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11 tips for finding a job when you're over 50, from an 'ageism' expert

Hey boomers, it's not your imagination. Finding a job in today's COVID economy is harder than ever, especially for "older Americans," i.e. workers 55 and older.

Let's start with the grim statistics (just to get them over with).

According to the "Older Workers Report" released Aug. 5 by the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis Retirement Equity Lab (ReLab), nearly 3 million workers ages 55 to 70 - about 7% of workers in that age group - have left the labor force since mid-March, about 50% more than the 1.9 million older workers who left the labor force after the Great Recession began in late 2007. And unless the labor situation changes posthaste, the report expects an additional million "older workers" to be out of a job before the end of the year.

The sobering prognosis? More than half of unemployed older workers are at risk of "involuntary retirement" due to the pandemic because they can't find a new job, according to the report,

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