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The Underestimated Value of Professional Women over 50

by Kaitlyn McInnis at

When we’re in our twenties and thirties, the desire to move up the corporate ladder is, more often than not, encouraged—if not expected—by our peers and managers.

    But, as we start to get a little older it seems that we start to become overshadowed by our younger counterparts, even when we have just as much drive (and more experience) than when we were younger.

    It’s safe to say that women over 50, in particular, are unfairly underestimated in the professional setting. But why is that? And what can we do about it?

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Ageism in the Workplace: 

Companies Breaking the Mold

While some businesses are showing older workers the door, these embrace them

by Diane Eastabrook at

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Last May, Mike Ungar, 62, happily headed off to retirement.  After 35 years working in management for tire manufacturer Michelin North America, Ungar, of Simpsonville, S.C., was looking forward to volunteer work and spending more time with his then 2-year-old grandson…

    But despite those best-laid plans, Ungar's retirement only lasted about a month. At the end of June, he spied an opportunity on Michelin's retiree site that he couldn't pass up.

What is a Lifeboat Job and Where Do You Look For One?


Think ageism

is a U.S. problem?

Think again.

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Making a Noise

The International Journal

for Age Diversity

Show your support for all the age 50+ job seekers.

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.

The pandemic has spurned rapid societal shifts. Among them are new terms for things that didn’t exist before. An example? Hot off the presses, the lifeboat job. It used to have something to do with watercraft. Now it’s a job to hold people over until the economy recovers—a metaphorical lifeboat as opposed to a literal one.

    Burning Glass Technologies put together a report, “Filling the Lifeboats: Getting Americans Back to Work in the Pandemic,” pulled from their database of over a billion job listings from all over the world. The bottom line: some quantity of lifeboat jobs exist and they can lead to promising future paths.

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Heads up, Preppie

Is it Better to Be Good Than Lucky?

We had a football coach in high school who used to say, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”  That certainly could apply to today’s job search.

    Don’t lament that colleague or acquaintance who landed a job through luck.  True, some people do fall backwards into special circumstances, usually though, what you’re calling luck, is actually the result of a lot of preparation. MORE

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Coronavirus Affecting Your Job Search?

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

More Nifty Tips

We’ve been storing NiftyTips to assist you and for you to share.

Not finding what you’re looking for?
     Be sure to check out the Nifty50s archives.

More help for the 50+ job seeker:


Unemployment Data

for February 2021

National Unemployment Rate

Unemployment Rate Age 50-54

Unemployment Rate Age 55+

Total Number of Unemployed

over age 50
2.8 million

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