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Advocating for Age in an Age of Uncertainty
How the COVID-19 crisis is amplifying ageism, and how advocates can push back
by Nat Kendall-Taylor, Aly Neumann & Julie Schoen from Stanford Social Innovation Review
Ageism is prevalent across the world, and the United States is no exception. Americans’ tendencies to exclude and undervalue older people are well documented. Research has found negative attitudes about older people among Americans of all ages, even among older people themselves…
Ageism also manifests in the insufficient attention to the abuse of older adults and pervasive employment discrimination.
How Can I Re-enter the Workforce
After a Long Break?
by Shannon Fitzgerald at themuse.com
I’m re-entering the workforce after a four-year break. Do you have any strategies to help?
Signed, Ready to Return
Congrats on the decision to return to the working world! Starting the job search can be intimidating for anyone—but, especially when you’ve been out of the game for a while.
Fortunately, there are a few tips and strategies that can help you get back out there.
Advice for Ageless Startups, Even in a Pandemic
How to bootstrap a new business in midlife or in retirement
by Richard Eisenberg at nextavenue.org
Rick Terrien, a Pittsburgh serial entrepreneur and author of the new book Ageless Startup, is a firm believer that you’re never too old to launch a business. In fact, he thinks becoming an entrepreneur — either full-time or part-time — in your 50s or 60s may be the best time of life to do it. Yes, even in a pandemic.
Based on Terrien’s experience and success… he’s worth listening to if you’re considering launching a business in midlife.
3 Ways To Position Yourself
As A Great Remote Candidate
by Dominique Fluker at glassdoor.com
Before COVID-19 drove the need for remote work, there was already a lot of data proving that remote workers deliver productive results to organizations. There has actually been conclusive evidence that employees who spend the bulk of their working hours outside of the office are vastly happier and more productive.
Recent research from Gallup shows that 43% of workers already work some of the time remotely… by giving workers more control over their personal lives and permitting them to schedule their lives accordingly, companies are making them happier and more fulfilled.
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.
Read Those Ads Carefully
Not to make light of discrimination, but…
This item may not help you in getting your next job, but we feel compelled to share it nonetheless.
Most job seekers at one time or another will venture into the area known as the jobs board. Some may even cross over into the shadowy realm of a government-sponsored jobs board. Recently, we saw a report from the BBC (and others) of the following incident and thought it might inject a smile into the seriousness of your job search.
Apparently a woman from a “recruitment agency” seeking to hire cleaning personnel for a nearby hospital submitted a request with a local government job “centre” for “reliable and hard-working” individuals. Her posting was denied. In explaining the denial, a representative from the job “centre” told her that “she could not request ‘reliable and hard-working’ applicants” in her posting because that sort of language could be deemed "offensive" to unreliable people.
To be fair, the woman from the job centre agreed that it was “ridiculous” but that she was only following policy. That’s a familiar defense.
In the interest of sanity, the BBC report continues to say that the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission responded that the job posting was in "no way" a breach of any discrimination law. Phew!
From age to race to gender etc., isn’t there enough discrimination out there in our everyday lives without having to deal with this kind of lunacy?