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Looking For Work After 50

Looking For Work After 50

Let’s be honest – looking for work after the age of 50 can be challenging.

According to the Ontario Human Rights Commission, older workers are often perceived or stereotyped as being “less productive, less committed to their jobs, not dynamic or innovative, unreceptive to change, unable to be trained or costly to the organization due to health problems and higher salaries.”

But they continue on to state that these ideas are simply myths and are not in fact based on any evidence. They share that there is actually significant evidence that older workers:

  • are highly-productive, offering considerable on-the-job experience
  • do as well or better than younger workers on creativity, flexibility, information processing, accident rates, absenteeism and turnover
  • can learn as well as younger workers with appropriate training methods and environments
  • do not fear change but rather fear discrimination.

So, if you are over 50 and looking for work, go forward with confidence and knowing that what you have to offer a potential employer is extremely valuable.

The following video produced by USA Today offers some good suggestions on how to identify what you are good at, improve your resume and also how to position any situations that may require some explanation.

Good luck in your search!

(If you are viewing on a mobile device you can access the video on the USA Today website here.)

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