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P. Jan Hall
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Tutor at Rose State College

I've been looking for work since December 2017 when I was awarded my Master of Science in Counseling. I already have over 40 years of counseling experience/practice but no one wants to hire me. Guess they are afraid I'll try to take their jobs, or else die before they get their pound of flesh out of me. By the way, I turned 70 this past August but am still in excellent health and can run circles around folks half my age. All else aside, I need a job or I will have to give up everything I worked for BEFORE I got that damned degree. What am I expected to do?

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Gary Lacy
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I certainly feel for you. I am gooing to be 66 next month, and I desperately need a part-time job. I believe that since the whole job situation is now online, the programs throw out my resume before anyone even gets to see it. I had a wonderful retirement in place, then my Mother became ill and I took care of all her financial needs for over 9 years. I cashed in my retirement in order to continue afford doing it, but my Mother sacrificed so much for me and I was not going to let her not have a good life in her last years. Now I just have my Social Security ( a misnomer if I have ever seen one), and the stress of being homeless is killing me. I have a Masters degree, speak Spanish, owned and operated a very successful business for over 25 years, etc., but I can’t even score an interview. I even started going to job fairs. Nothing. If I see how ALL those hiring do not discriminate based on age one more time, I think I will implode. I am still fit and attractive, as when at a job fair last week, three different women stopped me to tell me how handsome I am, I don’t believe it’s because I look like I am too old to do a job. I fear I will soon face homelessness and suicide is now creeping into my thoughts. Any ideas?

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Elyssa Duncan , offers some excellent resources P. Jan Hall . Please make sure you take some time to look over her suggestions. Also, where are you looking for a job? There's no location information on your profile to help us connect you to related (local) employment opportunities.

Please update and reach back out to us when you're done. I may have a job opportunity for you with UHG but first I need to know where you are looking to work. Thank you

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Hi P. Jan Hall ... I'm so sorry that you're facing this in your job search. Don't lose hope.

Here are some things to consider!

Join our AgeStrong Group Join here!

Out with the old Eliminate experience more than 10 years old off your resume or any online form, as well as the dates you attended college. Think of what is important to that potential job and what you should highlight on your resume.

Show them you are tech savvy Consider taking some online courses to brush up on things or even to learn new skills/info if you need to. Employers will love that you are staying current and it will show initiative that you are self educating. Remember they want someone who can keep up! Check out Lynda.com for some great online courses.

Here are some great resources for expanding your skillset + staying up to date with current trends:

TED Talks

MIT OpenCourseWare

Udemy

Lynda

Just remember that you are a quality candidate and it is a major plus that you have more experience, not less!

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