I’m an unemployed 53 years old struggling to re-enter the workforce after an unexpected layoff from my last job. I’ve been landing a decent amount interviews but I have yet to be convincing enough to seal a deal with a potential employer.
My vast years of related experience speaks for itself on my resume but I still can’t help thinking managers are second guessing my ability to learn new skills and quickly adapt to the demands of the workplace because of my age. Of course there was no way I could prove any discrimination but I’m frankly sick and tired of making assumptions.
I decided to take a risk and address this ageism discrimination problem head-on during an interview yesterday. After the standard interview Q&A I volunteered a final statement meant to speak directly to this issue. The statement sounded something like this…
“I’m 53 years old with over 20 years of experience in various areas of manufacturing and production as you can see on my resume. I was laid off from my previous job for reasons outside of my control but at my age I’m not ready to give up, I’m ready to gear-up! I’m 100% confident that I will meet and exceed all of the responsibilities associated with this job to your full satisfaction is give the opportunity to prove myself.”
I’m not sure how much of an impact my little spiel had on the manager's decision but I’ve been called back for a 2nd interview next week. Keeping all my fingers and toes crossed on this one. Wish me luck!