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Jay Mac Williams

I think her favorite word must be "intimidating." Her questions were condescending. I am 55 and tech-savvy with the best of them.

June 04 2014 at 1:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jay Mac Williams

What a horrible interviewer!

June 04 2014 at 1:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Another frustrating article talking about the problem and offering little to no help in solving the problem. This is fine and good for a select few in Boston, what about the rest of the country?? AARP has been useless and are spending the money they get in traveling overseas to discuss older workers! They have fallen into the same bureaucratic, self-promoting system that seems to prevail in Washington, DC. We need companies around the country to start mentorship and short-term training programs to put the over 50 crowd back to work. Make this the ONLY way companies can get a tax break and watch how fast it gets implemented!! The Chambers of Commerce around the country should be working on this issue and Wall Street should help fund it since they were the cause of many of these people losing their retirement funds as well as their jobs. Most are college degreed or certified professionals that need just a little tweaking to make themselves a useful employee. Many jobs could be done from home offices by these trustworthy employees that understand time management and budget constraints. Any job done in a cubicle can be done in a home office! Most people in this country will now need to work well past the age of 65 and they need a way to make a living!!

July 28 2013 at 11:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

great article but then read the articles and they paint a totally different picture.

June 23 2013 at 1:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great article! First time I've ever said that!

June 20 2013 at 9:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

train all you want. The jobs are not there

May 01 2013 at 7:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

seems the employers dont want to look deep enough into prospective employees back grounds to find out if they are hard workers & the practice of checking someones credit ( especially after being unemployed for a long time ) shows stupidity on thier part ( nothing in means nothing out ) if you really want to know what they are about look deeper into thier back ground and I dont mean some twisted internet search where fantasy and reality collide , check past employers ( like farther back than the one who laid them off to begin with ) but wait that would mean someone would have put forth some effort ( you know scim past the surface and actually do some work ) after all we didnt create this failure in the economy which brought this bundle of #*+p into being we are just the people that were sacrificed to your god of fear and failure so you could servive maybe its time to let us back in before us being out of work costs you in ways you never thouht possible (increased taxes are already a reality ) when you dont work you cant pay your share become a liability instead. just something to think about.

May 01 2013 at 3:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Is this a case of private business getting involved to solve jobless or is this being funded by the gov?

May 01 2013 at 1:08 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

What businesses see in older workers is a potential injury and Workman's Comp claim.... It's a ploy some older workers use to get Disability and SSDI..... but it's also a real issue.... older workers are more prone to on-the-job injury or exacerbation of prior injuries or conditions. I have a head-hunter friend to warned me that almost all corporate employers (including chain donut stores) now have people apply online... not in stores. The reason: embedded within computerized applications are "sneaker questions" designed to weed out older applicants, applicants with possible health issues, applicants with child or eldercare issues. These "sneaker questions" weed applicants out at 1st pass. For example, "Are you under 40?" (Legal to ask) "Can you lift 50 lbs?" "What is your method of transportation?" (In some areas, the taking of public transit might indicated a drivers license restriction.) "Do you have any restrictions on your driver license restrictions?" (Could indicate substance abuse convictions or could indicate a person with vision issues or someone who has seizures.) "What hours can you work?" Anyone who answers anything but "any" or "all" means that they may have other obligations (child care, elder care, another job.)

May 01 2013 at 12:22 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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too true just discrimination . no matter how you play it , it will cost those who are left working to carry the people who arent wouldnt it be better to put us back to work ? the cost of keeping us alive could destroy the whole house of cards , and why put us out of the working , tax paying process , we maybe older (and I didnt lie to collect workmans comp when I was injured I took it on myself because it was my failure not thiers ( didnt do me any good though now Im unhireable ) maybe when you are sacrifised for the greater good you may have a different view. an old saying goes :they came and took my nieghbors first behind me than in front of me and on both sides also ! and I said nothing about it because it wasnt me , then they came for me....... no one was left to speak up..when everyone figures out this whole economic crisis was devised by the rich so they could become richer then maybe something will be done about it , but wait maybe then will be too late , think about it you may be next.

May 01 2013 at 4:12 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

I completed a free, vocational pharmacy technician course but the national certification exam costs $130 and the state license costs $150. The few hospital jobs that I have seen require at least one year of hospital experience, national certification and state license. Once I tried asking about an unpaid internship with a hospital but they did not want to interview me. Retail jobs are likewise few and far between, with inadequate hours. Consider free training offered by an actual employer first, if there is such a thing.

May 01 2013 at 12:18 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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