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The Debate On Age Bias In A Hot Jobs Market
from SmithAmundsen LLC
The New York Times recently published an article discussing trends in the area of unlawful age discrimination occurring at a time when the U.S. has the lowest unemployment rate in half a century. New York Times writer Patricia Cohen details, how despite a scramble to lure applicants to alleviate a massive shortage of workers, many workers over 50, and now even over 40, appear to find that they are considered too old for a new position. The allegations of age discrimination have unleashed a wave of litigation. Notably, in a settlement with various plaintiffs groups, Facebook agreed to remove the ability of advertisers to screen out minority groups, women and older groups from seeing particular job listings. MORE
Top 5 Reasons Why Retailers Love Hiring Older Workers
If you're looking for some extra cash, check out the "Now Hiring" signs at your local retailer.
1. You are mature.
2. You are responsible.
3. You are flexible in the hours you'll work (including Friday and Saturday night).
4. You show up on time.
5. You understand "work ethic" and apply it on the job everyday!
1 in 4 Don’t Plan to Retire Despite Realities of Aging
Nearly one-quarter of Americans say they never plan to retire, according to a poll that suggests a disconnection between individuals’ retirement plans and the realities of aging in the workforce.
Experts say illness, injury, layoffs and caregiving responsibilities often force older workers to leave their jobs sooner than they’d like.
According to the poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 23% of workers, including nearly 2 in 10 of those over 50, don’t expect to stop working. Roughly another quarter of Americans say they will continue working beyond their 65th birthday. MORE
Forget Lower Jobs Growth,
the Number of People Who’ve Stopped Looking
for Work Is Much More Worrisome
by Michael Klein at theladders.com
The latest jobs report showed a lackluster gain in jobs… that was worse than economists had predicted.
While the sudden slowdown in jobs growth after many months of strong numbers is worrying and signals a weakening economy, a more long-term concern is the persistently low labor force participation rate that has not recovered in the decade since the onset of the Great Recession. MORE
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
The Early Bird
Arriving early will give you a chance to get caught up
One of the big advantages that older job candidates tend to have over their younger counterparts is punctuality. Mature workers typically have a greater appreciation of the importance of being on time.
[Let’s be real here. Hold back on your vitriol. We’re not saying that all younger candidates are incapable of arriving on time. But, on the whole, older candidates are more likely not to be late. Back to the game…]
While this is true for actual job interviews, we’ve found that it’s just as important for informational interviews, or one-on-one networking meetings. Professionally, it’s just plain rude to keep someone waiting.
Yes, we realize that sometimes it’s unavoidable. Extraordinary traffic jams. Weather issues. Those are valid reasons for being late. All other things being equal, being even five minutes late can be an imposition.
Many people employ many and varied techniques to prevent arriving late. We’ve found one such tactic that works (almost) without fail. And that is to arrive “super” early. By “super” early, we mean 20-30 minutes. (Obviously this works best if you’re meeting at a coffee shop or other such venue.)
The rationale is this: When you arrive that early, you have other things to do. You can check your email; review some jobs boards; work on correspondence, etc. There is always something to do to pass those few extra minutes so that you’re not just sitting there twiddling your thumbs.
In this way, you’re assured of arriving before your guest and you can use that extra time productively. Also, even if you encounter some legitimate obstacle(s) in your commute, you may still arrive early or you’ll minimize the time being late.
One more thing. Make certain that you have the mobile number of the person with whom you’re meeting. In this way, even if you are unavoidably detained, you can always call and let them know your predicament. It’s the professional thing to do.
When going up against younger competition, you need to play all your cards to your advantage.