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Ageism as a barrier to high-paying work

Hi all, my name is Allana Akhtar and I'm a reporter at Business Insider.

I just published a report on how ageism, not a skills gap, is the biggest barrier to keeping older adults from high-paying work. (& I even got some help from Jobcase CEO Fred Goff).

I'd love to hear your thoughts. Here's the story: https://www.businessinsider.com/retraining-doesnt-help-older-workers-find-jobs-because-of-ageism-2019-5

#ageism #seniors #skillsgap #olderworkers

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Joel Paez Wagner
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This is nothing new.

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Gerald Graham
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I have to believe this is true. I have had numerous interviews recently that I thought went rather well. I am told I am scoring high in their assessments, touring their facilities and talking to the H/R representatives for longer than half an hour. I am cheerful, positive and even offer lucrative insights that they hadn't considered for potential future business. When I get home and send them a thank You e-mail, I receive a reply that goes something like this..Thank You for applying but we are presently NOT filling this position at this time. Feel free to re apply in 60 days. I go back to my job search only to find the same job position I was just denied for on 3 or more job sites. I used to think that my 35 years of factory, machine operation and repair, and middle management skills would be in high demand but I am beginning to think that this has become a liability. I certainly haven't given up hope, but I must admit, it is a bit discouraging. I no longer trust temp to hire recruiters since I have had 2 blatantly lie to me about their terms of employment. I have chosen to opt for direct hire or nothing, but I feel I am worth more than a $10.00 an hour starting position.

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