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The 5 Stupid Questions
Older Workers Get Asked In Job Interviews

by Ann Brenoff, Huffington Post

Over 50: Putting Your Best Foot Forward

by Renee Lee Rosenberg at

Advantages Of Hiring Older Workers


It Wasn’t Supposed
to Be this Way

More help for the 50+ job seeker:

Are you afraid that your age will prevent you from obtaining a job? Do you worry that others may see you as the "old person"? Does age discrimination exist?

    You bet it does, but so do many other forms of discrimination found in the workplace environment: gender, education, ethnic origins, weight, and more.

    But should it stop you from doing your best in your job search? Of course not!

    Do you deserve to get the best job possible to meet your skills and experience? Of course you do!

    Here are three proactive suggestions to help foil those annoying age discrimination thoughts that may stand in the way of your success.

Let’s face it: One of the steepest uphill battles people over 50 face comes when they apply for jobs. It’s why older workers stay out of work longer than any other age group and why so many of them report running up against ageism. Job interviews, assuming that they even get that far in the hiring process, are simply the worst. Here are some of the inappropriate questions that they get asked ― and what an appropriate answer could be. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2009 1.6 million Americans aged 55 or older were seeking full time employment. In June 2010 that number was just under 1.6 million. Statistics from the Bureau of Labor also indicate that more senior citizens over 65 are remaining in the work force. Many employers, however, are reluctant to hire older workers.

    Why Employers Pass Over Older Workers.  As unemployment figures begin to drop and organizations are filling vacancies, there is a tendency to hire younger workers. 

Remember when you were growing up when your parents and other adults kept telling you what life would be like?

    Go to school. Get a good education. Get a job. Work hard. Be smart. …and everything will work out just fine. You’ll get a job with a good company; enjoy nice benefits and regular pay increases. Then when you’ve reached the top of your profession, you can begin to relax during your last few years of work. Then retire and enjoy your golden years.

    Not exactly the way it’s turned out, is it?

    It’s likely that some of that did turn out that way. You went to school; got a good education; got a job; worked hard… but then somewhere along the way things changed. And not for the better.

    Many of the adults you knew growing up worked for a single employer for most of their adult lives – 30 years, maybe more. But not you. If you’re typical, you’ve had at least 4-6 jobs in probably more than one industry. It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

    Now that you’ve moved past age 50, relaxing as you near retirement age is not exactly on your agenda. If you’re not out of work, you have been recently and finding a job at our age – not a snap. The 600-pound gorilla in the room is the ageism that many of us have faced (and are facing) as we try to navigate this new world of workforce intrigue.

    Electronic resumes. Non-human resume scanners. Long distance and live video, internet-based job interviews. Trying to solve the job search puzzle that is LinkedIn. All the while trying to deal with age discrimination. It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

    It might not have supposed to have been this way, but guess what: it is. This is the world in which we live. This is the world where we have to work. This is the world where we’re supposed to find work. And yes, this is not the way it was supposed to be.

    But we’re not the first generation to have to deal with adversity. For example, our parent’s generation had their own hardships. Global economic depression and world war to name just two. How many of our parent’s generation postponed starting families and living their lives because of those two catastrophic events?

    Those wise old sages who counseled us when we were growing up were right about a lot of things, but not everything. If you think back, you’ll recall that they never said it would be easy… and it’s not. And anyone who expected it to be easy was only fooling themselves.

What’s Different after 60

by Gina Barrec at

I’m turning 61 and I still consider myself too energetic, too lively and too frisky to be regarded as a mare. I prefer to regard myself as a filly. But I might be closer to being a nag.

    I’m just trying to be honest with myself and pass the message along to others my age: What changes, for better and for worse, as we get older?

    I was prompted to write about age this week not only because of my birthday but because I read in a recent issue of People magazine that Jane Fonda published a book about turning 80 and being spellbindingly gorgeous (and also active and involved, but mostly gorgeous). She looks fabulous at 80.

Gina Barrec

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