My Medical Device Sales Career
I just added a new Forum Discussion to the Linda Hertz Group this morning for those over age 50. I kicked it off with a topic that I found in a 2008 Los Angeles Times article that I had saved, Older Workers Need Jobs Too!
For the First Time I am seeing people over age 60 submitting resumes to some of our job postings, some are clearly over the age of 70! They call, we talk. What is this all about? Many had taken early retirement, leaving 60% to 90% or more of their retirement in stock back in 2008/2009; We don't need to go there right? So yes, they know now that they should have had a larger percentage of their money in safer instruments as they grew older " but too late now!" as one Florida Gentleman told me a few weeks ago.
Many in this plus 60 age group ask me where they can go to look for a job because they are not getting any resume action on Career Builder, Monster or the traditional job boards. Some of these people are just looking for supplemental income or ANY type of extra money to ease the pain. As I was cleaning out my Blog File (yes, I save newspaper and magazine clippings that may be of interest), I found an old LA times article from November 6, 2008: "More Retirees Are Hunting for Jobs in a Bad Economy". I thought, "how weird, this was even before the big stock crash in March of 2009". If you recall, the first stock dump took place in the fall of 2008 around the time of the article. More was ahead!
So why am I seeing more action now from the over 60 age group looking for work? When I ask, many say they thought the value of their house or the stocks would be back by this time to near their original value and they need to do something. Well, something can mean even trying to get a job at Target or Costco (although I hear other than perhaps seasonal work, these two stores have been on a hiring freeze most of this past year).
So what does one do if you find yourself in this situation? Perhaps others can share their advice on this forum, but knowing many of you are shy to post comments, I will begin to share articles or links of value. Here are the links provided from that yellowed LA Times article for older workers:
1. www.retirementjobs.com (also partners with AARP)
5. http://jobs.aarp.org (ARPS Job Search Engine)
6. www.arp.org/employerteam (lists employers that recruit older workers)
7. www.agingworkforcenews.com/aginglinks.html (provides useful work related links)
8. www.boomercareer.com (collection of career articles for boomers, search jobs/post resume.
9. www.encore.org (combines social contribution, personal meaning; job postings)
10. www.experienceworks.org (not our group, but maybe you know someone; low-income seniors offered training on how to find jobs).
11. www.quintessentialcareers.com (comprehensive listing of jobs for older workers)
12. www.seniorhelpers.com (hires workers to companions and care providers for the elderly)
16. www.yourencome.com (matches retired engineers and scientists with companies to fill a short term need: think Eli Lilly, Proctor and Gamble, etc.)
Remember, these sites are about "bringing in something, some form of cash" to supplement your retirement savings, social security (make sure you check out Social Security rules and how working again can reduce or eliminate that check!). As an older woman told me this past week, "Linda, just tell me where I can get anything....even $10,000 to $20,000 extra a year would help me". It is with that comment that I decided to publish the list above with recognition and thanks to the Los Angeles times for their article, Older Workers Need Jobs Too, November, 2008. It is now, 2010 and they still do and perhaps even more!
Most reading this article from our Group, WERE high income producing individuals with multiple degrees and can't find the startup companies or consulting jobs that were once abundant for the over 50 set back in the early to mid 2000's. I encourage you to look forward, not backwards; Indeed making something IS better than nothing in some situations. All the best to you in your search!
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