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Subject:Re: Aging out was RE: job-hunt weirdness From:Elaine Garnet <2egarnet -at- rogers -dot- com> To:"Leonard C. Porrello" <Leonard -dot- Porrello -at- SoleraTec -dot- com> Date:Thu, 9 Jul 2009 17:20:45 -0400
Apparently, I was too old at 45, so I started my own business. Now,
I'm 61 and in a fair amount of demand. It must be because no-one has
to see me too often!
On 9-Jul-09, at 4:57 PM, Leonard C. Porrello wrote:
> What do people think about how old it is too old? Is it 40, 50, 60?
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> Subject: Aging out was RE: job-hunt weirdness
> Dunno about Canada, but about the worst thing you can do in Northern
> California is brag about (or even mention) being "long-in-the-tooth".
> Kiss of death out here.
> I watched my highly competent, smart, professional mother, with
> years of
> experience and business savvy, get involuntarily "retired" from
> technical writing for the sin of being older than the people she was
> interviewing with for a job. The last job she had, she was actually
> by her manager that if he'd known her age he would never have
> her for the job. She did all the usual--wrote her resume to eliminate
> about ten years of experience, concealed the date of her graduation
> (even dropped a degree), dyed her hair, dressed younger. None of it
> worked. After she got laid off, she never again got past an initial
> I figure I'm in my last or next to last job as an employee; if and
> I leave this one, I have at best a 50/50 chance of being hired full
> somewhere because I am too old. I'm keeping my freelance skills up,
> hoping my husband keeps his job so that his benefits can cover us.
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