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Over 50 and Job Hunting? A Friendly Reminder​| JobSearchRadio.com


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EP 409 I offer a friendly reminder to help you stay focused on what you need to accomplish.​

Summary

Now, this is a video that's designed for those of you who are over 50 to remind you of something. Now, if you look at this face, you'll figure out that I'm over 50. Now, if I'm over 60 at this point, and I clearly recognize that discrimination exists. I'm also aware that those that who discriminate often don't realize that they're discriminating. So, this is true for age. Sometimes it's true for race. Sometimes, it's true for national origin, but time will be dealing with age. Yeah, the thing I want to remind you of is that if we turned down for a job often, it doesn't have to deal with age; often it has to deal with skills often and has to deal with interview technique. It doesn't always deal with age.
Now, I know it's very tempting that when you see the 19 year old manager (I'm using a stereotype here just as readily as they might use a stereotype of you as 65. I'm 64 as of this video, by the way), that they may use a stereotype of you as part of their bias. But, let's work with a 19 year old manager interviewing you and you're in your 50s or 60s for a position.
As soon as you see them, your jaw drops. Mentally, you go, "Oh, I'm not going to get this," and, thus, you don't deliver the goods. You don't try to impress them. Now,the reality is it's probably not going to be the 19 year old manager unless, of course, we're interviewing for a greeter job at a gas station but, the more likely scenario is you're meeting a manager in the 30s or 40s, you're in your 50s or 60s, you see them and they like younger than you. You become concerned that they might discriminate, and then you start jumping through all sorts of hoops and don't act naturally and perform like it. you normally could.
If they covered territory in the interview that you don't know, sometimes, I've heard candidates talk about how they were biased, when in point of fact, they were actually trying to measure a particular skill that you had and whether you had that skill and you didn't.
To me, that's a fair reason for being turned down as it was when you were interviewing people and you listened to them talk about how they could learn what it was that you were looking for, and it didn't wash with you, it's not going to wash with them. You need to learn the things that, in your market area, firms look for, hiring managers look for and deliver the goods in your interview.
Again, age discrimination definitely exists. No question about it. And you can't get fixated on the age of the hiring manager and basically resign yourself to being doomed in the interview. You have to win every interview. You have to demonstrate your knowledge and experience. You can't have "attitude."
"Hey, I did this 20 years ago." Yeah, that kind of attitude that suggest to them that you're going to be a pain in the rear throughout because you're z "know it all."Again, for them, it's a new situation. For you, you may have done it five times before. You just demonstrate that you can handle with ease and grace and if you get to the age question about how everyone in the organization is much younger, you can smile and say, "At my age, that's pretty common, but what I learned a long time ago is to be supportive of people in their growth and they're learning, to share with I know. If they don't want to hear that's okay too. People go through their own process. "

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

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The Real Disadvantage Older Workers Have When Job Hunting | JobSearchTV.com


I discuss the major way older workers sabotage themselves when job hunting.

Summary

This is a video that's designed to speak to older workers who, I believe, certainly, you know that you do the terrific work, but you're competing in the job market where you think the deck is stacked against you. Yeah, I'm not going to say that age discrimination doesn't exist because obviously it does and there are instances where you are going to compete and there's no chance that they're going to do a nice job interview, they are going to treat you fairly or, at the end of the day, you know, they're not going to get you just don't have the skills to do the job that's involved. That's fair.
But the mistake that most of you make is you cannot in your head that there's age discrimination and you use that as a fallback position time and time again and make excuses for poor performance when, in point of fact, if you got coaching early in the process, if you'd learn some of the things that you've gotten stale about when interviewing, you wouldn't be missing out on some really good opportunities.
So, how do you get coaching? Well, yeah, I do coaching and there'll be information about that a little later on the video but there's a lot of people who do coaching. There's a lot of information online. I don't think it's enough to just read a book I don't think it's enough to just simply ask your friends about how to do it differently because I think, at the end of the day, what winds up happening is . . . it's not the same as getting the message personally.
I've read a lot of books. I've pulled a lot of information back from them. Sometimes, the way to synthesize the materials with personally is with one on one direct coaching that catches the mistakes that you're making when they aren't obvious to you.
Hire a coach. Get interview preparation. Talk with this person about your job search as a friend of mine did recently with me. He hired me and he sold his business. He was coming out of a one year non compete. Now, he was looking for another role for himself. It's been a long time since he needed to look for work. He's been very successful. Clearly sold a lot of businesses for a lot of money, but he's not ready to retire. You know, guy in his early 60s.
So, let's look at it from the standpoint of, here's a guy who's clearly on the far side of the golf course of his career. And, you know, he still wants to continue to work. He has an idea about what he wants to do. He has an idea about what he doesn't want to do. It comes to someone like me to help construct the plan for him to get himself to market even though he hasn't had to look for a job probably in 30 years.
He's about to go to offers to join businesses in senior roles that came about directly from the coaching. Yeah, I did head hunting but that's not the role that I served with him. I functioned as his coach, teaching him what he needed to know in order to find work and correcting his mistakes before they became critical mistakes. We've been working with one another for about six weeks (though he's at the point where he's starting to get offers and proposals) all because he approached things a little bit differently they might have otherwise.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.” 

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews,

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Looking for a Job as a 50 Yr Old IT Pro | JobSearchTV.com


I want to stay technical and do administrative work. What can I do that will keep me technical and not management?

Summary

I'm Jeff Altman, The BigGame Hunter. I coach people in and organizations. I do career coaching,, leadership coaching. . . You know, I work with people to succeed in their job searches,transition to their new roles and be very successful.
Someone wrote to me and asked this question and it's more detailed than the intro. So, let me give it to you. "Where does an IT person go that's in their 50s to continue to improve their salary or total compensation package?" As they write, "it seems to be an unwritten rule that those in your 50s and 60s are too old to write code or too expensive to write code and, thus, they need to go into management or ,perhaps, a strategic architecture design position or become a road warrior to write code as a hired gun."
This person would prefer not to do a hundred percent Road Warrior work like the the big four consulting firms and, thus, what they prefer to do, they say, it's preferable to not be in the abstract world of design and strategy because he's fairly concrete and likes to deal with concrete problems and solve them in person and it's preferable to not be in management because he doesn't like the administrative stuff. So, he's wondering what he can do.
Now,we don't know what this person does for a living specifically other than They work in IT. AH! I see they're a data architect!
Now. I don't know what their compensation is but I do know that firms hire data Architects! They hired data professionals and you don't necessarily need to be in management to be pretty well compensated. Now, again,we don't know how much this person's earning currently but, looking at their picture because I'm staring at them and on LinkedIn, he presents himself as a youngish looking 50 . . . Unless this is an old photo.
And my first reaction is in everyone's geographic area, there are larger organizations that are willing to pay more for talent and, thus, larger organizations tend to have roles like principal or there are other unique titles to those organizations for highly technical individuals who are not necessarily involved with managing people or resources.
Now the other alternative is to think in terms of consulting but not the way this person is thinking of it.They're thinking of the Road Warrior role where they talk about a hundred percent travel .The firms I know of who do that kind of work . . . It's more 80% . . . But that's okay. He doesn't want to do the travel.. But there are multiple organizations who work with firms that they might consider going to work for and allow themselves to transition into a super tech role.
Now, the issue with that is, although they won't be involved with management, they can still speak to being very technical. Eventually there comes to a point that,, unless they can find what they're going to be let go. That's also true in industry., but consulting has that rep for it So, I want to acknowledge it.In Industry, in big businesses, when there comes to be a recession, guess who's laying people off? All these big farms that claim stability?
So there's no guarantee about anything,but if you went into consulting in the local market and talked with firms about not doing Road Warrior ,as opposed to going to the big National or International firms and spoke with them, and, instead of speaking with those firms,he spoke with a local firms about working in your market area. Within a reasonable proximity to it, you have a shot.
But I also want to bring into account that you claim to be a fairly expensive individual and, the more senior you are, the more that the only way you're going to get the money, is to go outside the firm and be an independent consultant and to work privately. But that's going to involve marketing and sales, promoting yourself or working through some some contracting agency.
So there's no simple answer. There's no easy solution and all them have downsides to them. So, I'm not going to paint a picture of flowers and roses, beautiful music. These are going about tough choices that you have to make and, whatever you choose is fine, but go explore some different options.
So, I hope you found this helpful and I'll just say that if you're interested in my coaching, contact me through LinkedIn. So my LinkedIn address is www.Linkedin.com /in/TheBigGameHunter. Mention that you saw this video because I just like going I'm helping folks, and, from there, once we're connected, send a message andindicate that you're interested in coaching. I'd love to help you.
Hope you have a great day. Take care.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

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You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

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Over 50? Over 60?: Your Unique Job Search Problems & How to Solve Them | JobSearchTV.com


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EP 420 ​I discuss a few unique issues that relate to you and your job search.

Summary

This is a video for those of you who are older workers. If you look at my face, you know I'm not a beginner either. .

So, I just want to start off by saying there are unique issues that come with being an older work. Yes, ageism is an issue, but a lot of the issues that job hunters have who are over 50 (and certainly over 60) relate to the fact that a lot of you have gotten sloppy about so much, you don't really feel like doing it, and it oozes out of your pores.

You don't have the same drive. You don't have the same determination. Frankly, you don't put in smart effort in order to find work. So, yes, I am going to blame the victim here because at the end of the day, you are responsible for all of your outcomes. You can blame ageism to your hearts content, but you still need to find the position.

There is a way that you can short-circuit all of this and that is to start a business, to become a consultant, because, in the case of business owners, in the case of consultants who are operating at a high level like interim roles, looking to be in an interim C level executive for organization, experience is valued.

So, you were brought in in order to be the pro, to do it for a fixed period of time and then leave. So adopting those kind of positions, whether it's starting a business or being an interim exec for a role is a way of short-circuiting the process. .

However, some of the same pointers still apply even to you. And the 1st 2 are kind of linked.

Number 1 is stay fit. I will speak for myself. It's been hard to take off weight period it's been hard to look good. I have gotten fat. I have clothes that the fit me extremely well and a lot of people I talked to don’t. So, I'm at the gym regularly I (right now, I am getting over and injury but still I'm at the gym regularly working out). I sweat. I lift weights. I push myself. You need to do stuff like that plus have your wardrobe do things that call attention to you from a positive perspective, that don’t give people a reason to go, “How old is that that outfit he's wearing? Or, is she wearing something that is from the 70s?”

You know how people are? They get so dismissive. If you don't believe me get on Facebook, again, and take a look at some of the things that people post that are so snarky. So, just be aware of your appearance because that has an effect.

Another thing is practice your skills. Do it at home. You just make the effort to make sure that you don't get sloppy with how you present your knowledge. So, a lot of people I know have been doing their job for so long and so well that they don't have to talk about it well. And they get lazy with. What I will call, “current events,” within their field. You talk to someone 20 years younger than you, it rolls off the tongue so smoothly.. It may not happen that way for you if you practice.

You might also consider, in your presentation, without of alluding to your age by talking about the grandkids, for example. You can talk about the benefits of maturity and your life experience in supporting the lead person or providing access to certain skills and life experiences that a younger worker hasn’t.

You have been there, you've done a lot. It doesn't make you burned out or tired. But what it does do is help you avoid some of the problems, the less experienced worker might not know., So, emphasize some of those attributes when your interview.

I also want to mention networking. Networking is extremely important for you in the value of your network is far greater than the younger workers network. You know senior executives. You know people who are in a position to hire and who can introduce you to other people who can introduce you to roles. So, get out there and talk to people that you know and don't just sit back on your laurels.

The last thing is the tendency that the those of you who are 50 and over have not to take as many interviews. I want to encourage, especially when you 1st getting back in the job search, get out there and take more interviews, even if it's a job that you would never take, even if the commute is too far, because you are going to need some practice. Even if you been a role where you have hired, now you are the other side of the desk period you need to put yourself in the position to practice interviewing so that you don't screw up jobs that really matter.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

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Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

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Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

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Over 50 Job Search and Ageism | JobSearchRadio.com


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http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2017/07/24/over-50-job-search-and-ageism/

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses a few rules to follow when you are job hunting and over 50.

Summary

The fact of the matter is, ageism exists. We can pretend it doesn't exist. But it is really helpful to pretend. Let's just acknowledge that it exists and, frankly, there's really very little that you can do about it. If people going to be stupid and bigoted because you're 50 or older, excuse my language, screw them. You have a lot more to offer and they just don't get it. Let's look at a few things that you can do that are within your control that will help you get hired for job that you want.

The 1st thing is don't fixate on your age. If you get turned down for a job, learn the reasons why you got turned down for the job because they may have nothing to do with age. So often, I listen to job hunters complained to me about how their age was the stumbling block in getting hired when, in fact, there are other factors that were involved were perfectly valid. So let's not focus on your age.

2. You have to think like you're self-employed. You are in business for yourself and you have to do your own career management. What do you do to ensure that you are marketable to the next organization, to this organization that you're trying to get hired by? Thinking like a business owner finding that lever that is going to connect you into their firm is almost more important than anything else that you can do. Again, look for that lever that is going to make you attractive.

3. Stop spamming your resume. I receive resumes are absolutely useless to me. "Hi! I'm looking for a job. I'm applying for this vice president of such and such and you haven't managed a person in the past 15 years." It is spam. No one is going to give you the shot to go back to what you did 15 years ago. You are what you are today.

4. Time to use your connections. That's really the strongest place we could take advantage of your assets-- your Rolodex. I will use the language of the Rolodex that I grew up with even though no one uses it anymore. You know what I'm talking about. You have connections . . And not talking with the people that you connected with on LinkedIn who you've never spoken with before in your life. I'm talking about the real connections-- the people who you've worked with. The people who you have worked for that you could really reach out to AND you really need to reach out to them to make sure that, at the end of the day, you utilize an asset that you could really take advantage of.

5. Talk to particular employers. Don't just simply respond to job bids. They confirmed to might be at someone like you. Start working your connections to see if you can get an introduction into the firm. See if the firm could be approached, but you could approach through your connections, ideally, and sell yourself.

I see that these factors will go a long way toward helping you land your next position rather than fixating on the, "Oh, woe is me," I am 50 and no one is going to hire me is useless.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1400 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a free Discovery call.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

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You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.” 

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

Over 50 Job Search and Ageism (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses a few rules to follow when you are job hunting and over 50.

Summary

The fact of the matter is, ageism exists. We can pretend it doesn't exist. But it is really helpful to pretend. Let's just acknowledge that it exists and, frankly, there's really very little that you can do about it. If people going to be stupid and bigoted because you're 50 or older, excuse my language, screw them. You have a lot more to offer and they just don't get it. Let's look at a few things that you can do that are within your control that will help you get hired for job that you want.

The 1st thing is don't fixate on your age. If you get turned down for a job, learn the reasons why you got turned down for the job because they may have nothing to do with age. So often, I listen to job hunters complained to me about how their age was the stumbling block in getting hired when, in fact, there are other factors that were involved were perfectly valid. So let's not focus on your age.

2. You have to think like you're self-employed. You are in business for yourself and you have to do your own career management. What do you do to ensure that you are marketable to the next organization, to this organization that you're trying to get hired by? Thinking like a business owner finding that lever that is going to connect you into their firm is almost more important than anything else that you can do. Again, look for that lever that is going to make you attractive.

3. Stop spamming your resume. I receive resumes are absolutely useless to me. "Hi! I'm looking for a job. I'm applying for this vice president of such and such and you haven't managed a person in the past 15 years." It is spam. No one is going to give you the shot to go back to what you did 15 years ago. You are what you are today.

4. Time to use your connections. That's really the strongest place we could take advantage of your assets-- your Rolodex. I will use the language of the Rolodex that I grew up with even though no one uses it anymore. You know what I'm talking about. You have connections . . And not talking with the people that you connected with on LinkedIn who you've never spoken with before in your life. I'm talking about the real connections-- the people who you've worked with. The people who you have worked for that you could really reach out to AND you really need to reach out to them to make sure that, at the end of the day, you utilize an asset that you could really take advantage of.

5. Talk to particular employers. Don't just simply respond to job bids. They confirmed to might be at someone like you. Start working your connections to see if you can get an introduction into the firm. See if the firm could be approached, but you could approach through your connections, ideally, and sell yourself.

I see that these factors will go a long way toward helping you land your next position rather than fixating on the, "Oh, woe is me," I am 50 and no one is going to hire me is useless.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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