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We Still Matter

Advice for Mature Job Seekers

by Stacey Doud at

You know what confuses and disappoints me most in life right now? LOOKING FOR A JOB. Sure, people and society disappoint me (not that I’m any better), but really, that’s my problem because I’m still for hoping that we’ve moved on as a people to want to actually help each other.

    I know. I’m an optimist…

    As a person tickling age 50 come August, I have been surprised at the ageism that seems to be rampant in the job market these days.

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Empowering Older Workers Through Rapid Reskilling

by Linda Gilmore and Emilia Turcios at

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According to a Virginia Employment Commission job market report, Alexandria unemployment claims continue to rise. In December, the number of new claims nearly doubled to 938 from 559 the month before, a key indicator of the pandemic’s effect on the local labor market. The number of claims by Alexandrians aged 50 and over spiked to 215, an increase of 84% compared to November, highlighting the significant impact of unemployment on this age group.

How To Say It: I want a second-chance interview

by Nick Corcodilos at

Be honest about what happened. Eat a little crow, but don’t be too apologetic or overly defensive. That would make you appear weak and indecisive. It’s critical that you speak with the manager directly, not with the personnel office. This is not unlike blowing an interview and asking for another chance. Modify this to suit your style, and I think it might get you a meeting.  MORE

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Dollars and Sense

Perhaps the most difficult part of any job search is the money

“Follow the money.” That’s what Deep Throat of Watergate fame said. And there’s a lot of truth to that.

    Unfortunately for job seekers, talking about money may be one of the most – if not the most difficult part of the process. Unfortunately ×2, it’s even more true for older job seekers who are trying to at least match the salary from their previous jobs. MORE

Smart Senior Man

More help for the 50+ job seeker:

Think ageism

is a U.S. problem?

Think again.

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Making a Noise

The International Journal

for Age Diversity

Show your support for all the age 50+ job seekers.

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.

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that specifically addresses the Covid pandemic.

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Unemployment Data

for December 2020

National Unemployment Rate

Unemployment Rate Age 50-54

Unemployment Rate Age 55+

Total Number of Unemployed

over age 50
3 million

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