WorkZone: Job seekers over 50 should be open to new possibilities
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By Deborah M. Todd / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

For entry-level and mid-career job seekers, the search process can be a shot at a new beginning at its best and an exercise in frustration at its worst. But for individuals over 50, diving back into a market that favors grooming young professionals over matching lifetime earnings of industry veterans can be so daunting that many give up on their former careers entirely.

“When the recession hit in 2007 and 2008, companies really started trying to limit their costs and a lot of people in their 50s and 60s were laid off. And unless they have special skills that no one else in their industry has, it becomes more difficult to find another job,” said Blake Nations, Atlanta-based founder and CEO of

The 59-year-old former corporate recruiting specialist speaks from experience.

When Mr. Nations was laid off in January 2014, he hit so many walls during the job search he ended up taking a position at a grocery store on the weekends to make ends meet. While there, he ran into others his age who had been laid off from professional positions and had to take the first job that came along in order to pay the bills.

“When you look on the job boards, a lot of [companies] say they want someone with five to 15 years of experience. Basically they’re looking for folks that are 25 to 40 years o…………… continues on Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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