Share Topic
Report Content
They said YOU were too old! ...but what do they know? This topic explores stories and advice for older workers struggling to get hired.
See newest posts
Donald Brown
19 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

See All Answers
Lawrence White

Not a workplace you want to be associated with @Sandy Ingram . Don't let that employer experience discourage you from pursuing your new job goals. Keep at it! Also, what type of job(s) are you looking for?

Do you have a specific salary preference? Are you interested in full or part-time employment?

Do you have an updated resume? Upload it onto your Jobcase Profile or use the resume builder option to create your new optimized resume.

Make sure you include your profile picture to ensure you drive more hiring manager interests to your potential and attract more member/employer connections in the community. See How to pick the right profile picture on Jobcase to learn how you can upload a profile pic that fits the image you want to present to employers.

Get Connected! Your relationships are vital to your network! Use your old connections to propel your hiring potential to new levels. Connect with your family, friends, former co-workers, and managers today and ask them to follow and add personal/professional references on your profile. Doing this will help highlight your skill, strengths, and personal traits and inspire hiring decisions to go in your favor.

To start your new job search use the Jobs tool on this page to query for new job listings and hiring opportunities available in your preferred work location, (city/state).

Also, share some of your top job preferences with us, and will use your information to match you up with job leads and hiring opportunities that fit your immediate job needs and future career goals. Thank you

Mark As Helpful
Darrell Barton
about 2 months 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

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.

Steve Taylor
about 2 months 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
about 1 month 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.

Laura Manterfield
about 1 month ago

A nightmare of endless leads leading nowhere

Hi everyone. I'm not sure what led me to this forum, but that's exactly what I want to post about. I'm currently on about 7 job search boards and several social media platforms. I get some really crazy invitations to apply (so far out of my scope or complete entry level, no experience offers) and I feel like my resume is very specific in highlighting my experience. Basically, I am getting discouraged and can't keep up with who I've applied with or what the company is or anything else that will help me land the job. So call me scattered, but I need help narrowing the field. #ageism #advice #motivation

Ann L Ogle
over 6 months ago

How to reply: "When did you graduate from high school?"

If this question arises during an interview, politely reply: "Apparently you have a reason for asking, may I ask what it is? It is more tactful that saying: "Why?" and shifts the question back to the employer. Another tip, "Oh, I could obtain a copy of my diploma (transcript, etc) if necessary." There are a lot of tough interview questions you should be ready to answer.

Steven Ransom
2 months ago


$1400 Stimulus Checks Pass in the House of Representatives - Stimulus Package Watch video below.

We look forward to covering the third stimulus check update and the stimulus 3. We'll keep you up to date on the stimulus check 3 status. The 3rd stimulus check and the stimulus check round 3 are expected to happen with Joe Biden as President and Democrats in control of the Senate. Read more...

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

Back to top