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Popular Online Resources For Job Seekers Above 50
by Chris Carosa at forbes.com
If you’re older than 50 and you’ve decided to look for a job, you’re not alone. There are plenty of reasons for folks nearing what was once the traditional retirement age to continue to seek gainful employment…
For many Baby Boomers, looking for a job today bears no resemblance to the hiring process that existed three (or more) decades ago. For one thing, it’s easier—everything’s online. On the other hand, it’s harder—everything’s online.
These Are the Lasting Consequences
of an Employment Gap on Parents’ Careers
by Kate Weisshaar at fastcompany.com
Understanding how employment gaps can affect careers is especially relevant given the recent policy discussions around paid family leave and childcare access in the U.S.
I am a sociologist whose research examines what happens to people’s careers after they take time out of work. I find that gaps in employment can negatively affect future career prospects in multiple ways, particularly for those who left work for childcare responsibilities.
Social Media Tips for Midlife Entrepreneurs
Using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube to grow a business
by Kerry Hannon at nextavenue.org
Ginny Corbett, 56, founder of Salúd Juicery, in Sewickley, Pa, has worked hard to build an Instagram following to connect with customers. She now has over 9,413 followers. And it’s free. Sort of…
For midlife entrepreneurs like Corbett… traditional advertising and marketing methods can be out of reach financially. But social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube can boost your business by getting the word out virtually for little or no money. MORE
What Is The Missing Link Between Jobs And People?
Jason Tyszko at forbes.com
In the U.S. today, we've entered a golden age of hiring with more jobs than job seekers. The challenge we face is less about creating jobs and more about filling them. How can we innovate to more efficiently match job openings with the right talent?
Employers struggle to connect with the talent they need and job seekers struggle to find opportunities that are the right fit for their skills. Information is spread out across platforms, and job postings are often inconsistent and lacking critical information a job seeker needs.
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.
Older job seekers may have to settle for less money. But how much less?
One of the arguments against hiring older job applicants is that an organization can hire younger candidates for less money. Because many employers feel this way, older job seekers believe that they have to settle for less money.
While settling for less money may be one of today’s economic realities, as we’ve written before, one must consider the entire compensation package which employers may offer in lieu of dollars. These packages may include more vacation, flex time, work from home options, etc.
But if you get a good job offer, albeit for less money, what should you do? The longer you’ve been looking, the greater the temptation is to settle.
However, what if the job is good, and the dollars are significantly less. Should you take the job and keep looking?
The experts caution against taking the first thing that comes along. If you accept the significantly lower paying job and choose to keep looking, your ongoing job search will suffer because you won’t be able to focus on your search which will extend the time for which you’re working for less.
Of course, the other danger is that you may get comfortable in the lower-paying job, stop looking, and remain saddled with the low pay for the foreseeable future.
Ultimately, only you can decide how much less pay you’re willing to accept. But there are sufficiently enough considerations to weigh before making a firm commitment such as total compensation, household income (aside from your salary), the length of time you’ve been out of work and so on.
It may seem obvious, but it must be said: looking for a job at our age is difficult on many levels, for many reasons.