thank you so much for opening my eye and mine i didnot have no idea how to write a resume for over fifty i will be sixty 09/04/13 and i donot want to stop or have my children take care of me i want to work until i cannot work no more. i really didnot know to many places that hire older people as myself.i also go to back to work program and i am in school right now we are told to write resumes and i just didnot know all these things untill i went looking for older people resumes. thank you i learn so much from this thank you so much and i am going to send other students thats my age here my school name is fegs back to work program in the bronx all older people as myself need to see this thank you .firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm 61, and about to leave a job voluntarily after 17 years because, simply stated, it's become too physical. Rather than hide my age, I plan on making it clear. If that's a problem, just say so. I've got more to offer, and you are not the only fish in the sea.
So much hype for resumes when all they want to hire are the GED kings and queens. All of this for a minumum wage job. Middle management jobs have been either outsourced or no longer exists.
I recently began writting a blog about my wife's and my own personal experiences with age discrimination and trying to secure a position. With over 35 years of exceptional experience and performance coupled with 60 birthdays, I cannot get a toe in the door, let alone a foot! By the way, my blog is titled "I HAD A BIRTHDAY, NOT A LOBOTOMY!"
Let's see.... they want someone with less experience, who writes poorly, and doesn't have a high opinion of themselves or is too unassertive to express themselves. The dumbing down of America is now complete.
I continue to find the age discrimination thing amazing. Psst! I understand that people are living longer. Pretty soon 80 will be the median age. I guess the robots would have taken over by then. ;)
I went to two interviews in Hollywood, CA where I was told that I didn't have the "look" that their company was looking for (the job was for an AA in the "back" room, not for an acting job, and the second stated that they wanted someone more "hip". It appears that both my resume and my telephone interviews go very well, and peak employer's interest, but once they take a look at my face (I am 57 years old), some people go into shock and want to dig a hole in which to bury me. Mountainlora, I know Exactly what you went through and what you felt. There is an unwritten rule which some employers are using to fill their vacancies: "No One over the Age of 40 Allowed" Sad, but very, Very true! :P
So, pretty much just dumb it down...gotcha.
I made my resume ageless and got an interview. As I sat in the waiting room, 30 years older than the other women waiting, I realized I was far more experienced, skilled, and emotionally mature than them. While still slender, well-dressed, and professional, my face certainly isn't 20 any more.I still can hardly keep from laughing. When the owner walked in and called my name, it took everything I had not to laugh out loud at his facial expression when he saw me! His jaw literally dropped. (Like what, 50 is now 100?) The interview was even worse, as he prefaced EVERY question with this statement: "Now don't get offended; I ask this of everyone whether 20 or 80 ..."Do you suppose he starts every question that way with the 20-year-olds?
mountainlora Thanks for sharing that story! Talk about proof that hiring is discrimination, huh? Honestly, I wouldn't want to work for a company that doesn't see the upside to hiring seasoned pros. I wish I could get business owners to think more strategically about how they hire, but since it's their company, they can do very silly things like that. My favorite line in what you wrote is that you realized as you stared around the room how much you have to offer. Never forget that! It's what will make the right employer pay extra! That employer is out there somewhere, just waiting for you to prove it! Good luck and thanks again for sharing!!!