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Freelance 101 – How to Start Your Second Act
Going freelance was not the plan. You were supposed to stay in that job you loved for as long as you did well. Instead, you got laid off in your 50s, a notoriously difficult age to find a new job.
Many of us over 50 have worked in steady and stable jobs and companies for a decade or more. Losing the regularity and the security of steady employment is particularly tough in an ageist economy. But going freelance seems even stranger and riskier because it's truly unknown territory. MORE
Where Do We Go After “OK, Boomer”?
by Grace Birnstengel at nextavenue.org
“Don’t trust anyone over 30.”
It’s a line made famous by ’60s activist Jack Weinberg when a San Francisco Chronicle reporter interviewed him about the ongoing Free Speech Movement at the University of California, Berkeley.
Generational finger pointing is not a new concept, but it’s been in the limelight lately with the rise of the “OK, Boomer” meme first circulating via social media app TikTok. The OK, Boomer catchphrase is used as a dismissive response to ideals, opinions and experiences of older generations when younger people find them outdated, irrelevant or harmful. MORE
6 Answers to Commonly-Asked Questions
I’m Getting From the Modern Job Seeker
by Arik Hanson at business2community.com
A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from someone who was recently laid off from his job. This guy was an acquaintance…I steered him to my weekly Talking Points e-newsletter, where I share open positions weekly. And I spent a few minutes on the phone with him providing advice.
This is a pretty common occurrence–I get these types of inquiries routinely… over the years, I’ve heard a lot of questions from job seekers. Many of the same questions, in fact. So, I thought I’d document some of the more common questions I’ve received and my answers. MORE
From Stay-at-Home Parent to Job Seeker:
Here's How to Nail Your Cover Letter
by Elizabeth Alterman at themuse.com
If you’re getting ready to jump back into the workforce after taking a break to care for your kids, you’re likely eager to use your professional skills again, make some new acquaintances, and, of course, collect a paycheck. One thing you may be less excited about? Writing a cover letter.
Creating a letter that eloquently and succinctly expresses your interest in the position and promotes your skills may seem especially daunting if you’re out of practice. But there’s no need to panic.
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
The Right Gig?
The “gig” economy can be savior or quicksand
Among the new wrinkles to today’s ever-changing job market and workforce is the concept of the “gig” economy.
In case you’re not familiar with the concept, according to investopedia.com, “in a gig economy, temporary, flexible jobs are commonplace and companies tend toward hiring independent contractors and freelancers instead of full-time employees.”
How popular is it? In 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 55 million Americans are employed in the gig economy. According to Newsweek, this represents more than 35 percent of the U.S. workforce. And, it’s expected to grow.
How does this affect the 50+ job seeker like you? Most gig workers are temporary or contract employees who work from home and most gig work can be done on a computer and/or through the internet. Uber drivers are usually considered participants in the gig economy.
If there are gig jobs that you can do that fit that bill, that are right for you, gig work can bring in some much needed revenue and it’s something current that you can put on your resume. Those are all plusses for you.
There is, of course, a downside. For many gig workers, the bottom line tends to be a lot smaller than advertised. If they tell you that you can make $100,000 a year working 10-20 hours per week from home, you might want to get a second opinion.
According to reports in The New York Times and others, many gig workers are fighting back against gig employers who skim considerable sums off the top, leaving the workers with little for their efforts.
The word to the wise is be diligent. Don’t take their word for it. Check with other employees or other gig workers. It’s age-old advice but, look before you leap.