I lost my job of 20 plus years because of COVID -19. I have applied everywhere and no job offers have contacted me. I’m feeling stressed And I wonder is it because I’m 54 years old.
I lost my job of 20 plus years because of COVID -19 I have applied everywhere and no job offers have contacted me.I’m feeling stressed And I wonder is it because I’m 54 years old . Scared for my future #ageism
As an older unemployed person, it is simply more difficult to find a job and it is supposed to be illegal, but it is still practiced by all companies. Unfortunately this is our reality, at least for older workers.
A word to the wise from someone who’s been around the block a few times. If you are thinking of retiring, exiting your job for a while or trying to find one be sure you have a plan especially if you are 40-50 or beyond. Age discrimination is rampant even in the federal government and It doesn’t matter how qualified you are. #ageism #wordsofadvice
Mary I share your frustration. Twice in a week declined for consulting gigs, because I have snow on the roof. 35 years experience, degreed with on MBA, all skills up to date. The rejections were for the same reason, They were offended when I said, "There hasn't been much I haven't seen or fixed in my career, would enjoy the opportunity to assist you." They were offend because they wanted to hear their problem was special and unique, and I asked for the job/opportunity!! Blows me away and this was a person who had the same color hair.
On my next birthday next month I will be 53 yrs young, and I can actually retire from the workforce in four years.
In 2013 as the new year rolled in, I turned 47 and then became unemployed. Scared about being middle age and unemployed, I had no time to feel sorry for myself, so I got busy reinventing myself and my career.
I first started with my resume. I deleted five years of prior work experience off of my resume, so hiring managers could not discriminate against me because of my age.
Next I updated my look. I cut my hair and changed my hair color and updated my make-up to give myself a more youthful look. My profile picture was taken two years ago 😉.
Then next I updated my wardrobe. I had tons of business attire in my closet from working so many years, but they were worn a dated.
Whenever #LaneBryant had a really great sale, I would stock up on the classic white button down shirts, cardigans and hosiery. I also brought two suits to wear for interviews. One was a navy pinstripes pant suit, and the other was a navy skirt suit. I also updated my interview shoes and brought two pair of #NineWest pumps( 2 inch heals, no stilettos).
I then did research on free computer classes and job training courses. I registered and attended a lot of free classes at the NY Public Library, and I enrolled into a free healthcare job training course, and now I have switched careers and have been working in the healthcare field for five years.
So I say to all of the over 45 and mature job seekers, don't give up and keep pushing ahead.
I read a comment on hear about age discrimination! That post is very true. I went to a interview and the interviewer asked my how long do I expect to be able to work???? I have 20+ yrs in the aircraft industry and they went with a much younger candidate???? Knowledge and experience ain't worth shit today!!!!
Lost job due to the pandemic. Now I cant fine a job at my age 6 more years to my retirement. Companies say they don't discriminate against age. But all jobs that review my resume two to three time say they decided to take a different approach. I'm sure when they do background check or want me to fill more questions for their company. Graduation year from high school. The age is a factor.
I'm just giving a little update on my job search so far. Since the last time I posted on here I've had 4 interviews. I'm just waiting for some feedback from 3 of them. One of them wanted to hire me on the spot for far less than I was making previously from my other job. I'm willing to take a little pay cut to prove my skills and work ethics. But this was literally embarrasing to me with my many skills and what I have to bring to the table. They offered me $43,000 to start, I was making $60,000 + at my last job. I ask the interviewers is there any room for negotiations. They ask me what would I suggest and I told them $52,000. One of the interviewers quickly said "we don't have some engineers and supervisors making that kind of money". I said "I have a lot to bring to the table" and everyone agreed. They told me the max the would go is $45,000. I told them let me think about it. That was 4/2/2020. I know I need to work and bring money into my household to keep the roof over my head and food on my table. But there is several thing I know I have working for me in my life is my wife of 32 yrs and the back up plans we've created over the yrs for times like this. I want to really go back to work but I'm not going to be handled like I'm desparate. I'm a patient person and I know that ideal job will present itself to me in the near future. Ok guys thanks for listening and please everyone be safe.
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