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By Phil Piemonte

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Thinking of a lucrative retirement job? Maybe not …

Are you near retirement? And considering a retirement job?

Well, if you believe the job market will welcome the rich skill set you acquired during your working career, that may not necessarily be the case. At least not the way you think.

Mature workers have been particularly hard hit in the current job slump. And according to a study by the CareerBuilder online career site, a mere 28 percent of workers 55 and older laid off in the past 12 months found another job. That compares to 71 percent of workers ages 25 to 34 who found one.

Admittedly, these are laid-off workers, not retirees. But it can’t bode well for the 55+ set.

According to CareerBuilder, the dearth of offers has spurred these over-55s to expand their searches to include entry-level jobs, internships and relocations. And, the study notes, employers are open to the idea.

Of course they are. What employer wouldn’t want to hire someone with 30 or 40 years of work experience at an entry-level salary?

So. Consider yourself warned.

Posted by Phil Piemonte on Oct 29, 2010 at 4:02 PM


Reader comments

Thu, Nov 4, 2010

The Supreme Court is 6 to 3 in favor of business.
An individual has no chance when an age discrimination case comes before them.
The plan is working. It just took 30 plus years to get it in place.

Thu, Nov 4, 2010

This is hilarious, all you boomers out there. Remember being 25 and being impatient at all the fogies we thought were in the way, and remember wondering when those jerks would just retire and let us take their place? Remember being told to wait your turn and becoming angry at that? Well, as in life, everything goes aroun and around. Now we're the old fogies, now we're on the way to becoming surplus and obsolescent. Even worse, so-called "skills" learned in the federal service have virtually NO APPLICABILITY in the real world. Reality bites, doesn't it? So think hard before you retire. You can go from being a GS-15 Deputy Blah-Blah Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Mucky-Muck to an entry-level peon taking orders from someone 1/3 your age who can't even remember VietNam and who doesn't even have facial hair yet. (Would you like fries with your burger, sir?) Don't quit your cushy federal job unless you are ready to become a "nothing" or worse than "nothing," surplus to the needs of society. Just a sobering thought from someone who has thought it through, and decided NOT to retire on my previous schedule.

Thu, Nov 4, 2010 Pat

Personally, I don't WANT to compete with the 20-somethings - I know high school kids with better computer knowledge than I have, and let's face it folks, computers are the be-all, end-all now. I, personally, am looking forward to possibly starting my own business, working with animals or plants - and a LOT less paper and people and politics. I plan to start acquiring that skill set in the very near future thru some night classes and whatever other educational opportunities I can take advantage of. Let the 20 and 30 year olds have the "Rat Race" of an 8-5 (or 6-6 as I have been known to work for Uncle Sam). Self-employment will seem like a party after all this, no matter how tough it is!

Mon, Nov 1, 2010

I'm thinkin' an "Apocalypse Now" compound deep in the jungle of a third world country. It's about all I'll be able to afford as a lifestyle after 35yrs with the fed.

Mon, Nov 1, 2010

Hey, Mature Worker Washington, I'm up there too, and although I hate to admit it, I see new young workers who can run rings around me, at least in specific areas. Beinig 55+ doesn't make one the best qualified candidate for a particular job.

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