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Time to turn over a new leaf?
Over 60? Welcome to Gig Work
It could never happen to me. Then the wheels came off…
I shoved down the rising panic, kept one eye on my bank balance as I started freelancing, and kept the other eye out for the next big thing. Like hundreds of thousands of men in their early 60s across the country, I had to get used to the idea that the marketplace might have already decided I was “done.”
Career Change for Midcareer and Older Job Seekers
NSCN Webinar with Kerry Hannon
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Kerry Hannon is a leading authority and strategist on career transitions, entrepreneurship, personal finance and retirement. She is the author of Never Too Old to Get Rich: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting a Business Mid-Life.
5 Ways to Find Work in the Pandemic
Who's hiring, what to add to your resume and how to network virtually
by Nancy Collamer at nextavenue.org
Job hunting is never easy. But the coronavirus pandemic is creating challenges unlike any we’ve ever seen, with unemployment expected to hit 16% or higher and employers laying off or furloughing millions. The job search engine site Indeed says job postings in late April were more than a third lower than a year ago. So, how can you find work these days?
Here are five strategies.
Older Coders Answer the Call to Help
Why COVID-19 and outdated state agency tech are bringing them work
by Michelle V. Rafter at nextavenue.org
Last September, Brian Boyer celebrated turning 60 by retiring after a long career at Citibank starting as a software programmer and ending as a tech project manager. He couldn’t have known he’d be back in the digital trenches six months later, putting his skills to use fighting the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Boyer, of Key West, Fla., is one of a legion of software developers and tech talent over 50 who’ve answered the call to remotely volunteer or work for pay on older government computer systems overloaded by the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus.
Unemployment Among Older Workers Nearly Triples
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.
Back to Basics
Everything old is new again
Here’s a social notion that you need not keep at a distance. Ask anyone in the “jobs” business – that is: recruiters, job coaches, hiring managers, human resource professionals, et.al. – and overwhelmingly they will state unequivocally that networking may be the most important part of anyone’s job search.
This is true for anyone – old or young, man or woman, white collar or blue collar, etc., etc.
Ask anyone today who is actively involved in a job search and, while acknowledging the importance of networking, they will add how difficult – if not impossible – it is to network in today’s locked-down, social-distancing environment. Is it?
Let’s take a trip back to the future – to 1982. In that year, John Naisbitt released a book which he called MegaTrends. In that book – which many people still cite today for a variety of reasons – Naisbitt extolled on the advantages and necessity for networking. Few will argue.
However, in today’s quarantined world, the most important aspect of Naisbitt’s tome is his definition of networking. To Naisbitt, networking is “exchange of ideas, information and resources.” There it is. Simple. Straightforward. To the point.
Review that definition slowly and carefully. What part of that definition can you NOT do today? You may not be able to do it in ways in which you’re familiar, or comfortable, but there is no reason why you can NOT “exchange ideas, information and resources.”
You can certainly accomplish those exchanges via the telephone, through email or text messages, through video (i.e. Zoom or Skype), through LinkedIn or other social media. There is not one reason why you can’t.
So, what are you waiting for?