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Unemployment Improves for Older Workers – read more

Age Is More Than A Number: 

Trends In Workforce Composition, Ageism,

And Efforts To Address The Elephant In The Room

by Fisher Phillips at jdsupra.com
 

Various factors have created a workplace phenomenon that is both underreported and underestimated: an aging workforce and increasing incidence of age discrimination. As people in this country are living longer, the cost of living continues to rise, and the pension model nears extinction, many older Americans continue to work well into their 70’s. 

    Combine that with stereotypes borne of both bygone eras and the current tech-forward attitudes of the younger workforce, and the incidence of age-based discrimination in the workplace is increasing – though the problem is not typically viewed or treated as seriously as other forms of discrimination.
 

4 Ways To Keep Your Job Search Going

During The Summer

Wendi Weiner and Aaron Sanborn at workitdaily.com
 

Every season is job search season if you want it bad enough.

    However, there are some that view summer as a time of rest and ease up on their job searches. That's the last thing you should do!

    Sure, you should take time to relax and go on vacation—just don't abandon your job search goals completely.
 

Why People Really Start Businesses in Retirement

The reasons may not be ones you expect

By Richard Eisenberg at nextavenue.org
 

Why are so many Americans over 65 self-employed? If you’re thinking the answer lies in Nelly’s lyrics, “Hey, must be the money!” you are mistaken.

    At least that’s what three researchers found in their recent research looking at self-employment and contract work by age.
 

Our next edition…

After 20 Years at One Company,

an IT Pro (Learned) How to Job Search Again

by Paige Liwanag at jobscan.co
 

In 2018, Stefan from Denver got laid off by his employer of 20 years. Not having conducted a job search in more than two decades, he had no idea how to get started.

    “I was already 58 years old. I found myself on the job market, basically for the first time, having to look for and compete for a job,” he told me.

    Many people affected by the current surge in layoffs can relate to the disorienting feeling of entering the job market after being employed for several years. But for Stefan, there was an additional component. The past 30 years of his IT career had been spent working with one specific software product. 
 

Coronavirus Affecting Your Job Search?

We've added some additional material that we hope can help.

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.
 

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Time

to Get Personal

Follow the pros when it comes to self-evaluation

There is a familiar tactic among marketing professionals that is known as the SWOT analysis. (In this application, SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.)

    And, as a job seeker, you are in effect marketing yourself to the job seeking world, you might want to try this tactic on yourself – as if you were a product being marketed. Done correctly, it may yield some very useful insights into who you are (as a potential employee) and how best to market yourself.

    By correctly identifying your personal SWOT, you’ll learn more about yourself than you ever wanted to know.

    Strengths — as with most older job seekers, your greatest strength is most likely your experience. Of course, this can extend beyond actual work experience to institutional knowledge of how things get done and how businesses succeed. If that’s not enough, job candidates from our generation are generally thought of as more reliable, more punctual and more dedicated. Strengths one and all.

    Weaknesses — Once again, we may have to draw upon some pre-conceived notions of older workers. These are things that are often attributed to older workers out of hand. Obviously, these are not going to apply to everyone, but recognizing them may help you identify your own personal weaknesses. One that’s commonly bandied about is how older workers are not technologically up to date. They don’t know how to access the Internet; they can’t use a smartphone, they can’t text, etc., etc. In addition, they get sick a lot; their minds aren’t as sharp, etc., etc.

    Opportunities — These are a little tougher to single out without knowing the individuals. But getting the opportunity to debunk some of the ageism stereotypes can certainly be a huge opportunity.

    Threats — Today, the greatest threat to an older applicant landing a job surprisingly may not be ageism. More than likely it’s the enormous uncertainty surrounding today’s job market and what the post-Covid economy (and workplace) will look like. Despite the many projections and much speculation, no one really knows.

    What you do know is that if you take the time to perform a thorough SWOT analysis on yourself as a job seeker, you’ll know yourself better and you’ll be able to work your plan that much better. Plus, you’ll probably feel better about yourself.
 

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