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Over 50 and Unemployed?

Posted By Deb Silverberg On October 21, 2011 @ 9:43 am In Work | Comments Disabled

[1]I wish we had better news for all the people out there who are unemployed or underemployed – especially for jobless people 50+.

One report citing September figures noted, “Good News for Older Jobseekers Remains Elusive [2].” That’s one way to put it. Depressing might be another—especially if you’ve been out of work for more than a year.

“Will I ever work again?” [3] is a common thought for unemployed people over 50 [3], many of whom have been jobless for an average of 55 weeks. A group called Over 50 and Out of Work [4] featuries 100 video stories on its web site to help others understand the plight of the unemployed at 50+. [5]

It may not help to know that others are in the same boat, although many have found support and friendships in online communities [6] from people who know what they’re going through firsthand.

Some older job seekers are going for seasonal work for the holidays [7], hoping it will turn into something long-term. And it looks like there will be more competition than usual. According to a recent survey by Harris Interactive reported in AOL Jobs [8], 1 in 5 Americans plans on looking for a second job for the holidays.

Here are some resources [9] designed for people 50 and over to help with your job search [10]. Doing all you can to position yourself well when jobs are scarce is even more important given the ugly reality of age discrimination [11].

AARP has information, tools and programs to help older workers, whether you’ve been laid off [12] or want to get into a more promising career field [13]. Depending on your situation you may want to explore becoming your own boss [14] or working part-time [15] until something better comes along. You also may be eligible for more hands-on job search help through AARP Foundation’s WorkSearch program, with various locations [16]around the country.

You can also learn more about age discrimination [17], from legal definitions [18] to first-hand accounts [19]. Find out what to do if you think you’ve been a victim [17], and what you’ll need to make your case [20]. And learn about the AARP Foundation Litigation [21] team’s work in this area.

An Inc. magazine article laid out the business benefits [22] of hiring older workers, and tips for doing so. It noted: “Employees from this fast-growing group can be a smart way to bring expertise to a business. So why don’t more companies do it?” Good question. Hopefully more will.

Photo by Blue Jay Day [23]via Flickr Creative Commons.

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[1] Image: http://aarpblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/sharper-bigger-blog-pic.jpg

[2] Good News for Older Jobseekers Remains Elusive: http://www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-10-2011/fs240-employment.html

[3] “Will I ever work again?”: http://www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-10-2011/older-workers-jobless-longer.html

[4] Over 50 and Out of Work: http://www.overfiftyandoutofwork.com/

[5] unemployed at 50+.: http://www.overfiftyandoutofwork.com/videos/100-stories/

[6] online communities: http://www.aarp.org/online-community/groups/index.action?slGroupKey=Group12291&slPage=overview

[7] seasonal work for the holidays: http://www.aarp.org/work/working-after-retirement/info-09-2011/holiday-jobs-for-retirees.html

[8] AOL Jobs: http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2011/10/19/1-in-5-americans-plans-on-finding-a-second-job-for-the-holidays/

[9] resources: http://www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-02-2011/older-workers-unemployed-longer.html

[10] job search: http://jobs.aarp.org/

[11] age discrimination: http://www.recruitingblogs.com/profiles/blogs/age-discrimination-claims-on-the-rise

[12] laid off: http://www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-06-2011/lost-your-job.html

[13] more promising career field: http://www.aarp.org/work/working-after-retirement/info-06-2011/jobs-for-a-second-career.html

[14] own boss: http://www.aarp.org/work/self-employment/

[15] part-time: http://www.aarp.org/work/working-after-retirement/info-03-2011/more-great-part-time-jobs-for-retirees.html

[16] locations : http://aarpworksearch.org/Pages/Locations.aspx

[17] age discrimination: http://www.aarp.org/work/employee-rights/info-05-2008/what_you_can_do_about_age_bias.html

[18] legal definitions: http://www.aarp.org/work/employee-rights/info-02-2009/age_discrimination_fact_sheet.html

[19] first-hand accounts: http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/rights/info-05-2010/jack_gross.html

[20] make your case: http://www.aarp.org/work/work-life/info-03-2011/age-discrimination-layoffs.html

[21] AARP Foundation Litigation: http://www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/legal_advocacy/info-01-2011/aflteams_employment_discrimination.html

[22] business benefits: http://www.inc.com/guides/201104/7-tips-for-hiring-older-workers.html

[23] Blue Jay Day : http://www.flickr.com/photos/46750903@N08/

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