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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. (also partners with AARP)




5. (ARPS Job Search Engine)

6. (lists employers that recruit older workers)

7. (provides useful work related links)

8. (collection of career articles for boomers, search jobs/post resume.

9. (combines social contribution, personal meaning; job postings)

10. (not our group, but maybe you know someone; low-income seniors offered training on how to find jobs).

11. (comprehensive listing of jobs for older workers)

12. (hires workers to companions and care providers for the elderly)




16. (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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Comment by Linda Hertz on November 7, 2010 at 12:31pm
Question from Ted
From: Ted (Linda Hertz Group Member, not real name)
Sent: Sunday, November 07, 2010 11:36 AM
To: Linda Hertz
Subject: Your Blog article

Hi Linda,

I didn’t want to comment on this on your blog. I don’t want to advertise to prospective employers that it applies to me………you can feel free to post it for a discussion,
keeping my name confidential. I hope you don’t mind me taking this direct route.

The article in question is “Older workers need jobs, too”. I will admit to you here that I will be 60 in January, but I assure you that you would not
suspect that in meeting me. Genetics and a moderately well-lived life have blessed me with all my hair, most of it still in its original color. I’m in great health and
am quite active. Most people would guess that I’m in my late 40’s or early 50’s.

I have been in the healthcare market for 30 years in various sales, service and management positions. My most recent position was eliminated last
September, and I have been pursuing that elusive ‘next opportunity’ since then. Just getting an interview has been cause for celebration, even for those jobs where
I should be considered a ‘preferred OQC’. (In a webinar that another recruiter put on for folks looking to get into the medical sales market, she referred to competing
with the ‘retreads’ who have been around for many years. Fortunately for her, it was a rebroadcast of the webinar, or I’d have probably shared with her audience that
those ‘retreads’ still knew a thing or two about selling, and to not sell us short!)

The article infers that ‘senior’ workers don’t really have much of a chance in this job market unless they’re resigned to being a greeter at Wal-Mart!
I can tell you that I’m certainly not ready for that, and would just retire to the golf course, but would miss ‘being in the game’.

Is it your experience that the situation is that bleak? My competitive juices still drive me to keep looking for another great opportunity, rather than retiring.
I still have a great deal to offer to a company, and am fortunate that I WANT, rather than NEED, to go back to work.
I truly love the medical sales market (I’m sure I could have made more money over the years in other technology sectors) and want to spend several more years making
my small contribution to patient care.

Any perspective you, or members of your group, have would be greatly appreciated.

BTW, I have picked up some great pointers from some of your other blog articles. I hadn’t realized the negative impact that I had on my job search by trying to go directly
to the company/hiring manager, circumventing the recruiters. Truth be known, recruiters seem all to willing to let candidates know that they (the recruiter) works for the company, not
the candidate, but that’s another tirade altogether.

Best regards,

Comment by Linda Hertz on October 19, 2010 at 9:39am
Hi Mark, posted your answer on your membership page..and I will start a tutorial soon on how to maximize and work with the many features of this site!!
Comment by Mark Aaron on October 19, 2010 at 9:29am
how can I connect my LinkedIn page/profile to the Linda Hertz website?


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