Gray layoff: How to bounce back

Thanks to Eileen Ambrose and the Chicago Times for including me in article about strategies older candidates can use to get back in the game after a layoff. You can (and will) bounce back! Gray layoff: How to bounce back By Eileen Ambrose Kiplinger’s Personal Finance / Chicago Times February 27, 2018 Few events can derail retirement plans faster than losing a job. That’s particularly true for older workers who might be laid off in their peak earning years, when they had been counting on catching up on retirement savings. Older workers have one of the lowest unemployment rates of any sector of the workforce: 3.3 percent or less, as of the end of last year. But once they lose a job, it takes them longer than younger job seekers to find a new one. On average, 25- to 44-year-olds land a new job in just over five months, but … Continue reading

Retirement Derailers

Thanks to Kiplinger’s for including me in such a great article about retirement derailers. If you lose your job and feel like your age may be preventing you from finding a new one,  as I explain in my book, Over the Hill But Not the Cliff,  there are a number of strategies you can use to push past ageism and get that coveted offer. 3 Scenarios That Could Derail Your Retirement By Eileen Ambrose, Senior Editor and Kimberly Lankford, Contributing Editor | February 1, 2018 From Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Even the best-laid plans for retirement can suddenly go awry if a major life event strikes. For example, a sudden job loss, a marital break-up or becoming a caregiver for an ailing parent or spouse can wreak havoc on finances – potentially for years. But even if you’re hit with one of these life events, you can get your retirement back … Continue reading

159,544 likes and 11,575 comments? Seriously?

Last week Oleg Vishnepolsky, the Global CTO at DailyMail Online & Metro.Co.Uk, posted a LinkedIn comment saying that he once hired (gasp!) a person over 50 years of age. Oleg went on to write about the resistance he had to overcome when making this decision, being on the receiving ends of comments such as 1) the candidate will never work hard enough; 2) the candidate will not fit in our culture; 3) the candidate is overqualified etc.  Turns out, Oleg writes, the candidate ended up being one of the best hires he ever made. The content of this post did not surprise me but what did was that, within just a short period of time, 159,544 people liked the post and 11,575 people took the time to post a comment. There were some comments that recognized the skills of 50+ workers—perhaps these individuals do not have any hiring authority. However, there were … Continue reading