Over 50 and Long Term Unemployed – Next Steps

volunteer when Long Term UnemployedVolunteer and other activities

When you are long term unemployed you have to be involved in activities that:

  • Build your self esteem
  • Build on your brand image
  • Create a portfolio of your life work
  • Improve your marketable skills

Volunteer for a Cause

Nothing will build self esteem more than volunteering for a non-profit that delivers programs or services for a cause the you care about.

As part of Launch Pad Job Club, which I have served on the board of directors for over six years, we have created a program called Leap to Success. This program does short term projects for non-profits.

You can do the same.

If you are a marketing person, offer to do a marketing campaign for a non-profit.

If you are an operations person, check out the local food bank or Habitat for Humanity or ….

If you are a financial person check out a local micro lender. (We have multiple of these in Central Texas, including PeopleFund and Accion, where they make micro-loans to typically minority owned small businesses who cannot qualify for regular credit.)

There are lots and lots of options. All of these you can put on your resume and keep you current.

(More: Are Baby Boomers Destined for Long Term Unemployment?)

Write a Blog

If a recovering engineer, like myself, who could barely read coming out of high school can write a blog…… well….

Get some help in setting up the blog. There are lots of people in your community will help you for free. When you start to blog write on a regular schedule. Promote your blog on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Yes, you will have to learn how to promote on Social Media!

Social Media is here to stay. GET OVER IT!

There are a lot of free resources like the Hubspot Webinar and White-paper pages

What better skill to acquire when long term unemployed than social media.

Jim Adcock, my good friend and fellow Launch Pad Job Club board member did a series of guest posts on this blog last year on how his blog has made him a respected member of the Sharepoint community but more importantly has kept him employed!

(More: Over 50 and long term unemployed – What do you do?)

Write a Book or an E-Book

In writing my book, Repurpose Your Career, I discovered the world of publishing has changed forever.

I got help. Gudjon Bergmann who has a business called Communicator Blueprints and has a book called THE AUTHOR’S BLUEPRINT – THE EASY WAY TO WRITE NON-FICTION.

I followed Gudjon’s process in coming up with the title, chapter list and other processes in writing my book. What I love about Gudjon is he is extremely practical. He says when writing your first book — write a book and not THE book.

If you write an e-book the cost in minimal. There are lot’s of low cost and near free resources on publishing an e-book. Think what a hiring manager might think when they google your name and you come up on Amazon.com!

Whether your next step is a full time job, contract work or an entrepreneur working for yourself, you will have created a name for yourself while your are Long Term Unemployed!

Do you want to stay Long Term Unemployed or do you want to feel valued, respected and needed?

As the Nike slogan says Just do it!


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Marc Miller Career Design Specialist


  1. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was curious what all is required to get setup? I’m
    assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?

    I’m not very web smart so I’m not 100% positive. Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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