Too many Baby Boomers are stuck in underemployment or actual joblessness because they allow themselves to get caught between two worlds: Their past performance and what employers need in the now.
For example, a 59-year-old woman presented her legal background in cover letters. Yet, the job specs were for property management, retail and marketing pet products. Of course, she wasn't hired.
Why won't she let the past go? It's an identity. In her confusion over aging, it's what she perceives she has to hold on to. The irony is that if she moved on, current employment would create her a fresh professional identity.