Re: Aging out was RE: job-hunt weirdness

Subject: Re: Aging out was RE: job-hunt weirdness
From: Elaine Garnet <2egarnet -at- rogers -dot- com>
To: Mike Starr <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 08:10:47 -0400

Very good plan, Sarah. I always urge younger women to keep their
careers up when they get married and freelancing is one of those
options. I should have been so lucky. After staying home to raise my
son past toddlerhood, my husband divorced me. This gap somehow made me
look non-technical and combined with being older in a market of young
grads reduced me to minimum wage or slightly better jobs. All of these
jobs were boring and I faced a lot of age harassment from younger men
- not in a teasing manner but in a nasty, mean sort of way. Such an
experience is enough to seriously diminish a person's self worth. So,
I was pretty damaged by the time I picked myself up and went out on my
own. Now, I'm doing better than my engineer ex-husband and my clients
seem to value my work. Incidentally, my ex lost his job when he was 50
and had to go out on his own as well. No-one would hire him despite
his experience. Poetic justice? Or, a life event that we may all expect?

Thanks for the link, Mike.

On 10-Jul-09, at 2:14 AM, Mike Starr wrote:

> In light of this conversation, I stumbled across this via Twitter:
>
> Job search over 50: Unique challenges, unique opportunities
>
> http://www.kristidaeda.com/2009/07/09/job-search-over-50-unique-challenges-unique-opportunities/
>
> or
>
> http://tinyurl.com/ncxhp4
>
> Mike
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> Sarah Stegall wrote:
>> 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
>> told
>> by her manager that if he'd known her age he would never have
>> considered
>> 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
>> interview.
>>
>> I figure I'm in my last or next to last job as an employee; if and
>> when
>> I leave this one, I have at best a 50/50 chance of being hired full
>> time
>> somewhere because I am too old. I'm keeping my freelance skills up,
>> and
>> hoping my husband keeps his job so that his benefits can cover us.
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References:
Re: job-hunt weirdness: From: Erik Hare
RE: job-hunt weirdness: From: Dana Worley
Re: job-hunt weirdness: From: Peter Neilson
Re: job-hunt weirdness: From: Dana Worley
RE: job-hunt weirdness: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
Aging out was RE: job-hunt weirdness: From: Sarah Stegall
Re: Aging out was RE: job-hunt weirdness: From: Mike Starr

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