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Job Search Tips When You’re Over 50
Caroline Ceniza-Levine at forbes.com
I have received several recent reader questions about job search tips when you’re over 50:
When you are an older unemployed professional in your late 50's how do you survive and what strategies should you use to navigate through these difficult times we are currently in? – Thea
What are the best career pivot options and tactics for workers over 60? — Ken
Is there a point in pursuing/reigniting a career at my age?... Not looking to start a business but I miss being part of something, getting out of the house and feeling productive and saving money for the future. – Wendy ANSWERS
Franchises – Baby Boomer Exit Strategy
Why do Baby Boomers make such attractive franchise candidates? For openers, they often have decades of business and management experience. Their level of income and accrued savings usually put them right in the ballpark for buying a business of their own. And lastly, many don’t yet aspire to just retire. Many Baby Boomers are living much longer, healthier lives than ever before, thereby assessing this time as just another stage in their overall lives.
10 Tips For Relaunching Your Career
from CareerBliss and Jenna Arcand at workitdaily.com
So, you've been on a career break. How long has it been? Three years, five years, more? Whether you took time off to care for your children or to travel the world, relaunching your career is a major undertaking, especially these days. Just sending out a bunch of resumes won't do the trick.
Here are some effective tips and steps for relaunching your career you can start doing immediately to help you reach your goal of getting back into the workforce.
What I Learned in the Recession
That Might Help You Now
A job loss led to a change in attitude and these life lessons
by Elizabeth White at nextavenue.org
I remember well the shock of being suddenly laid off during the Great Recession of 2007-2009.
I was in my mid-fifties when my good job disappeared, my income fell to zero and I was suddenly on the outside looking in at a life that was no longer mine. I learned some hard lessons from this experience. There’s a lot I would have done differently if I knew then what I know now.
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.
Times Like These
When assessing the times in which we live, maybe Dickens was right
Charles Dickens wrote one of the most famous opening lines to a novel in literary history: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Few of his contemporaries would have argued with him.
But this is 2020. We have a worldwide pandemic which is slowing and dragging down what had been a strong economy. As a result of the lockdown and slowdown, unemployment is at dizzying heights. And if you’re over 50, there is a good chance that you’ve gotten the short end of the stick at every turn.
Are these the worst of times? Are these “the times that try men’s souls” as Thomas Paine wrote.
No doubt that these are uncertain times, difficult times. But there is a historical perspective here. When you think of our times as being “uncertain” and “difficult,” ask yourself one question: Compared to what?
Thomas Paine issued his regrets in 1776. Charles Dickens wrote “A Tale of Two Cities” in 1859. Their times were tough. Then again, during our (Baby Boomers, that is) lifetimes, legendary comedian Lenny Bruce lamented that in his day there were unbelievable levels of stress because “changes were happening, happening, happening.”
But they couldn’t network on LinkedIn. They couldn’t interview for a job on Zoom. They couldn’t send documents and images around the world in a blink of an eye. Comparatively speaking, they had it pretty darn tough.
Our times are tough times. But compared to what? When have times not been difficult? When have people not struggled? When have “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” not bedeviled the strongest and most competent among us?
No one is saying that 2020 is a picnic. This is especially true for the older job seeker. Times are tough, but they’ve always been tough. And when trying to face another uncertain day, we leave you with one last ancient quote: “This too shall pass.”