Job Search After 50

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Perception Is Not Always Reality: Older Workers Have a Lot to Offer

There is a widespread perception among job hunters that companies are only interested in hiring young people who they can pay less than more senior applicants. In many of GetFive's small-group strategy sessions, our more senior-level members point to three main reasons they think employers are passing them over for younger but less experienced professionals: They are viewed as too senior level or overqualified for positions Companies feel they cannot afford to hire them...

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Refresh Your Job Search for Fall

The weather is getting cooler and the leaves are starting to turn, but what does that have to do with your job search strategy? It turns out, pumpkin spice season also happens to be a popular time for hiring. So if you’re on the hunt for a job this fall, polish up your resume and follow these tips to find success. Treat your job search as a fresh start Just...

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Don't Be a Victim of Ageism

There is no question ageism exists. Millions of highly skilled, competent people who are over 50, 60, even over 70, would love to get out there and put their experience and know-how to work, but can’t. Some have given up, and some believe they are being treated unfairly and their age is to blame. However — and this might raise a few eyebrows — it’s not the hiring organization that’s the...

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How Older Workers Can Land ‘Junior' Jobs

It’s not uncommon for older job seekers to get discouraged by the phrase “junior.” The word itself conjures up associations with youth, and many people mistakenly believe that companies searching for a “junior legal secretary” or “junior manager” are looking for young people to fill these roles. Is this a form of age discrimination? Not quite. While some of the ads for a junior-level position you encounter might ask for...

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No Offers Yet? Is it Really Your Age, or is it Your Search?

When you’re older than 50 and have been job-hunting for a while, it’s easy to start thinking your age is getting in the way of an offer. Instead of fretting over something you can’t change, like your age, take an honest look at how you’ve been conducting your job search. Have you been as methodical and passionate about it as the younger workers with whom you’re competing? Let’s be honest...

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How to Get a Job When You're Over 50 by Susan Adams, Forbes staff For older workers who lose their jobs, the statistics are not very encouraging. Though the unemployment rate for people over 55 is just 5.1%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than two points lower than the overall rate of 7.3%, when older workers lose their jobs they are out of work for a long...

Ageism

By Bill Belknap, Master Coach with The Five O'Clock Club There is no question ageism exists.  There are millions of terrifically competent people who are over 50, over 60, over 70, who are not working.  Some because they have given up, and some because they have been in youth-oriented businesses and getting older impacts them unfairly. However…in my humble opinion...many of us “older folk” are the problem, not the hiring...

Older Workers Are Getting Hired in a Tough Job Market!

If you listen to some job reports, embarking on a job hunt in today’s market is not only challenging for the average job seeker, but also downright daunting if you are over 50. Those odds, seemingly ranging from slim to none, have many workers 50 and over defeated before they even have a chance to start looking. But this perception is simply not accurate. In fact, the job outlook for...

Too Old to Get a New Job? Think again! Older workers rock!!

In September, 2010 the New York Times carried a front-page story titled, “For the Unemployed Over 50, Fears of Never Working Again.” The article featured a 54-year-old job seeker who had been looking unsuccessfully for a job for several years. As a seasoned career coach with The Five O’Clock Club and author of the book, Achieving the Good Life After 50: Tools and Resources for Making it Happen, I was...