Saying that the present job market is difficult would be an understatement. With the unemployment rate above seven percent and more jobs in the service sector, it has become very hard for young and old to attain employment or even to keep their present positions.
According to data from the Public Policy Institute, the jobless number for workers aged 55 and older is lower than their younger counterparts. However, it takes baby boomers longer to find work if they lose their jobs: period of unemployment for workers older than 55 is 50.4 weeks, while workers under the age of 55 experience only 34.2 weeks of being jobless.
There are growing statistics and news reports that look at how looking old or showing the appearance of aging could hinder employment efforts. One way that older men are tackling this problem is undergoing cosmetic procedures, predominantly Botox and facial fillers that diminish the amount of wrinkles.
Plastic surgeons and dermatologists have reported that men receiving cosmetic treatments has risen nearly one-quarter (22 percent) between the years 2000 and 2012. In one year alone (2011 to 2012), men using Botox jumped six percent, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. It should be noted, however, that men still only make up roughly nine percent of overall cosmetic sessions.
In the United States and on a global level, Botox remains one of the most popular and successful methods for battling the aging process. It has been developed from botulin, which paralyzes facial muscles in order to remove wrinkles. Each Botox injection lasts about three to four months and it costs roughly $15 per unit. If the job pays well and offers benefits then it could prove to be a worthwhile investment in the long run.
During this competitive labor market, boomers are attempting to survive and thrive and prepare themselves for their retirement - the financial crisis in 2007 and 2008 hurt savings and investments across the globe in all age demographics. Therefore, boomer men have to look young and energetic, but industry professionals say there are other ways to appear so.
One job expert noted that a gentleman in his 50s can show up to the interview - or at work to complete his job functions - with full of energy and prove to his employers that he can be just as effective and productive as someone younger than him. However, a lot of professionals remain neutral in encouraging or discouraging Botox treatments.
Aside from Botox, men can order other cosmetic procedures to fight the appearance of aging. Some of these include facials, continual visits to spas, wrinkle fillers and peels. All of these treatments can provide smooth skin, diminish wrinkles and perhaps even improve your overall health.
Although there might be a shift in men in their golden years to receive a face lift to get rid of the "turkey wattle," it wouldn't be needed if they regularly care for their skin and perhaps even make several visits to a nearby spa. Taking care of yourself, being energetic and a hard worker can go a long way in getting employment.