Ageism is Dead: They’re Hiring Boomers Big Time!
If you’re a jobseeker over 50, you’ve been subjected to a barrage of bad news: you’re no longer valued in the workforce, you’re technically inept, no one wants to hire their mom or dad, you’re too expensive, you’ll be out on sick leave all the time, etc., etc., etc. But—hold onto your support hose—the truth, it turns out, is just the opposite!
The latest job search figures show that boomers, aged 55 and over, are actually landing the most jobs… by far!!! There was a total of 1.9 million new jobs created over the past 15 months and 1.3 million of these went to applicants 55 plus. As they say: do the math! This means that our hiring figures were nearly double the second highest-ranking age group (25 – 34) who accepted 709,000 of the new positions. Figures were still tough for applicants aged 34 – 54 but, for jobseekers on the far side of 55, the news is fantastic.
This means we can stop feeling “less than” because of our age. No more believing that we’re doomed before we even begin our job search. Because of our vast numbers, boomers have always challenged and succeeded with changing social norms. In fact, with both the Women’s Movement and the Civil Rights Movement, we’ve already transformed the face of the workforce—it’s no longer only a white male’s bastion. Now our successful and spirited generation is doing the same thing with ageism.
I recently was invited to present at Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Career Expo and I shared these happy numbers with my audience. A San Francisco based TV crew was there to film my workshop and ran a piece on older jobseekers. You’ll need to scroll halfway down the page to watch the 2-minute video. For even more information, please take a little time to listen to the latest installment of my radio series on Essential Skills for Midlife Jobseekers.
There never was a better time to be proud of being a boomer. You know my catch phrase: we’re revolutionizing the spirit and style of aging. And now that includes the workforce, too!