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Who Says You Can’t Find a Job After 50?

As a baby boomer woman and an unabashed advocate for my generation, I’m distressed by the ongoing dismal reports about the job market. There’s a ton of bad news out there and older applicants are constantly being told their chances for finding work are slim to none.

But I beg to differ: In fact, what we midlife folk need to remember is who we are and from whence we came! Baby boomers are not a generation prone to giving up and limiting ourselves to the status quo. We’re revolutionary, spirited, trailblazers who’ve achieved far-reaching, positive social change that has bettered countless lives in countries around the world. Our vast numbers have allowed us to drive these successes on a grand scale—so why should we roll over and give up just because we have a few grey hairs?

Who says that older, more experienced workers are at a disadvantage? What rules suggest that a mature work ethic and career knowhow are out of style? How can having a large network of coworkers, clients, and customers built up over many years be a drawback to success?

Workers over fifty make up a huge percentage of the workforce and our ranks are one of the fastest growing segments in the marketplace. So rather than allowing ourselves to be pushed aside and shoved out of the labor force—we need to remind folks that we fit right in and boomers still command the stage! Regular readers of my blog are aware that I’ve just published my first book, Land the Job You Love: 10 Surefire Strategies for Jobseekers Over 50, and I’ve been overwhelmed by the outpouring of interest and enthusiasm for these very sentiments.

And, if you heed our generation’s mandate to change the world for the better and your focus is on finding a position in the non-profit arena, I urge you to attend a free telebriefing presented by Encore.org. The mission of this wonderful organization is to “engage millions of experienced individuals in becoming a force for social change” and to “create pathways to encore careers that provide continued income doing work that is personally fulfilling and helps address some of society’s biggest challenges.”

Save the date: Wednesday, March 3rd at 12-12:45 p.m. Pacific Time, 3-3:45 p.m. Eastern. Click here to sign up. Also, be sure and check out their Purpose Prize. These substantial cash awards go to people over age 60 who are inventing new ways to solve social problems—a win/win all the way around. Friday, March 5th is the deadline for nominations.

So, whether you’re looking for work in the government, the private sector, or the non-profit world, and want insider strategies and techniques guaranteed to save you time and frustration, please take a moment to check out Land the Job You Love. You may just find yourself hired and happily working in no time!

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8 Responses to “Who Says You Can’t Find a Job After 50?”

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    Sorry, but in this current job market, it is hard to be optimistic if you’re a woman over 50. Age discrimination is also almost impossible to prove since the employer can use other reasons not to hire us. I am looking for solutions and I don’t see any. The non-profits as some suggested msy not be an organization that some cannot identify with. Are we going to have to start taking scrub women jobs or be nannies??? Unless you have the resources to start your won business (which I don’t) you’re screwed.

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    I am in my 50s and am struggling to find a job – despite having 2 college degrees – I am working a minimum part time degrading job – watching my fellow teenage employees talk and text on their cell phones and having their friends hang out – while I do their jobs and mine – and seeing my hours reduced. I keep applying for other jobs and find they are asking my age on applications and in interviews – first thing they want is your social security number – and that does tell your age. They also ask to do credit reports before calling for an interview – and that finds out your age. The applications ask for how long you have lived at your current location – that tells your age. They ask for maiden names – that tells your age. They ask many age determination questions before even offering an interview – therefore there are few interviews. I might apply for a job in management then at the end of the interview be offered a part time – 10 hours a week or less – minimum wage job – running a register or being on an on call basis – or asked to be a volunteer instead. I am not alone in this – many women in my age group are finding themselves getting laid off so youngsters can be hired – for the same amount of money – just because an employer wants a young face! Yes I read all the positive books and try to remain positive – but rejection after rejection begins to destroy a person’s spirit.

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    In my humble opinion, I believe that we boomers are America’s most determined generation. For goodness sake, we invented anti-aging. And, for those of us who are taking care of ourselves, who knows how old we are when we apply for a job. The interviewer may not ask that question, and we don’t have to volunteer it. As for me, I did a complete career change at the age of 57. I have a BS degree in Management Studies from Maryland, and I worked in office/administrative positions for more than 25 years. At 56, I found my passion and went to school to become an esthetician. On my first job, I worked in a salon/spa that had been in business for over 30 years. The hairstylists were the top money-makers and they usually won all the sales awards. I was the only esthetician in the salon’s history to win a sales award. My husband and I relocated to Florida in May, and within six weeks I landed a job in a beautiful high-end spa. The word “quit” is not even in my vocabulary!

    I’m so happy I found you on Twitter, and I look forward to getting your tweets. You are an inspiration for boomers!

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    Debra Stokes:

    What a wonderful post. You have a wonderful way of communicating the pulse and passion of this boomer generation. You’re so right, we have much to offer and we’re not about to sit back and allow our talents to go to waste.

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    Beverly Mahone:

    I agree with Camille, although I truly understand Ageism’s perspective. Unfortunately, it is that kind of attitude that will keep people from getting the job they want. IT isn’t for everybody but certainly there are jobs out there for baby boomer who have a true desire.

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    Ageism exists:

    When you work in an youthful industry, it does not matter what you say. You won’t get a job over 50 unless you hide your age and look young. Look at the IT industry. Its pioneers are now retiring. Ageism is on the increase. It in the Interent realm ageism is extreme. Over 50? Try 0ver 40.

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    Pam Archer:


    Your words are so true! We are not quitters, or ones that will be pushed aside for a newer brand. Our wealth of knowledge and wisdom has brought us this far, and it will take us into our platinum years.

    Thank you for the resources and sources you provide to us. Best wishes with your new book.

    I’ve missed reading your posts. :0)

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    Miz Eileen ~ This is a most eloquent and enthusiastic piece…for which you ought be applauded. I love your remarkable passion and your unyielding commitment. Thank you for being here on the planet…and for inspiring those who may have forgotten just how valuable they are.

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