In the comments, Pat Blanchard offers some good advice that deserves broader attention. I’ve gone ahead and added hyperlinks to her original comment. If you have a minute, click on some of the the links and note how the related material further illuminates what Pat has to say. Even though social media can seem new and new fangled, it allows people to extend and develop elements of an ongoing conversation and, in that sense, it’s as old as humanity. I suppose that the ancient Egyptians had some of the same feelings we get when we see the little buttons at the bottom of a blog post. “I don’t care what they say, those fancy hieroglyphics will never take the place of good old conversation!”
One reason it’s harder for older job seekers to find jobs today is that job search techniques and strategies have changed drastically over the past 20 years ago. A long, detailed work history listed in chronological order can be a deal killer, whether it’s written on a resume or verbalized in an interview.
Today’s job seeker must net out the most relevant and important information for the particular position being applied for — and that requires a customized resume for every application. They must talk in future terms (what I can do for the employer) instead of past terms (what I did at my previous jobs).
That’s not an easy transition to make because it flies in the face of all we were taught when we looked for work in 1970 and 1980, e.g., include every detail you can think of about the work you’ve done on a professionally-printed resume.
I don’t believe you’re “toast” if you’re over 45, educated and unemployed. I agree that you have a challenge — but also an opportunity to reinvent yourself. You’re only toast if you’re inflexible and stuck in the past.
Read Marc Freedman’s “Encore Careers” or Bill Shore’s “The Cathedral Within.” And study everything you can find on AARP’s work webpages. Work in the second half of life CAN be better than what you had in the first half.