Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Laid Off and Looking for Work After 50
Many older workers are struggling to land on their feet after a layoff and having to settle for entry-level jobs. Some are starting their own business. If you're older than age 50, and looking for work for the first time in several years, know where to go for help because the job search process has changed (CNNMoney.com July 22).
Compounding the problem is a growing pool of older workers. According to AARP, one of six workers older than 65 is in the work force, compared with one of 10 in 1985.
If you're older than 50 and looking for work, be prepared to use new technology, social networking sites, virtual career fairs, advice blogs and more. Check out these resources:
One upside to the down economy: More Americans are volunteering. Career counselors stress the benefits, such as broadening your resume, filling unemployed hours with meaningful work, and making contacts in the community which may lead to full-time, paid positions.