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Fight Age Discrimination by Refusing to be a Luddite
Transform from Luddite to Technophile and start with some incredibly simple steps
by Barbara Schultz at thriveglobal.com
If you don’t know what a Luddite is, chances already increased you might just be one. As history goes, a gent named Ned Lud (perhaps a mythological character) led a rebellion (this was definitely real) against technology during England’s Industrial Revolution. Mill and cotton workers feared their jobs would disappear with the advent of innovation. They viewed machinery as their nemesis, eroding their ability to earn a decent wage. Driven by fear and ignorance, they resolved to settle this crisis by simply destroying their employer’s equipment. A short-term solution to a much longer-term problem!
That fear factor started me thinking about a different sort of rebellion going on with today’s resistance to technology.
Writing's on the Wall for Job Seekers Over 50
by Samesh Mohanlall at stuff.co.nz
Gail Wilson forged a successful career as a writer and advisor for the Government for 30 years. But since turning 50 in November she has woken up to smell the coffee about New Zealand's job market, and is retraining as a barista.
After a three-month trip to the United States "expecting to have an epiphany about a new career", Wilson returned home to face a stark reality. Applying for several jobs has brought her no joy, and worse still no feedback.
What to Consider Before Making a Life Change
by Lindsay Tigar at theladders.com
If there’s one guarantee about life — and careers, for that matter — it’s that change is inevitable. Gigs come and go, just like relationships, and our passions evolve from decade to decade. So when we are stagnant for a period of time, we might feel that undeniable urge to transform.
Your Professional Decline Is Coming
(Much) Sooner Than You Think
Here’s how to make the most of it
Story by Arthur C. Brooks at theatlantic.com
“It’s not true that no one needs you anymore.”…
I imagined someone who had worked hard all his life in relative obscurity, someone with unfulfilled dreams—perhaps of the degree he never attained, the career he never pursued, the company he never started.
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.
Be A Control Freak
You have to face facts that there are some things you can’t control
Job seeking when you’re over 50 certainly has its challenges. This is especially true if you haven’t looked for a job in more than a decade.
Sitting high atop the reasons why this might be the greatest challenge of your life is that great bugaboo – age discrimination. It’s been more than 50 years since Congress outlawed job discrimination based on age, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist.
Not only does it exist in 2020, by some measurements it’s running quite strong. Perhaps the most frustrating thing about workplace ageism is that, probably moreso than any other form of discrimination, age discrmination is very difficult to prove.
That leaves many 50+ job seekers feeling trapped. They know that there are jobs out there for which they are qualified and that they are convinced they could do – and do well. But yet, at the end of the day, they are passed over.
“Grrrrrrrrrr,” said the 50+ job seeker.
With little likelihood that they will ever be reprimanded even in the slightest, employers who are practicing ageism in their hiring are not likely to stop. And there isn’t a whole lot any individual job seeker can do about it.
This is where you need to be a bit of a control freak. That is, control the things that you can and don’t sweat the things that you can’t.
If that company is going to disqualify you because of your age, move on. After all, do you really want to work at a company that views/treats its employees in such a manner?
We didn’t think so.
So why not focus your energies on those things that you can control? Target companies that are open to hiring older applicants – and they are out there. And they are not as infrequent as you might think.
Drill your wells where the water is. You can control that.