D S
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What you do if you 55 and laid off?

After working at the company for many years I was laid off. Although I have experience it is hard to find a job. A phone interview is ok but not in person. Employers do not believe that humans can learn after 50. Because I am a human I do not know EVERYTHING but if you could give me a chance I will learn and I will do well. After applying to so many positions and 2.5 years in I give up. If the economy does not want me so be it. If you see me in the park or sleeping under the bridge just know I am not an addict. I am a hardworking person but I am too old to be hired and too old to for your 20-30 culture. I would look for something else but frankly, the tech is all I know. Thank you for your thoughts. #ageism #laidoff #python #careerchange #training #technology #certification #jobsearch #womanintech

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Ashley Wilson
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Hi DS! Although I am not in my 50 about 4 years ago I struggled to find work. I went from educator to house cleaner to not having ANY job. I had NO clue what the hell to do. My advice is this. Update your resume and make sure it has all the keywords it needs to get into the employer's hands. Check out this info. Next, show them what you DO know not what you don't. Highlight the parts that they are looking for from the job description in your resume as well as during the interview. If there is a major skill you need, take an online course. When all else fails take a job doing something similar to what you used to do and transfer those skills into something new! Check out more info on that here. You can do this, don't give up!!! I was looking for over a year and found a temp job which lead to me working at Jobcase for the last 3 years. Good things are coming!!

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Sharon Barrow
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I'm 70. Still healthy and active. First question is when do you plan to retire? It's depressing

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Martha Ybarra
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I’m in the same situation. I’m 54 years old and have several years of experience as a Administrative Assistant and over 20 job applications sent out and no call backs🤷🏻‍♀️!!!

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james ward
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You need to switch careers. Warehouse jobs are always available. I got a job after 56 for 10 years until they went under due to the covid. I'm drawing unemployment currently.

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Rachel Castillo
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I'm 54 and also having a hard time finding a job, I have applied for alot of different positions and nothing, my unemployment is $99.00 is despaired and at times depressed.

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David Fei
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I was 57 when I found my last job. Five years passed on this job I got laid off. I have applied for many positions for the past two months. Many interview calls came to me every week. When I checked on the LinkedIn the cio of a large firm I happened to find that he bought two good degrees from a diploma mill. He branded him as an innovative creator of sustainable business development. Live and learn, be creative like that cio.

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That CIO of over 60 years of age got two non accredited degrees including an MBA from that California Coast University. He even added cum laude and summa cum laude to those two worthless shit degrees with no shame. When I got an interview opportunity with this company for IT work I discovered this interesting alarming info in LinkedIn! I thought about helping this company to get rid of this guy first before thinking about the job I was applying. Now, do you want to know what happened? Well, it is not what I expect to see ... Live and learn. Just mind my own business!

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Anuradha Prasad
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Your article was very inspiring and on point. After, 50 most employers don't have the budget to pay for experience plus benefits. Sometimes it is a better option to be a Contract Consultant, or a 1099 worker. I have found that having my own company helps keep me busy and maintains my lifestyle. Also, in this economy it takes about 5 to 7 income streams to be wealthy. Crazy but true.

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