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I so agree with the sell-by date. Mine apparently expired many years
ago despite my technological aptitude. I am finding that companies are
hiring candidates fresh out of university and training them for the
job. These young ones will work long hours for dirt cheap wages. How
can you compete with that if you have 10 years experience doing that
job successfully and are a mature candidate?
On 27-Oct-10, at 2:23 AM, David Neeley wrote:
> One factor I am very surprised not to have seen thus far about taking
> a much lower hourly rate "to get by."
> How many job applications have you had where they request a salary
> Or, better--how many job applications have you seen where they do
> *not* ask for such a history?
> Taking a low rate to make ends meet may, in fact, constrain how much
> you may be offered for later gigs.
> Adding insult to injury--I cannot tell you how often I was told I was
> "overqualified" for a job I was applying for. Too many employers, not
> taking into account that you may have had to take a substantial cut to
> pay the bills, may wonder whether it was something the matter with
> you--despite the economy or other considerations.
> This may be especially true if you are nearing your "sell-by date"--if
> you are middle aged or even slightly beyond. Younger employers seem
> already to assume that older employees must have something wrong or
> *surely* are not up to date from a technical standpoint.
> Even in the best of times, these factors can greatly limit the choices
> someone may face.
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