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7 Industries Where Ageism Is Most Rampant

by Marjolein Dilven at theladders.com

Over the last year, we’ve seen a rapid change in the workforce. Over 1.1 million workers between ages 55 and 70 have left the workforce in the last quarter, which is an incredible improvement…
   The high number of people over 55 in the workforce that wants to work, but can’t get a job is increasing. Why is that? We think it’s because of something called ageism, and we’ll tell you exactly what that is and what industries it’s most prevalent in. 

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5 Smart Ways to Add Soft Skills to Your Resume

(and the Hard Skill You Must Remove)

from ivyexec.com

Many resume trends come and go. You might be taking up valuable space with meaningless objective statements or vague buzzwords. Or you may be lowering your chances to win the job by including your job duties, instead of why and how you were successful in each responsibility. 
   In this same vein, many job seekers are not sure what skills they should put on their resume. Does an employer need to know if you can use basic office technology or not? How many soft skills should you list? What is the difference between hard and soft skills anyway? 

Startup Spotlight

Xbound Seeks to Connect

Late-Career Individuals, Retirees with Employers

by  Kennedy Rose at bizjournals.com

XBound is a website for experienced job seekers — such as retired or semi-retired people — seeking full-time work, a part-time gig, consulting jobs or volunteer opportunities. Employers looking for workers with decades of experience can post their listings on xBound. 

   The number of baby boomers retiring annually has picked up in recent years, signaling that many have entered retirement early, according to a report from the Pew Research Center.

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NIFTY TIP of the DAY 

Feeding the Pigeons

It’s OK to be cagey, but don’t cage yourself in your job search

It’s not unusual for employers – past and prospective – to pigeonhole employees. If you’re not familiar with the concept, the dictionary says that pigeonhole is “a neat category which usually fails to reflect actual complexities.”
   So an employer may look at a candidate and say, “This is all he’s ever done. He can’t do anything else but.” Or, “She’s never worked in this industry before, she’ll never be able to adapt.”   MORE

Think ageism

is a U.S. problem?

Think again.

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Making a Noise

The International Journal

for Age Diversity

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Unemployment Data

for August 2021

National Unemployment Rate
5.2%

Unemployment Rate Age 50-54
4.1%

Unemployment Rate Age 55+
3.9%

Total Number of Unemployed

over age 50
2.1 million

Labor Participation Rate

61.7%

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All figures according to the August, 2021

Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent data.

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