5 tips on finding a job if you are over 50

older gent looking pensive
older gent looking pensive

More than 2.2 million of the nation's 14.9 million unemployed are 55 or older. And they pretty much all share the same bad dream each night: The one where they will never work again.

In a lot of cases, those nightmares likely will come true. In previous economic downturns, laid-off older workers merely worried how long it would take them to find new jobs and earn their former incomes. Today, older workers' chances of actually ever working again appear slimmer each day. It will take years to absorb the giant pool of unemployed -- at least at the economy's current pace of growth -- and many older workers will simply age out of the labor force before anyone ever hires them again.