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Job Hunting After 50 Paperback – February 7, 2011
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Certainly, there's no getting around the fact that a lot of U.S. workers are having to make tough decisions, including accepting lower wages, but a job search manual should have more to offer than a resigned "accept less". (How about some strategies for not bidding down one's own starting salary? A discouraged worker is just as much at risk of undercutting their own chances there than of holding out for an unrealistic amount.) And that's just the start of where this book falls short.
For the post-50 job seeker, some of whom haven't been in the position of being "between jobs" frequently, if ever, there's a potential minefield of job scams out there, as well as considerations such as "is that health care plan with the new job (if it exists) sufficient to cover anything more than basic preventative?", or "will that temp-to-perm job actually go perm?" (the ranks of the permanently temp-status are growing), or even "will I have to consider relocation to stay in my profession?"
These questions are all beyond the scope of this book, and some of them really shouldn't be. One sadly proliferating industry is that of pseudo headhunter/job coaches who purport to take on unemployed professionals as "clients", for a fee, but actually offer the barest of "motivational" services, maybe going to far as to mail around a client's resume.Read more ›
Before I explain my reasons, let's start with an overview of what the book holds: Most of it consists of generic job search tips and guidelines: how to identify your skills and job-relevant personal characteristics (Ch. 1), what to put in resumes and cover letters (Ch. 2), how to use the web to search for job openings and investigate employers (Ch. 3), how to enlarge your personal network (Ch. 4), how to present yourself in an employment interview (Ch. 5), how to identify the most promising industries and occupations (Ch. 7), and how to organize and document your search (Ch. 8). Although only one chapter is devoted solely to the problems of older job seekers-- "Mistakes Job Seekers Over 50 Make" (Ch. 6)--all of the chapters feature tips and advice specifically for older workers; e.g., the chapter on conducting an online job search identifies sites that cater to the over-50 crowd, and the chapter on resume writing highlights recent changes in what employers expect to see in resumes.
That overview may sound promising to you, but here's the rub: it's not done very well.
How so? First, this is the most negative and discouraging job search/career guidance book I've ever seen -- and I've read several and skimmed a number of others. The book focuses throughout on older workers' "shortcomings" (p. 20) and "mistakes" (Ch. 6).Read more ›
* Get an email address and use the internet
* Network (yawn!)
* Spruce up your appearance (don't "look old, you fuddy duddy!)
* "Look" like you're energetic & eager (that you can "handle" the job)
* Etc.....nothing new!
The author makes the assumption that someone over 50 equals an old, tired, worn out person that needs to give a different impression to potential employers. She seems to be clueless about those of us who are much healthier (and energized!) than others much younger competing for positions. There is quite a bit of sterotyping from the author that readers may or may not feel "inspired" by. The sad thing is, many people over 50 are well aware they will have to flex on salary, benefits, and working conditions. This isn't news. We ARE doing the job while the younger crowd is busy smoking or texting or talking on the phone with their friends. Hasn't anyone noticed? Apparently not!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
... and there will be many more of us each year! It's a scary world out there for the over 50 job hunter. Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by Noneofyourbiz
I thought the baby boom ended in 1965 when I was just graduating from college. So, the youngest boomer should be around 55. Mercy, what will they do?! Read morePublished on July 29, 2011 by One foot in the grave
Realistically, a lot of job hunting tips are the same for younger folks as for older folks, but I thought this book does a good job of targeting specific tips for older job... Read morePublished on June 28, 2011 by Happy Reader
This book does quite an admirable job outlining a positive approach to job hunting. Its' keep-your-chin-up, never-a-discouraging-word approach is uplifting, and author Carol... Read morePublished on June 20, 2011 by Turtles all the Way Down
Being in exactly this catagory and also knowing several others with this situation, I found this book to be very helpful, easy to understand, and logical. Read morePublished on June 16, 2011 by C. Kennedy
I am a veteran newspaper "careers" columnist, and also own a company that provides outplacement services to terminated employees (many of whom are over age 50). Read morePublished on May 31, 2011 by Christine Posti
I ordered this book because I am over 50. I found some helpful tips for updating resumes, communicating with employers and framing my own experience. Read morePublished on May 24, 2011 by E. Burton
Job Hunting After 50 has some great advice! And chances are if you are over 50, you have been in a previous job for a long time. Read morePublished on May 7, 2011 by Broncos Fan
I wanted to like this because I wanted to pass it along to an over-50 friend of mine who is struggling to find work after a "right-sizing" experience with a nationally known... Read morePublished on April 23, 2011 by Jeff P.