"The U.S. economy shrank at a 0.7 percent annual rate in the first three months of the year, depressed by a severe winter and a widening trade deficit." - Martin Crutsinger, AP, May 29, 2015. Here is the article.
In a bad economy, there will still be winners. There always are. On Wall Street, they accomplish that by selling short.
Baby Boomers, instead of going into a panic, can leverage that negative news to our advantage.
For example, in our cover letters we can gear the tone and content to demonstrating that we are the solution to the organization's current challenges. No, it's not business-as-usual right now. At least in most parts of the economy.
Yes, we can explicitly mention the economic news. Then we show, not tell how we can be especially useful. Ideally, we present examples from the past of how we achieved results for employers in similar circumstances. Best to quantify that, as in, "We needed to both boost sales and lower the cost of sales. Our team did that. Within six months, sales climbed 22 percent. Within seven months, COS nose-dived 35 percent."