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Are Older Workers a Help or Hindrance?

by John Sullivan at

Fifty-three percent of Americans age 50 and older say that people staying in the workforce past 65 is a plus for the national economy, and 50% say it is good for American workers in general.

    Younger Americans, however, are less positive about this trend: 38% consider it good for the economy, and 30 percent say it is good for American workers, according to a recent survey conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

    And at a time when many Americans must work longer, age is increasingly seen as an employment hinderance—even among older employees themselves.

    Fifty-eight percent of Americans over age 50 say older workers face discrimination in the workplace, and 75% consider their own age to be a detriment when looking for a job.   MORE

6 Fears You'll Have as an Older Career Changer
(and How to Overcome Them)

by Alyse Kalish at

Maybe you’re no longer happy on your current path. Maybe you’re feeling drawn to something new and different. Whatever the reason, you’re thinking about changing careers. The thing is, you’re years (or decades!) into your career, having spent most of your 20s and 30s (or 40s, or more!) getting to this exact point.

    So a complete change seems pretty scary, if not damn near impossible. Tell me if any of these thoughts sound familiar:   MORE

The Best Way to Respond to Ageist Interview Questions
When you’re face-to-face with a younger hiring manager,
make your age a selling point, not a strike against you

by Daniel Bortz at

Even in a booming job market, older workers can face difficulties getting hired, or even getting a foot in the door. 

    In a survey by the career counseling site CAREEREALISM, of the 55% of professionals that identified as “seasoned workers” or “mid-life career changers,” 87% responded that they think age discrimination is hurting their job search.

    Certain industries are especially tough for seasoned workers.

What To Do When You're Unemployed

Frances Bridges at

Whether you are a recent college graduate, got laid off or are in the middle of a career transition, it is natural to feel unmoored when you are unemployed. It can often feel overwhelming, so it is good to impose some structure as you search for a full-time job. So where do you start? Here are a few steps to take when you are unemployed…   MORE

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Before you leave the interview, don’t forget to ask one critical question

There is job-search story that concerns a candidate for a high-placed corporate position. His recruiter was certain that his client was the perfect fit for what the company wanted.

    His faith was validated when the candidate breezed through his first two or three interviews. All that remained was a meeting with the CEO.

    They determined that the candidate and CEO would play golf for the interview. As they traversed the course, they talked about the job, the direction of the company, and so on.

    Imagine the recruiter’s surprise when there was no offer forthcoming from the company. What could have gone wrong? Was he wrong and the candidate was not as good a match as he believed?

    He followed up with the CEO to ask what the problem was. The CEO was very straightforward and forthcoming. He said that their golf game was great. Their conversations were right on the money. The CEO admitted that the candidate was very impressive. So why was there no offer on the table?

    The CEO stated that following the golf game and a brief chat, the candidate left (no doubt feeling that he was a shoe-in.) According to the CEO, the reason that they didn’t make the candidate an offer was that he never asked for the job.

    Apparently he assumed that because he was such a strong candidate, he felt he didn’t need to lower himself by asking for the position. He was wrong.

    You can’t expect the HR person or hiring manager to read your mind. If you’re truly interested in the position, don’t be shy about asking for the job – or at least stating in no uncertain terms that you are interested and would greatly appreciate having the opportunity to work there.

    After all, employers want to feel wanted too.

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