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Older Job Seekers Find Experience, Education

May Not Be Enough in Pandemic

Older workers are having trouble making it back into the workforce and studies show it’s part of a trend we haven’t seen in nearly 50 years.

    More older workers facing unemployment

    Older workers are facing fewer job prospects and higher COVID risks

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Middle-Aged Workers, Especially Women,

Have Harder Time Finding Work

by Matt Gephardt and Sloan Schrage at

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Nobody wants to lose their job, but for certain people, finding new work is harder than it is for others. People over 50 are having an especially hard time getting back to work.

    It is against the law to discriminate against hiring someone based on how old they are — or their gender — but new research shows what many people probably already sense: It happens frequently.

Job Search Trends Expected To Continue In 2021

by Aaron Sanborn at

The job search process is tricky under normal circumstances, but COVID-19 really threw things for a loop in 2020.

    As 2021 begins, changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to reshape the job search process, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

    LinkedIn recently published an article about some of the changes brought on by COVID-19 that will likely continue moving forward, and none of these trends should surprise anyone. In fact, job seekers can use these changes to their advantage as long as they're prepared for them.

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Assess Mess

Assessment tests can benefit employer and applicant alike

The prevalence of companies testing prospective applicants has been growing and becoming more sophisticated over the past several decades. Today, according to the Harvard Business Review (HBR), approximately 76 percent of organizations with more than 100 employees rely on assessments for external hiring.

    For what are they testing? Most job assessments attempt to measure three critical elements of success on the job: competence, work ethic, and emotional intelligence. Many employers believe that these three areas are better predictors of on-the-job success.  MORE

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More help for the 50+ job seeker:

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Coronavirus Affecting Your Job Search?

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

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Unemployment Data

for December 2020

National Unemployment Rate

Unemployment Rate Age 50-54

Unemployment Rate Age 55+

Total Number of Unemployed

over age 50
3 million

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