Hi everybody. I am Pedro Miguel Pagán-Rivera. I had been almost four years here in the Tampa zone, living with my sister and niece. My situation is this. I am a prepared and experienced web designer, content producer, graphic artist, copywriter and social community manager that had send several resumes and application looking for a job and never receive an interview.
I think that my major problem is my age, 55 years old. In my industry, there are not many opportunities for people like me. Once I went to a Walmart interview and not even there I was selected.
I understand that my English is on a business orally but the real thing is that I can understand it perfectly and can express it very well, with an accent of course but I don't think am the only one with it.
I need a job, maybe not related with my professional area but I do really need a job. Hope someone can help me. Thank you community.
Thank you. I'll do.
Whether or not you can see age discrimination, it's real. I am 61 years old and I am a profitability expert. I have left the corporate world to seek employment in smaller companies. Most have never returned my applications with an answer that makes sense. it goes to reason, that it is not my experience or expertise. it's age.
Sir, maybe you need to do another resume, that would be fitting for a job like Walmart see what their positions require and adjust you resume to that.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I did list all the jobs had in the past. My career field had change a lot really fast so the idea of a resume for each one of the items sounds really great. I will check all the references you gave to me as soon as possible and once again, thanks.
Hello @Pedro Miguel Pagán-Rivera (Pedro), so happy you found us. Welcome to the Jobcase community! The challenges you're facing during your job search are not at all uncommon for job seekers within all age groups and demographic categories. Ageism and/or age bias is an unfortunate reality but not as commonly practiced by employers as most job seekers perceive.
I have no access to view your resume and work background, (please take a few moments to upload your resume onto your Jobcase profile to empower myself and other members to assist you with your job search), but here's where I can identify some possible challenges.
First, your work experience covers at least 5 different job titles and positions within any given company...
1 - Web Designer 2 - Graphic Artist 3 - Content Producer 4 - Graphic Artist 5 - Social Community Manager
Key question, which one of these jobs are you most passionate about and most efficient in? Do you use 5 separate resumes for each online job application?
A single combined resume showing all of this work experience won't get you passed the automated tracking tool employers use to qualify online applicants. There's a quick read article with some excellent strategy information on resume optimization, see How to Get Your Resume/Application Past Screening Programs. Employers are looking for the best candidate for each job role they need to fill. Emphasizing and highlighting how your skills and experience match their job requirements is essential.
Next, having a second language, especially within the content writing and community management roles, is more of a Pro than a Con. Don't let your language skills and strengths dissuade you from pursuing the employment opportunities you want and deserve.
Finally, the keys to a successful job search journey on this and other career platforms are optimized resume and online profile, professional pic, and strong career network connections. Lets get started! Upload your resume and update your location information. Share some more of your top job preferences with us and we will use that information to connect you with related job leads and hiring opportunities.
Always feel free to reach out to me or connect with other community members if you have any questions.