Age is real. And there is plenty of bias about it in estimating the value of us Baby Boomer professionals. But that's no excuse to stop marketing ourselves brilliantly. Most of us got where we got because we knew how to put ourselves out there.
Then, aging threw its curve ball. Stunned, too many of us began going through the motions of hunting for professional opportunities, not pursuing them aggressively. For example, we replied to help-wanted ads in a generic manner.
For example, we didn't custom-make our cover letters and resumes. Sure, we can leverage pattern resumes and cover letters. But each has to be motified for the specific job or customer/client.
We go for an interview without researching the industry and the company. Yes, they expect us to have done a deep dive on where they are.
We don't follow up. Yet, the work can come through months or years later.
We don't heed proven advice in "What Color Is Your Parachute" to send unsolicited pitches. Almost 50 percent of the good jobs and well-paying assignments come that way. If you haven't read the book, read it. Three times. The recommendation pans out in work because your pitch is not competing with 200 or 300 others, as when you reply to a help-wanted. On the employer's desk might be only five letters like yours.
If you are merely going through the motions of applying for work, stop. Taking breaks in a hunt is good. Then set out with the mindset that you are going to get work. You will. Then you will get the hang of getting better and better work. Soon enough you will be puzzled how you slid into that dark place of assuming you were "over."