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My 28-Year Job Search

How I finally found my calling and you can recognize yours

by Carrie McConkey at

In late March of 2020, my body tensed as I read the apologetic email from the marketing director of Kimball's Jewelers, one of Knoxville, Tenn.'s most respected family businesses. It read: "I would love to tell you what the schedule looks like for our partnership, but I can't at the moment"… But as the coronavirus descended, my venture with Kimball's was over before it had begun, along with my other client work and projects. I joined 84% of small- and mid-sized business owners who were to experience a significant impact from the pandemic.

    Just a few months shy of my 50th birthday, I was on the hamster wheel again.

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Goldman Sachs Predicts An Upcoming Jobs Boom

by Jack Kelly at

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Top-tier investment bank Goldman Sachs predicts a boom in hiring. A confluence of positive events, including the rollout of vaccines, massive amounts of financial stimulus injected into the economy, a very positive February jobs report and accumulated savings of people who’ve been staying at home for the last year, will converge to create the “coming jobs boom,” according to Jan Hatzius, Goldman’s chief economist.

    Hatzius contends, "Another key reason we expect a quick labor market recovery is that two-thirds of remaining pandemic job losses are in highly virus-sensitive sectors, where employment should rebound as the economy fully reopens. The sharp increase in the virus-depressed leisure and hospitality category in the February employment report provided an early hint of things to come."

Older Women Are Having to Tackle Unemployment Bias Head-On

by Erika Welz at

Think ageism

is a U.S. problem?

Think again.

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Making a Noise

The International Journal

for Age Diversity

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Coronavirus Affecting Your Job Search?

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

It’s a sad fact that older women often face a higher hurdle while finding employment. In the pandemic, they’ve also been losing their jobs at worrisome rates.

    Since February 2020, the unemployment rate for females over 55 has almost doubled, from 3.5 percent to 6.1 percent… Nearly half of this population are considered long-term unemployed, which means they’ll be out of work for six months or longer. The Great Recession [in 2008] taught us that it will take them double the time to find a new job as it does for a younger person, and they probably won’t make the salary they made when they were pushed out of the workforce.”

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Where Do You Fall?

Is today’s job search more difficult? Most assuredly “Yes!”

There are many older job seekers today who are ultimately waking up to the reality that this is the most difficult job search of their lives. Regardless of their past positions, regardless of their backgrounds, regardless of their experience, this is still the most difficult job search of their lives.

    Here in the spring of 2021, the knee-jerk reaction is to blame Covid. If it hadn’t been for the virus things would be a lot different.  MORE

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Unemployment Data

for February 2021

National Unemployment Rate

Unemployment Rate Age 50-54

Unemployment Rate Age 55+

Total Number of Unemployed

over age 50
2.8 million

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