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Sometimes it’s OK to Hate

Just make certain that you’re hating the right things

There are things in this world that are OK to hate. Among them is the stigma.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a stigma is “a set of negative and often unfair beliefs that a society or group of people have about something.” The key word here is “unfair.” It’s that characterization that enables the feelings of hate.

There are a lot stigmas associated with the job search in general and job searches for the 50+ job seeker in particular. However, according to one recruiter friend, the stigma once associated with being “in transition” no longer resides in that camp.

There was a time – in the not-too-distant past – when job seekers who stated that they were “in transition” were looked down upon and derided. Not so anymore says our recruiter friend.

Unfortunately, that’s the good news. The bad news is why being “in transition” is no longer stigmatized.

There has been such turmoil in the job market – driven in large part by our friend, Covid, and the resulting economic turmoil left in Covid’s wake, that being out of work – even being out of work for an extended period – is no longer an exception. The number of job seekers who have been searching for more months than they care to count, have swelled to the point that claiming to be “in transition” is no longer a stigma, but rather an accepted fact of life.

We often speak of not trying to hide your age. And you shouldn’t. Now, however, shunning the label of being “in transition” is not much of a concern as well.


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