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Good News for Older Workers in January

Unemployment for Older Workers Lowest Since March

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How To Identify Your Next Career Move

by Rebecca Zucker at forbes.com

Very few of my career transition clients are 100% sure of what they want to do next. Most people either take their transition as an opportunity to take a step back and explore what would be a more meaningful or fulfilling career for them or they come to the coaching with a few potential paths in mind, unsure which would be best for them.

    If you fall into either of these categories, there are several exercises you might do to help point you towards the right path. Among these is conducting a “mini-360” to get feedback from friends and colleagues.
 

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Job Search: Age Discrimination or Convicted Felon?

by Jason Alba at jibberjobber.com

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This is a long post about working through, or around, job search discrimination. I’ve written quite a bit on this topic over the years.

    My friend Paul sent me this set of questions, which got me thinking about how hard it is for older people (definitely over 50, but many over-40 job seekers feel it too) to get into interviews, and then get an offer.

Change Your Voicemail Greeting When You Job Search

by Sam Blum at lifehacker.com

Now more than ever, there are many ways to sabotage yourself when searching for a job. Social media and digital profiles are baked into so many aspects of our lives, but even if you’re not leaving incriminating posts on Twitter or Instagram, an older gaffe still remains that could see your chances of landing a new job torpedoed if you don’t pay attention: I’m talking about your silly, nonchalant voicemail greeting.

    After acing a job interview, the last thing you want is for a potential employer to call you and hear a voicemail greeting you saved after…   MORE
 

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NIFTY TIP of the DAY

New Numbers

There is only one number important to job seekers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics will release its unemployment data for January later today. 

    For the individual job seeker, there is one number that holds any importance. And that number is the number one. This is one of those times when it’s acceptable to be more concerned with yourself than… well, anyone. This is a situation where it’s alright to be selfish. MORE
 

More help for the 50+ job seeker:

Think ageism

is a U.S. problem?

Think again.

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Making a Noise

The International Journal

for Age Diversity

Show your support for all the age 50+ job seekers.

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.

Coronavirus Affecting Your Job Search?

Nifty50s has accumulated job-search advice
that specifically addresses the Covid pandemic.

More Nifty Tips

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Unemployment Data

for January 2021

National Unemployment Rate
6.7%

Unemployment Rate Age 50-54
4.9%

Unemployment Rate Age 55+
5.3%

Total Number of Unemployed

over age 50
2.7 million

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