. My resume is in progress. I’ve attended classes on reentering the job market and now my wife and daughter are convinced that not only do I need to update my wardrobe, but I need a makeover and should dye my hair.  REALLY??  I’ve seen some of those guys who look like they put their heads in a shoe polish bottle. If you at GMC can show me the “value” of dying my hair and that it might actually help me in my job search, I might consider going along with it.  But frankly if someone doesn’t like my gray hair, it’s their problem.

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Reinvention 2.0

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

A composit of various views of a monarch emerging from its chrysalis.As we said on our “Who We Are” page, we are embarking on an effort to reinvent the Gray Matters Coalition Website. What better way to kick things off than to have our first article be about reinvention?

You hear about “reinventing yourself” fairly often these days. But what does it really mean?

Reinvention actually means a lot of things to a lot of (more…)

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What Can I Do To Help?

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Question:

What can I do to help?

~ Jackson B. Utah

Answer:

First, sign up here on our Gray Matters Subscription page. You will be notified by email when we have news to share.

We often have petitions for you to review and sign and suggestions for letters to congress.

If you have ideas and suggestions for the site or for your fellow 40+ers, please send them to us through our Contact Page.

We look forward to hearing from you.

What is Gray Matters Coalition?

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Question:

What is Gray Matters Coalition?

~ Judy K. Michigan

Answer:

Gray Matters Coalition is a grass roots special interest group dedicated to employment reform. We strive toward ending age discrimination in the work place, in the screening and interview process, and addressing injustices affecting Americans as they age.