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Boomers: Keeping Your Job In Today’s Unstable Market

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Job Search: Staying a Step Ahead

Job Search: Staying a Step Ahead


Losing your job and being replaced is a big concern for you as baby boomers during this job market crisis. All around us companies are laying off hundreds if not thousands of their employees. But sometimes departments may target the older employees because they may feel they are not “young and hip” enough for the job. In many cases, employees are let go unfairly and are replaced by others who are not as knowledgeable. No matter what the scenario, there are ways you can avoid being one the first to be laid off!

Stay Up To Date

There is so much new technology presented every year that the average baby boomer may not be aware of. It is important to stay in tune to what is new on the market and be somewhat knowledgeable of how to operate them. Also engage in professional development and training as often as possible to keep your resume looking good. Know what is going on with your company! Do not get comfortable with only knowing what you are told; research and talk to others to find out information that you can use to your benefit.

Build Healthy Relationships

Whether you have been at your job for 10 years or 10 days building relationships is very important. Make sure you know all of the supervisors, managers, clerks, and even the custodians. Once you keep those relationships on good terms you never know if in the future that person who was once a clerk will save your job. Stay humble despite your years of experience, and let no one be able to fault you for any form of insubordination or disrespect.

Take the package they offer and leave with the satisfaction that you did the best you could. It is their loss and with your skills and credentials you can find another job. Do not be bitter and angry. However, if you honestly feel that you were unfairly let go and you are willing and able to pursue making a strong case against it then by all means do so. However if deep down you know that you are not able to produce the same quality of work as you once could, then it is only right that you retire; or if you are laid off, accept your package and find another job that you will be able to keep up with. It is not the end of the world, even though it may feel like it. It is just life as we know it.

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