Barry Layne Says Shift in Attitude Enhances Career Opportunities for Workers Over 50

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Baby Boomers are seeing a dramatic workplace shift, in which older employees are increasingly valued by their employers, according to America's Career Maker, Barry Layne.

Baby Boomers are seeing a dramatic workplace shift, in which older employees are increasingly valued by their employers, according to America's Career Maker, Barry Layne.

Baby Boomers have dominated workplace demographics all of their working lives, and for the next 10-15 years, the choices made by American workers ages 55 and older will largely determine the size of the US labor force.

Many corporations are very concerned about a shrinking workforce as Baby Boomers retire, said Layne. For Baby Boomer's this means career opportunities that are unprecedented for older workers. Aging is less of an employment barrier.

To maximize job hunting success, Barry Layne believes these workers need to assess their needs and values, then make realistic career choices based on their strengths and how they can contribute to the market.

Layne says one of the strongest objections to hiring older workers was high salary requirements. Changes are underway to level the compensation playing field. The trend toward salaries based on performance is growing strong. This provides an incentive to maintain quality work for longer periods of time no matter what the age of the worker.

Barry Layne offers Baby Boomers these job hunting tips:

  • Be aware that some industries have a bias towards younger workers. Be sensitive to this potential and prepare answers to dispel any misconceptions.
  • Dress properly for the desired job. In fields that attract younger workers consider coloring your hair and wear contacts lenses rather than glasses.
  • Be familiar with the newest technology, language and jargon particular to your field.

Barry Layne advises career management consulting firms throughout the US and Canada. For more information contact 800-547-5112.

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