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Getting a job after 50

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Posted on Spotjobs南京夜网 was a simple request: “Im age 67 yrs and refuse to retire. I need a carreer [sic]”.
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Here, on a digital billboard, is the lament of the middle aged.

Another digital odd-jobs platform, Airtasker, is currently promoting its “grey army rocking on”. There’s Steve from Melbourne “who’s better than most with a computer and a dab hand with the paint brush”. Then there’s Craig from Sydney, a permaculture practitioner “with a wide variety of gardening and hard yakka skills”.

It’s a tribute to these men that they’re out there, but so many of those who once had careers and trades are now resorting to menial tasks. Nobody told the baby boomers it was going to be like this.

Is this a simple case of out with the old, in with the new? Can we blame the GFC, social change or just plain old age prejudice for so many being put out to pasture?

What’s been your experiencing getting a job – or hiring someone – over 50?

Once prejudice sets in, it is hard to leach out. In the construction industry, it is said to be extremely difficult for anyone over 40 to be considered for employment. It’s believed they may be carrying “damage” caused earlier in their careers when current safety procedures did not exist. As one contractor confides: “Many companies believe older men will bring a claim against them. They might have pre-existing medical conditions such as hearing damage or a back injury.”

Brian Maguire, principal of Sydney-based mentoring firm Absolute Clarity Communications, is now writing a book titled You’re not done yet. Maguire says many in their 50s apply for the same jobs as 30 years previously and wonder why the rejections keep coming. They are up against a recruitment market which is conservative, risk averse and template driven. “They think that if you hire a young person and they’re mediocre, the template is to blame, but if you hire an older person who doesn’t fit the template, you get the blame,” Maguire says.

Maguire says only 25 per cent of placements are made by the recruitment market, the rest by networks. List your portable skills and target the companies, he advises. “Don’t ask people for a job, just ask them for advice. Ask them: ‘What do I need for an insight, what do I need to bring to the job?’

“That person will give advice and might say call this person and so on. Before you know it, you’re building a network. Don’t go looking for a job, just ask the right people the right questions.”

Ted Longhurst, 59, was a national project manager for a big pharmaceutical company before his job was made redundant in 2009. Two years and more than 200 applications later, he landed a job as a regional sales manager with an ophthalmic surgical company. It was, he admits, not as senior a position, but he has no regrets.

“People have to accept that the highlights, that the highest role or highest salary might have happened at 35 or 40,” he says. “It’s not a failure to transition to a different phase of your career. The secret is to create new highlights in that next phase.”

Longhurst says he probably tried too hard to emphasise his skills and abilities during interviews.

“I probably over-talked the situation,” he admits. He advises not to present as bitter, lost or offended. Indeed, remove the ego altogether. “Get over it. There will always be a situation where they want a dynamic 35-year-old. Put your best foot forward. Less might be more when it comes to your CV.”

Sometimes the best foot forward is impossible. Not only has the job become redundant but the industry itself. Chris O’Shaughnessy, 61, worked for many years in broadcast television, then set up as a recruitment specialist for TV and radio. He found that setting up on his own became increasingly untenable as the permanent jobs market for broadcasting died.

“They used to employ hundreds of people. Nine had permanent staff, as did Seven and Ten. These businesses no longer produce their own TV – just breakfast shows and news. Everything else is shrink-wrapped by third party production houses and sold to the highest bidder – and they only employ contractors,” he says.

Could O’Shaughnessy, who now works in the charity sector, not apply his recruitment skills to another marketplace? “They say they’d sooner have someone who knows their specialist space and has a client list with 40 names on it. I might be able to get a job, but only if I could bring along my TV client list. The problem is that most of the names on it are retired, out of the industry or dead!”

Some simply reinvent themselves. Andrew de Souza, 50, who runs Sydney’s Northshore Business Coaching, found himself made redundant in early 2011 when the big US bank he worked for decided to downsize its foreign exchange trading desk. It had been the only kind of job de Souza had known for 25 years.

Within six months he had retrained as a business mentor and hasn’t looked back since. “If I can earn a six-figure salary coaching and mentoring people within the next two years, that’d be great,” de Souza says. “There’s a lot of satisfaction and pleasure in seeing people and businesses benefit and grow. Sure, I may have been paid better at JP Morgan but I can’t remember any of that kind of satisfaction.”

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Australian Tax Office compliance ability gutted, say departing insiders

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The ATO’s cultural shift away from being ‘revenue focused’ to a ‘light touch’ approach to tax enforcement posed a grave danger to federal government revenue streams. Photo: Louie DouvisThe Tax Office’s ability to catch or deter corporate tax cheats is being “gutted” by downsizing of its workforce, according to departing insiders.
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The ATO’s cultural shift away from being “revenue focused” to a “light touch” approach to tax enforcement posed a grave danger to federal government revenue streams, the upper middle managers have warned.

In exit interviews with Fairfax media, two compliance managers who are among the thousands of taxation bureaucrats leaving the office this year, have revealed how the ATO’s ability to do its job is being hollowed out by the downsizing process.

The revelations come as the federal government and opposition traded barbs over the Tax Office, with the Abbott government denying reports on Tuesday that ATO cuts might cost $1 billion in tax revenue.

According to the federal budget papers, the ATO’s staff numbers will drop from 21,390 to 19,068 in the next 12 months and the agency lost 900 staff last year as it bears the brunt of budget cuts.

The two managers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told of falling audit rates, a loss of industry-specific expertise and junior tax public servants being “outgunned” by highly paid private sector accountants.

The ATO did not respond to questions before deadline on Tuesday.

One of the resigning bureaucrats said that corporate tax cheats were more likely than ever before to avoid an audit, with ATO compliance teams “lucky” to generate two or three audits for every 20 risk reviews of corporate tax returns.

“Toward the end, a lot of our risk reviews weren’t converting to an audit process, we were getting a really bad conversion rate,” the manager said.

“It’s an exception more than the rule that you’ll get an audit up.

“The cases we were selecting weren’t the optimum cases where you’d be able to find issues that you could then convert into an audit.

“But as you lose the expertise, how are you going to pick the right cases?”

One of the managers said there was a widespread belief that the downsizing process was focused on effecting cultural change by ridding the Tax Office of many of its veterans and specialists.

“Some very senior capable people are going out the door and there are some others who were pushed to the side because they were too ‘revenue focused’, which means it was felt they didn’t understand the commerciality of a transaction,” he said.

“In Box Hill, about 10 EL2s (executive level two) from one area have gone out the door, and that area has been gutted.

“What’s left has not necessarily been the best.”

One of the managers warned that the ATO’s tax compliance capability was the major deterrent to tax avoidance and evasion and warned of anarchy if it was eroded.

“The Commissioner [of Taxation] says that 95 per cent of the revenue comes walking through the door, but it comes through the door because the compliance ability is there, the stick is in the cupboard,” he said.

“But if the stick is not in the cupboard, if people know there’s no cops on the beat, then it’s going to lead to anarchy down the track then someone is going to realise that they’re going to have to go out and recruit these people again.”

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Melbourne Express: July 16, 2014

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A render of the new tram bridge. Today’s satellite map.
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‘Invaluable’ member of Cundletown Primary

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Forty years on, Margaret Mobbs still loves her job at Cundletown Public School.IF you’ve attended or visited Cundletown Public School over the past 40 years then there’s one staff member in particular you’ll have come into contact with.
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Margaret Mobbs has been part of the framework at the school for four decades and on the last week of termtwo week her fellow staff decided to surprise her with a celebratory lunch in her honour.

Although the modest Margaret would have happily continued on without any fuss being made, as principal Bruce Coote told the celebration “40 years is something to be proud of, she’s a wealth of knowledge about the town, the families, the area, Margaret is invaluable to us”.

Margaret’s children and grandchildren have all attended the school and she remains passionate about the local school community.

“It’s a great school, I’ve got lots of good memories from my time here,” she said.

As assistant principal Barbara Roberts said, “your school is only as good as the person who runs the office,” and many would argue this means Cundletown is doing very well.

Margaret has seen many changes over the years, from the social side of the community, right through to changes to education and of course to technology and her role.

“When I first started we had six entries from exercise books, then we moved into computers and that was a big change,” she explained.

“I’ve had to adapt to the different changes over the years and it can be a bit daunting, but I also think it’s kept me young.”

In today’s society, 10 years in the same job is considered a feat and the school congratulated her on her 40 years of dedicated service.

“It truly has gone so quickly though,” said Margaret.

“I can’t believe it’s been 40 years, but I’ve loved my job and that’s why I’m still here.”

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Taree skateboarder ‘heaps stoked’ by mag feature

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Cody Passfield is featured in the 200th edition of Slam Skateboarding Magazine.TAREE grown Cody Passfield may not be sponsored at the moment but he’s certainly making an impression on the Australian skateboarding scene.
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The 17-year-old has a four-page spread in the 200th edition of Slam Skateboarding Magazine, highlighting him as one of the new generation of skateboarders coming up through the ranks.

He started skating 11 years ago and in recent months was invited by a skateboarding mate, who is also from the Manning, to move down to Sydney and live with him.

Cody moved down and it wasn’t long before he caught the interest of photographer Cameron Markin.

He was asked whether he would like to be a New Gen in Slam magazine and two months later his profile feature was published in the anniversary edition.

“I’m heaps stoked on that.”

Cody said the adrenalin rush he gets when he lands a trick (such as the 50/50 grind down a kinked rail) is something he enjoys but in addition to skateboarding as much as he can, he’s out looking for work.

“I also need to start saving so I can get my own place.”

His aim is to become a professional skateboarder, but knows it won’t happen overnight.

“It’s going to take a couple of years for that to happen.”

This isn’t Cody’s first appearance in Slam magazine.

He was first featured when he was 11 or 12 (about the same time he secured a sponsorship from the Element label) and again about five or six months ago.

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