Re: Sell-by date rant (was Re: Rates)

Subject: Re: Sell-by date rant (was Re: Rates)
From: Elaine Garnet <2egarnet -at- rogers -dot- com>
To: voxwoman <voxwoman -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2010 14:50:40 -0500

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On 12-Nov-10, at 2:26 PM, voxwoman wrote:

> I was paranoid about my gray when I was out looking for work 2.5
> years ago.
> I got hired from my first interview. But the company I'm working for
> trends
> older in general
>
>
>
> On Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 9:49 AM, Katherine Noftz Nagel (Kat) <
> lists -at- masterworkconsulting -dot- com> wrote:
>
>> On 2010-10-27 8:56 AM, Elaine Garnet wrote:
>>> 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?
>>
>> I'm also discovering that gray hairs don't get the gold.
>>
>> When I started my professional life as a research chemist, and later
>> started freelancing as a technical writer, gender was the issue. I
>> had
>> to deal with managers and prospective clients who didn't believe a
>> woman
>> could function successfully in a technical career. I managed, of
>> course
>> <grin>. And had quite a lot of fun in the process.
>>
>> Now, it's that gray hair. It takes a gawdawful amount of effort to
>> convince a 30-something engineer/MBA that 17 years as a research
>> scientist and 20+ years documenting new medical devices, laboratory
>> SOPs, computer networks, industrial safety systems, payroll and
>> benefits
>> management software, and automated fork-lift trucks qualifies me to
>> write highly technical material such as a lab-management system user
>> manual.
>>
>> Oh, I usually get the projects, especially if the engineer/MBAs
>> mother
>> was a techie. But the process is exhausting. I'm considering
>> starting a
>> professional association for people like me. Gonna call it NAGG.
>>
>> --
>> K@
>> Kat Nagel, Owner, MasterWork Consulting
>> Founder, National Association of Granny Geeks(tm)
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Sell-by date rant (was Re: Rates): From: Katherine Noftz Nagel (Kat)
Re: Sell-by date rant (was Re: Rates): From: voxwoman

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