Job Loss, Middle Age Challenges

Unemployment After Fifty

With the current economy, many people are finding themselves without a job at midlife. And it isn’t easy finding a new job out there. A good job is hard to come by. And the few jobs that are out there are often given to the younger and less experienced candidates simply because they will accept less pay.

Unemployment after fifty can be shocking and life changing.

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Losing a job can really turn your life upside down. Job loss can also be the cause of midlife crisis or marital problems.

After your recover from the shock of it all you need to start getting in the swing of job hunting. But job hunting isn’t the same as it was years ago when you simply looked through the morning paper and handed out your resume.

It’s not so easy now. Now everything starts with the internet. And many people in midlife still don’t even own a computer. Unfortunately now is the time to either get a computer or visit your local library and check out their library.

What are some things you can do to keep positive while you are unemployed?

  • Talk about it. Sometimes it seems easier to hold in your feelings but it is not a good thing. Holding in your feelings can affect your health. One of the best ways to deal with stress and anxiety is to talk about your feelings. And also know that it is okay to be angry.


  • Seek help if you are feeling depressed. Being unemployed can be devastating especially if it was unexpected. It is easy to put yourself down or even lose confidence. If you are feeling down or depressed it might be a good idea to talk to your doctor or minister  A therapist can really help you sort things out and figure out where to go from here.


  • Find a hobby. Now just might be the perfect time to get back into some of the things that interest you. Or try out a new hobby that you have always wanted to do, but just couldn’t find the time. Take advantage of the extra time on your hands and have some fun!


  • Start a business. Now might be the perfect time to start your own business. If you have always wanted to fire your boss, then why not take the time now to start a home based business. And it doesn’t need to be a large brick and mortar business. You could simply start Blogging and learn how to monetize your blog. Many people earn extra money blogging. It is a great way to express yourself as you earn a nice part time income.

I like to think of each day as a new beginning. So if you or someone you love has lost their job don’t lose hope. There are many options out there.

Have you been unemployed after fifty. If so please leave a comment below. Your insight could be helping someone else.


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