Today is: Friday, May 22, 2020 | Our next publication day: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Baby Boomer Job Candidates:
Defeat Ageism With Three Things
by Dana Manciagli at forbes.com
Do you worry that the COVID-19 pandemic will squash the job market or your current job search? Are you scared about skyrocketing unemployment and more layoffs? How about adding ageism into the mix?
Ageism in the workplace is real and will continue to be a factor in the ultra-competitive employment market that just ignited. U.S. employment flipped from a seller's market to a buyer's market overnight.
How to Make a Career Change at 50
by Molly Nevins at jobscan.co
Transitioning careers in your fifties can be challenging. The years you’ve dedicated to your career have gotten you to your current salary level, and your skills are likely fine tuned to your current vocation. Breaking away from the linear trajectory can be tough. However, changing careers now can also be incredibly rewarding. Whether you’re hoping to transition into a more fulfilling line of work or need a new career that better aligns with your life, the tips below will help you get started.
Is it Possible for the 50-Plus Crowd
to Find New Jobs? Experts Say Yes.
by Kathleen Furore at baltimoresun.com
Over the past few weeks, I’ve received questions from readers in the post-50-year-old age group. One had lost a relatively senior position and was having a tough time finding a comparable job; the other wanted to transition to a different profession than the one he had been in for more than two decades. Both were feeling stuck and discouraged and wondered if they would have to accept that they were past the point of being able to find the kind of positions they’re seeking.
Unfortunately, career experts admit, there isn’t a way to sugarcoat the challenge of finding a new job once you’ve celebrated the Big 5-0.
In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, there will be no NiftyNews published on Monday, May 25, 2020. In addition, there will be no NiftyWeekend this week as well. We'll return to our regular schedule beginning next Wednesday, May 27. Have a great – and safe – holiday!
How to Use Job Boards to Get a Job
by Anita Bruzzese at onthejob.45things.com
It can be frustrating to use the big job boards such as Monster, Indeed or LinkedIn if you feel like your resume is being dumped into a black hole, never to be seen by a human recruiter. But there are ways to boost your chances of reaching the attention of hiring managers on such job sites, according to the experts.
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.
Not So Fast
The two hemispheres of the workplace are not north and south
Our industry insiders tell us that there has been a relatively steady demand and increased job activity in the non-profit sector. Before you jump to any conclusions, this is good news.
Although your circumstances may dictate otherwise, looking at positions within the non-profit world may not be a bad thing. It’s been our experience that non-profits recognize and appreciate experience – above all else – as well as many of the other job-related traits that the 50+ job seeker brings to the table.
Yes, non-profits generally do pay less than organizations in the for-profit world. In the reality of today’s job market, however, if you’re over 50 and looking, and especially if you’ve been looking for a while, it’s not likely that you ultimately will be making as much as you were in your last job. You may not want to hear that, but that’s the ugly truth.
The good news is that a hungry non-profit organization may be willing to not only pay more – and quite possibly more than the low-ball offer you might be presented in the for-profit world – but they may be very likely to offer you a higher profile and more responsibility, making your position more challenging and ultimately more enjoyable for you.
And there’s another consideration as well. Many people in our age bracket are fed up with the corporate rat race, and many would love nothing more than to have an opportunity to give something back to their communities. Working at a non-profit organization fits perfectly into that scenario.
Go for it!