I started applying since my termination in 2020. I’ve applied for nearly 55 opportunities and was only in 3 interviews without a chance or a response to the reasoning from the companies. This was attempted within 4 different companies.
Age discrimination is a problem. New findings reveal ageism persists in the workplace, and more working women than men experience ageism. It’s gotten so bad, the House of Representatives passed a bill to protect older Americans in just the last week.
After years of looking for a job I've finally decided I think I need to give up. I apply and it's like my application goes into the ozone never to be seen again, I never get the courtesy of a response, even if it would be 'your too old' (which I know they cannot tell you if that is the reason). Any other older job seekers feel this way?? You know the old saying 'misery loves company'.
Its hard to say in words how I'm feeling about the job market. Most will say Age is not a barrier when it is. If you are a older person trying to find work it seems companies do the "Over Qualified" line to avoid saying they age discriminate or you have to many medical issues. It would seem since this covid pandemic they say its hard to get people to come back to work. If this is the case why is it that I , as someone that wants to work is finding it hard to become employed. Sounds rather odd if you ask me !! #unemployment #coronavirus #beenwondering #ageism
I would tell that person not to give up. Don't use an employment agency. Look for a job,yourself.Make people get to know you.Show what sets you apart from the rest. I started all over again at 61, and Im very happy,with this new beginning.
In this day and age, let me tell you, ageism is STILL A THING. Although it is supposedly "against the law", apparently it is not a law the "Equal Rights" people want to enforce. I know this topic has more than likely been touched on again & again in this community, but I am touching on it again because I feel I am being "aged out" of the work force. Since I lost my job in Febuary of this year, I would most certainly bet that I have over a thousand applications between Indeed, Linked in, & other online services, this one included. I am 54 years old, still young, to ME, & I have so much I can still bring to the table: for example....USMC vet (1980s), cook, construction worker, forklift operator, handyman, lawn mower, pipefitter...and the list goes on. I fill out applications day in & day out, but in the end its all in vain, it feels to me. I always, as I have been taught by my folks, to "make my light shine", & put my best abilities down on paper....but in the end, its been the same old story...."Sorry, but you're not really what we are looking for." Which, to ME, is an answer a labor lawyer came up with which is a legal loophole around ageism. Is anyone else fighting this ageism problem as well? And it stumps me to no end....ESPECIALLY when I see employers on TV news now lamenting "We can't get people hired because they want to stay home & collect 300$ a week government money" Well...employers....what about THOSE OF US WHO WANT TO WORK????!!" WHY NOT HIRE US?????? I would like to hear from people "aged out"....AND...employers also...so that way there's 2 sides to the story.