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Would like to speak with a job seeker who is 50 older (request from a reporter)
A reporter friend of "Patina Nation" asks: "I'd like to interview a job seeker, male or female, who is 50 years or older. If you are responding, please include your age, how long you have been looking for job (or, if recently hired, how long your job search was), and any unique job search tips you might have to share. Thanks."
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I may be too late but I am female 61 years old and have been looking for a job since October 2019.
I would say for job searching tips you never have enough. I use contract firms like Patina, recruiters, job postings, following company pages, IDES help, networking, write articles on LinkedIn (to increase visibility) and talking to friends/family. The older you are the more senior you are meaning the limited number of opportunities which is why you see this particular age group step down in their career just to secure income.
I'd be happy to help. If there is any email address that I can reply privately to, would be happy to provide details.
I am 61 and have been actively looking since Dec 2018. Regardless of all the proactive job search information out there for older workers, ageism is alive and well. Even though some questions are illegal, there are other ways for a company to find out how old a person is.
Having reviewed reports that are available to employers which analyze total healthcare spend based on de-identified employee gender and age info, I believe that the unprecedented access to detailed data which is now increasingly readily available helps drive employer fears that older (40+) employees are too expensive from a healthcare premium perspective. While older candidates can point to better efficiencies and effectiveness, it still can make the ROI case challenging. I firmly believe the design of our health insurance system is a huge part of the challenge for older workers in gaining FT employment.