This post originally appeared on MainStreet.
Any job-seeker of a “certain age,” as the saying goes, knows how difficult it is to land a quality job, especially after being laid off and lacking current job experience to leverage when seeking a new position.
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According to The Wall Street Journal, about 3.5 million U.S. adults between 45 and 64 were out of work through mid-2012, with 39% of those numbers unemployed for a year or longer. While the unemployed rate for middle-age workers is about half of their 20-something counterparts, it’s much harder for a 50-year-old to land a good-paying job with benefits than a younger, cheaper and – fair or unfair – potentially more energetic 25-year-old.