Older workers who are laid off today have an uphill battle to find a new job. They must confront the sins of inadequate career networking and rampant age discrimination.
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The pandemic pushed many Baby Boomer managers to the career sidelines before they were ready.
Most were successful, but they myopically assumed they would never have a problem finding a new position.
When laid off, these Boomers discovered that the people they depended on for much of their career, highly successful executives who were five to 10 years older, had retired and disappeared into the woodwork. They were no longer available to offer help.
If you lose your job after the age of 55 you better have a robust network of younger relationships who can and will help you.
The market has changed. Age discrimination is rampant.