I was pleased to read this article in the Wall Street Journal recently because one of the biggest concerns I hear from people who are getting ready to write, or revise, their bio, is that jobs are hard to come by later in life. Not true, according to the article below. So if you need to write or update your bio, do it now and make sure you're ready when that job offer comes.
By Anne Tergesen, for The Wall Street Journal
The conventional wisdom says it’s impossible. The facts say otherwise.
There’s a stereotypical view of job opportunities for older workers, and it’s not pretty.It goes something like this. If you’re past 50 and thinking of a career switch, forget it. The opportunities for older workers in the new economy are pretty much nonexistent. And you’re in even worse shape if you’re in your 50s or 60s and retired but want to get back into the workforce in a job that is both challenging and financially rewarding. The only spots available are low-skilled and low-paying—whether that’s burger flipper, Wal-Mart greeter or Uber driver.
Boy, have a lot of people have been misinformed.
The numbers make it clear that the nightmare scenario simply isn’t true. The 55-and-older crowd is now the only age group with a rising labor-force participation rate, even as age discrimination remains a problem for many older job seekers. Workers age 50 or older now comprise 33.4% of the U.S. labor force, up from 25% in 2002. And more than 60% of workers age 65 or older now hold full-time positions, up from 44% in 1995.
Read the entire article here.
Jill Townsend is the author of "How to Write a Great Bio", an e-book with tips on writing a good bio fast, and with confidence.