Too young to retire, too old to start over. Or at least that’s the line. Comfortable jobs with comfortable salaries are scarce, after all. Almost overnight, skills honed over a lifetime seem tired, passé. Twenty- and thirty-somethings will gladly do the work you used to do, and probably for less money. Yes, businesses are hiring again, but not nearly fast enough. Many people are so disheartened that they’ve simply stopped looking for work.
For millions of Americans over 50, this isn’t a bad dream — it’s grim reality. The recession and its aftermath have hit older workers especially hard. People 55 to 64 — an age range when many start to dream of kicking back — are having a particularly hard time finding new jobs. For a vast majority of this cohort, being thrown out of work means months of fruitless searching and soul-crushing rejection.
To which many experts say, “What did you expect?”
Everyone, whatever age, needs a Plan B. And maybe a Plan C and a Plan D. Who doesn’t know that loyalty and hard work go only so far these days?
Here are some information places as you begin to build your encore career:
Keeping boomers on the job: http://www.sobabyboomer.com/2011/12/keeping-boomer-on-the-job.html
Welcome to your new job, boomer: http://www.sobabyboomer.com/2012/10/welcome-to-your-new-job-boomer.html
Online resources for boomer job seekers: http://www.sobabyboomer.com/2008/11/online-resource.html
Phased Retirement: http://www.sobabyboomer.com/phased_retirement/
Ask the Coach about starting over: http://coachingtip.blogs.com/what_can_it_be/career/
Becoming a Network Linkpin: http://www.coachingtip.com/2011/02/becoming-a-network-linchpin.html
In job hunting, personal connections matter: http://coachingtip.blogs.com/career_women_coaching/2011/08/in-job-hunting-personal-connections-matter.html
Finding passive job candidates: http://coachingtip.blogs.com/coaching_tip/2008/10/finding-passive.html
Don't send your resume: http://coachingtip.blogs.com/coaching_tip/2007/01/dont_send_your_.html
Sources: The New York Times, January 13, 2013 and http://www.SoBabyBoomer.com