At 5: Good news in baby boomer job search

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    NEW YORK, NY (CNN) -- For baby boomers who still have ten years or more before retirement, this job market can be a scary one. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has seen a jump in age-related complaints since the start of the recession, but as the economy recovers, things may look up for boomers.

    E. Von McCants says, "I'm not looking for a career or to climb up the corporate ladder." von McCants is a 27-year-telecom veteran with an MBA, a baby boomer who has been looking for a job since July. She says, "If I have to describe how it's going, well it's not been very fruitful."

    She's followed all the advice about networking, the resume, and online job searches. She says, "I spend a lot of time looking at jobs you know, looking and saying is this something I really want to do? Do I have the skills that an employer is looking for?"

    The good news for von McCants, the jobless rate for boomers is actually lower than the national average. The bad news, once out of work, it is harder to get a new job.

    Men aged 51 to 60 are 39 percent less likely to get a job each month than younger workers and women are 18 percent less likely. For even older workers, that number jumps to 50 percent. Glenn Grossman found himself in von McCants' position about ten years ago. He says, "I actually had no real opportunity. I got very depressed about it. You've got to take you know control."

    Now he is the one hiring. With his background in finance and accounting he started Dinosaur Securities, pun intended. Grossman was asked, "You've got basically 4 generations at work here that are working for you then. Is that right?" and he responded, "I think more generations. I think 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s. That's seven, right?"

    Yes, it's hard to be an out of work boomer, but he says ideas, contacts and sales are what count, not age. Emphasize that. Ford Meyers, author of "Get the Job you Want" says, "It's not about age. It's about working... and you know just forget about gender, age, anything like that."

    Recruiters see better days are ahead for boomers. Meyers says, "Boomers have experience and less turnover. That ultimately means less cost for the employer. So it's good to have some adult supervision around the office and employers are finally beginning to see that."

    Von McCants is an adult, ready to supervise again. He says, "It is a new year I feel like okay well it's a new year and a lot of new things are going to happen."

    (Source: CNN)

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