Over 50 and Looking for Work?
In my role as a business librarian in a public library, I work with people nearly everyday who are looking for work. So, when the New York Times reported in the fall of 2010 that 2.2 million unemployed workers were in the 50+ age bracket, it was no surprise to me. But, don’t think for a moment they don’t want to work. It’s quite the opposite. These are people who never envisioned being out of work at the twilight of their careers and they are struggling to get back on track.
So, if you’re over 50 and unemployed in America, you’ve got lots of company. But, it’s no time, to feel sorry for yourself. You may have to work harder than the younger ones, but sooner or later, it will be your time. That’s what you have to pound into your head.
Luckily, there’s help out there if you look for it. Workforce centers provide services for older workers. Arapahoe Douglas Works in the southern suburbs of Denver Colorado offers a program called, Fifty and Fabulous. The American Association of Retired Persons(AARP) is of course an advocate for the older worker. Their web site is chockablock with tips from resumes to interviewing. Find about the best employers to work for if you are over 50. They also have a jobs database powered by Indeed.com.
Be sure to keep up to date with the latest technology. That means, social networking sites such as Linkedin. Don’t resist it. Employers are looking for candidates who are nimble at using the latest techniques. Once you’re on Linkedin, here is a group, you may want to join, “Interns over 40”. There is always a lively discussion going on about the do’s and don’ts of the job hunt.