May 2015 Career Report Issue # 183


Career Report

May 2015

 Feature Story

Bob Larson, CPC President Berman Larson Kane
Bob Larson, CPC President Berman Larson Kane


Finding a new job can be a lot of work for many, but it can be especially challenging for anyone in their 50s and 60s. And while the unemployment rate for older workers is lower than that of younger workers, once out of work older workers seem to have greater difficulties landing a new position than others. In fact, according to an AARP data analysis cited in a U.S. News & World Report article, the average duration of unemployment for job seekers was 55 weeks as of December 2014, compared with 28.2 weeks for younger workers.

To help older workers in their quest to find a new position, here from the U.S. News & World Report article are seven strategies to consider:

Start your job search right away. Don’t wait until your unemployment runs out to start looking for a new position. “It does seem like prospects are best for the unemployed as soon as they leave their jobs, so it might be a good idea to start job searching in earnest right at the beginning, rather than easing into job searching while on unemployment,” said Joanna Lahey, an associate professor at Texas A&M University, who studies age discrimination. A large gap on your résumé and a growing sense of frustration with the job search process can make it even more difficult to get hired aging.

Work you network. Although there are certainly many modern ways to find jobs online and through social media, having contacts at the company you would like to work for is still one of the best ways to find out about openings and get hired. “The number one way to find a job is through personal contacts,” Lahey pointed out. “You can avoid a lot of implicit discrimination if someone who knows you is willing to vouch for you.”

Reassure a younger manager. Some managers may feel uncomfortable supervising someone who is more experienced than they are. “The big thing to keep in mind is that the person supervising you or making the hiring decision may well be younger than you are, and insecure about supervising someone with more experience,” said Peter Cappelli, a management professor and director of the Center for Human Resources at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. “So it is important to let them know you are OK with the role you’re applying for, that you don’t want their job and that you are expecting to take direction from them.”

Don’t mention your age or the interviewer’s age. You don’t want to call attention to your age by listing jobs you held over 20 years ago on your résumé or mentioning age during the interview process. Equally as important, don’t comment on the age of a younger manager. “Even if the person interviewing you is no older than your children, never make any reference to their age thinly veiled or otherwise,” said Nancy Collamer, a career coach and author of  “Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit from Your Passions During Semi-Retirement.”

Shorten your résumé. You don’t need to include every position you have ever held on your résumé. “Don’t make your résumé a history lesson. Highlight your most recent achievements and the new talents you’re acquiring,” Collander said. “In general, you should keep the spotlight on the last 10 years of relevant experience.”

Explain why you’re not overqualified. Having 20 or 30 years of work experience can make you seem overqualified for many positions. “Make sure your cover letter explains why you’re right for the job you’re applying to,” Lahey said. “Explain any gaps or why you’re applying for something for which it seems like you’re overqualified.”

Demonstrate your fluency with technology. Older workers are often perceived as being unable to effectively use technology. Make it clear to potential employers that you are tech-savvy and continuing to keep up with new developments. “I think the single most important thing you can do to overcome age bias is to demonstrate your comfort with technology and social media during the interview process,” Collamer said. “There are lots of different ways to subtly let potential employers know you’re tech-friendly: [For example] include your LinkedIn URL on your résumé, mention an interesting article you found on the employer’s Twitter feed or be a regular contributor to industry-related groups on LinkedIn.”

News from BLK:

National job creation numbers continue to disappoint analysts during March and April.  We at Berman Larson Kane continue to add contract-to-hire professionals in various disciplines.  From our limited sample clients’ seem to prefer this hiring model to allow for maximum flexibility. On the direct hire side we have witnessed an increase in engineering hiring in both the scientific and pharma specialties.

If you would like to discuss your talent acquisition requirements or have a need to fill a position with a contractor or temporary employee I welcome the opportunity to listen to your challenge and see if we at Berman Larson Kane can recommended a cost effective solution.  Bob Larson, CPC,  President Berman Larson Kane 201-556-2887 or email .  Thank you for your past support.












Common Sense Job Looking Tips

So you are totally involved in the interview cycle….my best advice is to always be yourself…it makes for a wonderful job landing experience and a great hire for your new employer… below are links to a few of my favorite getting the job tip  articles …. you can also download our FREE BLK e-book at “Get Hired”   … happy job hunting…


Interview Advice Articles

Strategies for Phone Interviews

Answering the Technical Question You Don’t Know

Dressing for the Interview at a Business Casual Environment

Listen Closely–And Get Ahead

How to Succeed in a Job Interview

Always Send a Thank You Note!

How to Resign from a Job

Working with a New Boss

Director of Data , NYC, New York

Director of Data, Manage Team of 25 + Data/Analytic Engineer 

Role and Responsibilities

Lead a Data and Analytics engineering team to create an accessible and comprehensive view of customer and product data through consolidating and rationalizing existing disparate data stores. Based on a consolidated data store build advance analytics to drive knowledge based customer interactions, enable self-service, and create intelligent product recommendations.

  • Create and lead a high performing data and analytics engineering team that can drive and use Big Data to intelligently interact with its customers.
  • Improve visibility to Customer interactions.  For the business create product cross-selling and upselling opportunities.  For our customers create personalized recommendations based on a deep understanding of who they are.
  • Assess the current team and build skill in critical data engineering disciplines, such as: Data Warehouses, Business Intelligence,  NoSQL, Hadoop, Storm, Kafka, Cassandra, Redshift, MapReduce, Machine Learning Techniques
  • Drive agile engineering best practices and implement SAFe methodology across the teams.
  • Deliver incremental capability on a regular basis, continually increasing the strength of our data and analytics portfolio.
  • Recruit and develop strong engineering talent across the organization.




Qualifications and Education Requirements

Deep experience with Big Data Technologies and how to use them to help a business harness the power of it’s business and customer data.  Experience leading a 25+ person Data and Analytics Engineering Team.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Master’s Preferred, Data Oriented Preferred
  • Experience in an agile engineering model and implementing high quality engineering best practices
  • 15+ years of progressive experience in software product development, with a track record of successful high quality deliveries
  • Experience leading and managing teams of 25+ engineers
  • Ability to lead by influence and drive change in an organization
  • Experience with key Big Data technologies, such as Hadoop, Storm, Kafka, NoSQL, Cassandra, Redshift, MapReduce
  • Experience with Cloud Computing and Big Data and how to best leverage the two disciplines
  • Ability to create an architecture and vision for how to best employ data and analytics technologies to its business needs.
  • Ability to decompose that vision into manageable pieces and drive an engineering team to deliver high quality working software.
  • Experience with high quality agile engineering best practices
  • Experience leading BOTH development and quality functions
  • Ability to identify metrics that are critical to engineering progress
  • Ability to hire, train, and grow top engineering talent in the Data disciplines

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April 2015 Career Report Issue # 182

Feature Story

Bob Larson, CPC President Berman Larson Kane
Bob Larson, CPC President Berman Larson Kane


When it comes to social networking in your job search, without question, every serious professional is expected to have a well-composed LinkedIn profile. But, according to an article published by U.S. News & World Report, using LinkedIn without the benefit of additional social networks can be self-limiting.

The problem is that using LinkedIn these days is considered “in-the-box” thinking. Because everyone is there, you have less of a chance of standing out from your competition.

That said, for multiple reasons, if you want to really get a jump on your competition, your job search should include active Twitter engagement. Indeed, with a professional sounding Twitter handle, such as @[your_location]engineer or @[your_occupation]expert, you can expand your online branding and begin to be noticed by people who you would otherwise never encounter.

Here, according to the U.S. News & World Report article, are five ways to incorporate Twitter into your overall job search strategy:

  1. Shepherd people to your online content. Twitter is a great tool for driving traffic to your website or blog, helping you get discovered by people who might have otherwise never heard of you. To do this, create a tweet around a link, writing a message that encourages people to click to learn more, such as reading an interesting blog post or an article you authored. Use a short URL along with an appropriate hashtag.


  1. Share things you find professionally interesting. Tweet a line about an article of interest to you, along with a link to the article and a couple relevant hashtags. This way, you show you’re up to date and following and sharing the latest in your field. You gain visibility for yourself with minimum effort. 
  1. Find the latest live job openings. Many companies and recruiters flash their latest high-priority openings on Twitter. Make a point of following recruiters who specialize in your industry and job type, as well as target companies where you would like to work.


Moreover, you can do a simple search within Twitter for something like, “HR generalist” and “jobs NY.” Try playing around with any combination of job field, title, location and so on, and then save a set of results you like as a stream in HootSuite (


Another way of finding job opportunities is through the popular TweetMyJobs ( On this website, you can easily fill in a few fields to find jobs of interest to you and have them sent to you as more are posted. 

  1. Stay up to date with your industry and profession. Chances are good that any professional organization in your field will tweet notices of upcoming meetings, symposia and conferences. You can follow the relevant organizations to learn about these bonanza networking opportunities.


These organizations will also create hashtags specific to a given conference or convention. Organizers and participants will live tweet what speakers are saying, program topics and much more. You can easily build your network by simply following those people who have something interesting to say now, because these are the kind of people who will likely share insights and other things of note going forward. Plus, you learn from their tweets what people are attending. 

  1. Follow key leaders at companies of interest. Every business leader has his or her own Twitter account these days. These professionals use Twitter to promote their company’s key initiatives and comment on issues of concern. It’s an open invitation to see what’s important to them and their company when you follow those who lead the kinds of companies you seek to join.


Clearly, in today’s competitive marketplace, your key to success can be stretching your comfort zone to include Twitter activity. If you’re one of the many adults without an account, it’s important to establish one now. Happy hunting!




Several Job-Seekers have expressed concern about the low job creation numbers reported for March.   Our experience here at BLK has not seen a slow down in new opportunities and continue to see increase competition from clients in the IT, Sales, Marketing and Scientific niches.


We continue to witness an increase in long term contracting assignments as clients ramp up for major  projects


As for social media we share with you Bob Larson, CPC President of Berman Larson Kane featured video by Firesshaper upon completion of his 1000th hot yoga class.  You can view the link .  Well done Bob!



.NET Software Developer Rahway, NJ

.NET Software Developer Contract-to-Hire

For a logistics client located in Rahway, NJ area  is seeking a strong software programmer to join the information technology team to develop and maintain data processing applications and integrate with a 3rd party TMS package. Our primary application platforms utilize MS SQL Server 2008 R2, C#, MVC, MSMQ, web services, and VBA for legacy applications.


– Minimum 5+ years of experience in the analysis, design, implementation and support of large complex applications (Winforms, WPF, or MVC applications in C#).

– Strong knowledge of programming in T-SQL and LINQ.

– Ability to work independently and in conjunction with a team of developers.

– Ability to handle multiple projects and tasks, prioritize and organize effectively while paying attention to detail and accuracy.

– Preference will be shown toward candidates with experience developing applications using MSMQ and web services.

– Excellent analytical and communication skills (verbal and written).

– Relevant masters level degree preferred; B.S. in Computer Science

– Prior experience with transportation and logistics applications a plus

We welcome applicants seeking either a consultant role or full time employment.

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