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How Old Are You?
Would it be illegal if a recruiter asked, "How old are you?" If you are like the majority of age 50+ job seekers, I'll wager you answered with a confident "yes." Surprisingly, it is not illegal to ask a candidate their age. Not a good idea perhaps, but not illegal. While it may fly in the face of what you know about the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the question itself is legal. What would be illegal is to use your age as a factor in any hiring or employment decisions. Seems like too fine a point? Well, like so much of antidiscrimination law, there are very lines between illegal behavior and illegal behavior that can be proven.
Breaking the Gray Ceiling
by Angela Copeland at journalrecord.com
The unfortunate truth of today’s job market is that applying for jobs is very competitive. Employers can be picky about who they hire and how much they want to pay. For many job seekers over 50, the search process is a longer, harder road than they remember from years past…
Older workers… feel trapped. They’re certain another company won’t take a risk to hire them.
Has Your Network Aged Out
and Abandoned You During the Pandemic?
by Marc Miller at careerpivot.com
I am hearing over and over again about how people’s networks have “aged out”. Several years ago, I was working on a brand story with one of the members of the Career Pivot community who told me that new positions always came to her. She never needed to look because her mentors and other leaders were always looking out for her.
What has happened to her in her 60s is her network has aged out. The people who had her back for so many years have either retired, are not in a position of power, or are in the same boat she is in – underemployed or unemployed.
NIFTY TIP of the DAY
Are You in Focus
Changing your focus may be the key to finding your next job
How often have you heard someone lament, “I worked at XYZ Company for 27 years”? And then, they go on and on about how difficult it is to find a new job at another company “like XYZ.”
Well, guess what. There is a better than good chance that they’re right. In fact, it may be almost impossible for an older job seeker to find another job like that. MORE
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
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.