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Overcoming Age Discrimination In Your Job Search
Do you think you’re facing age discrimination or ageism in your job search? Do you feel like no one is hiring you because you’re older than the competition? You’re not alone with these feelings.
Why People Are Still Working in Their 70s and 80s
Many people continue working because they enjoy the job
by Rodney Brooks at usnews.com
It's not uncommon for Baby Boomers to continue to work well into their 60s, 70s or even 80s. Some people decide to continue working because they need the money, while others love what they do and can't imagine not doing it anymore or just need to stay busy. With continued improvements in health care and life expectancy, people can spend as long in retirement as they spent working.
Commit to Workplace Diversity, Including Age
As organizations focus on making their workforces more diverse, it is important to pay attention to the intersection of race, sexual orientation, gender and age. That’s because discrimination tends to occur more at these points of intersectionality.
Research conducted by AARP found that age discrimination occurs at different rates across subpopulations. While 64% of women say they have experienced or witnessed age discrimination at work, only 59% of men say they’ve experienced it. Among job seekers, rates are higher for the unemployed (74%) than for the employed (61%).
What To Do To Be Successful
featuring Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, University of Toronto
Dr. Peterson teaches how to leverage your personality differences, understanding yourself and others based on the “Big Five” model of personality, so you can be as successful as possible. Watch the video.
Employment Outlook Improves for Older Workers
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.
Just when you climb one mountain, another appears
You were on cruise-control. Everything was fine; you were making decent money; you liked your job; you liked your boss and co-workers. You figured you were set.
And then it happened. Seemingly in an instant, your life took a drastic turn. You didn’t work there anymore. You didn’t have a job. You didn’t have an income. You didn’t have a purpose, a reason for getting up in the morning. How were you going to pay your bills?
One thing was certain. Your life was never going to be the same.
After the shock wore off, you picked yourself up and committed yourself to finding another job. But suddenly, another specter appeared. Everything you remembered about looking for a job (from maybe 20 years or more ago) didn’t apply anymore.
Now there was LinkedIn and you had to learn the ins and outs of how to deal with that. Then there were the Automated Tracking Systems that screened you out of contention for jobs with no human eyes viewing your resume. And you thought dealing with LinkedIn was difficult. Add to that, dealing with an emerging millenial workforce and all that technology. Sheesh!
Then there were the easy parts. Like learning how to network all over again. Like learning how to conduct yourself during a video interview.
But you’re tough. You’re resilient. You can overcome those obstacles. But just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, this bomb drops. It’s called Covid-19 and the job search landscape is grotesquely transformed again. How can you network when you’re confined to your home and all the places where you would go to network (i.e. bars and restaurants, and even libraries) are all closed? Layer skyrocketing unemployment on top of all that and you’re back to square one.
Is it ever going to stop?
No one can predict the future. No one. But we do have history on our side and history says that what goes up, must come down. As bad as things may seem today, believe or not Mr. Ripley, they will get better. And you’ll master this new job seeking world, just as you conquered the past.