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!