Boomer Men Working.

Author:Silverstein, Barry
Position:Book review

Norm Crampton (author); BOOMER MEN WORKING; Wyatt-MacKenzie (Nonfiction: Career) 14.75 ISBN: 9781936214921

Byline: Barry Silverstein

The long-term impact of the recession that started in 2008 continues to be felt by millions of Americans, but among the hardest hit were men of the "Boomer" generation (born between 1946 and 1964). The recession, writes journalist Norm Crampton in his book Boomer Men Working, "was much worse for older men than in any previous recession -- three out of four terminations were of men."

Crampton focuses specifically on the employment challenges facing Boomer men who want to remain secure in their present job, or who are looking for work. The author doesn't sugarcoat the vulnerability of the older worker, but he does offer sensible, practical advice, packaged in an easy-to-read volume that is well-balanced between how-to tips and real stories of Boomer-age and older men.

Crampton begins by laying out a potential ten-year plan for employment, observing that it is the "non-routine" jobs that are the "safest," whether they are high-skilled (doctors, lawyers, and professors, for example), or low-to-medium-skilled (such as cooks, plumbers, and taxi drivers). He then moves into an exploration of the team-oriented work environment to demonstrate the growing importance of collaboration, followed by a discussion of "what to do between jobs," a particularly helpful chapter for men who have been laid off and are feeling helpless.

Crampton covers the expected material, such as...

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