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Middle Aged and Elderly Job Seekers
Make These Avoidable Mistakes
by A. A. Francis at realdaily.com
Middle aged and elderly Americans are the new job seekers as millions brace for retirement unprepared.
Since 2014, 40% of all those looking for work are 55 years old or older. By 2024, more than 41 million American workers, out of an estimated 164 million work force, will be 55 years old or older. More than 13 million will be over 65.
It’s hard getting older. If you’re middle aged or elderly and seeking income from work, don’t let these job-hunting mistakes make life even harder.
Uplevel Your Job Search Over 50
If you are in an unexpected career transition over 50 and struggling through your job search, you are not alone. 56% of workers over 50 are forced out of their jobs, while only 19% retire voluntarily.
This is according to a Pro Publica/Urban Institute review of the most recent Univ. of Michigan Health & Retirement Study. No wonder your job search is feeling like an uphill battle. MORE
How to Explain Gaps in Employment
by Amber Shiflett at snagajob.com
Sometimes we all need to take a break from working for one reason or another. Maybe we’ve got other things going on in our lives. It happens. Maybe you quit a job and it took awhile to find a new one. After all, sometimes job searches don’t go as fast as we’d like!
Or maybe you were laid off, went back to school, had a baby or took care of a sick family member… Whatever the reason for not working, these times between jobs are generally called “gaps” in employment.
How to Use Networking to Find Your Next Job
Networking is one of those things that is taught to you in college as a way to help advance your career. However, actually implementing this concept can be something you’ve never done before. Here are a few different ways you can employ the concept of networking to find your next job.
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.
If it Worked for…
People you know find jobs; maybe you ask them how they did it
One of the more difficult aspects of a +50 job search is seeing someone you know, or someone you met and befriended as part of your search, land a job. You’re probably overcome with mixed feelings.
Sure you’re glad for your friend. Congratulations! You’ve done it. Your search is over. But on the other hand, if you’re normal, you’re also thinking: why couldn’t it have been me? Why am I still on the outside looking in?
Very difficult. Very trying. Very frustrating. Don’t be ashamed for feeling that way. It’s only natural.
But there is a silver lining. Here is someone whom you’ve gotten to know who has accomplished what you’re trying to do. Maybe, just maybe, that person would be willing to share some of their first-hand insights into what worked – and what didn’t work – for them.
Call them. Set up what will amount to be an informational interview. Plan your questions well in advance and pick their brains until there is nothing left.
They are more likely to be honest and forthright with you than any recruiter or job coach. You’re connected with them on a personal – not professional – level. Let’s not forget, the professional level insights are very important. But will they be as frank and as open with you as your friend would?
Nuggets of knowledge are wherever you can find them. And don’t be afraid to ask.