The challenges of the current job market are well documented. Lengthy and time consuming recruitment processes , communication issues and technology are amongst the many challenges that a candidate faces and stories of long periods of unemployment, unnecessary periods abound on social media as we adjust to this period of great upheaval in the workforce with a process which has gotten worse from the candidates perspective despite the introduction of technological change. These challenges are further amplified for the older worker where despite the knowledge and experience you have built up, the assumption is made by some that you are no longer capable of adding value or contributing to society once you hit the age of 50 and the age where you are effectively barred from the employed workforce will only get younger as time goes on.
Human nature being what it is we revert to familiar behavior in times of adversity so we apply for new positions within the context of the contract of employment because this is what we are used to and we are comforted that,with the statutory and contractual entitlements that we get that we will be looked after and we will be able to provide for our families and also build our futures with savings and related activity.
The sad reality is that this mode of employment is dying as costs are driven down to the lowest common denominator by companies and people are using savings to survive because they have no choice. Again this has been very well documented and while the absolute necessity of it all may be questioned it is occurring, it is what it is and we have to do our best to come up with alternate strategies to carve out our own place in this brave new world . It is known as the gig economy or uberisation of the workforce.
So we need to think outside the box and say rather that I need a full time job start to think within the framework of "what income do I need and what is the best way to secure it" If for example you needed an income of say $100,000 and you get that in a full time job you are back to zero if you get laid off. If you have four clients bringing you $100,000 USD income and you lose one client you still have income from the other three so you are doing a better job at mitigating the risk
I know that to have your own business or act as a freelancer is not easy and may not have been on your agenda. From my own point of view it has been a major learning experience as I try to build brand awareness, get clients and form what I hope will be long term, income producing partnerships. There are websites for freelancers such as upwork (www.upwork.com) which I use to bid for work. It is a competitive market and you don't get every job that you submit a proposal for but people do have conversations with you. I have personally found some good opportunities via Upwork which forms part of my business but is not my complete service offering.
We need to think outside the square in this brave new world and accept that the contract of employment and the control test, which have regulated employment so well for so long are diminishing and the gig economy is on the rise. We all need to survive and prosper so we need all options on the table . The bottom line is that the only person that you can trust you can secure your future and your families future is you and it is not going to get any better as the march of technological change continues. When like me you have committed the terrible crime of being over the age of 50 it becomes the only game in town unless the law dealing with issues surrounding discrimination is strengthened.
I would be happy to offer my services in a coaching capacity to assist people wrestling with these questions. Please e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org or call +97338342852 mobile/whats app