I just got a new supervisor who is half my age. What are your best tips for working for a younger boss?
The secret to making this relationship work is mutual respect. Keep in mind that you were once that brash young boss or rising star. So listen carefully to what the boss has to say and respect the title and position. Younger bosses may be concerned that you’re not willing to try new approaches, are not up to snuff with technology or are resistant to change. Show it ain’t so. Your boss may feel threatened and a little insecure about managing you. Raise your hand and ask for new assignments. Pick up some new skills. Once you start taking these proactive steps, you’ll stay relevant and your boss will see your effort firsthand. It can be fun working alongside someone younger than you. There’s nothing like a fresh set of eyes to get you excited about your work. —Kerry Hannon, author of Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness
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I’m looking for a job in which I can work from home. How do I find a legit one and avoid getting caught in a scam?
Work-from-home jobs are a great option to supplement income or avoid unpleasant commutes. Try going straight to a company you would like to work for and see if it is hiring remote workers. A good place to start is the career section of the company’s website. You can also visit sites such as FlexJobs.com and virtualvocations.com, which are focused on legitimate work-from-home jobs; they screen each job and employer to be certain they aren’t scams. To spot a work-from-home scam, watch for emails promising to pay more than you ever dreamed or firms that charge a fee to obtain more information about a job. Also check with your local Better Business Bureau. And do your own research. Run a search for the company name and the word “complaints” to see if anything appears. —Kerry Hannon, author, Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy … and Pays the Bills