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How To Move Forward

When You Unexpectedly Lose Your Job

by Sara Young Wang at forbes.com

When the rug is pulled out from under us there's often fear, panic, anxiety and lost sleep. Your body can enter fight-or-flight and your days become a rollercoaster of emotions. There’s a not so subtle freak-out in the back of your mind all day shouting, “What’s going to happen next?!” and it motivates frantic fear-driven activity to “make something happen” to land your next gig. 

Blowing Through Ageism

How to get hired at 70+

by Don Harkness at asktheheadhunter.com

I have experienced ageism and blew through it — several times. Pretty much solidly employed all my life, I usually changed jobs by my own choice.

    I was not terminated until 56 years old. I found a job a few months later, lost that, and then found another relocating from North Carolina to Texas. Then the terminations became relatively frequent.

    I was laid off at age 63 and spent many months job hunting.
 

Virtual Networking Just Got Easier

by Brady Simpson at linkedin.com

Virtual everything has become a new normal for professionals around the world. From everyday office work, to conferences and events, professionals are finding new ways to stay connected while keeping a safe distance. 

    That being said, just because you can’t be in the same room as someone, doesn’t mean your networking efforts should fall behind. That’s why we’re making it easy to quickly create a video meeting via LinkedIn messaging. Now, you can easily transfer the conversation from messaging to a face-to-face interaction
 

Our next edition…

New Study Finds Gig Work May Serve

as a Social Safety Net

by Matthew Kosinski at recruiter.com

No one wants to find themselves staring down the barrel of a pink slip — just ask the tens of millions of Americans who lost work this past spring as the COVID-19 pandemic hit. New research, however, suggests the gig economy may be able to take some of the sting out of unemployment for many workers…

    (L)aid-off workers who owned a car and had access to Uber in their city were 4.8 percent less likely to file for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits than those who did not have the option to drive for Uber.
 

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Options

Even at 50+ you have options in your job search

Devastating. Waking up one morning and finding yourself out of work when you’re over the age of 50 is nothing short of devastating.

    There is a flood of emotions that you feeling that is nothing less than overwhelming. Fear. Anxiety. Insecurity. Bewilderment. Self-pity. Hate. (Yes, some even feel hate for their former employers.) Those emotions come at you like you’re being pelted by a band of ruffians. And just like that gang attack – it hurts.

    So much for the bad news.

    After that initial tidal wave passes and you have a chance to look around, assess your situation and plan your next move, the clouds will begin to part. And what you might find is that, all things considered, this may be the best time in history to be out of work over the age of 50.

    “Are you nuts?”

    Maybe. But think about it. Twenty years ago no one would even think about hiring you because – at best – they thought you wouldn’t work very long, or – at worst – they thought you wouldn’t even live very long. But it’s not 20 years ago.

    Today people are working well past age 65. True, some continue to work because they have to. But many people are still working because they want to; because they are healthy enough to hold down a full time job.

    But where do you look for that job? Not in the newspaper, that’s for sure. But non-profit organizations will welcome someone with your years of experience. Recruiters are telling us that very thing – the non-profit job market is very strong now.

    Then again, with your varied work experience, you might be perfect for the temp – or, better yet, the temp-to-perm world. Temp to perm is great way to get your foot in the door; get paid while you’re doing it; gain added experience; secure referrals and recommendations.

    Both options will do wonders for your self-esteem.

    Even if the overall job market wasn’t as strong as it is today, this would still be a good time to be 50 and looking.
 

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