Monday, January 23, 2012

Help for people over 50 to score jobs

By ROBIN KAMINSKI Hour Staff Writer

For those who have been fired after the age of 50, the fear of not being able to find a new job can quickly set in, especially during a down economy.

Coupled with forms of age-related bias in the workplace, the future for out of work, older executives can seem downright bleak.

There is hope, however, and it comes in the form of a new book penned by Tucker Mays of Westport and Bob Sloane of Greenwich titled "Fired at 50: How to Overcome the Greatest Job Search Challenge."

With real-life examples of advice given to former executives navigating the job search, Mays and Sloane unveil tips on how the unemployed can land new jobs in a relatively short amount of time.

"Imagine a 52-year-old executive that is doing nicely, has a couple kids and a good sized mortgage," Mays said. "Then, all of a sudden, there's a reorganization at the company, or maybe it's through no fault of their own and they're let go. It can become depressing, especially when no one is calling them (for jobs). They feel lost."

That feeling of hopelessness can be quelled through step by step guidance, according to Mays, who said he and Sloane, co-founders of Darien-based OptiMarket, LLC, have instructed those over 50 to market their age as an asset to a new company and to stand out from the rest of the pack.
"There isn't any fluff in the book, just lots of detail and solid ideas," Mays said. "Bob and . . .

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