5 for Friday: Tips for 50+ Job Seekers

If you’re over 50, out of work and looking to land a new gig, you’re not alone. Many older Americans are finding themselves in this position and feeling the tension that comes with looking for a new job as they approach retirement. In today’s ever-evolving world, seasoned workers are being required to learn new skills and freshen up old ones. This week’s 5 for Friday provides articles to help people over 50 in their job search.
  • The Ultimate Guide To Job-Hunting Post-50. Forbes: “If you’re 50-plus and have experienced a job loss, or you’re simply looking to switch gigs, take heart in the fact that your career isn’t over. We spoke to two experts—as well as a few people who’ve been there themselves—for dos and don’ts advice on how older workers can better market themselves in today’s job search … and get hired.”
  • Ask The Headhunter: Beating Age Discrimination -- Hired at 63! PBS: “Seniors can -- and do -- get hired, as long as they do what all job-hunters must: convince employers they can boost a company's bottom line. In this special Making Sense edition of Ask The Headhunter, Nick shares insider advice and contrarian methods about winning and keeping the right job.”
  • Starting Over After 50. The Star Online: “A growing number of US baby boomers are turning to small business opportunities to build a new career, supplement retirement, or as a way to spend their time....Research conducted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation indicates that the percentage of firms created by Americans ages 55 to 64 grew more than any other age demographic, up 6.6% to 20.9% in 2011 compared to 14.3% in 1996.”
  • Too Old To Find A New Job? Think Again. Fortune: “Worries about age bias often keep people in their 50s and 60s from embarking on a job hunt. But these days, seasoned managers are in demand....Granted, that's much higher than the unemployment rate for people 55 and older in pre-recession 2007 -- a tiny 3.1%. But on the other hand, for proof that experience is king, contrast that current 5.3% with the rate for new college grads (ages 20-24): a whopping 13.5%.”
  • Why A Friendly Reconnection Can Boost Your Career. Fast Company: “You know that feeling when you reconnect with a long-lost classmate, colleague, amigo, or amiga? As Wharton professor and Give and Take author Adam Grant explains, what you're experiencing is the power of a dormant tie--a part of your network that is surprisingly powerful and surprisingly overlooked.”
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