Here’s to Older Workers

Pop quiz: In December 2011, what was the unemployment rate for people 50 and over? The answer is 6.2 percent, nearly twice what it was at the beginning of the Great Recession in 2007. At AARP we often hear from members in their 50s, 60s and 70s who are unemployed and want and need to get back into the workforce…some desperately so. This month, AARP is shining the spotlight on older worker issues from a range of perspectives, from those …

Make These Moves to Find Work Faster

This is a guest post by Heather Taylor. Since January 2011, this freelance writer, consultant and radio producer also has happily served as a job coach in the AARP Foundation WorkSearch Program,  helping adults aged 50+ who are unemployed to find satisfying work. You can follow her on twitter at @findingthejobs, and keep an eye out for other employment-related blog posts from Heather.  Great resume? Check. Extensive network? Check. Strong elevator speech? Check. But what if you’re one of the millions of Americans …

Job Hunting: How Do You Stand Out if You’re Over 50, Unemployed, or Both?

If you’re wondering about this, you’re definitely in good company. How can you make your resume stand out in the sea of other applications? And if you’re lucky enough to make it to a ‘phone screen‘ with HR – or an actual interview – how can you set yourself apart from the crowd and make a lasting impression so you can get to the next round? A free webinar called How to Stand Out in a Crowded Job Market, being …

The Takeaway: Weekend Edition

In case you missed this yesterday: AARP CEO Barry Rand released a statement Thursday in response to a report in the Washington Post that the White House was open to making cuts in programs such as Social Security and Medicare to reach an agreement with Republicans before the August 2 deadline to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. More … Is America getting fatter? Yes, according to a new state-by-state study. In the last year, the percentage of obese adults increased …

NY Times Asks Experts Why Why Older Workers Are Struggling

The New York Times blog, Room for Debate, has a great round-up of experts’ thoughts on why and how older workers are struggling to get jobs during the recession. It’s no big news that older adults have had difficulties (and have even been discriminated against) in the workforce way before the economy began to falter, but things are particularly hard now. Between the idea that bosses don’t want employees older and more experienced than them, to the fact that older …

Looking for a job after 50?

AP has a news story on how older workers are not only struggling to get a paycheck in this tough times, but searching the “help wanted” ads for the first time in their careers. Check it out. If you’re looking for a job, or want some job hunting advice check out Bob Skladany’s columns on AARP.org or our Work pages.