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Picking Up Where the Baby Boomers Left Off

- Feb 28, 2013

The work force around the country is shrinking. What that means is that there are less and less people who want to work every day. 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 65 today. In fact, about 10,000 of them will turn 65 every day for the next 19 years!

What this means for those of us still in the workforce is that there will be lots of jobs open every day. The difficulty for companies is that they will be losing experience and seniority. At the same time, job seekers can work their way into those positions through experience, education and effort.


Gaining experience may not be simple, but there is always a way. For example, if you want to be a lead computer programmer, you can work under one for a while. You could also start your own programming company, even as a part-time business. That will give you the resume builder to able to say that you have done it and know how to do it.

Not every experience needs to be directly related, but you might need to spin it clearly. For example, if you have spent five years on the floor of an electronics big box store, you are a salesperson, no matter what anyone says. When you apply for a job as a traveling salesperson for a computer company, you can point to all the times that you helped a customer find just the right piece of equipment or dealt with a customer complaint.


This one is a little more straightforward. See our article on community and for-profit colleges for more information.

First of all, if you don’t have your high school diploma, you need to start working on that before you leave the house today. That is the bare minimum of what you can have in order to survive working for other people. So unless you are looking to start your own business (and that will require an amazing amount of effort), you need to go get your diploma.

Now, take a look at the schools around you and see what you can do in college that will move your career forward. There are thousands of great schools in the US, many of them are 100% online, night schools or flex schedules to accommodate your work schedule.


Finding the right job involves marketing yourself well. See our series on Marketing Yourself to see the different ways to apply your efforts and move your career to new levels.

In short, getting the job you want is all about making the effort to find it and show the people who have it that you are the right person for the job. One option is to work with a great employment agency in your area.

Stay tuned here for more employment advice.

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