Getting Back to Work at 50+ – Deborah’s Story

Deborah Salim, 62, had been living a quiet life in her mother’s home town of Conway, S.C., happy with her 15-year job in the record keeping office of the local community college and with the fact that four of her five children and their children were close by. Then came 2009, and for Deborah, like so many other 50-plus, the bottom dropped out of her world. She received a week’s notice from the college that budget cuts had eliminated her position. …

This Man Would Be Thankful to Find a Job

“I’d do anything to get a job” – or “I’d give anything to land a job.” Millions of people have said those words. Vincent Giordano has taken it a step further. I heard about Vincent and got his contact information via this ABC News story by reporter Alan Farnheim. This summer, the unemployed law firm office support assistant - with expertise running large, complex duplicating machines like you’d see at some copy shops - decided he needed to get noticed. Vincent went to …

Labor Day is No Picnic for the Unemployed

Labor Day isn’t the easiest holiday for the millions of folks who are unemployed. For family and friends of people who are jobless, being unsure of what to say – or not say – is tough as well (the link has some good advice). It’s an especially difficult time for people who haven’t had to job-hunt in years, and for workers with multiple decades of experience who often face age bias. AARP has resources to help on topics from decoding job …

Older Workers Laid Off In Recession Still Struggling to Find Comparable Work

It’s been nearly four years since the end of the Great Recession was declared, yet a new survey shows that older Americans who were thrown out of work continue to struggle. More than 600 workers ages 40 t0 69, who lost their jobs amid the downturn, took part in the annual Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies poll. Many say they’ve settled into positions that were below their skill level or pay grade, or made do with part-time work because they couldn’t …

More Jobs Being Filled By People Switching Careers

Over half of all recent job openings were filled by people who didn’t previously work in that industry or occupation, according to a new analysis. With unemployment high and many older adults looking for “encore careers,” this news is an encouraging sign that switching careers is possible these days.

Jobless Rate Edges Down for Older Workers

The following is a guest blog from John Burgess, money editor on AARP’s content creation team. Fifty-five and older and looking for a job? There was a bit of good news for your age group in the federal government’s jobs report for June. The jobless rate for older workers fell to 6.2 percent, from 6.5 percent in May. But employers did not bestow the bounty equally among men and women. While the rate for older men fell from 7.0 percent in …