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What Are My Transferable Skills?
The economy of the past few years has taken a brutal toll on occupations and industries employing large numbers of age 50+ people. Some of these sectors may come back in time, and others may not experience a significant recovery in our working life.
Even if you’ve not lost your job, there is the possibility that you may be looking for a new occupation before you retire - if you’re ever able to retire. You may have a lifetime of excellent work experience in an industry or occupation that no longer exists or offers few opportunities for employment. If you’re in this situation, it’s time to take inventory of something of immense value to you and potential employers – your transferable skills, capabilities and knowledge.
Even The Staunchest Defenders Of Equality
Will Discriminate Against Older Workers
by Adi Gaskell at forbes.com
With the Age Discrimination in Employment Act coming into force back in 1967, the notion of age discrimination has a long history. Unfortunately, it’s an issue that we still grapple with today, and whereas it’s easy to assume it’s only a problem for those in and around retirement age, a survey from Senior Living suggests it can kick in as early as our 40s.
The study finds that around one in five workers over 40 have experienced age-related discrimination in some way at work, with this rising to 24% of those over 60 years of age. This wasn’t confined to explicit discrimination, as jokes and harassment related to age were also sadly commonplace.
6 Important Tips on a Successful Job Search
And what Dad said about baseball
When it came to baseball, my dad used to say, “You won’t get a hit if you leave your bat on your shoulder.” This was his way of saying to try. He also said a big league ball player who bats .333 was considered a very good hitter. “That’s 3 hits out of 10, Bob,” he said.
Here’s the thing, you sure as hell won’t get even close to batting .333 in the job search if you don’t try. Here’s the other thing about the job search; you probably won’t nail every land the jobs for which you apply, but that’s okay. If you interview with 9 companies and get 3 job offers, Dad would say that’s a great batting average.
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.