Some enlightened employers not only do not practice age discrimination, but also actually appreciate the skills of their retirement eligible employees. They have created government and industry programs that help their retirement eligible employees to train for other careers. Examples of such programs are:
1. Troops to Teachers.
2. IBM Transition to Teaching Program
3. Intel Encore Fellowship Program
Even in programs such as these, however, the job salaries usually will not be as high as those salaries in the jobs from which senior employees are transitioning. Older job seekers often feel that, compared to the salaries they have been drawing, the salary offers of the jobs, for which they interview, should match, or even exceed their past job salaries. Too many of these job seekers, however, overrate the importance of job salaries.
Older workers especially should be less concerned with job salaries and more concerned with finding new and more exciting jobs or achieving phased retirements that allow them to move gradually from full time employment to full time retirement. Such phased retirements include flexible work arrangements such as:
1. Part time employment.
2. Flexible schedules.
4. Contract work.
5. Job sharing.
Such arrangements also are good for employers who need to offset the smaller numbers of potential employees who are aged 25 to 54. As the Baby Boomers retire, the smaller 25 to 54 age group will not be able to fill all of the empty positions that the retiring Baby Boomers leave, unless these Baby Boomers have phased retirements.
Older job seekers who use networking to find jobs have an advantage over younger job seekers. The older job seekers have had more years to meet more people who can be included in their job search network.
Those older job seekers, however, who do not have a presence on social media networks such as LinkedIn, would do well to establish such a presence. That is because 94% of companies use or plan to use social networks/social media for job recruiting.
In summary, older job seekers should:
1. Try to find government and industry programs that train retirement eligible employees for second careers.
2. Be flexible regarding the type of job they seek, especially with respect to job salaries.
3. Take advantage of their networks of people who can help them find jobs.
4. Establish a presence on social networks/social media.
May your next job be the encore experience of your career.