Baby boomers intend to work well past retirement age. Most were saying so even before the economy crashed last year, deflating retirement savings and real estate values. Now, working longer has become an imperative for many.
The question is, where? The jobless rate for adults age 55 to 64 has more than doubled since November 2007, months before the recession started. Many of those laid-off workers need to figure out how to get back into the labor force--a big challenge if you're up against younger candidates and the unfortunate reality of employer age discrimination.
Enter Dr. David DeLong, an expert in organizational behavior who's just finished a major study of the challenges aging boomers face in the job market. Called "Buddy, Can You Spare a Job," the report was commissioned and published by the Metlife Mature Marketing Institute.
This is one of the best reports to come along in a while on the job market for older Americans. It's based on interviews with two-dozen career coaches and counselors, an equal number of older job seekers and a telephone survey of 1,200 others who are in the job market.
DeLong steers clear of painting older job hunters as victims. While he acknowledges that age discrimination is a hurdle, his report focuses on ways to make yourself a better candidate in the eyes of employers. One provocative section of the report distills the most common mistakes made by older job candidates.
Learn more about the six mistakes at RetirementRevised.com.