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How Old Is Too Old to Work?
by Isaac Chotiner at newyorker.com
In her book “Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life,” Louise Aronson, a geriatrician and a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, examines Americans’ fraught relationship to the aging process, from our enthusiasm for supposed anti-aging cures to our troubled health-care system and the persistence of ageism among employers. Too often, Aronson argues, people over the age of sixty-five are viewed as a single group—one whose needs and desires and humanity are given short shrift, particularly within a medical system that is ostensibly centered around the needs of the elderly. MORE
Fighting Against Aging Stereotypes
Ageism is "the last prejudice to bubble to the surface of our consciousness"
by Mary Kane at kiplinger.com
As many baby boomers age, they are leveraging their history of activism to change negative perceptions of aging, both in the workplace and in everyday life. Author and activist Ashton Applewhite is among the leaders, with her book, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism and website Old School that offer resources on fighting ageism. In this lightly edited conversation with Associate Editor Mary Kane, Applewhite notes that ageism begins with us and links the movement to other social justice efforts. MORE
Career Change And Uncertainty:
What To Do When Everything’s Up In The Air
And You Don’t Have Any Of The Answers
Feeling groundless and apprehensive? Stuck in survival mode, unable to take action? Natasha shares 6 ways to reduce your panic and take back control in uncertain times.
Got Through an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) with a 95% Success Rate!
by Madeline Mann at shrm.org
Having trouble getting your foot in the door? In this video, self-made millennial Madeline Mann will show you some resume hacks that will help to get through a company’s automated resume scanning software using the right keywords.
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.
Networking is sweeter the second and third time around
Don’t think networking is all that important? According to LinkedIn, 85 percent of all jobs are filled by way of networking.
Of course networking is important. But there is an odd twist to the typical networking scenario as it relates to your job search. We’ve all heard how crucial it is to make a good first impression. And, that is important.
But in the world of networking, it’s not necessarily your first contact who can deliver your next job opportunity. Surveys by LinkedIn and others show that first generation networking contacts are not as good as the second and third generation contacts.
In other words, it’s not the person you know who can help you find a job, it’s the person who knows the person you know who more likely to deliver the goods.
In their book, Make Your Contacts Count: Networking Know-How for Business and Career Success, Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon state, “If you know just 50 people on a first-name basis, and they know fifty people, you have access to 2,500 contacts. If that group each knows fifty people, you could potentially reach 125,000 people. And if they each know fifty people you could reach more than six million contacts.”
Like the beauty of compound interest, networking contacts add up. Actually, they don’t add up as much as they multiply – and multiply exponentially.
Networking and your job search. Not only is it important to know people, it’s really important to know the people they know.