Silicon Valley – Changing Parameters for Getting Hired - Especially for Those over Forty

Aug 22, 2011

Last month a comprehensive workforce and economic study was released by four Silicon Valley workforce investment boards.  Among other findings, the study highlighted that Silicon Valley is in the midst of a reinvention that will yield job growth as well talent shortages, while heightening challenges for tech job workers, especially older workers.

What are the specifics of the report?  Why will there be talent shortages inspite of the  increased job growth; and why are older technology workers more vulnerable?


  • Luther Jackson, Economic Stimulus Manager at NOVA, the non-profit, federally-funded workforce investment board based in Sunnyvale.  While at NOVA, Jackson has managed several research projects designed to help community stakeholders understand the workforce ramifications of the fast-paced economic changes sweeping Silicon Valley and the nation.
  •  Jeff Winters, CEO of, which provides no cost/low cost training that will empower mature workers to become their own best career coaches.  In addition to his work at, he also provides career counseling at ProMatch (a nationally recognized career counseling center for Silicon Valley professionals).