Is the economic boom only for youth to share in?
Despite the great job creation statistics and the record low unemployment rate, the LA Times tells the tale of what is happening to workers who simply get older.
Those such as Tom Middleton bump into the realities that it takes them longer than younger workers to land work - 37 weeks versus 25.
And after age 60, despite education (he has a master's degree), earnings go down for those who are employed full time (Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta).
Until he was in his late 50s, Middleton was a software engineer. Now, 66, he drives a bus for about half what he used to earn.
Of course, as lawyers worth their salt will tell the older workers, ageism may be part of this but is difficult to prove. So, for those aging professionals who are determined to continue earning income, it's wise to just shake off the bias experience and keep hunting for employment.
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Examples include the temporary agency which hires investment communications experts at the market rate in an age-neutral way.
In addition, given digital everything, more employers are conducting interviews for telecommuting jobs entirely online, with the actual interview thrown in. There is no in-person screening or SKYPE video interview. Of course, the applicant has to sense what answers the employers want in their interviews. Usually the right answer represents a combination of honoring company policy and struggling to excel in customer services.
In general, what older workers have to have as a mantra is the Winston Churchill ethos: Never give up. Also, although academic degrees might not get them anywhere in full-time employment, career-oriented certifications can.
One 58-year-old man I coached bounced around after being laid off from middle management.
Finally, he decided to become licensed and certified in long distance driving. The training lasted about two months. He took out a $7,000 loan to finance it. Free tuition training was available if he had been willing to agree to work for two years for a certain company.
Before he had completed training, he had several interviews - and offers. His age was irrelevant. The demand for manpower is high in the field. During the first year out there on the road drivers earn about $27 an hour.
Another man I coached trained to become certified in tax preparation. He leveraged that credential into doing marketing communications on a contract basis for corporations in that niche.
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Takeaway: Shake off preoccupation with ageism. Instead figure out where the work is. The old adage is on the money: A job leads to a better job. Not working means continuing to not work.
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