Over50JobBoard.com on Bankrate.com November 04, 2015
December 17, 2015 - Link to Story: http://www.bankrate.com/financing/senior-living/top-10-cities-for-older-job-hunters/

Top 10 cities for older job hunters
By Dr. Don Taylor · Bankrate.com
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Posted: 3 pm ET

Robert De Niro's character in the movie "The Intern" was bored with retirement and found work as a "senior intern." But many people over 50 face challenges in finding employment after a job loss.

The Over50JobBoard.com is a job-posting site created by Blake Nations, the company's CEO. Nations was a 50-something executive who had trouble finding work after losing his job.

The site was created to connect employers with baby boomers looking for jobs. The site allows applicants to search for jobs in specific industries with employers that require a higher level of work experience.

Avoiding age discrimination issues
A goal of the job-hunting site is to foster an environment where applicants don't have to be concerned about age discrimination in presenting their work experience. The site is free for both employers and applicants.

Being able to find work can keep seniors from raiding their retirement accounts. But it can also help to increase retirement savings, add to Social Security earnings history and help to avoid filing for Social Security retirement benefits early, at age 62.

The site recently released the top 10 cities for job applicants aged 50 and older." They are:
1. New York -- 2,224 open positions
2. Newark, New Jersey -- 1,758 open positions
3. Fairfax, Virginia -- 1,587 open positions
4. Philadelphia -- 1,550 open positions
5. Los Angeles -- 1,293 open positions
6. Atlanta -- 1,268 open positions
7. Dallas -- 1,073 open positions
8. Chicago --­ 869 open positions
9. Miami --­ 851 open positions
10. San Francisco --­ 584 open positions

Would you move for work?
If you're not willing to move after landing that new job, the site lets you limit your search geographically. It will be interesting to see which employers in your area will embrace the idea of hiring older workers for their businesses.

Job search advice
There's a lot of advice out there about what older applicants should do in their job search. AARP has a special channel on its website called "Back to Work 50+" that helps 50+ workers find full-time jobs.

If you're 50+ and in the job market, please post a comment about your job search.

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Over50JobBoard.com in The Atlanta Business Chronicle - October 15, 2015
December 17, 2015 - Link to Story: http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2015/10/15/atlanta-no-6-top-city-for-baby-boomers-to-find.html

Atlanta No. 6 top city for Baby Boomers to find work

Phil W. Hudson
Staff Writer
Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta was recently named the No. 2 city in America for Millennials, but according to Over50JobBoard.com the city is also a great spot for Baby Boomers to land a job.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the term “Baby Boomer” refers to individuals born in the United States between mid-1946 and mid-1964. There are currently 75.4 million Boomers in the United States and according to the Bureau's 2010 census about 41,160 of them live in Atlanta.

The top 10 cities for job applicants 50 and older:

New York - 2,224 open positions
Newark, New Jersey - 1,758 open positions
Fairfax, Virginia - 1,587 open positions
Philadelphia - 1,550 open positions
Los Angeles - 1,293 open positions
Atlanta- 1,268 open positions
Dallas - 1,073 open positions
Chicago – 869 open positions
Miami – 851 open positions
San Francisco – 584 open positions

Phil W. Hudson is a finance, music and sports reporter. Click here to follow him on Twitter and here to follow him on Facebook.
Second Placement Of Over50JobBoard.com on TheStreet.com - November 04, 2015
December 17, 2015 - Link to Story: http://www.thestreet.com/story/13351615/1/the-best-cities-for-job-hunting-baby-boomers.html

The Best Cities for Job Hunting Baby Boomers

By Robert McGarvey Follow | 11/04/15 - 10:31 AM EST

What a drag it is getting old when you are job hunting. It is plain fact: a pervasive bias leads many companies - not all - to shun the 50+, Baby Boomer crowd when it comes to hiring. That’s underlined by a 2014 survey by AARP that found 64% of workers said they have seen age discrimination in the workplace.

But there are upbeat facts to know. For one: some cities just seem to hold dramatically more opportunities for older workers, said Blake Nations, CEO of Over50JobBoard.com, which lists some 80,000 openings where Baby Boomers will get a fair crack at landing the position. Pick the right city, and you are that much closer to work.

Moonlighting, a website for gig seekers, said its data shows similar: some cities are brimming with work for Boomers.

What's more, although some pennypinching companies continue to prune older workers (with bigger salaries in most cases), others appear to be embracing a belief that older workers may bring deeper, more seasoned skills and judgment. “There are many companies we know of that are seeking older workers,” said Nations.

Baby Boomers are numerous - the count is around 76 million, per the U.S. Census -- and many of them hope to continue working. Data from polling organization Gallup indicated that 32% of 68 year-olds are working or seeking work. As for 65-year-olds, 40% are working or seeking work, per Gallup.

A report from Merrill Lynch shows similar: “47% of today's retirees say they either have worked or plan to work during their retirement years.” The report continued: “An even greater percentage (72%) of pre-retirees age 50+ say they want to keep working after they retire, and in the near future it will become increasingly unusual for retirees not to work.”

Michael Garcia, a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch, added: “What’s weird: even the clients who tell me they will retire - after 18 months they are bored. They decide they will go back to work. They want to be engaged.”

Corroboration of this came from Jeff Tennery, CEO and founder of Moonlighting. He said that in planning the service the assumption was that Boomers would be important to its success but as people with jobs that needed doing. “We thought Boomers would want to hire folks but we saw a lot wanted work, too, to make money,” said Tennery.

The formula for success in job hunting for Boomers is simple. “Boomers with the right zipcodes can find positions easier than others,” said Nations.

The real money question is: what zipcodes?

Nations said the Over50JobBoard sorted through thousands of job listings and here are the top 10 best cities for Boomers seeking work:
1. New York - 2,224 open positions
2. Newark, N.J. - 1,758 open positions
3. Fairfax, Va. - 1,587 open positions
4. Philadelphia - 1,550 open positions
5. Los Angeles, - 1,293 open positions
6. Atlanta - 1,268 open positions
7. Dallas - 1,073 open positions
8. Chicago ­ 869 open positions
9. Miami ­ 851 open positions
10. San Francisco ­ 584 open positions

Many of the jobs, Nations elaborated, are in customer service or retail. He added that job hunters may have to brace themselves for a drop in pay. “Baby Boomers may have to accept they can’t find jobs at the same payscale,” he said.

At Moonlighting - which generally offers gig economy jobs, not full-time positions -- Tennery said his data showed different results. Here are his top five cities for Baby Boomers seeking gigs: Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte. That makes sense, said Tennery, because most of these cities - excluding Dallas - are popular with retirees from the Northeast and Midwest and, naturally, many are looking for work to supplement their retirement income.

He added that the top jobs for Boomers at Moonlight are ”consulting, accounting, and believe it or not pet-sitting.” Boomers, he added, “are looking for white collar jobs on our site.”

Bottomline for Boomers looking for work: don’t assume opportunity knocks for you in every town. It does not. Go where the work is and you will find it.

Over50JobBoard.com in Phoenix Business Journal - October 14, 2015
December 17, 2015 - Link to Story: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/blog/health-care-daily/2015/10/why-phoenix-didnt-make-the-list-of-top-10-cities.html

Why Phoenix didn't make the list of top 10 cities for baby boomers to find work

Oct 14, 2015, 9:15pm MST
Industries & Tags
Human Resources

With Arizona's huge baby boomer population, it was surprising to see why none of the cities in the metro Phoenix area made Over50JobBoard.com's list of the top 10 cities for baby boomers to find work.

The New York-based job board for workers age 50 and over named New York as the top city for job applicants. The city that never sleeps has 2,224 open positions on the job board.

Blake Nations launched Over50JobBoard based on personal experience. He had been an executive recruiter when he was laid off in 2014 at age 58.Enlarge
Blake Nations launched Over50JobBoard based on personal experience. He had been an… more

Keeping older Americans on the job is crucial to maintaining economic growth, and helps baby boomers preserve and increase their retirement savings, said Founder and CEO Blake Nations.

"Every day, an average of 10,000 boomers exit the workplace," he said. "Some leave for retirement while many others due to layoffs. At least one-fifth haven't effectively saved enough for retirement."

The reason none of the cities in the Phoenix metro made the list is because baby boomers fill the jobs faster than the companies can post them.

"They're not having to look as much because you have so many people there that fit into that," he said. "They're not having to post those jobs and search out as much. It makes sense to me that there are so many retirees looking for part-time retiree type of jobs that the companies don't have to advertise for those openings they have. They don't have as many openings as you would have in other areas."

Nations said he has about 80,000 jobs posted in all 50 states for baby boomers. The site has been live for six months.

The 59-year-old said he started the company after having a difficult time finding a job. He ended up taking an entry-level position at a company, and still had to work at a grocery store to make ends meet.

"I discovered there are a lot of people out there struggling, particularly in the 50s and 60s range, looking for opportunities," he said.

The Top Ten Cities for Job Applicants Age 50 and Older are:

1. New York, NY - 2,224 open positions
2. Newark, NJ - 1,758 open positions
3. Fairfax, VA - 1,587 open positions
4. Philadelphia, PA - 1,550 open positions
5. Los Angeles, CA - 1,293 open positions
6. Atlanta, GA - 1,268 open positions
7. Dallas, TX - 1,073 open positions
8. Chicago, IL – 869 open positions
9. Miami, FL – 851 open positions
10. San Francisco, CA – 584 open positions

Angela Gonzales covers health, biotech and education.
Over50JobBoard.com in Next Avenue magazine - October 08, 2015
December 17, 2015 - Link to Story: http://www.nextavenue.org/smart-ways-to-find-a-job-after-50-now/

Smart Ways to Find a Job After 50 Now

Be proactive and take advantage of a hot business trend

By Harriet Edleson
October 8, 2015
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Finding work after 50 continues to be challenging, but it can be done.

If you’re stuck in the attach-your-resumé-and-hit-the-send-button mode, heed advice from Blake Nations, CEO of Over50JobBoard.com. Nations, 59, of Atlanta, who knows whereof he speaks.

Three years ago, the former medical recruiting executive was out of work. Despite a 25-year career working in the recruiting field, Nations wound up taking an entry-level recruiting job which paid far less than what he’d earned before. In fact, the pay was so low, he took a “supplemental” part-time job at a grocery store.

Job Sites for People 50+

Nations says many other laid-off boomers are finding themselves in similar straits. “They’re having to look at other options,” he notes.

Sites like his — such as Aarp.org, Workforce50.com and the 50+ filter at SimplyHired.com — are specifically targeting 50+ job seekers.

MoreHow Good Are ‘Over 50’ Job Boards?

Look for industries, and specific companies, that are 'reshoring.' These are manufacturers bringing jobs back to the U.S. or planning to do so.

Through his industry connections and word of mouth, Nations says his site lists job openings at companies that “are over-50 friendly.” They include the likes of Macy’s, Comcast, CVS, Home Depot, Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s, Kroger and La Quinta Inns and Suites. Its job categories include customer service (16,041 jobs recently); management (2,619); manufacturing (858); education (855) and accounting (384).

Becoming Aggressive as a Job Seeker

But Nations says sites like his are just a first step for job hunters, who should use them “to find out who is hiring.” Then, he says, you need “to be aggressive” by going into prospective employers’ offices and meeting people.

“If you can get in front of people, that’s always going to be good,” he says.

Nations’ advice: Once you know what job you’d like to have at a local employer, find out who the supervisor is and try to meet with him or her for 15 minutes. If you can’t get someone on the phone to get the supervisor’s name, says Nations, “Just walk in, saying, ‘I want to leave my resumé.’”

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He adds: “You can’t worry about what anybody thinks. You just have to go out there. If you’re sitting at home, you have to take these kind of measures.”

Nation suggests you try to find someone who works where you want to and can tell you who the hiring manager is. This is especially useful, he says, if you live in a small town or rural area.

He also says you shouldn’t rule out a lower-paying job than the last one you had if the new position will let you get your foot in the door and there are opportunities to move up quickly.

Finding a Job Through ‘Reshoring’

Another way to find work now: Look for industries, and specific companies, that are “reshoring.” These are manufacturers bringing jobs back to the U.S. from overseas or planning to do so.

According to Harold Sirkin, a Senior Partner and Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group, reshoring industries include computers and electronics; transportation equipment; appliances and electrical equipment; furniture and fabricated metal equipment. Sirkin calls it “a manufacturing renaissance.”

Volvo, for instance, has chosen Berkeley County, S.C., for its first manufacturing facility in the Western hemisphere. That plant is expected to create 2,000 jobs in the next decade and as many as 4,000 by 2030.

Most industry analysts agree that the reshoring moves are “driven by China,” as Sirkin describes it. With wages there rising faster than productivity and steep transportation costs, China has become less attractive as a place for manufacturing, he said.

To find firms that might be reshoring, or hiring near you in general, set up Google Alerts for news about local employers. In addition, read the business pages or website of your newspaper to keep informed about which industries are moving in and which are likely to be hiring.

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Blake Nation's interview with Martha White appeared in Time’s Money magazine - September 01, 2015
December 17, 2015 - Link to Story: http://time.com/money/4032573/baby-boomer-change-jobs-career-tips/

No, You’re Not Too Old For a New Job

Martha C. White
Essential advice for the baby boomer seeking a career change.

As the unemployment rate falls, Americans are gaining confidence about their employment prospects again. And the good news for Baby Boomers is that this isn’t just a young kids’ game.

“Don’t view your age or your experience as a liability. It’s a benefit to companies to have a multi-generational workforce,” says Oriana Vogel, vice president of global talent acquisition at American Express. “One of our goals… is to hire employees that can provide a variety of different perspectives and experiences.” Age doesn’t come into consideration when it comes down to hiring the best people, she says.

“In fact, if you have more experience and skills, you can offer something different from some other candidates,” says Scott Dobroski, career trends analyst for Glassdoor.com.

Career experts say there are some steps job-seekers over the age of 50 can take to put their best foot forward.

Show that you’re tech-fluent. Hiring managers want to make sure you’re as comfortable around today’s technology as the generation that practically grew up with smartphones in their hands. You can communicate this early on via your LinkedIn profile, says the site’s career expert Catherine Fisher. “Upload… photos and videos, presentations, and more to the summary and experience sections of your profile,” she says. And when you ask colleagues, clients and so on for LinkedIn recommendations, “Ask them to highlight concrete examples that reinforce your cutting edge skill set.”

Focus on skills, not years. Your resume should communicate what you’ve accomplished in your career without drawing attention to when. “Include your job and career highlights at your most recent employer at the top, followed by success highlights and metrics at employers over the past ten years,” Dobroski says. You should still include a chronological employment listing, but it’s OK to put it further down the page. “If you have amazing, relevant and recent experience near the top of your resume, where hiring managers look first, that’s what matters most,” he says.

Don’t be afraid of photos. Don’t take or leave off a photo on LinkedIn because you’re worried hiring managers will pause if they see some gray in your hair. Fisher says a profile with a photo is 14 times more likely to be viewed than one without a picture. “The key is to have your photo convey who you are as a professional,” she says. “You want hiring mangers to be able to view you working at their company.” In other words, no snapshots of you with the kids (or grandkids).

Dress smartly. You know that your professional wardrobe shouldn’t be dated, but if you’re not sure if, say, a suit would be overkill, Google Images can help you out. “We are not judging anyone based on what they wear,” Vogel says. It is to your advantage to be comfortable with how you look in an interview, though, whatever that might entail. “If a candidate doesn’t know what to wear to an interview and because ‘corporate attire’ runs the gamut these days… look for images of the company’s offices and check out what they wear,” she suggests.

Be specific and ask questions. “Use examples of how [you] handled challenges rather than just saying ‘I have done that,'” says Blake Nations, CEO of Over50JobBoard.com. And ask a lot of questions about the job. “By asking questions that are pertinent you can show you have experience in a subtle way,” Nations says. “You can show you have an understanding of how the flow of a work environment functions. This is something younger people may not understand as well.”

Address your age. If you get into an interview and start picking up on a feeling that your age might be a stumbling block, Jobcase.com CEO Fred Goff says it’s better to take the plunge and raise the issue yourself. “[Say] something like, ‘I am really excited about this opportunity but clearly I notice that I have more experience than your average hire… Do you think that is an issue?’” Goff says this not only brings the discussion into the open, but it communicates to the interviewer that you’re not afraid of confronting challenging topics head-on. “Good people will realize that just the fact you are addressing the elephant in the room suggests it will be just fine working with you,” Goff says.

Second Money Magazine Placement for Over50JobBoard.com - October 10, 2015
December 17, 2015 - Link to Story: http://time.com/money/4037379/work-retirement-have-fun/

You can reel in the right job in retirement and still feel retired. Here's how to manage it.

Just because you retire doesn’t mean you have to stop working. In fact, if you want to earn a paycheck after finishing up your career, you’ve got company: Two-thirds of workers 50 and older say their ideal retirement includes part-time work, according to a Merrill Lynch Age Wave survey.

No wonder. Working in retirement can keep you connected with a social network, give you new challenges to tackle, and—oh, yes—earn you some dough. Even a small salary may be enough to delay taking Social Security, and for each year after age 62 that you can hold off collecting you’ll get a bump in monthly benefits.

The trick is finding the right work. You want something that’s rewarding but not draining. You want to keep busy, but you also want a flexible schedule—part-time work or short-term projects. In other words, you want a retirement that still has room for fun.

So where is the work that fits the bill? Try these avenues:

Draw on Your Expertise

To stay in your longtime field, parlay your experience into a consulting gig. A natural starting point is your preretirement employer, says Nancy Collamer, a career coach and the author of Second-Act Careers. Still on the job? About six months before you’d like to retire, talk to your manager about picking up part-time work or focusing on special projects.

Should that company not be an option, the easiest way to land work is to have someone else do it for you. You’re more in demand than you might think. “Baby boomers are flying out the door,” says Jennifer Spicher, a vice president at staffing firm Kelly Services. “Clients are clamoring for solutions to retain experienced workers.”

Kelly, for one, places older workers in what are usually two- to three-month assignments; skills most in demand are in finance, accounting, marketing, and engineering. Other organizations connecting veteran professionals with temporary and part-time jobs include Patina Solutions, YourEncore, and RetiredBrains.

Part of what makes you attractive to companies is what makes this work attractive to you: no expectations of a long-term commitment. Pay typically is near the hourly equivalent of a staff salary, minus the benefits. A chemist, for example, could make between $95 to $125 an hour, says Christopher Peck, a vice president at YourEncore, which specializes in science and technology jobs.

Other staffing organizations target nonprofits. ReServe, for one, matches professionals 55-plus in 10 cities with part-time work. To find similar operations, check out this list from Encore.org. Be prepared for a lower-than-corporate pay scale, though.

Now might be the time to build on interests that have little to do with your prior career. One fertile area is specialized retail: Are you an oenophile? Work at a wine store. A golf nut? Go to the pro shop. The pay may not be great, but hours are usually flexible, and you have the chance to share your enthusiasm with customers.

Finding such work isn’t as easy as dropping a résumé at a national chain, warns Blake Nations, CEO of the newly launched Over50JobBoard.com. Start with a few local stores, beginning with the places you frequent already, and talk to the manager in person.

If you love the outdoors and travel, visit job site CoolWorks.com’s Older and Bolder section, which lists retiree-friendly temporary jobs at national parks, lodges, and resorts. Wineries, museums, and historical sites also offer seasonal jobs as tour guides. Pay is generally $8 to $20 an hour.

Read More: Retiring? Redefine Yourself.

Get Personal

To really leave the office behind, try your hand at personal services. Maybe you don’t want to own a pet but you’d like to have one part-time. At Fetch! Pet Care, a national pet-sitting and dog-walking chain, you can earn 50% of what clients pay. Care.com and SitterCity aggregate pet sitting, babysitting, and tutoring gigs. At those sites you create a profile, include your desired work schedule, and get matched with jobs. Pay ranges from $10 to $20 an hour.

Seniors are even becoming part of the sharing economy. In July, AARP announced a partnership with ride-sharing service Uber to recruit older drivers. Uber reports that about 25% of drivers, who make about $20 an hour on average, are over 50.
Over50JobBoard on TheStreet.com - October 06, 2015
December 17, 2015 - Link to Story: http://www.thestreet.com/story/13314100/1/working-after-50-how-to-navigate-the-workplace-so-you-don-t-short-change-retirement.html

Working After 50: How to Navigate the Workplace So You Don't Short-Change Retirement

By William Richards Follow | 10/06/15 - 11:51 AM EDT

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — There’s a strong chance that one out of every three Americans reading this is over the age of 50—not quite ready to retire and still a viable, valuable worker. You’ve seen it all in workplace, even if you’re not up on the latest social media platform. You’ve seen your 401(k) investments endure at least four recessions, but this last one was the scariest of all for its severity and timing in your career. You probably have a kid in college (maybe two), and, statistically, half of you have been divorced at least once.

Reckless abandon, in other words, is not exactly on the menu for you any more.

Maybe you’ve been let go recently or maybe you’re looking to jump ship to a job—a more senior job or, perhaps, a lateral move to a saner environment. Either way, says over-50 advocate and job coach Blake Nations, you’re in a special class of worker and you’ve got a few extra steps to consider.

Nations says that geography is the first thing you should look at when you’re considering a mid-career change. Suburban markets may not have the kind of opportunities that are aligned with your experience and skill-set, so think about urbanizing.

“You will need to determine how far away you will commute and focus your search in those areas,” says Nations, who also points out that you may have to consider a place a little beyond the commuting range if the opportunity is right—and return home on the weekends, which saves on relocating hassles. “These are decisions that often involve the entire family,” he adds.

Tap into networks, too. Apps like Meetup have lots of local groups geared toward workers of every age that get together regularly at bars, museums, or even bowling alleys expressly to network. Worst case scenario, you make new friends. Best case scenario, you get a lead that can turn into a second or third career.

Going back to school is another option, especially to fill the technology gap that many mid-career workers feel all too acutely—and continuing education companies like General Assembly (GA) offer a range of courses, from one-off to part-time to what they call “immersives.” The current GA immersive course offerings include product management, user experience design and web development—which may sound like Greek, but are three stable areas that have seen significant growth in the past decade.

Seth Novick, the outcomes manager and career coach for GA’s Washington, D.C. campus, works with students upstream to identify their goals so that—at the end of a six-month, full-time immersive course—students know where they’re headed. And, it’s working, too. Novick boasts that 90% of its graduates find employment within 90 days of graduating.

Although GA’s average student age is in his late-20s or early 30s, Novick points out that one of D.C.’s current classes has a range of 19-58—which is a challenge, when a course curriculum has to service a range of career outlooks, skill sets, aptitudes, and emotions.

“A lot of individuals who come in as mid-career changers are worried," he says. "The stakes are higher—in order to stay competitive, they need additional skills, and the fear of the unknown is one of the most telling things about our older students.” Novick also points out that members of the 50+ set often have painful experiences with unemployment. Some have owned their own businesses and decided to sell. Others may have been freelancing for far too long and find the idea of “the workplace” daunting.

“When they arrive, we have a lot of heart-to-heart conversations with them, because it’s important to not avoid the elephant in the room—and we address their challenges head-on," he says. "We want them to embrace their experiences and make them work for them, not against them.”

Let’s say you’re in the interview stage—and you’ve interviewed for jobs and landed jobs before. That must mean that you know what you’re doing, right? That may be true, but do you look like you know what you’re doing?

Mind your appearance, says Nations, and avoid dressing what he calls “old” by updating your wardrobe with “conservative-yet-contemporary” duds.

“If one hasn't purchased new dress clothes in several years, they may want to take a look at what they have compared to what's current," he says. "Go to a local department store and see what's on display.”

The real litmus test, according to Nations—especially for men? The necktie.

“If they have a tie that is five inches wide, and now the style is 3 inches, get a new tie,” he says.

Clothes aside, commitment to the hard and sometimes confusing process of a mid-career jump is the secret weapon, says Novick. “One of the biggest things we emphasize when a student comes to us is: we can’t want this more than you," he says. “This is about empowerment.”

Over50JobBoard.com Reveals the Top Ten Cities for Baby Boomers to Find Work - September 30, 2015
December 17, 2015 - Skilled Workers Remain in High Demand

New York, September 30, 2015 – Data released by the popular baby boomer job site, Over50JobBoard.com today revealed the best cities for workers aged fifty and over to find gainful employment. The findings indicated that although finding a job after fifty can be a challenge, it isn’t impossible.

While New York was an unsurprising first in the nation with 2,200 open positions for Baby Boomers, Fairfax VA finished a surprising third with almost 1600 open positions. The Fairfax VA findings – coupled with other high-tech hubs such as San Francisco, Dallas, Chicago and Miami – illustrate the fact that skilled workers remain in high demand.

The Over50JobBoard.com site lists approximately 80,000 positions that are geared toward applicants aged fifty and older. The analysis looked at the cities with the most available positions located within a twenty five mile range.

“Baby Boomers with the right resumes – and zip code – can find a new position faster and easier than most,” said Blake Nations, CEO of Over50JobBoard.com. “Location is certainly a factor for any job seeker, but it can be doubly important for Baby Boomers.”

Keeping older Americans on the job is crucial to maintaining economic growth and helps Baby Boomers preserve and increase their retirement savings. Every day, an average of 10,000 Boomers exit the workplace - some leave for retirement while many others due to layoffs. At least one fifth haven’t effectively saved enough for retirement.

The Top Ten Cities for Job Applicants Aged Fifty and Older are:

1. New York, NY - 2,224 open positions
2. Newark, NJ - 1,758 open positions
3. Fairfax, VA - 1,587 open positions
4. Philadelphia, PA - 1,550 open positions
5. Los Angeles, CA - 1,293 open positions
6. Atlanta, GA - 1,268 open positions
7. Dallas, TX - 1,073 open positions
8. Chicago, IL – 869 open positions
9. Miami, FL – 851 open positions
10. San Francisco, CA – 584 open positions


Led by a fifty-something executive who experienced great difficulty after losing his job after age 50, the Over50JobBoard.com was created to connect employers and Baby Boomer-aged workers seeking gainful employment. The site allows applicants to search for industry-specific jobs and connects them to employers that require a higher level of experience.

Over50JobBoard.com creates an open and honest environment where applicants aged 50 and above can present their work experience without fear of age discrimination. The site helps applicants avoid the muddle of larger job boards and instead connects applicants and employers directly and honestly. The site is free for both employers and applicants and will evolve to a freemium model as they grow.

Over50JobBoard.com in US News & World Report - September 18, 2015
December 17, 2015 - Link to Article: http://money.usnews.com/money/retirement/articles/2015/09/18/5-reasons-employers-should-hire-more-workers-over-age-50

5 Reasons Employers Should Hire More Workers Over Age 50

Forget the myth that older workers are outdated and expensive. The best are loyal, competent and may even help a business's bottom line.

A senior man works on a computer in an office.
One benefit of hiring older workers is the experience and skills they bring to the table.

By Maryalene LaPonsie Sept. 18, 2015 | 9:51 a.m. EDT + More
What do you do if you’re a 52-year-old woman looking for a job in an industry dominated by men?

If you’re Patricia Hochkins, you shorten your name to Pat, remove the dates from your résumé and then wow the hiring manager in the interview. Oh, and you get the job, too.

“It’s all about experience,” says Hochkins, now a 68-year-old retiree living in Ellenton, Florida. “That’s the ticket.”

Hochkins worked for decades as a manufacturing systems consultant, overseeing the implementation of new software and business processes for Fortune 100 companies. She was sidelined by health issues that required her to step out of the workforce but says if not for that, she would still be in a job today. She has plenty of experience being the oldest face in the office and is passionate about the value older Americans can bring to the workplace.

Here are five reasons job experts say employers should make hiring workers over age 50 a priority.

1. Older workers have experience.

An obvious benefit of older workers is the experience and skills they bring to a job. “You’ve got someone who can solve your problem today,” says Kerry Hannon, an AARP jobs expert and author of “Getting the Job You Want After 50 For Dummies.”

Hannon, 55, says employers may have legitimate concerns about older workers being behind the curve when it comes to technology, but those skills can be taught. On the other hand, no amount of training can give a younger worker the wisdom gained through 20 or 30 years spent in the field.

2. Older workers have confidence.

Perhaps as a by-product of all that experience, older workers are often more confident than their younger counterparts.

Hochkins says the firm that hired her at age 52 did so after several failed attempts to have younger workers do the same job, a job that required convincing CEOs and executives to get on board with a particular initiative. “They had also hired some 20-somethings, but they weren’t having much luck because they didn’t have the finesse needed to get the job done,” she explains. “Imagine sending a 30-year-old in to Donald Trump to tell him he’s wrong.”

While a few younger workers may be up for that challenge, as Hochkin’s employer found, some positions are best suited for those possessing a mix of confidence and expertise that only age can bring.

3. Older workers provide reliable service.

Blake Nations, CEO of Over50JobBoard.com, says customer service is one area in which mature workers tend to shine. The 59-year-old relates that one woman he helped with recruiting insisted on finding older people to fill customer service positions. “You can count on them,” Nations says. “You can find a maturity in decision-making you don’t find with younger people.”

Other hiring managers agree. In 2014, the Society for Human Resource Management asked HR professionals what they considered the top advantages of older workers. Experience was No. 1 on the list at 77 percent, followed closely by maturity/professionalism and a stronger work ethic – traits chosen by 71 percent and 70 percent, respectively, of 1,913 survey respondents.

As Hannon sums it up, “They actually show up at work on time, and they aren’t texting all day.”

4. Older workers are loyal.

Workers older than age 50 may be more loyal. This may be particularly true for new hires who are grateful for the job.

“In general, older workers love their jobs more than younger ones,” Hannon says. A 2013 study by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found 9 in 10 workers older than age 50 are somewhat or very satisfied with their jobs. Meanwhile, according to the 2014 Conference Board Job Satisfaction survey, only 3 in 10 workers younger than age 25 could say the same.

What’s more, younger workers may feel conflicted about how to split their time between work and family. For example, their commitment to finish a big project may be at odds with their commitment to take the kids to sports practice in the evening.

By age 50, many workers no longer have to worry about those divided loyalties. Children are grown, or at least older, which means less time and energy needs to be devoted to home life. “You have more of a laser focus [at work] when you’re not worried about the kids,” Hochkins says.

5. Older workers can save money.

Nations admits older workers can increase some costs for small businesses. For example, health insurance costs may go up, and there may be a need for some short-term technology training. Still, 50-plus workers have the potential to save companies money in the long-run.

An experienced worker can hit the ground running and be effective immediately. They also may have advanced critical-thinking skills that can help them make good decisions quickly. Hochkins notes she saved one company $5 million in inventory costs, and she questions whether a less experienced worker would have been able to identify where changes within the organization could be made.

Older workers can also play a vital role in providing skills to younger people in the workplace. “Older workers are teachers and mentors,” Hannon says. Rather than reinventing the wheel, business would be well advised to bring on people with experience who can share what has been tried in the past and how it can be improved.

50 Is the ‘Perfect Age’

For employers looking for the right combination of professionalism and vitality in their new hires, Hochkins says there is a lot to like about 50-something job applicants. “Fifty is the perfect age,” she says. “You still have the energy of your youth, but you have so much experience.”

Job experts like Hannon and Nations hope companies are paying attention. Hiring workers who’ve passed the half-century mark shouldn’t be seen as an act of pity; it should be seen as a strategic move that’s a win-win for employers and employees alike.
Over50JobBoard.com in Philadelphia Enquirer - September 13, 2015
December 17, 2015 - Help in getting a job for those over 50

Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer

Posted: Sunday, September 13, 2015, 1:09 AM
Over 50 and looking for work? Blake Nations, a former recruiter who lost his job during the financial crisis, launched Over50JobBoard.com this year. It's a site dedicated to connecting baby boomers with employers seeking older workers.
Nations, 59, has been on both sides of the hunt.

"I worked as a recruiter since 1990. After I was let go, I then worked briefly with a start-up that collapsed," he says. "Finally, I took an entry-level position with a recruiting firm."

He had a hard time finding employment and had to supplement his income with little jobs, such as working at a grocery store on weekends.

"I felt a lot of pain. But in the store, I met people who had all kinds of great careers. They were also over 50 and working there, too," he says. "I realized it's a struggle all over."
"Extended unemployment can be a slowly unfolding nightmare," says Nations. "I experienced it, and that's why Over50JobBoard is a safe haven for job seekers age 50 and above." The site has larger print, so applicants can read job postings easily and present work experience without fear of age discrimination, he says. It's free for employers and applicants.

Unsuccessful job searches can drive baby boomers out of the workforce, imperiling retirement and decreasing chances for reemployment later in life. According to the U.S. Government Displaced Worker Survey, job seekers 50 or older are likely to be unemployed for 5.8 weeks longer than someone between the age of 30 and 49, and 10.6 weeks longer than people between the age of 20 and 29.

"If you're 55 or 60, you don't have the kind of outlook that a young person has," he says. "You start to feel hopeless. There's a lot of emotional ties with this transition time."

Start out, Nations suggests, by volunteering and seeking part-time work related to a favorite pursuit or hobby. Both can lead to full-time work.

"If you're a wine snob, look for work in a local wine store or café. If you worked as a plumber for 30 years but can't physically do that job anymore, pursue sales at Home Depot or Lowe's," he says.

"People over 50 tend to lay back and expect jobs to come to them. That's just not true."

What goes unsaid

Generic job boards such as Monster.com and CareerBuilder "don't make it clear that they're open to hiring people over 50," Nations says. Ageism in employment ads can be subtle. He reads between the lines.

"Recruiters post jobs saying they're looking for someone with five to 15 years of experience. What that really means is someone between 25 and 40 years of age. That's the legal way they define who they're looking for. It's what they don't say that's key."

So it's important to put other networks into action, he says: Call old friends and colleagues and let people know that you're looking for work.

"People over 50, when they get laid off, it's a real issue for them. They're embarrassed. . . . They keep it quiet. That's usually not the best thing to do." Nations suggests MeetUp.com groups, churches and synagogues as excellent networking places.

Think small

Smaller companies may offer bigger potential for the older job hunter - a "really good area to work with," Nations says. "They value your experience more than large corporations."

Hiring is picking up among small businesses, says William Dunkelberg, chief economist with the National Federation of Independent Business.

On balance, Dunkelberg says, small-business owners added a net 0.13 workers per firm in recent months. Eighteen percent reported increasing employment at an average of 3.0 workers per firm.

Nations says his father was let go from a job at 63, "and my uncle was a fireman and painted houses. My dad joined him and did that for 10 years."

His father then worked for a local Walmart for 10 years before retiring at 82.

Practical advice

Manage location expectations, Nations says. Larger cities allow career continuity, while smaller, suburban job markets may offer less opportunity. Job seekers over 50 should broaden their geographic perspective and be open to job prospects that could come about in other cities.

Avoid dressing "old" when you interview. Update your wardrobe with conservative-yet-contemporary clothing.

Never hide behind email. Get out and meet with connectors and discover opportunities before they open up to everyone else.

"If you don't hear back via email, proceed with other options. It's always helpful if you send in your information and then pursue it again with a phone call or visit [to] the location."


Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20150913_Help_Getting_a_Job.html#leTPFq7lO5sDKk5e.99
Blake and Over50JobBoard.com appeared in Sunday’s Pittsburgh Post Gazette (Sunday circulation is 317,000) - September 06, 2015
December 17, 2015 - Link to Story: http://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2015/09/06/WorkZone-Job-seekers-over-50-should-be-open-to-new-possibilities/stories/201509030181

WorkZone: Job seekers over 50 should be open to new possibilities

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 Over50jobboard.com.

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 old and that’s the legal way of saying it,” he said.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that in 2007, workers over 50 earned $605 per week, notably less than median earnings of $695 per week for all workers. Despite the pay gap, the bureau predicts workforce participation by those ages 55 to 64 will jump 36.5 percent between 2006 and 2016. The number of workers ages 65 to 74 is expected to spike by 80 percent during the same period.

In June, Mr. Nations launched over50jobboard.com. He used a database of positions advertised through AARP and reached out to companies that he recalled from his recruiting days as being open to hiring more mature workers.

Once the listings were compiled, he created a site with a simple interface that allows more computer-savvy users to post resumes, while others can input career information and have employers contact them directly to ask for resumes.

The site is heavy on retail and customer service jobs, both of which could feel like taking steps backward for those coming from high-paying positions. Mr. Nations makes the case that individuals can use professional experience to snag retail positions closer to their former jobs than one might expect.

“If someone was a plumber, it might become difficult to climb down on your hands and knees into small spaces if you have orthopedic issues. But you could be hired at Home Depot or Lowes, because they have experts to help customers with those issues.”

Mr. Nations said finding a new job in one’s profession after 50 is a steep uphill battle but said it isn’t impossible.

Older job seekers in larger cities have a better shot than those in small towns, he said. He also noted that those who network beyond email, who conduct research on the company they hope to work for, and those whose wardrobes include “conservative yet contemporary” clothing will also have a better chance of creating a good impression.

Even with those tips, Mr. Nations urged job seekers to be patient and open to new industries.

“If you’re a person between 25 to 35 looking for a job, you’ll find a job eventually. But for people over 50, it almost feels like it’s hopeless. They keep looking, keep applying and nothing’s happening,” he said.

“What we’re trying to do is give them signs of hope. It might not be the job they always wanted or the job they always had. It might not be the pay level they wanted, but it’s a job.”

Chicago Tribune, Syndicated Placements for Over50JobBoard.com - August 23, 2015
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Over50JobBoard.com Reaches 80,000 Job Opportunities in Five Weeks; Positions for Candidates Over 50 Abound - Press Release August 22, 2015
December 17, 2015 - New York, August 22, 2015 – Finding work after age 50 can be a challenge for many, but it isn’t impossible if you know where to look. While many employers may value youth and energy in a job candidate, others seek experience and acumen that can only come from someone with a little grey on their temples.

With just five weeks since their official launch, registered employers have listed more than 80,000 job opportunities with Over50JobBoard.com. The positions range from managerial, to clerical and more and prove that suitable job opportunities exist for people aged 50 and older, if they know where and how to look.

Led by a fifty-something executive who experienced great difficulty after losing his job after age 50, the Over50JobBoard.com was created to connect employers and Baby Boomer-aged workers seeking gainful employment. The site allows applicants to search for industry-specific jobs and connects them to employers that require a higher level of experience.

“We’re seeing explosive growth because there really isn’t any other job site that directly connects Baby Boomer candidates with employers that seek their level of experience,” said Over50JobBoard.com CEO Blake Nations. “No other site enables hiring managers to hire based on wisdom and expertise.”

This year’s US Government Displaced Worker Survey specifically cited workers aged 50 and older as having the most difficulty in finding employment. The findings found that many Baby Boomers receive fewer offers and experience longer periods of unemployment in today’s market.

Over50JobBoard.com creates an open and honest environment where applicants aged 50 and above can present their work experience without fear of age discrimination. The site helps applicants avoid the muddle of larger job boards and instead connects applicants and employers directly and honestly. The site is free for both employers and applicants and will evolve to a freemium model as they grow.

Unsuccessful job searches prematurely drive Baby Boomers out of the workforce, imperiling their retirement and decreasing their chances for reemployment later in life.
Over50JobBoard.com in Fortune Magazine - August 21st 2015
August 21, 2015 - Blake’s expert advice appears in Anne Fisher’s Ask Annie advice column in Forbes magazine.

Link to Story: http://fortune.com/2015/08/20/would-you-consider-an-hourly-wage-job-in-retirement/

Some employers are looking for retirees who want to go back to work for extra cash. But these jobs come with a few catches.

Dear Annie: I read with interest your piece on whether Baby Boomers are too optimistic about when and how they’ll retire, because I certainly was. I took “early retirement,” really a layoff in disguise, back in early 2009 and moved to a community where my wife and I (we’re both 61) now play a lot of golf. The trouble is, it’s turning out that we didn’t save as much as we should have and we’re now finding it tougher than anticipated to make ends meet.

On top of that, we’re seriously bored with all this nonstop leisure, and we really miss working. We already do some volunteer work locally, but to get back into anything like our former careers as financial managers at two different large companies, we’d have to move again. I’m sure we’re not the only Boomers in this situation, so do you and your readers have any suggestions? — Greetings from Boca Raton

Dear Boca: You’re right to surmise that you have plenty of company. Between 2011 and 2013, about 6.1 million people—many of them in their 50s or older—were “displaced” from jobs they had held for at least three years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As of early 2014 (the most recent figures available), only about 60% of them were working again.

The BLS statistics don’t show how many of those people returned to their old careers, how many took early-retirement packages, and how many found other kinds of jobs. It’s noteworthy that the unemployment rate in July among Americans age 55 and above was just 3.6%, well below the 5.3% rate for the workforce as a whole. On the other hand, you probably noted that, while 80% of retirees in the article you mention said it was “easy” to find work, most also reported earning “much less” than they did before retiring.

Many people who have retired (willingly or not) in the past decade seem to have migrated to hourly-wage jobs, an option that would get you off the golf course at least part-time and bring in a paycheck as well. “In a small town, and especially one that’s mainly a retirement community, you clearly don’t have the range of options you would have elsewhere,” notes Blake Nations, CEO of job site Over50Job Board.com. So, if you want to stay put, “you’ll have to manage your expectations and be flexible.”

The latest entry in a field that also includes sites like RetirementJobs.com and RetiredBrains.com, Over50JobBoard.com currently lists about 80,000 openings with companies that are specifically searching for Baby Boomers. These include big names like Macy’s, Comcast, Kelly Services, Home Depot, Scripps, Staples, and Comcast, along with many smaller outfits.

Many of those listings are for retail sales associate and customer service jobs, Nations notes, and that’s no coincidence. “Employers have told me that people over 50 more often sincerely want to help customers, and they tend to be more patient and resourceful problem-solvers,” he says. “They also have a great work ethic.”

The biggest drawback of going after an hourly gig, at this point in your life, may be psychological. “For someone who used to be a manager earning $75,000 or $100,000 a year, having to ‘settle’ for $15 an hour can be really tough on the ego,” Nations observes.

He knows that from experience. After a long career as a health-care recruiting executive, Nations got bounced out of a major firm in 2009, when the recession rocked the headhunting business. He struggled through a long search and finally landed an entry-level spot at another recruiting firm, where he worked alongside colleagues who were less than half his age. Nations also took a second job as a supermarket checker just to cover his bills. “At that time, all kinds of people were working at the grocery store,” he recalls, “including a ‘retired’ dentist and a former medical researcher from Mass General.”

If you do decide to go the hourly route, Nations has three suggestions for you. First, research the industry and the company thoroughly before each interview. “Everyone should be doing this, but you’d be surprised at how many candidates—of any age—just don’t bother,” he says. Don’t be one of them. “It’s especially important for job hunters over 50 to come across as knowledgeable and up-to-date. Do enough homework to be able to talk about the business and ask informed questions.”

Second, with your background as a financial manager, you may run up against the dreaded O-word, for “overqualified.” If so, be ready to explain why you’re now ready to do something entirely different. “Lots of people, once they’ve retired, find they miss working. But they definitely don’t miss the stress and the long, uncertain hours that often come with a management position,” Nations notes. If that’s true of you too, be sure to say so.

And third, “genuine enthusiasm counts,” Nations says. “Some older applicants make the mistake of going in to an interview all cocky because they have 30-plus years [of] experience in management. But you have to let interviewers know you’re interested in doing your best at the job that’s available, and you have to mean it. Don’t apply for any opening you feel is beneath you if you aren’t willing to be great at it.” Good luck.

Talkback: If you retired and then decided to go back to work, how is it going? Leave a comment below.

Have a career question for Anne Fisher? Email askannie@fortune.com.
Over50JobBoard.com in NY business Journal - August 20th, 2015
August 21, 2015 - Link to Story: http://www.bizjournals.com/newyork/news/2015/08/20/over-50-job-board-senior-employment.html

Over 50? Unemployed? New site targets senior workers

“Most of the over-50 job sites are filled with content on how to find a job. We focus on the jobs,” said Blake Nations, founder of the Over50JobBoard.Enlarge
Over50JobBoard

“Most of the over-50 job sites are filled with content on how to find a job. We focus… more

Its slogan, “Where Gray Hair Is a Plus,” says it all. The over-50 crowd often faces subtle and hard to prove age discrimination when job hunting. That explains why Blake Nations, a former executive recruiter, launched the New York City-based online site Over50JobBoard.com in April to target the growing number of 50-somethings seeking employment.

Nations discovered that many employees don’t appreciate the senior worker’s experience and know-how. Often when over-50 employees get laid off, they can expect to accept a lower salary, often a 25 percent to 50 percent drop. If the old job netted $80,000 a year, the senior would have to settle for a $40,000 to $60,000 salary. And if they were relegated to an hourly job, it might yield $30,000 a year.

“What baby boomers bring to the table isn’t valued highly by many companies. Perceived skills by those 45 and under are held in higher esteem,” Nations said. Only when a baby boomer has a hard to find technical skill can the applicant find a new job at an equivalent salary.

Nations launched Over50JobBoard based on personal experience. He had been an executive recruiter at the Judge Group specializing in medical hiring when he was laid off in 2014. He was 58 at the time.

At the Judge Group, he was paid on commission, wasn’t earning enough, and took on a supplemental weekend job as a cashier at a grocery store at minimum wage. “I felt the pain that many other people feel,” he said.

Most of the job discrimination against baby boomers is elusive and often difficult, if not impossible, to prove. If four people apply for an IT job and two are over 50 and two younger than 50, chances are the two seniors won’t make the cut.

Job ads often ask for people with five to 10 years experience, another subtle way in code language, to identify people who are 25 to 35 years and eliminate the seniors. Some companies hire younger people because they sense that older people get sick more frequently, necessitating higher healthcare premiums.

“When you’re 25 and laid off, you don’t look it as hopeless to find a job. Older people feel that being laid off may mean they’ll never find another job,” he said.

A friend of Nations who specialized in IT helped build the website. Nations raised some money from friends but mostly self-funded the site, costing in the low six digits. Though he’s based in Alphaville, Georgia, he thought that New York would be the prime spot to locate his firm.

“We felt we needed a presence in New York, especially because several of the major job boards are located there,” he said. The site is based on East 10 th Street and has five full-time employees who handle customer questions and try to generate leads.

The Over50JobBoard has a bevy of competitors in the seniors group including WorkForce50 and SeniorJob Bank. It also faces heated competition from powerhouses Monster, CareerBuilder, Indeed, LinkedIn, and specialized sites such as Idealist.

“Most of the over-50 job sites are filled with content on how to find a job. We focus on the jobs,” Nations said. The site is simple to use. Applicants describe the job and location they want, and if they find a suitable possibility, their application is directed to the company.

One customer edge is the site contains jobs posted by companies that are deemed receptive to hiring applicants 50 or older. “We determine that based on AARP listings of which companies are known to hire people 50 and older,” said Nations.

One key to its success is stepping up marketing so the over-50 crowd knows it exists. “We’re using all the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques we can. And we hired a PR firm and are trying to grow it organically,” said Nations, who is 59-years-old. A Facebook targeted ad is under consideration.

In early August, Over50JobBoard listed 78,000 jobs. Featured employers include Macy’s, Staples and daycare provider Bright Horizons. Many postings are minimum wage positions in retail and customer service, which can lead to supervisory roles, Nations pointed out.

“People over 50 work for two reasons: some have to work to earn money and some want to work so they don’t have to sit at home,” he said.

Many seniors must make difficult adjustments job hunting. They previously earned $75,000 a year and now are pursuing minimum wage jobs and that can damage one’s ego, Nations suggested.

When this reporter searched for journalism jobs in New York, the site responded with two accounting jobs and home office work. “Journalism is an uncommon career on the site. It’s not for everybody,” Nations acknowledged.

Though the site is operating, it too is in a transition stage. “We’re trying to build up traffic, so right now we don’t charge either party, applicants or employers,” divulged Nations.

Nations said it has a “long runway” and can keep going for an extended period building traffic. The funding covers the staff salaries for the time being, he added.

It’s averaging 500 hits a day and is striving to spike that number to a whopping 75,000 visits, which will take some time. The site has a couple of ads but revenue is slight until the visits per day escalate.

Most applicants “live in rural areas and have been displaced by a manufacturing plant,” Nations said. The site appeals to white collar applicants looking for accountants or nurse’s job or blue collar job seekers who compete for customer service and retail positions.

Nations recommends that someone in a smaller city looking for a retail job at Wal-Mart, for example, apply through the site and also employ networking. “If you know someone who works at Wal-Mart, mention that you’ve just applied for a job. Have them put in a good word with the manager,” he said.

Hospitals and healthcare, retail and customer service, business development and administrative work are all growth areas in hiring seniors, noted Nations.

Nations said the site’s becoming successful requires several things to happen: 1) branding it as the site for people over 50 seeking employment at companies that are receptive to them, 2) building a track record of helping applicants over 50 secure jobs to develop momentum and word-of-mouth.

There are 74.9 million baby boomers aged 50 to 65 in the United States, reports Nations. “If we attract one-tenth of one percent, we’ll be successful. We have a long way to go, but that’s our goal,” he said.

Over50JobBoard.com in the Chicago Tribune - August 18th 2015
August 21, 2015 - Link to Story: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/yourmoney/sc-cons-0820-journey-20150818-column.html#

How older workers can navigate today's job market
If you're past 50 and looking for a job, try to forget you're past 50.

Increasingly, some jobs experts say, older workers in the job market are so common that they no longer stick out.
"Job tenures today are shorter for everyone so employers know workers aren't going to be there for 20 years" no matter how old they are, said John Challenger, chief executive of outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

"I think the over-50 job market is looking just fine if you can not think about being over 50," said Renee Lee Rosenberg, a career coach, speaker and author. "Everyone is over 50. It's really people over 60 saying (ageism) is happening."
To be sure, older workers do still take longer to get back into the workforce after a job loss than their younger counterparts. And even anecdotally, older job seekers say, it's tough out there.

Once a highly paid executive recruiter, Blake Nations says a series of mergers and industry changes led to him having to take an entry-level recruiting position around age 50 and eventually supplementing that income by stocking grocery store shelves part time.
"It was tough, I'll be honest, to be working in the grocery store and seeing neighbors come through. One guy came up to me and asked if business was really that bad," said Nations, 59, now chief executive of www.over50jobboard.com. "It takes a hit on the ego."
Sue Ellner, a 50-year-old sales executive, has been job hunting for about 10 months and uses Nations' board for leads, among other career sites.

Finding any job isn't as much of a problem as finding the right job, she said.
She says she could have taken several positions during that time but is holding out for one that accommodates her desire to base her operations out of her home and that inspires her professionally. She's given herself a mid-fall deadline for getting back to work.
"That old stereotype of the bad used car salesman is not an environment I want to be in," she said. "As I've gotten older, the meaningfulness of the work has become more important. I don't need to learn sales. I need to respect where I am and be respected."
One way to find that, said Challenger, is to consider transferring your skills into a faster-growing industry.

"Older workers can offer real-world experiences that they can translate, rather than just hypotheticals" in an interview, something hiring managers are clamoring for today, he said. "You're defined more by your functional area of expertise than your industry."
Five of the hottest opportunities now, according to Challenger's firm: Craft industries like artisan cheeses and craft beer and liquor, legal marijuana sales, non-tech positions in tech industries, nontraditional education and services that connect consumers with independent contractors, like AirBnb.

Finally, while it's still critical to demonstrate you are up to date on tech skills and maintain a snappy online profile, don't neglect old-fashioned networking and human contact, job experts and seekers alike said.
"The highest quality jobs I've looked at are really coming from people I know or someone they know," said Ellner. "The job boards supplement the search, but I feel like I can't just do that. It's too passive. At this level, it's about putting your name out there and calling old contacts."

Even Nations, the head of the job board, advocates a multipronged approach. If you see a position online, he said, send in your application materials but also start networking to find friends who already work there.

"You can't just sit at your computer at home," said Nations, whose site offers free job postings to employers who have professed an age-friendly environment. "At the grocery store, I walked in and introduced myself to the manager." He still had to apply online because of company policy, but the human contact helped, he said.

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5 lessons for over-50 job hunters By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com Thursday, August 13, 2015
August 14, 2015 - Librarians who are 55 and older are still in high demand.

The news for older workers who want to stay employed is surprisingly encouraging.

A new study from LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute finds that 92% of employers are taking steps to keep older employees on the job, with 66% offering flexible hours and 42% approving flexible arrangements such as working from home.

They are making these accommodations for at least a couple of reasons:

Sheer numbers. Workers 55 and older make up 25% of the workforce in 210 key occupations, according to a report by CareerBuilder. Lose all those employees and some companies might have to shut their doors.
Good workers. 80% of employers told LIMRA that when older workers leave, their company loses experience, institutional knowledge and leadership.
Tough reality for some

Of course, none of this is very encouraging if you have lost your job and can't find another one. Blake Nations, a 59-year-old former medical services industry recruiter who thought he knew everything there was to know about finding work, faced unemployment 2 years ago. He pounded the pavement and the computer keyboard unsuccessfully for months before he opened his own business, Over50JobBoard.com.

"Employers think younger workers are a little more computer savvy, and they think they are faster so they can get more done," Nations says.

He hasn't made any money yet in his business. "This business is so niche, I don't know who to charge," he says. In the meantime, he's working for a grocery store to keep a paycheck coming in.

Here are 5 things Nations has learned as an over-55 job hunter:

Be flexible. When Nations started looking, he wanted a similar position in the same business. Since then, he has grown willing to consider lots of other things. "At my age, if you get a job offer, you have to take it seriously even if it is a job you don't want because job offers don't come around very often."
Manage your financial expectations. Nations says that he has found himself in competition with young people looking for a first job. They are willing to accept a base pay of $25,000 or $30,000 with the possibility of earning another $15,000 or $20,000 in commissions for a total of no more than $50,000. "I was used to making more money than that. ... It is tough on the ego and it is tough on the budget. But it is reality," Nations says.
Show how smart you are. If you've been around the block a few times and know the business inside and out, don't be afraid to show off your knowledge and skills. Modesty will get you nowhere.
Look professional and youthful. Many employers expect their workers to look like their brand -- up to date and energetic.
Network, network, network. Don't hide the fact that you're job hunting. You never know who might be looking for a good employee.
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Tips for Job Seekers over 50 Impact Publishing - Employee Assistance Posted August 11, 2015
August 11, 2015 - Job seekers over 50 require an extra hand when seeking full-time work. Research from the isUS Government Displaced Worker Survey, indicates that many employers balk at hiring Baby Boomers. Indeed workers aged 50 and over routinely receive fewer offers and experience longer periods of unemployment.

Blake Nations is the CEO of… http://www.Over50JobBoard.com.

He offers the following guidance for older job seekers:

1. Manage Your Expectations. Larger cities allow career continuity while smaller, suburban job markets may offer less opportunity. Job seekers over 50 should broaden their perspective and be open to other prospects that could come about.

2. Show Your Smarts. Take ample time to familiarize yourself with a company’s product or service and the industry in-general. Take every opportunity to illustrate that you have more than a passing knowledge of what your prospective employer does.

3. Mind Your Appearance. Avoid dressing “old” when you interview. Update your wardrobe with conservative-yet-contemporary clothing. Many employers view their professional team as an extension of their brand.

4. Network. Job seekers over 50 must never hide behind email. Get out and meet with connectors and seek to discover opportunities before they open up to everyone else.

Blake Nations is a former recruiter who lost his job and experienced the very same job discrimination before becoming CEO of … http://www.Over50JobBoard.com.

This is the only job site dedicated toward connecting Baby Boomers with employers seeking older employees.

Out of Work? Here’s Why Your Career Isn’t Over - Donna Fuscaldo | July 20, 2015
August 04, 2015 - The unemployment rate among people over 50 is starting to improve. But for those out of work, it may as well be the height of the recession again.

While losing a job stinks for anyone, for older workers it can hurt even more, particularly if they have to take a job they perceive is beneath them.

“A lot of people have lost their jobs for various reasons,” says Over50JobBoard.com CEO Blake Nations. “People are having a hard time finding a job in the career or field they were in.”

There’s no question age is going to hinder your chances of becoming gainfully employed again. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways around it. After all, many of the older unemployed workers have a lot of the skills the younger generation is lacking and just have to find a way to showcase that.

Keep your resume age neutral

“Older job seekers need to make sure they have an age neutral resume,” says Terry Pile, principal consultant at Career Advisors. “The reader should not be able to tell a job seeker’s age by their resume.”

Since the resume is the gateway to an interview, Pile says it should be void of things like twenty-five years of experience or seasoned veteran, and filled with more general language like solid experience or strong experience “After 5-10 years most people are really accomplished at their jobs,” she says. “So employers are thinking, ‘I can hire someone with 8 years of experience and pay them a lot less than someone with 18 and get the same kind of quality work.’" It’s also a good idea to leave out the early part of your career on your resume and to eliminate graduation dates as well.

Focus your job search where you are valued

Armed with your resume, the next thing you want to do is tap your network. If you’ve been in the industry for years, chances are you will have a deep and hopefully broad network that can help you land your next job. After all, people in your circle may be able to clue you in to job opportunities or pass your resume along. Mary Abbajay, principal at Careerstone Group LLC., says it’s also a smart idea to focus your job search in fields and industries where an older worker is valued and sought after. That means you may want to forgo applying for the startup and focus in areas such as education, healthcare, non-profits and government agencies, says Abbajay.

“The industry and the size do matter,” adds Pile. “Older workers have a better chance with small to mid-size companies. Technology startups and pharmaceutical sales have reputations for being industries for the 'young.' Banking, health care and consulting services generally appreciate a little gray.”

Volunteering can also be an avenue to landing a new job. Not only will it enable you to keep your skills fresh and perhaps gain new ones, but it will also broaden your network which could mean more opportunities to find employment. Abbajay says even taking classes serves a dual purpose. You’ll learning something and at the same time meeting more people.

Keep your appearance up with the times

For any job seeker, their appearance on interviews is going to matter, but for older workers it counts a little bit more. Walk into an interview with dated clothes or a frumpy hair do, and chances of age discrimination are going to increase. Come in with modern clothes and appearance and it won’t be that easy to figure out your age. That’s doesn’t mean you have to dress like a 25 year old, but you have to show you are up with the times. “You have to look at yourself and make sure you look contemporary,” says Abbajay. “You don’t want to look like the last time you cut your hair was 1985.”

You also don’t want to come off as condescending if you are interviewing with someone younger than you. Of course you want to showcase your energy, knowledge and work ethic, but you don’t want to do it in a way that will be off-putting to the interviewer. “Hiring managers tend to favor younger workers over older workers,” says Abbajay. “The thing is people 50 and older have a really strong work ethic, so in the interview talk about that.”


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YOUTH ISN’T A JOB SKILL. JOB SITE CONNECTS EMPLOYERS WITH SEASONED PROFESSIONALS
July 08, 2015 - It’s no secret that older adults are at a disadvantage when looking for work. According to a recent US Government Displaced Worker Survey, job seekers aged 50 and above receive fewer offers and experience longer periods of unemployment in today’s market.

Led by a fifty-something executive who experienced this firsthand, the Over50JobBoard.com was created to connect employers and Baby Boomer-aged workers seeking gainful employment. The site – already populated with employers and job seekers – allows applicants to search for industry-specific jobs and connects them with employers that require a higher level of experience.

“Our culture may place a high value on youth and beauty, but experience and business acumen drive success in the business world,” said Over50JobBoard.com CEO Blake Nations. “Our site enables employers to sift through a cluttered applicant pool and hire based on wisdom and expertise.”

Mr Nations, a former recruiter, experienced great difficulty in finding employment after age 50. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he was compelled to take an entry-level position in order to supplement his income.

“Extended unemployment can be a slowly unfolding nightmare,” added Nations. “I experienced it and Over50JobBoard.com is a safe-haven for job seekers aged 50 and above.”

Over50JobBoard.com creates an open and honest environment where applicants aged 50 and above can present their work experience without fear of age discrimination. The site helps applicants avoid the muddle of larger job boards and instead connects applicants and employers directly and honestly. The site is free for both employers and applicants and will evolve to a freemium model as they grow.

Unsuccessful job searches prematurely drive Baby Boomers out of the workforce, imperiling their retirement and decreasing their chances for reemployment later in life.

According the US Government Displaced Worker Survey, job seekers who are aged 50 years or older are likely to be unemployed for 5.8 weeks longer than someone between the ages of 30 and 49, and 10.6 weeks longer than people between the ages of 20 and 29. The study also found that the odds of being re-employed decrease by 2.6 percent for each one-year increase in age.