Cynthia Ball
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I was let go from my previous job in March, had surgery on my shoulder for rotator cuff repair in April. Since being released from medical follow up and therapy I’ve been searching for employment non stop and always make it to final rounds of interviews only to be passed on for other candidates. I have over 18 years experience and have only listed the past 10 years on my resume. I’ve taken off grad years from my resume and it’s strong showing all of my deliverables as well as my team work and leadership skills. Ima at my wits end, money is running out, trying to figure out how to pay all the bills. I’ve registered with temp agencies as well as placement recruiters. Have gotten plenty of response though nothing pans out. I can only assume the interviewers look at my exp and well it’s not hard to see I’m over 50 and that last where it ends. I don’t know what else to do to secure employment. I hear I’m overqualified and tell them I’m looking for balance in my life and not climbing the corporate ladder. Lots of employers aren’t looking at my transferable skill sets. How do you stay motivated when everything seems to be crashing down around you?

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Viola Fortenberry

Same here.

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Viola Fortenberry

That is easier said than to be done. Telling someone to go into another Direction when they stated they have exhausted their revenues.

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Sheila Johnson

Cynthia, Perhaps you should go in another direction. After being in the administrative field for years I decided since no one would hire me to go another direction. I took a job in security. The hours are not great but the pay is good and they never made my age an issue. I have been out of the workforce because I was a caretaker for my late husband. The work is interesting and pretty easy and you always have a job once you get cleet certified anywhere in the United States. There are so many security agencies in the United States and beyond and they are always in need of people with clean backgrounds and being reliable. US Security Associates is nationwide and they never even asked me about my age or physical health. Maybe you could work from home their are plenty of companies that will hire home workers, Enterprise Rentacar, Williams Sonoma, Amazon, 1-800 Flowers, TeleTech, also there are plenty of senators and representatives that will pay you to make phone calls for them. I know this because I worked for a to be Governor and our President for nearly 4 years all from home. Just don't give up remember that God does not give you more than you can handle. He has great things in store for you, just ask him.

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Anne ODonnell

I am in the process of being forced out from my job. I am 63. I will be forced to resign since I am not meeting the company's " efficiency standards " .I am one of many. I read these comments about how hard it is to get work. I am sorry. I wish you luck.

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Russell Hall

Keep trying,don't give in to doubt. There are jobs out there keep searching. Networking through family and friend's can be very helpful. Good luck.

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Cathy Lowery

Start your own business. There are lots of small businesses that don't take much money to start up. And.... you can work right from your home. With all that experience you have, you can certainly make it work for you. When I started my own business, the only experience I had was minimum wage jobs. I had no college education at the time. And no real skills, to speak of. Wasn't computer literate, either. I took a 12 week tax course from one of those big tax companies and learned how to do taxes. The course cost me $300. The next tax season, I bought tax software for $900, some paper and folders and opened my own tax business, which I run from my living room. Computer equipment does not need to be brand new. I used an old computer that my mom bought, years ago. Don't need fancy equipment for accepting payments, either. Just take cash, only.

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Steve Willocks

I for one am having a tough time facing the reality of age discrimination. It seems our senior people are being left out in the cold and provided little opportunity. Every other group seems to be a "protected" class but when it comes to we senior folks (over 50) we are tossed aside with no consequence. You cannot say it is because we will work a few years and retire. Hardly anyone offers a pension anymore anyway so they have nothing to lose. We paid our dues and built companies, now we are not viable. I once heard a person leaving an interview say "she reminded me of my Mom" as a reason she did not recommend the candidate. Too much value is placed on looks and youth and not enough on the content of the person. They see us as going home on time and being clock watchers when it really comes down to we just do not want to have drinks after work or go to the gym. I myself like to drink and workout at home but perceptions seem to be the rule when it comes to age. I am sorry you are going through what so many more experienced people are. Maybe one day our society will place as much worth on senior workers as they do on the size of Kim Kardashian's butt. Good Luck and may God bless.

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Maria Perez

Same here. I am not the same I used to be and now I feel like being interviewed by children. It is so hard and at the same token such a blessing being 54

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Lloyd Hardin

Sorry about your predicament Cynthia. I'm on the same plane. How do I stay motivated? Thinking about how hungry I'll be helps me keep it movin'. So, please keep trying and good luck.

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Joseph Beckner

That was the beauty of RadioShack, as a senior manager, I hired many individuals who needed balance or part time work. Didn't matter their prior expertise as long as they were willing to learn. I too experienced the out of work sitiation last year. Went from 29 years retail, 1 year off and into expediated van driving. Unfortunately 2 heart attacks on Aug 1, 2018 has put me back into the hunting game.

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