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Not the Same-Old, Same-Old

Job seekers may need a new day to survive the new way

You heard it from your parents before you started school. Once in school, you heard it from your teachers. Through with school, you heard from boss (or bosses.) The message was always the same: these are rules, play by the rules.

Now you’ve ridden the crest of the workforce past age 50 and guess what? The rules surrounding a job search have changed and they are continuing to change. And, most likely, they will not stop changing any time soon.

A changing job search landscape is the new normal.

What to do about the new normal? Motivational speaker Connie Podesta has excellent advice on the subject: “Deal with it!”

But you’re in your 50s (or older) and you’ve just lost your job; you have a mortgage; you have (at least one) car payment; you a child in college; you have bills. And it’s just “not fair” that you lost your job.

And do you know what else you are? You’re right.

It’s not fair. Like John F. Kennedy said, “Life’s not fair.”

And now, with the Covid craziness, the job market is changing all the more. And that’s not fair.

What to do?

Several recruiters have shared with us that the best thing to do is to keep at it. Consistency is the key. Network (live or online) as much as you can. Work LinkedIn for all its worth. Scour the online world for openings. Reach out to people and then call then back. And call them back again. Be creative. Don’t think for one minute that you’re going to find a job in 2020 the same way you did 20, 30, or 40 years ago. Just like the Carter Administration, those days are gone.

It’s not going to be easy. It’s probably not going to be fun. But it is achievable.


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