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How COVID-19 Impacts Workers Over 50

by J.T. O'Donnell at

Were you laid off due to the COVID-19 crisis and are now worried about age discrimination? Or, are you concerned about keeping your job while competing against a younger generation?

    If so, you're not alone. A question I've gotten a lot in the past couple of weeks is what can the older generation of workers do to protect their career & job search during a time of crisis.

Insights for Older Job Seekers

in the Time of Coronavirus


Chris Farrell is senior economics contributor for American Public Meida's Marketplace. An award-winning journalist, he is author of the books Purpose and a Paycheck: Finding Meaning, Money and Happiness in the Second Half of Life and Unretirement: How Baby Boomers Are Changing the Way We Think about Work, Community and The Good Life.

    Recent articles by Chris include How the Coronavirus Puishes Many Older Workers and Putting High-Risk People at Higher-Risk: Retired Doctors Return to Work for COVID-19.   MORE

Reinventing Yourself After a Job Loss

Advice from one who did it after his life turned upside down

by  Jon Friedman at

The devastating unemployment numbers due to the coronavirus pandemic may signify only the beginning of the pain for the newly jobless workers. If you’ve lost your job or will, how can you pick up the pieces?

    Based on my experience after my layoff in 2013 from my dream job in journalism (a media columnist), a career reinvention —and a healing process — starts with working on your self-image and how well you can project it.

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Find Jobs Available Now During COVID-19


The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on the global economy, leading to millions of newly unemployed people looking for work. Meanwhile, companies are experiencing a wide range of challenges, from managing a sudden surge or decline in hiring to communicating their response to the crisis to current and potential employees. 

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It Goes Both Ways

Learning from life; living from what we’ve learned

Plodding through a job search after an unexpected job less can be a tumultuous time for anyone – especially for an older worker.

    What can you learn from your experience as an older job seeker? What have you learned from your past work experiences that you can apply to your search?

    Both are valid questions and both scenarios can apply… to anyone.

    A popular mantra for older job seekers to use your time without a job to update your job skills. Take a class. Learn (or update) your computer or other technical skills. 

    As you learn and improve yourself, here’s a notion to keep in mind. What am I learning during this job search experience that I can apply to my next job? Maybe it’s some new software or technical capabilities (i.e. learning video conferencing). 

    I’ve done that. I’ve learned that. Is this something that I can apply to a new job? If so, make certain that you can adequately express that experience in your next interview.

    What about the other direction on that two-way street? What have you learned in your past jobs that you can apply to your job search? Again, maybe it’s software? Maybe it’s networking. Maybe it’s industry knowledge that could point you in the direction of a new opportunity.

    Maybe it’s prospecting — if you were prospecting in sales, what a great skill to have when needing to uncover job leads. Maybe it’s your daily routine from your past job. Can that structure be applied to your job-seeking day?

    It’s a simple question to ask. How can my past work experience help me secure my job search?

    It’s often said that life is a two-way street. That certainly applies to job seeking.

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