But how does that help our 50 plussers actually get hired? Sadly, we are still about 5 years away from employers recognizing the need to recruit specifically from 50-plussers. Most employers are still finding themselves drawn to the younger worker. I get many emails from 50 plussers who believe that they have fallen prey to ageism. I’m sure they have. Only I don’t believe it is always deliberate, conscious ageism. For sure, there are some cases where blatant ageism has stonewalled someone from getting a job. In many cases, however, youth wins simply because it is appealing, less expensive and more malleable as a employee.
So it means you have to be that much more resourceful than the average job seeker. Get your resume posted everywhere you can so you can be seen. Network like crazy. Do your research and target companies that interest you — particulary in the growth sectors.
A couple of other great resources to find out where the jobs might be in your neck of the woods:
- Again, from the Bureau of Labor, Career Guide to Industries, with links to information on industry by sector
- And, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, with links to specific occupations and job prospects in those specific occupations