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Finding Work in the Post Obama Era: How to Create a New Career After Fifty

April 06, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 152

There are so many American workers that are over the age of 50, that are looking for work after the Obama election era. Yet, they are not ready for retirement. Most are too young for social security. Some are still healthy, vibrant, experienced and have tons to offer in the workforce. But, let's look at what really happened. Yes, we had a housing market crisis and many mid-level managers and middle-class workers got laid off or their jobs were eliminated altogether. When did corporations decide that the workers over 50 years old were not useful any longer? They certainly can't collect a social security check for years. What happened to the mature workforce? Where are they now?

During your job search after 50, you might think it's just you. You don't want to believe that you're not being hired because of your particular age group. But the numbers bear out something totally different. When over 50 workers go out to find other work, they're asked to fill-out a verification form or a simple form that allows the company to check a credit report. What's the second thing that they ask you for after you sign your name, it's your birth date? It looks extremely innocent and it seems like it's about checking your credit or for job verification purposes. But, is it really being used for that purpose or is it being used to invalidate people over 50 that might be seen to have health problems or demand more money.

One job board listed good jobs that paid well over $55,000 a year. But they were seeking candidates with 2-3 years of experience. If you only have 2-3 years of experience couldn't they hire a person for $45,000--probably so. If they just graduated from college, a new graduate would be happy to take $45,000 annually to start paying back their student loans. Right!

If the verification is for the purpose of learning their ages then are companies trying to eliminate worker's that are more likely to cost the company more in health premiums. We have to look at those angles. Because if the company can save millions on premiums to insurance companies by cutting older workers out of the pool vs. hiring younger workers that are rarely sick and premiums are much lower-who wouldn't want that deal? What's amazing is that no one is writing about this or talking about this. Is it discriminatory to hire based on age. Or did that law get pushed to the back burner? Does age discrimination exist in the post Obama election era?

It makes perfect sense that when you call the Human Resources department, or they call you, they're listening for cues in your voice about what you have to say regarding your work experience. If your work experience is noted back 20 years and you mention that you graduated in 1970, then you have just solicited your age. Any resume book will tell you never ever mention high school graduation. If your college degree is outdated they say you might not want to mention dates for that either. The best advice is to visit the local library and start reading all of the updated books they have about resume writing for today's job market.

The competition in the workforce is fierce. Especially when you want a job that pays over $50,000 dollars a year, which is over the poverty level. Companies might not want to pay a 50 something worker that type for money for old and outdated skills. If you don't know the computer it's even worse. What if you don't have a profile on LinkedIn, does that indicate that you really have old-fashioned propensities. It could indicate that you're not comfortable online. I've known people over 50 that don't use Facebook or Twitter. They're very uncomfortable with social media highways.

Use of social media networks can be seen as for the Next Generation bka the post Obama generation work force. Although not one media outlet has touched on the subject, the dirty little secret is out there. Jobs are checking ages prior to hiring. Depending on how you format and state the skills on your resume-you might have told your whole life story-only to learn you're not seen as eligible for the job based on your age. Due to the rise in healthcare premiums they're checking to see what age group you might fall; in order not to have to pay higher monthly premiums. If you're 25 years old--premiums are normally allot less expensive.

If you're running into that type of dilemma and you feel discouraged-keep going. It'll get better over time. Once in a while you might need to take a break from the job hunt if you're feeling frustrated. Like one famous person said, "nothing beats a failure but a try." Read a book about positive career change or reinventing yourself for a new career goal. The book, "What Color Is Your Parachute," is another great resource for recreating a new mission for your job search. Older workers have to find their second niche in life after the big fifty. It can be beneficial to find work you've always wanted to do--for fun more than monetary reasons. Good luck in your job search.

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