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The Importance of Focusing While in Transition

by Alex Freund at

Number of Older Americans at Work
Has Grown 35 Percent
Reasons cited are longer life, lack of retirement savings,
high housing and health care costs

by Dana Wilkie at

The Big Changes Ahead for Boomer Workers
Disruptions will be enormous, but so will opportunities

by Richard Eisenberg at

The Non-Job Interview

More help for the 50+ job seeker:

There are now far more Americans ages 65 and older in the workforce than three decades ago, and the number of employed older Americans rose by nearly 35 percent just between 2011 and 2016, according to a December 2017 study by

    In fact, this group of workers is projected to be the fastest-growing segment in the workforce through 2024…

    In 2011, 6.6 million Americans age 65 or older were working in the U.S., according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In 2016, 8.9 million people were—an increase of nearly 35 percent.

I for one fully understand those in transition. I’ve been there at times myself–and for way too long. Life for the unemployed is hugely confusing. The quasi life equilibrium that used to exist before the transition period has been lost. And everybody you know seems to want to be helpful by giving you (nonprofessional) advice, which can add another layer of confusion to your bewilderment, thereby causing further disorientation. So, what’s the best thing to do to get back on track, get a job, and reach a life balance again? The answer may seem too simplistic: FOCUS.

    You’ve probably heard the cliché “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re going nowhere.” How true, so therefore you need a path, a direction, and a huge amount of mental energy to stay focused on the right things.

Boomers and Gen Xers: Your working world is in for major disruptions between now and 2030, according to a new report from the management consulting firm Bain & Company. “The depth and breadth of changes in the 2020s will set apart this transformation from many previous ones,” said the report, Labor 2030: The Collision of Demographics, Automation and Inequality.

    But here’s the bigger surprise: Some of those disruptions will make it easier for people in the 50s and 60s to keep working, find jobs and start businesses, the Bain forecasters say. Now that’s a noteworthy trend.

It’s no secret that one of the best tools in the job seekers arsenal is the informational interview. Speaking directly with someone in your target industry, or at a target company, or just someone who is very knowledgeable and/or connected, can be hugely beneficial.

    Informational interviewers most likely won’t get you a job directly, but it’s very possible that they either know someone who can hire you, or they can point you in the right direction which will pay off in the end.

    From the job seeker’s standpoint, how should you approach an informational interview? Realistically, what can you hope to accomplish? What should your expectations be?

    First and (perhaps) foremost, you’re getting more than just another contact. This is likely to be an individual who is knowledgeable about the market, the industry and where the opportunities may be lurking. These are good people to get to know; to build long-lasting relationships with. Even after your job search is over, they probably will still be good people to know.

    Second, it’s possible that, as far as your current job search goes, their most important asset may be the people that they know. There is an insanely high percentage of job seekers who have landed jobs to which they were referred by people who they didn’t know when their job searches began. Take care to note everyone who is mentioned by your interviewer and always – always – ask for permission to contact anyone who comes up. Professional courtesy demands it.

    Third, if you do your homework and are adequately prepared for your meeting, you should learn a lot about your interviewer’s company – which can be especially beneficial if that is one of your target companies. In a broader sense, you should be learning more about that company’s industry – which, again, may pay dividends if that happens to be one of your target industries.

    Done right, the informational interview can pay huge dividends, certainly during your current job search, but also very possibly for years to come. A very strong case can be made that the informational interview – because of where it may lead and because of its potential for long-term benefits – may be just as important as an actual job interview itself.

Looking for a Job in the Age of Ageism:
A Survivor's Guide to Long-term Unemployment After 50

by Barbara Fretz and Marianne Paul

This survival guide about long term unemployment after 50 years of age is a funny frolic into a serious societal problem. Having survived more than two years of unemployment over the age of 50 years, the author decided to share her experiences so people in similar circumstances will feel a sense of camaraderie and also “have a bit of a giggle” while reading it. In addition, the guide aims to get readers involved in the discourse. As such, each chapter ends with a list of “survival tips.” 

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