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Job-Hunting Tips for Workers Over 50

by Nicole Bruce at

Searching for a job after 50 can be daunting, particularly if you're looking for the first time in years — even decades — and the limitations of a pandemic don't help. But older job seekers who want to stay in the workforce but are unsure of how to navigate today's job market can still stay in (or just get into) the game with some tips and strategies to make the best possible impression with employers.

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Think ageism

is a U.S. problem?

Think again.

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Making a Noise

The International Journal

for Age Diversity

Many Older Adults Would Choose

Work-From-Home Flexibility Over Cash Bonuses

Survey finds that older employees like the hybrid work model

by Patrick J. Kiger at

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Many older Americans have grown accustomed to working outside their company's office and 9-to-5 hours as a result of the pandemic, and 88 percent of those 55 and older now say that they want some degree of control over how, where and when they work.

    In a new survey of 2,000 U.S. employees and executives, released by HR research firm Workplace Intelligence and shared-office provider WeWork, 45 percent of 55-and-older workers said they would be willing to give up at least one benefit or perk — such as cash bonuses or paid time off — for the freedom to choose their work environment.

    But that doesn't mean older workers want to abandon the traditional office completely.

Gendered Ageism and Gray Hair:

Must Older Women Choose Between Feeling Authentic and Looking Competent?


Aging women frequently use hair dye to disguise their age in order to avoid being stigmatized as “old.” Recently, however, some have chosen naturally gray hair. Informed by Goffman’s theory of stigma, we investigated why they would do so in the face of age-discrimination, and their experiences of the process. We identified two major, oppositional themes, competence and authenticity. Despite wanting to avoid perceptions of old-thus-incompetent, women risked gray hair in order to feel authentic. However, they employed other beauty practices to mitigate the effects of gray hair, indicating conflict between a (subjectively) authentic appearance and societal perceptions of competence.

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.

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Coronavirus Affecting Your Job Search?

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

Taking the Good with the Bad

Technology giveth and technology taketh away

Just when job seekers thought that they were getting the hang of the new job search with LinkedIn, ATS, etc., along comes the pandemic and now everything is Zoom. That is until you get Zoom fatigue…

    Yet job seekers had to familiarize themselves with this technology. Notice we didn’t say “new” technology.  MORE

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Unemployment Data

for March 2021

National Unemployment Rate

Unemployment Rate Age 50-54

Unemployment Rate Age 55+

Total Number of Unemployed

over age 50
2.4 million

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