Why Your College Grad Moved Back Home

At a party last weekend, I met a new college grad who had just moved back home. His plans: a camp counselor job this summer followed by a teaching assistant job come fall. Over the next year or so he plans to save money and figure out his future; maybe an M.S. in social work or a Ph.D. in psychology. He was looking forward to reconnecting with his parents after four years away. “It’s the last time I’ll live at …

Older Job Seekers Fear Being Seen as Overqualified

Snagging a job interview is a good thing, right? Well, yes, and for most people, it’s about as nerve-wracking as delivering a speech to a packed audience. A new poll finds that a job interview is a stressful ordeal for most of the 1,002 working adults surveyed. Having the jitters, of course, was a common complaint. For older workers, there was something else to worry about:  one in five people ages 54 to 65 say they worry that they’ll be considered …

Working Caregivers Need Government and Employers to Do a Better Job

Employers and policy leaders, are you listening? With the onslaught of aging boomers, the need for family-friendly work-leave policies will only increase. And yet, current policies don’t reach enough people and are not meeting the needs of today’s working caregivers. That’s the conclusion of a new report, Keeping Up with the Times: Supporting Family Caregivers with Workplace Leave Policies, issued by the AARP Public Policy Institute. Although the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was enacted 20 years ago, …

Find Yourself Complaining About Work?

Guilty. And I do count my lucky stars that I’m gainfully employed. But some days – mornings, especially – are downright depressing. I know I shouldn’t complain. I’m not an oncologist. Not a hospice nurse. Not a social worker or a homicide detective or a teacher in a rough school. I don’t get minimum wage to be on my feet all day (or night) doing physically demanding work, or something I find mind-numbingly repetitive. I don’t juggle two part-time jobs with no …

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 …

Job Search Websites Cater to Older Workers

This is great. The Columbus Dispatch has a feature that talks about the struggle older people have finding jobs during this recession, and offers a ton of sites that specifically cater to older folks trying to find work. RetiredBrains.com is one of them, which gives these tips: Register with temp companies. “They don’t care about age but are more interested in your skills and experience,” Koff says. Practice your interview. You might not have had a job interview in quite …