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Job-hunting challenges after 50

In a career that spans more than four decades, Kathryn Coverston has had her share of highs and lows. She's doubled her salary more than once, she's had job offers without asking, and she's received promotions. On the other hand, she has not been immune to the vagaries of the economy and the job market. She has been laid off three times.

After each setback, Kathryn, 63, has bounced back with a mix of flexibility, determination and a network of contacts. After she lost her human resources job last year, Kathryn enrolled in an eight-month course to train for a new career. With diploma in hand, she is scouring websites, developing contacts and visiting employers to find a job as a medical receptionist.

Her latest career chapter began last year when she was laid off from her job as human resources coordinator. Last fall, Coverston began a course at Vista Adult School to train for a medical office career. Since completing the course last month, Coverston has begun looking for work as a receptionist in a hospital or medical office. "It's exciting and a little scary," Coverston said. "But I have great skills and lots of wonderful experience. I love people, and it shows. I will go over and above what is expected."

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