cover170x170I loved, loved being a guest on this podcast–Episode 28 on the playlist. If you’re looking for a job, or know someone who is, check it out. Mac Prichard is a fantastic, knowledgable host and the excellent career coach and guide Michelle Hynes lends her expert insight to the party.

It is illegal for an employer to discriminate based on age, but many job seekers over the age of 50 will tell you it happens every day. Older workers stay out of work longer and may earn less than in previous jobs when they do return to the workforce. According to AARP the average period of unemployment for people 55 years and older is 54.3 weeks, almost twice as long as the 28.2 weeks younger workers spend job hunting.

This week on Find Your Dream Job, we explore the challenges of job hunting when you’re 50+. Mac talks with Kerry Hannon, a career and personal finance expert who has written extensively on the subject. Kerry shares practical, actionable tips older jobseekers can use to overcome age bias and find a job they love.

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In this 34-minute episode you will learn:

  • The reasons employers are hesitant to hire older workers
  • How to overcome age stereotypes when you’re looking for a job
  • Simple ways to prove your technology savvy to prospective employers.
  • The importance of networking and volunteering for older job hunters
  • Why an accountability buddy (or support group) can help you maintain optimism while job hunting.
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