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Leaving the Age for Employment by Ey Wade
When did the adult, age of forty and fifty become too old to employ? Within the past two, maybe three years, I have come to realize age could be more than a number. It can be the wall between me and survival.
There are many articles over the internet bemoaning the discrimination of the "elderly". I just have to say, I am 53 for God’s sake, when did I become old? It didn’t come at 40, because I was working. It didn’t come at 50 because I owned my own home based business, obviously, "old" came in the disguise of Hurricane Ike. I believe "old", when dealing with the work force always comes after some form of disaster. That is when we have to leave our secure nest and venture into the outside world.
Due to Hurricane Ike I lost my home and business, moved to another city and now live with my twenty-something year old daughter. The move meant a total start over and a job search, something I hadn’t done in over ten years, but I stepped out in utter confidence.
I find the entire process of the job search degrading and humiliating because of the current disrespect business owners are showing to the unemployed. From the blatant posting signs saying “unemployed need not apply” to the ignoring of your application, we are being belittled. Even after an interview, courtesy doesn’t extend to a notification of whether or not you’re accepted.
An example of a slap in the face comes from two directors of different centers who called me in for an interview. During the course of both interviews the directors let slip the fact they started not to call me because of my age and my experience. What? Despite my near perfect resume, which spoke eloquently of my thirty-seven years of experience in the childcare profession, expounded on my director’s certification, managerial skills, and included glowing reference letters and beyond the few part time nanny jobs, I am not finding full employment in a childcare center or as a nanny. This is when I realized I was too old. Basically, they figured I was too old to run after the children, my experience outweighed theirs and they were afraid I would try to take over their business. This helped me to understand those business owners, younger than us, will bypass the experienced out of a sense of fear, which brings me to some articles I have read.
Many professional job trainers make the job search worse by publishing conflicting opinions on how to acquire employment.
- Engage in the social networks. Now this I agree with.
- Make your resume ageless/don’t make your resume ageless. Which mean take the dates off
- Downplay or eliminate much of your experience/show off what you know.
- Try to dress to look younger. Which means update your wardrobe, hair, makeup and it goes on and on. What it all comes to is why not dig a well and claim it as the fountain of youth.
In essence, I believe there are no true and tried methods of gaining employment; it all lies in the hand of the business owner.
Ey Wade born in Texas and reared as an Army brat. She considers herself to be a caged-in frustrated author of thought provoking, mind bending eBooks, an occasional step-in parent, a fountain of knowledge and ready to share. She is the mother of three daughters that were previously home-schooled and are now either attending college or graduated from college and the new drooling "Lovey" to her first grandchild.