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Age Discrimination Is Bad — for the Bottom Line
As workforces get older, employers still overwhelmingly prefer younger workers
by Leonid Bershidsky at bloomberg.com
Of all the numerous kinds of employment discrimination, hiring younger workers in preference to older ones earns the least public condemnation. That’s a growing problem, not just because equality is increasingly prominent on the political agenda but because ageism makes less and less economic sense as birth rates go down and nations age.
Since 1950, the median age of the population has increased by 47% in Europe and by 29% in North America, and the trend isn’t about to change. MORE
How AI & Mindfulness Can Tackle Age Bias
in the Modern Workplace
by Andres Blank at hrtechnologist.com
Ageism is front and center in today’s hiring landscape. This past spring, the World Health Organization declared ageism to be a prevalent and insidious health threat. Andres Blank Co-founder of Fetcher shares how AI can tackle age bias in the workplace.
Despite research that indicates higher retention rates among older workers and also speaks to the value and perspective they bring to companies, ageism is often more prevalent in the modern workplace than sexism or racism… Companies have no choice now but to be more mindful when approaching this problem.
Tips for Older Job Seekers Going Back to Work
Kerry Hannon stops by to give advice to older workers looking for a new job. The job search can be tough, but finance author Kerry Hannon has just the advice and motivation you need to land a great job as an older employee. Listen in to learn more.
How To Emotionally Prepare
For The Four Phases Of A Job Search
by Kourtney Whitehead at forbes.com
Job searches require constant commitment, even when your mental, physical or emotional energy is running low. This wouldn’t feel like an unsurmountable task if job searches were over quickly, but they rarely are.
According to a survey done by the recruiting company Randstad USA, the average length of a job search is five months, with 82% of participants describing their search as a stressful experience.
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
Pass it Along
If you attend networking events and go to jobs clubs, you’ve been meeting other job seekers just like you. Mention the Nifty50s to them and encourage them to visit as well. You’ll be helping them and you’ll make an appreciative friend for yourself.
What’s Your Plan
If you’re having trouble with your search, you may need a new plan
Here’s a tired old phrase: Plan your work. Work your plan.
As trite as it may seem, there is a lot of truth and wisdom there. And this is as true for a job search as it is for a job itself.
Chances are that you’re probably doing (or have done) a lot of planning in your job search. Updating your resume. Creating a list of target companies as well as target individuals with whom to meet. Identifying job-seeker groups and networking events. There’s more, but that’s a pretty good list for starters.
Sometimes it’s difficult to sit down and really focus on how to go about it. You spend your days responding to ads, submitting your resume online, making phone calls, sending and responding to emails, etc. Then there are the meetings with contacts, recruiters, et.al. And that doesn’t include actual job interviews.
And since you’re “home” all day, there are family and domestic responsibilities as well.
So when can a job seeker find the time to plan a job search?
There is good advice that is usually given to those independents who work from home and other entrepreneurs who also face a dearth of time for planning. It’s simple. You schedule your planning time as you would anything else.
Pick a day (or even a half day) where you don’t anticipate having any hard appointments and schedule yourself to prepare your plan. It’s best to get away from home and the distractions that accompany it. An ideal location is your neighborhood library. Most libraries have secluded, or semi-secluded work areas where you can sit down and focus on the issue at hand.
No interruptions. No distractions. Just you and your plan. Even leave your phone at home – or at least turn it off. You’ll be amazed at what you can develop when you block everything else out and focus solely on your job search plan.
An added benefit of going to the library is that, if you need any assistance, information or research, it’s all right there. Reference librarians can be extremely helpful.
But you have to take it seriously. When you’ve scheduled that time, stick to it. If something comes up, work around it. That day is your time and yours alone.