Job Search After 50

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How to Get a Job When You’re Over 50

Losing your job is hard, but if you’re an older worker, it’s even harder to get back into the workforce. But despite difficulties, Renée Rosenberg, Career Coach with The Five O’Clock Club and author of Achieving the Good Life After 50, says her clients are getting jobs. In fact, she thinks prospects are looking up for older workers. According to Rosenberg, one of the biggest issues to come up for…

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Don’t Be a Victim of Ageism

There is no question ageism exists. Millions of highly skilled, competent people who are over 50, 60, even over 70, would love to get out there and put their experience and know-how to work, but can’t. Some have given up, and some believe they are being treated unfairly and their age is to blame. However — and this might raise a few eyebrows — it’s not the hiring organization that’s the…

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Job Searching Over 50: Common Mistakes to Avoid

So many job hunting advice columns focus on those just out of college or professionals only a few years into their career. What if your years are a little more “golden” than that? Finding a new job at 50, 60, or older can seem challenging. There are many unique considerations that lead to common pitfalls. If you’re job searching later in life, you can still find the success you desire. The Five…

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Don’t Apologize When Asked the ‘Overqualified Question’

After years of building experience and honing in on their expertise, most people dread hearing the phrase “overqualified” in an interview. The term rarely makes sense. Most people are capable of doing a job or they are not. So what does this word mean? It’s probably that in most instances, when someone asks why you would consider a job you’re overqualified for, they believe some ulterior motive is at work….

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Too Old to Get a New Job? Think Again.

Too often, people believe those over 50 are doomed to have an especially hard time searching for a job. But many members and alumni of The Five O’Clock Club, some of them in their 50s, 60s and even 70s, have found that by embracing our strategic method they were able to find a job. At The Five O’Clock Club, we believe a person’s age may not be the reason for difficulty…

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How to Redirect the Interviewer When the Word ‘Overqualified’ Comes Up

When you reach a certain level in your career and lose your job, chances are good that at some point during your job search and interviews, that hideous term “overqualified” will rear its unwelcome head. How should you respond when it does? First, let’s interpret what hiring managers are telling you when they trot out this term. They may say or imply that your skills and experience far exceed what…

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11 Unique Interview Questions to Ask an Employer

Sitting through a job interview is never easy. Often times you’re nervous, trying your best to impress, and thinking on your toes when it comes to those ever-daunting situationBlog – Unique Interview Qsal questions. One important thing to keep in mind about interviewing is that you’re undoubtedly going to be given the opportunity to ask the interviewer questions

From Consultant to Full-Time: Job Hunter Cathe Neukum Reports at HR Breakfast

Many people wind up at The Five O’Clock Club because their employers provided this outplacement benefit when they lost or were perhaps going to lose their jobs. But others, like Cathe Neukum – who reported on her successful job search to hundreds of HR professionals at an HR Network Breakfast  – are “retail clients,” paying their own way simply because they’ve decided to re-examine their career trajectory. Having such members…

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How to Get a Job When You’re Over 50 by Susan Adams, Forbes staff For older workers who lose their jobs, the statistics are not very encouraging. Though the unemployment rate for people over 55 is just 5.1%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than two points lower than the overall rate of 7.3%, when older workers lose their jobs they are out of work for a long…

Ageism

By Bill Belknap, Master Coach with The Five O’Clock Club There is no question ageism exists.  There are millions of terrifically competent people who are over 50, over 60, over 70, who are not working.  Some because they have given up, and some because they have been in youth-oriented businesses and getting older impacts them unfairly. However…in my humble opinion…many of us “older folk” are the problem, not the hiring…

Perception Is Not Always Reality; Older Workers Have a Lot to Offer and are Getting Offers

As both a Career Coach and Human Resources professional, I read a lot these days about the skills shortage among U.S. workers.  Coupled with the news that many companies who survived the recent recession have managed to do more with fewer staff, there seems to be a perception among some job hunters that companies are only interested in hiring a more youth-oriented, highly skilled workforce, and one that pays less…

Older Workers Are Getting Hired in a Tough Job Market!

If you listen to some job reports, embarking on a job hunt in today’s market is not only challenging for the average job seeker, but also downright daunting if you are over 50. Those odds, seemingly ranging from slim to none, have many workers 50 and over defeated before they even have a chance to start looking. But this perception is simply not accurate. In fact, the job outlook for…

Too Old to Get a New Job? Think again! Older workers rock!!

In September, 2010 the New York Times carried a front-page story titled, “For the Unemployed Over 50, Fears of Never Working Again.” The article featured a 54-year-old job seeker who had been looking unsuccessfully for a job for several years. As a seasoned career coach with The Five O’Clock Club and author of the book, Achieving the Good Life After 50: Tools and Resources for Making it Happen, I was…