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A Good Bounce

Can you react positively?

➔ As a job seeker you’ve probably heard stories about people who find a job on the first day of their job search – or after only two or three days. Unfortunately that’s not the norm. Especially today. Especially for the older job seeker.

And another thing. The firestorm known as Covid hasn’t helped either.

The evidence is overwhelming

In fact, according to Google, “The average length of unemployment for older workers has sharply increased over the course of the pandemic, averaging 22.5 weeks for workers 55 years old and older from July to November 2020.” Brace yourself. There’s more. The Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis created a full-blown analysis of the situation.

Of course if you’ve been job seeking for any length of time, none of this comes as any great shock to you. Right?

But we’ve always stressed that if you’re persistent and patient, you will find something with which you’re comfortable. There are jobs out there and there are employers willing to take a chance on an older applicant. The good news is: this ain’t 50 years ago.

There are many more opportunities for the older job seeker than ever before. To be sure, there will be bumps along the way. For the average or typical job seeker, dealing with rejection is part of the process. And it will be more likely than not that you will be rejected for a reason other than your age. That’s nothing new.

There is an easy solution, however. What to do about rejection? Deal with it.

Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi said it best, “It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.”


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