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They said YOU were too old! ...but what do they know? This topic explores stories and advice for older workers struggling to get hired.
Donald Brown
4 days ago

Ageism in the workplace

I've been a contract Project Manager for several years, having successfully managed large-scale, big-ticket technology projects for several Fortune 100 companies. Recently my contract with a multinational bank ended and I began searching for a new contract. With more than 20 years of solid experience and multiple globally-recognized certifications under my belt I've never had a problem securing my next contract, at least not until now, at 76 years old. I've interviewed at a couple of dozen companies - a few of them multiple times - I've been refused employment for no apparent reason beyond my age. Ageism (aka age discrimination) is alive and very well in hiring organizations today. #ageism #discrimination #seniors #hiring #interviewing #general

Steven McNeff
about 1 month ago

Trying to find work but am in my late 50's

I have been actively looking for work over the last four weeks and have an education and experience but do not seem to be getting any calls. I have applied to several jobs in my area of knowledge and am becoming very frustrated, concerned, scared and even looking just for help at this point. I am a professional and hope that you can offer some advice on what an older person do to retain work. I have worked temp work and even in that arena I am not getting any calls. I have become discouraged and look for some help. #advice #ageism

Janice Reed
Community Specialist
14 days ago

Is age discrimination still a problem?

I just saw someone ask this question in the comments section of one of our posts and want to know what YOU think. Have you encountered age discrimination recently? What did it sound/look like when it happened to you?

#ageism #jobsearch #discrimination

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Karen Barnett

They haven’t asked my age or birthdate. However, everyone has asked what year I graduated high school. A recruiter will say you sound like a perfect fit but I’m always denied the position. I feel there could be age discrimination,

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Jon Hall

I was a chemical dependency counselor and the youngest employee by 20 years. One of the last counselors that was still being trained would constantly call me a child. She and the other ladies I worked with would all talk down to me and treat me as if I was a kid even though I'm 31. It got so bad I ended up leaving the company.

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Patrick Coppedge
over 6 months ago


Job Fields Promising For Workers Over 50

If you're over 50 and are looking for work or career change over the next three years, there is good news.

There are ten fields that will have great demands and are looking to fill those positions. Older workers could be great fits for many of these openings, according to a new report from AARP and IMPAQ International.

Many employers are “having trouble filling vacancies with qualified, well-trained workers,” the report says. That could translate into opportunities for workers over age 50. People in this group are more likely to face longer periods of unemployment after they lose a job. For employers and older job seekers, finding the right match could really be just a matter of looking in the right place, according to the report.

The other key for older job seekers, the report states, is to look at occupations that make use of the skills they have already developed during their careers. “Among older workers making career changes, those who are able to make use of existing skills in their new job tend to be more successful.”

Here are the occupations, expected to have the largest labor shortages over the next few years:

Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing

These jobs include sales agent, sales representative, sales executive, sales consultant, direct salesperson and technical sales representative. Workers 50-plus are already working in this or a similar job making up nearly 10 percent of those employed. There is an expected high demand for employees in these fields in Colorado, Kansas and Maryland. These positions generally require at least two years of secondary education in the academic area of the product.

Computer Occupations

Occupations include programmers, computer and information research scientists, computer user support specialists, computer system analysts, information security analysts, and web and software developers.

Entry requirements vary from a vocational degree with on-the-job training to an advanced degree. This is one of the fields, that many workers over 50 may require additional training to work in.

Health Diagnosing And Treating Practitioners

Surgeons, podiatrist, orthodontist, optometrists, dentists, therapists, pharmacists, exercise physiologists, dietitians and nutritionsists and chiropractors are among the professions in this group. Many of these positions require extensive training and advanced degrees. As a result, many of the job openings are most likely to be filled by workers already in these fields or those wanting to come out of retirement..

Health Technologists And Technicians

This category includes jobs such as medical and clinical laboratory technologists/technicians, dental hygienists, radiologic technologists, and emergency medical technicians and paramedics. Many roles require extensive training and advanced degrees. The projected shortage for workers in these fields is predicted to be high in Minnesota and South Dakota.

Advertising, Marketing, Promotions, Public Relations And Sales Managers

These jobs consist of advertising and promotions managers; managers for marketing, public relations and sales and fundraising. These positions generally require at least a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.


Engineer employment include aerospace, agricultural, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer hardware, electrical, environmental, industrial, materials, mechanical and petroleum. Of the all the fields experiencing a shortage of qualified workers, this is the one with the highest hourly wage, at $38.46. Most of these positions require at least a bachelor’s degree, with many requiring advanced degrees and extensive training.

Motor Vehicle Operators

These jobs include bus drivers, taxi drivers, chauffeurs, ambulance drivers, bus drivers, sales drivers, heavy or tractor-trailer truck drivers, light-truck or delivery-services drivers. Workers over age 50 are already an easy fit for these jobs as most of these jobs require a high school diploma and a few months of training. But the average wage of $16.62 per hour was the lowest of the fields with predicted shortages.

Financial Specialists

Jobs in this category are accountants and auditors, appraisers and assessors of real estate, budget analysts, credit analysts, financial analysts, personal financial advisers, insurance underwriters, financial examiners, credit counselors, loan officers and tax preparers. For almost all of these roles, at least a bachelor’s degree is needed. Many require a master’s or post-bachelor’s certificate.

Business Operations Specialists

These are positions such as claims adjusters, examiners and investigators; compliance officers; cost estimators; farm labor contractors; fundraisers; human resource specialists; insurance appraisers (auto damage); labor relations specialists; logisticians; and management analysts. Virtually all of these jobs require at least a bachelor’s degree, and most call for a master’s or some kind of post-bachelor’s certificate.

Operations Specialties Managers

Among the options in this category are financial managers and managers for administrative services, computer and information systems, industrial production, purchasing, transportation, storage, and distribution, compensation and benefits, human resources, and training and development. For these jobs, education requirements range from a high school diploma to postgraduate education.

Steven Ransom
about 2 months ago

President Biden touts $1400 checks in COVID-19 relief bill

Forbes Breaking News Earlier today, President Biden touted $1400 checks relief checks for Americans in a roundtable at the White House.

#workfromhome #motivation #officelife #callcenter #ageism #interview #jobsearch #coronavirus #hiringevents #healthcare

Darrell Barton
about 1 month ago

Discrimination against the older workers. I'm 62 and companies do not want to invest in the older workers. They think we cannot carry our own weight and think we will be sick all the time. Plus at 62,I'll 63 in two months they know I'm ready to call it quits and retire. They just don't understand the amount of knowledge we have acquired along the way. So they would find how much we want to share with the younger work force and not take it to are graves. #jobsearch

Steve Taylor
about 1 month ago

Too old to be hired, too young to retire.

I've been in the collection industry for the last 41 years. I was laid off in October of 2019. I do business development. Currently I'm doing a temporary assignment as a contact tracer. If anyone knows people in the collection industry please don't hesitate to share my resume. I have it posted at I'm very good at generating new business. I've also got a lot of transferrable skills. Thank you in advance. #resume #nationwideusa #ageism #seniors #sales #hiring

Suzanne Eileen
18 days ago

Why do employers discriminate against older workers, I was a medical receptionist for over 7 yrs. before Covid & have been furloughed since March. Been on many interviews, know the work, am easily trainable, good with computers & show up.