When it comes to a job search, one size does NOT fit all
When older workers lose their jobs, their reactions are quite varied. While each individual experience is different, there are some trends.
The reaction of those who worked at large organizations typically is to try to find a new position in another large organization. Some won’t even consider looking anywhere else. And for some people, they may not be able to capably function in any other kind of environment. That’s neither good nor bad. It’s whatever works best for the individual.
On the other hand, some people who worked at large corporations swear that they will never go back. Immediately they start looking for other opportunities be they in small companies, non-profit organizations, etc. – anything except a large corporation.
Similarly, those who worked at non-profit organizations just can’t picture themselves working anywhere else. For profit companies are completely off their radar regardless of the size of the enterprise.
There are still others who immediately gravitate to being their own bosses. Their rationale says that if they are working for themselves, they can never again be laid off, downsized, let go, etc. There is some truth to that.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to the individual. No matter the path you choose, there is not necessarily any right or wrong way. It’s whatever works for you.
Looking for a job as an older worker always has been tough. Regardless of how the economy is doing. Late last year and early this year when employers were hungry for bodies, even then there were hurdles for the older worker.
Now, with the Covid-19, the hurdles for older workers have gotten taller with shorter distances in between. Age discrimination in the workplace is alive and well… and flourishing.
For some employers, things have improved. In fact, there are some companies who actively seek out older workers and prefer to hire them. But they are few and far between.
In the end, regardless of whence you came, our advice is not to limit yourself to one kind of an employer over another. Big companies, small companies, non-profits, own-your-own – they all should be on your target list. Our favorite metaphor is the many rocks you find in a stream. Look under all of them.
You never know what you might find.