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‘Your Next Avenue’ Podcast Episode 7: Why People 50+ Don’t Get Hired

Author Ilana Gershon on the big problems with the job-hunting system


You might be surprised to learn that the ‘Your Next Avenue’ podcast about work after 50 interviewed an associate professor of anthropology for Season 1: Episode 7. That’s because Indiana University’s Ilana Gershon decided to treat the job-search process as an anthropology research project and share her findings in her excellent, enlightening, sometimes maddening new book, Down and Out in the New Economy: How People Find (or Don’t Find) Work Today.

In the podcast interview, Gershon talks about: what’s wrong with the job-hunting process; the frustrations of job applicants over 50; the “black hole” syndrome of job applications; dealing with those despicable applicant tracking systems (ATS) that weed out resumés; age discrimination in the job search process; effective and ineffective ways to network to get hired; the fallacy of the “personal brand” that so many career “experts” push and using LinkedIn to get a job. You can listen to it here.

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