Survey of Older Workers

By Nancy J. Peterson  January 17th, 2013

Hello, all!

My name is Michelle Paggi, Ph.D. Candidate at Fordham University’s psychology program. I am currently conducting a survey for my dissertation on the experiences of older workers at their jobs and their expectations for their occupational future. The survey should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete; please note that if you don’t have the time to finish the survey in one session, you may go back to the survey at another time. By taking the time to answer these survey questions, you are making a significant contribution to scientific knowledge of older workers, knowledge which could have far-reaching impacts on the everyday lives of older workers through informing workplace policy changes to expand the quality of their job experiences.

Here is the link to the survey:

If you are interested in filling out my survey, thank you very much in advance for all of your time and effort; in addition to helping me complete my dissertation, you are also making an important contribution to our understanding of the everyday lives of older workers.

Michelle Paggi, M.A.

Ready? Set. Go! Make it happen in 2013!

By Nancy J. Peterson  January 10th, 2013

It’s only natural to evaluate what is and what might be at the beginning of any new year. I know I am…particularly as I begin 2013. New situations are scary. Exciting, challenging, and scary all at the same time. I’ve just taken over the Publisher position for and look forward to making some changes in the coming months. I want to create a dialogue here.

The focus is employment. But my focus is not just making a living but being happy and fulfilled while making a living. There’s a lot of advice out there on how to achieve this. But what works? I’m not interested in spending months meditating in India.

Let’s make it happen for ourselves in 2013! The first step is positive thinking. Tell me what you’re doing to make it happen.

Past Accomplishments as a Source of Confidence

By Nancy J. Peterson  January 19th, 2011

Confidence is an essential component in so many facets of life. You may be involved in a hobby or a sport and need to have confidence in your abilities to compete, learn, play or perform. You may be launching your new job search and need to have confidence in the skills and competencies that you can bring to a new employer. Confidence is an amazing force in your day to day life. It drives the way that you face challenges, meet new people, communicate, and, in short, behave in most situations. Confidence for many of us can also be a fragile force that can be influenced by so many outside and unrelated factors. It is essential to hold on to and it must be managed by anyone who is less than a complete egotist. That means that most of us need to manage our confidence as we approach any activity, and that goes specifically for job search activities.

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Employers should not hire older workers!

By admin  March 2nd, 2010

Heresy you say? As the publisher of the career site for the older workforce how can I make such a statement? Promoting the idea that “the older workforce is the most underutilized talent pool in the nation” does not correlate with this statement. Have I gone bonkers in this advanced age? Perhaps, but it is true.

Let me continue this distorted thought process. Employers should not hire younger or new grad workers.  Ok, now that we’ve eliminated nearly two thirds of the country’s workforce just who should employers hire?

As my memory serves me (sometimes it doesn’t) two or three years ago BusinessWeek published an issue that focused on individuals working past the typical retirement age. Note, this was before the current economic/employment crisis, not the times we are in today with retirement a fading option for many. But I digress. The article presented a very positive view of those who choose to work beyond the typical (whatever that is) retirement age. A sub story in the publication presented a 92 year old woman that still worked a full day every day (isn’t this a good work ethic). Her boss was at loss for words when asked what he would do when this valuable employee retired.

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Beware of Fraudulent Job Postings

By admin  October 5th, 2009

The use of job boards to perpetrate fraud on unsuspecting job seekers is growing at an alarming rate. There are many domestic and international predators looking to relieve you of your money or personal information.

Most are out of reach of law enforcement.  Many, if not most, are international. Even if the US law enforcement would get involved the likelihood of convictions is very small. Read the rest of this entry »