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Will it be a new day for older workers?
Coronavirus Is Changing Work Forever.
Here’s How to Make Ageism a Thing of the Past
by Stephanie McCleskey at fastcompany.com
Older workers still confront unfounded and outdated assumptions about age and ability, according to a 2018 report from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission–51 years after a federal law outlawed age discrimination…
This problem rears its head in the workplace in a number of ways, some more overt than others. It can begin with the recruitment process itself, when employers favor younger candidates by advertising for new or recent graduates.
What Does the Coronavirus Pandemic Mean
for Your Job Search?
by Lisa Rabasca Roepe at themuse.com
As companies move to remote work to fight the coronavirus pandemic and an increasing number of workers are being laid off or furloughed, you might be wondering if you should continue to send out resumes or just assume that no one is hiring for the foreseeable future. It’s true that economists are predicting a recession, but career experts say it’s best to keep networking and applying, provided you change your approach a bit to acknowledge these are uncertain times.
Cover Letter Tips for Older Job Seekers
by Brie Weiler Reynolds at flexjobs.com
If you’re above 50 and looking for a job, you’ve probably experienced the frustration that comes along with being a job-searching older professional. Employers’ perceptions of older workers can be skewed, and it’s a challenge to overcome the job search ageism found in most industries. The good news is it’s possible to thrive in your job search and find employment success at every age.
The best cover letter tips for mature job seekers are similar to tips given to professionals at any age. There are, however, unique challenges that many mature job seekers have to consider and deal with. The trick is finding ways to let your experience and abilities catch the attention of a recruiter, without emphasizing your age.
“How Do I Make The Right Career Choice,
When I’ve Only Got One Chance To Retrain?”
Ashley spent years building a successful career. But after an uninspiring job dampened her spirits, she’s planning a complete change. While she’s 100% committed to retraining, she knows there'll be sacrifices, and she’s finding it hard to narrow down her options. When you can’t afford to get it wrong, how do you know you’ve made the right choice?
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.
It Wasn’t Supposed to Be This Way
Reality has a bad habit of disrupting your plans
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?
For some, it’s likely that did turn out that way. For others, 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.