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Is the job market good for everybody right now?

I know the job market is pretty good at this point but is that true for everybody? I'm asking primarily about people who are in their fifties and above. I was trying to leave before the pandemic hit and what I found were slim pickings, mostly due to my age. What are the chances that has changed since then?

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Post-50? It can be done, but it's tough. Be prepared for a long haul. It took me 13 months to land the exact position I was seeking, at 51, and it almost didn't happen. But I did it and others like me have, so sure - anything is possible. My experience was pre-pandemic, but for what it's worth, I'll offer a few thoughts and experiential advice . . .

  • As the poster below indicates, it really depends on where you are and what role you are seeking. Are you prepared to relocate? No? Weigh all of that out.
  • Toss all salary expectations out the window. I did end up making more than I did in my previous role, but that was largely due to my history (see below) and a competitive hire situation. Would you rather make less to work in a better environment with a brighter future? Or are things tolerable enough at P to remain until the shoe drops? Devote some time considering all of that, knowing that the inflated earning expectations associated with older age is one of the major factors behind why you may find yourself overlooked.
  • Where do you stack up on the achievement & results ladder? I say this without bragging (this IS anon, after all) but I carried a STELLAR record of achievement with me when hitting the job market. Beyond stellar, actually - the company lead (another pubco) who ended up hiring me stated "I have never, ever known someone with your kind of track record" (see below). This got me in many doors, the resume (see below, again) got me tons of interviews and even got me very deep into the interview process at many places, but I was never able to land an actual offer - until I did. LIke I said, it is a tough road. Imagine sitting across from a hiring manager in their 20s or early 30s, that is going to happen some and you must be prepared to deal well with that situation.
  • Do your research on resume creation, social media utilization, etc. etc. The entire game had changed since I had last looked for a new position, and boy was THAT a learning curve! A resume is a living document of achievement these days, and one that changes with every position you go for. It's not about appealing to the front-line HR rep, it's about matching what the computer program is set up to look for in order to GET your document in front of the HR rep. Do your homework on this front - big time.
  • Do your homework. Honest to god, you are going to work twice or three times as hard as a mid-career person, so get used to that fact. Do tons of research on each company and opportunity - beyond what you feel is "normal." When you score an interview, research the person you will be speaking with. LinkedIn and other such sites can be invaluable in learning what is important to that individual, and you can adjust your style & inquiries accordingly.
  • Do your homework, part II. Develop a laundry list of companies you most want to work for. A-list, B-list, etc. Checking "career" webpages on my Top 30-50 most-desired companies became a weekly exercise for me - for over a year. Also, quietly put the word out to everyone/anyone you have worked with in the past that might be able to help you. A very large number of my most successful pursuits came from personal connections. I did score "cold call" interviews too, thanks to the track record I mention above, but it was that track record + the personal word from a trusted someone that was most effective.
  • Do your homework, part III. Potential employers are going to inquire about your employment status. These days, HR types give up very limited info: date of hire, positions held, salary level, etc. Telling the story of a successful career falls entirely on you, so get those ducks in a row. Every annual review document, you need to have that in hand. Awards, recognitions, "good job" emails, data that proves & backs up your achievement claims - you are going to need all of that, and then some. Collect a list of folks who can deliver a VERY solid recommendation on your behalf.

Like I say above, it took me 13 months of solid pursuit to land the position I was seeking - AT my #1 most-desirable employer, no less - but boy, was that a tough road. Be prepared to maintain your sense of self-worth in the face of a ton of rejection but DO know that when it is supposed to work, when you DO find that great "fit" - it's gonna be worth it in the end. Finally though, I will encourage you to get started now - tomorrow - while you are still employed. Much, MUCH easier that way. Good luck, you'll be fine in the end!

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Post ID: @4ngu+1bl3TxON

Really depends on your location and what sort of role you are looking for

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