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Older Job Seekers Are Having A Tougher Time Finding Jobs Due To "Age Bias"
by Matt Lalli at ratemyjob.com
The American economy has seen a historic low in unemployment within the past few years, which in return has employers struggling to find suitable applicants for their open positions. Although this is the case, many employers are still dissuaded by the idea of hiring older professionals.
Statistically speaking, more than half of workers over the age of 50 will end up losing their long-term job and will be forced to restart their job search, and according to an article from the New York Times, job seekers over the age of 50 will remain unemployed for at least one year as they shop the market for a new position. MORE
10 Tips for Starting Your Own Business
When You’re Over 50
Entrepreneurship later in life isn’t as risky as most people think
by Kerry Hannon at marketwatch.com
More older adults have become entrepreneurs in the last decade than younger people. No kidding. Counterintuitive, right? But it’s true. Entrepreneurship in the 50+ age group is on the rise.
When it comes to launching a successful business, youth is not the magic elixir. MORE
Ageism is Not Funny
by Melissa Martin, Portsmouth Daily Times
A 2018 report by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) proclaimed “Despite decades of research finding that age does not predict ability or performance, employers often fall back on precisely the ageist stereotypes the ADEA was enacted to prohibit. After 50 years of a federal law whose purpose is to promote the employment of older workers based on ability, age discrimination remains too common and too accepted.”
According to the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission, almost a quarter of all claims filed by workers are related to age-based discrimination. MORE
Job Interview Preparation Checklist
from Glassdoor at entrepreneur.com
So you applied for a job online, and just got a call from the recruiter asking if you can interview with the hiring manager. You are super excited until you hear that the interview is happening in 48 hours. Two days. OMG!
Don’t panic; just prepare! Glassdoor has got you covered. Complete with timing and strategy, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of essential ways to gear up for your interview and knock it out of the park. Ready, set, prep!
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
There is no vacation
for the job seeker
“Summertime and the livin’ is easy.” Or, so the song goes. While that may be true for a lot of people, summer is no time for a job seeker to let up on the job search.
It may be especially tough when you see (most) everyone around disappearing for a couple of weeks during the summer. If you were in their shoes, you’d be doing exactly the same thing. But, as a job seeker, persevere you must.
A big downside for the summer job seeker is – just as we noted above – many people, such as HR types, hiring managers, recruiters, other contacts, etc., may be on vacation. What’s frustrating for the job seeker who is chomping at the bit to get back to work, is that many people who are necessary to making that happen are just plain and simple not around.
What’s a body to do?
Well we did say earlier that perseverance is a must. With apologies to Thomas Paine, these are the times that try job seekers’ souls.
You might fare better if you double up. Or is that double down? When you make contact with someone inside of a company, ask about an alternate contact if that person is not around. That’s a good idea regardless of the level, or involvement of that individual in the process. If your main contact is going to be gone for two weeks, you really need to have someone else to reach out to.
You’ll find that most recruiters will provide a back-up contact. After all, the recruiter (and the recruiter’s firm) have a vested interest in you landing another job. They can’t afford to let one slip through the cracks.
This is not to say that you can’t take some time to clear your mind and re-charge your batteries. But you must stay active – even if it’s just for 2-3 hours a day. This is no time to slack off.