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Job Searching in Your 50's

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by ElJay370, Mar 7, 2021.

  1. Milspec

    Milspec Poster Extraordinaire

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    It is happening all over just like you describe.

    The other advantage an older worker can have is with customer contacts. When a customer meets with an older worker, they assume the person has been in that line of work for a long time and give them instant credibility that a younger person would not get. I had to start over in the job market 3 years ago after my business of 12 years folded and I always get treated like I am some sort of defacto expert who has been doing this job for 25-30 years. It certainly works to my advantage and I think many employers understand that in their hiring practices these days.
     
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    I agree with the age discrimination. It is certainly a factor. So is discrimination based on skin colour when it's a company policy to diversify.

    The advice about networking is good but it won't help you with applying for jobs online, which is now most jobs. And computers are screening resumes now because there are so many applicants for some jobs. How can you get past that? The resume must be filled with key words that highlight skills that are sought after in your industry. The screening software is programmed to look for these key words. Without them, your resume will never get seen by a human being.

    Get advice on writing your resume, if possible from an expert. You may have to pay for this but it's worth it in the long run.
     
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    I’m a firm believer in doing what you can to help others with what you got. You will find the right job when you are trying to use your unique talents to help someone worse off than you.

    It is uncanny how the universe will come to your aid when you try to do the next right thing every day. You will invariably end up in the same trajectory as someone else trying to do the same thing.

    I cannot offer specific tips like the others, but I believe this from the bottom of my heart and that has served me well once I started doing it.

    Nobody on this earth has what you have. You are a masterpiece of solutions to someone else’s problems. Believe it to be so, and go do it.
     
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    Yep key words or programs a must. Expertise in a niche perhaps or been there seen it sometimes.
     
  5. Blrfl

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    I'm actually okay with that and, at least for myself, I encourage it. If a company's going to discriminate against me because of the hash marks on my sleeve, I'd much rather they did it before I take the credibility hit for having going to work for them.

    Indeed. Companies like that tend to be good places to work for people at any level of experience, and I've had the privilege of working for several.
     
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  6. dogmeat

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    well..... I'm an 'ol safety first guy (now that I'm old). unless you can make the wife support you, I would keep the suckey job and milk it. and I mean suck that tittie to the bone.... in my spare time I would do the thing I like and maybe try to establish a reputation. a new guy in any tough industry is like doing your first gig with your pants down. sorry if that sounds cruel
     
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    As a 60 year old tractor mechanic that's basically been told its time to drop the wrenches and awaiting back surgery?
    I seen it coming years ago so prepared for it. What was it Spicoli said about his dads tool box? Oh he aint got nothing on me, hell I have a complete machine shop and tools I forgot I have. Brought up the idea of just starting a small engine/tool repair business and was told I'd end up with more business than I can handle. Not exactly what I had in mind so lets just keep that at by appointment only.
     
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    Not from me,
    I'm 62, quit working pretty much the one job I've done all my life ( burned out and physically unable) over 10 years ago, thinking I could just play music F/T for the rest of my life.

    It was maybe NOT a good idea to do this, but I just quit.

    I've never come close to really playing guitar gigs full time, but honestly don't know what else to do, what I can do, so I plug on, playing music and driving Uber...
    So I'm at a loss, not getting younger, but do love playing music
     
  9. Toto'sDad

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    My brother in law who lives in Arkansas was called back to work by the company he was laid off from a couple of years ago. He's SEVENY TWO years old! I think the only possible explanation for calling him back is because the young guys can't cut it trucking. At any rate, his ego get a full charge over that. He's retired, has a nice place way back in the woods, plenty of income, the only thing this job will do is buy him a new 4WD pickup! He's already got one of those, but I'll bet he has a new one before the summer is out.
     
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  10. Toto'sDad

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    To answer the OPs question. I was 52 years old when I changed from pushing a diesel, and operating heavy equipment to a nice drive around job as an outside rep for a company and had a fifteen year run in just about the best job I ever had. The longest running too. I had experience when I was younger in the field I went into, and could design and carry out field installations, but it had been a long time since I'd done that before going to work where I did. It was just an all around great experience.
     
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  11. Tonetele

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    Unless you are a highly skilled surgeon, design/electronics engineer or a really sought after specialist you probably won't get a job here in Oz- not one you'd ant with a commensurate salary anyway.
    The government is even giving $6,000 AUD for kids to pick fruit, plus salary and accomodation... All for the young here.
     
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    This is not the greatest behavior, but this is a generation of kids who've been brought up without anything coming from employers. They can walk into work and be laid off with absolutely no warning. Pensions are a thing of the past, as is lifetime or even long-term employment. The only way to get a raise commensurate with your increase in experience is to job-hop...

    Seems to me, the employers are possibly reaping what they've sown, to a certain extent?
     
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    Then why not do work on the side ? Nights and weekends? You could do repairs, set ups and builds. See what the demand is in your area. This way, you keep the steady check and do what you long to do as well.
     
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