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How Older, Low-Income Adults Can Get Skills and Jobs

by Diane Eastabrook at

At the end of 2018, Ida Lane, 63, was jobless, living in a Chicago homeless shelter and facing an uncertain future. Today, she resides in a subsidized apartment and earns $20 an hour as a part-time COVID-19 contact tracer.

    Lane credits the new path her life has taken to the U.S. Department of Labor's little-known Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP), which helps low-income Americans 55 and older enter or re-enter the workforce.

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3 Profitable Home Businesses Launched in the Pandemic

How these entrepreneurs did it and their advice for others

by Margie Zable Fisher at

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Almost every day since the outbreak of the coronavirus, we've heard stories about businesses shutting down. Yet new businesses have also been launched during the pandemic at the fastest rate in over a decade, according to The Wall Street Journal.

    Some of these new businesses and side gigs are being launched by Americans over 50 from home.

Want a Strategic Job Search Plan That Works?

Here’s How to Get Started


Does your 2021 include a job search? Approach it like a military campaign. A comprehensive, and successful job search plan needs a targeted attack, review of data to focus on strategies that succeed, and a focus on utilizing every front. Here’s how to build  and execute a comprehensive job search strategy.

    Document everything. Don’t try to keep all your approaches in your head – or simply send resumes and rely on that to be your documentation. You want to document your outreach.

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Here’s Your Change

Job seeking has changed. Deal with it.

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.

Coronavirus Affecting Your Job Search?

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

Of course the classic conundrum is Charles Dickens’ “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” That could be said about today’s 50+ job seeker. While employers have resumed hiring, the way that they’re going about it…

    Despite the differences, today’s job search isn’t all that much different. No doubt you’re probably tired of hearing about how the entire job seeking process has changed. The way you looked for a job 20, 30, or even 40 years ago just doesn’t apply anymore. MORE

More help for the 50+ job seeker:

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.

Unemployment Data

for January 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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