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Jobs for Old Managers?


Wharton management professor Peter Cappelli ran into a former student who noticed an increasing number of managers being hired on contract. These weren’t consultants or people angling for full-time work, but contractors who were being handed over control of company employees to execute a project or tackle a problem.
   Despite being outsiders with no personal connections or networks, these contractor-managers were doing a terrific job.

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Are Startups Good Places To Work

by Rif Kawal at


The chaotic sea of job lists and work opportunities is always ebbing and flowing. New job listings appear every minute from all kinds of companies -- big and small, established and brand new, local and remote.
   But you often hear job-seekers saying it is better to steer clear of taking up a position with startup companies. A lot of people feel they're just too risky. It's a valid point. But should you really be running in the other direction? You might be missing out on some incredible opportunities. The short answer is it depends.

Age Diversity in the Workplace;

Tips for Improving Interactions

by Lakshmi Hutchinson at

In today’s age-diverse workforce it’s common to encounter co-workers from a variety of generations and at different stages in their lives. For some people, these differences can be a source of discomfort. One employee might find herself resentful about having to report to someone younger, and another might feel he just can’t relate to an older co-worker. Fortunately there are ways you can get past biases, improve your interactions, and embrace age diversity in the workplace.

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I want!

Job seekers have certain expectations from the workplace. So do employers.

The typical response from a job seeker when asked “What are you looking for?” usually begins with “I want…” That should surprise no one…
   And this is not unusual among older job seekers, “I want to report to someone my age or older.” That is to say, I don’t want to report to “some kid who is still green behind the ears.”   MORE 

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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

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Unemployment Data

for July 2021

National Unemployment Rate

Unemployment Rate Age 50-54

Unemployment Rate Age 55+

Total Number of Unemployed

over age 50
2.3 million

Labor Participation Rate


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All figures according to the July, 2021

Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent data.

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