Saving Jobs in Hard Times

Is there a way to protect some workers – younger as well as older – from job loss during economic downturns? Some might be helped during the next recession if more employers have access to and use what is known as short-time compensation or work sharing. Work sharing is exactly what it sounds like – the sharing or spreading around of the available work when times are tough. Work sharing is not to be confused with job sharing, which is …

More Older Workers Landed Jobs in May

Good news on the jobs front. Businesses created a not-too-shabby 175,000 jobs in May, pushing down the unemployment rate for older workers, though women fared better than men. Among all workers age 55 and older, the jobless rate fell to 5.3 percent last month from 5.5 percent in April, the government reported Friday. Older women drove that trend. Their unemployment rate slid to 4.3 percent in May from 4.8 percent the month before. Among men in that age group, the unemployment …

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 …