Susan Peppercorn had an article published on idealistcareers.org titled, “Staying in the Game Past 50” . In the article Susan discusses the challenges job seekers over 50 face in today’s job market and offers advice on how to overcome ageism and thrive. Here’s some of what she had to say:
Do you feel you’ve exceeded your career shelf-life? Do you wonder how to get your message across when the recruiter interviewing you is half your age? You are not alone.
As we live longer and healthier lives, retiring at the traditional age of 65 is no longer the desire of many baby boomers who want to remain productive and contribute to society in a meaningful way. At the same time, newer generations are taking their place in the workforce resulting in a sizable population of 50 somethings coexisting with an equally large group of millennials.
A common misconception is that the unemployment rate for older workers is higher than that of younger workers. While this is not the case, once out of work, older job seekers do have greater difficulties re-entering the workforce. On average, it takes five months longer for late-career professionals to find a job than their younger counterparts, according to an AARP Public Policy Institute analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
But, there is hope for late-career professionals! Here are six tips for marketing yourself when you’ve been in the workforce 25 years or more.