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Step Away from Your Job Search


I recently wrote a tweet about “stepping away.” This is based on a project I was working on, and getting stuck. I could stare at the screen for minutes… er, hours, and make no progress. Or, I could walk away.
   I chose to walk away and address it the following day, which inspired this tweet…

Think ageism

is a U.S. problem?

Think again.

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Making a Noise

The International Journal

for Age Diversity

Get a Job Without Jumping Through All the Hoops?

Yes, It’s Called Open Hiring

Open hiring is now possible at some employers

and can be especially helpful for applicants over 50

by Chris Farrell at

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Age discrimination is deeply ingrained in the job market. Nearly anyone laid off after 50 can tell stories of dismissal, frustration and ageist moments in the hunt for work. Worse yet are the experiences of many older job seekers who are Black, women, or have a high school education or less. But what if you could get a job without showing a résumé or a job interview?
   That’s not a pipe dream. A small but important movement is pushing the concept of what’s known as “open hiring.”

The Problem With Resume Screening

— and How You Can Fix It

by Omer Molad at

Through countless rewrites, keyword-stuffing, and sweating over the exact alignment of bulleted lists, candidates struggle to create the ultimate resume that will catch the reader’s attention and keep them from landing in the hiring manager’s wastebasket.
   In my opinion, they needn’t bother. In fact, I believe every resume belongs in the bin.
   Why? Because resumes don’t predict job performance.

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Are You Ticklish?

It’s not funny

Of course being ticklish has no place in a job search, but a tickler file can be enormously beneficial.
   If you’ve been job searching for any length of time undoubtedly you’ve have someone suggest that you get back to them at a later day. Whether it’s next week or next month, it is to the job seekers benefit to follow through on the those suggestions – if for no other reason that to demonstrate that you’re responsible, professional and true to your word.   MORE 

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More help for the 50+ job seeker:

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.

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.

Coronavirus Affecting Your Job Search?

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


Unemployment Data

for April 2021

National Unemployment Rate

Unemployment Rate Age 50-54

Unemployment Rate Age 55+

Total Number of Unemployed

over age 50
2.7 million

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