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Your Next Avenue Podcast

Apr 30, 2018

You might be surprised to learn that the ‘Your Next Avenue’ podcast about work after 50 interviewed an associate professor of anthropology for Season 1: Episode 7. That’s because Indiana University’s Ilana Gershon decided to treat the job-search process as an anthropology research project and share her findings in her excellent, enlightening, sometimes maddening new bookDown and Out in the New Economy: How People Find (or Don’t Find) Work Today.

In the podcast interview, Gershon talks about: what’s wrong with the job-hunting process; the frustrations of job applicants over 50; the “black hole” syndrome of job applications; dealing with those despicable applicant tracking systems (ATS) that weed out resumés; age discrimination in the job search process; effective and ineffective ways to network to get hired; the fallacy of the “personal brand” that so many career “experts” push and using LinkedIn to get a job.