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"Ron" commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"At age 52 trying to find work is grueling. I have over 30 years of experience with about 11 of it served as a top public school official and non-profit executive. I left the school business and took a nice non-profit exec position as a VP under a great CEO that I knew. When he moved to a bigger job he recommended me to the board as his replacement. Alas, the board vice chair had a close friend that she regularly had tea with. The same candidate also had a best friend who happened to be conducting the search for the new CEO. They kicked several others and me to the curb, waived the job requirements and hired their buddy. It didn't take us long to figure out that, aside from being unqualified, the new CEO was also mentally unstable. I lasted another year and four months before I was let go. The company is now in the toilet and the board still doesn't get it ("Duhrrr!"). Now it's tough to convince companies to take a chance on me when they can hire a 35 year old exec for half th" Read the rest »
Reuben commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I am a 56 also and have been out of work since Dec2011, ran out of UI last year and look EVERY Day for the last 2.3 years. I am a Biotechnician and I am so qualified for so many posted jobs in my field but no one will even call back and the ones that do are heavy accented and misunderstand my converstation. I have worked all my life since I was a preteen. Never ever have I been out of work in any fashion for this long. What are my options?"
Debbie commented on senateblog...
"So, I too am over 55 and looking and looking for work. AND, my perception is that my age is my nemesis! I want to work, be engaged with cultural life, purposefully making some thing contributable. Yet....I keep on coming across a sign with an old fella walking (its like a do not cross sign) on it and the words on the sign says everything! "Geezers crossing". When does one turn into a Geezer for goodness sake? My thought when I first say the sign was that it was smacking with age discrimination, of which we (all the geezers) know is going on no matter what or how many laws are passed to "protect" the geezers. What do you think?"
MImi commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"Hi, I'm 56 and after 30 years running a business., I have to close. Now unemployed I am lost. I served my customers and employees for 30 years. I do thank the government for unemployment but I am so depressed I pray I snap out of it."
Liz commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I'm 57, former Navy officer in IT project management. I can't get a job - interviewers faces actually change when they see me, and I'm told I look young for my age. I'm starting to wonder how I'm going to fit my cats and myself in my old car when I can no longer pay the mortgage. I've forgotten what it feels like to have the security of health insurance. I get the feeling that employers really don't want to hire, they just don't want to admit they don't want to hire. It's confusing."
h007sr commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"to the respiratory therapist,I thought someone had posted my story but I live in Ky.My nerves are shot too after 30 years. The trouble is I can't make minimum wage pay my bills. My unemployment has run out and I have less than a couple thousand dollars to my name. I'm 54 and really scared.Also, a misdemeanor charge from a ugly divorce is contributing to making my job search very difficult. I want to work.sr"
mpostma commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I worked respiratory therapy for 20 yrs.wasnt really whaI should have done.. kept it up because of money..nerves got bad..moved back to ohio at 50 yo ! I quit my job and have been working at Walmart ever since...we need to unite and fight for what's ours..this world is crazy ..just crazy and cold..but..I've been working like this for 7 yrs now..you just do what you have to do..but we need each other to talk to..we really do.."
rj commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I am in the same boat. I taught school for 24 years, then we got a new principal who started firing all the female teachers over 45. Our entire department was let go, and we were all replaced by young black women. He was an unmarried black male, so that tells you something right there. At age 59, I cannot find a new job. I took partial retirement just to keep my insurance, but the money I get in retirement goes directly to pay the insurance, so there I am in a very bad situation right now. I didn't have enough years to get full retirement, and I had to cash out my savings just to get partial retirement so I could keep my insurance. I am a cancer survivor, so the thought of not having insurance scared me. I have no family, and I am at the point of despair. Not only have I worked my entire adult life, but I also felt that I was contributing to society. I loved my students, my work, and having no family of my own, it kept me alive and looking forward to each day. I am too old to start ov" Read the rest »
paul commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I am just turning 51 in May and have been unemployed since August of 2012. My position (graphic design) was eliminated by a company who sends jobs to India so their shareholders can make more money. I have done contract work the first year that helped me survive along with unemployment benefits. I had to sell my house and some belongings and now live in a 500 Sq Ft. apt. Unemployment ran out and I have reverted to doing odd jobs and handyman work to help keep whatever funds I still have remaining in the bank. After making 80K/yr, I have the bills that reflect that salary and the only thing left to help me is bankruptcy. I live in Phoenix, AZ where I am told age discrimination is the norm (and finding out the hard way). I have applied for over 2000 jobs and have had maybe 20 interviews but still can't seem to get hired. "you are not a good fit" is a popular excuse and I have a nice collection of denial letters that look like they were copied from the same source. Most companies don't ev" Read the rest »
Steve commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I am 56, working in a technical field. I get contract work but the interview process is grueling with the interviewers trying to 'catch me' with their best question. Typically, it is a foreign national looking to fill the role with one of his/her own countryman ... not one is American. Contract might be 3 months, 6 months, then the search starts over again. I understand how desperate people do desperate things. Eventually, the upper echelon will not be able to insulate themselves ... remember president Marcos of the Phillipnes? Lord help my children!"
Thomas W Hamilton commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I am 51 years old and have been unemployed for 2 years. I got my GED 4 years after I dropped out of high school. I have no formal education. No savings. I am kinda of tired physically, mentally and emotionally more often than not. I like to cook, but no professional experience. I like to write, but again, I am not a professional writer. I play guitar and write songs, but not that people would pay to listen. I am not being selfish, sarcastic or attention seeking when I ask you this question... Should I die? I do not feel as if I am contributing to my community, society as a whole and I have no unemployment benefits for some time... it seems it would be helpful to others and put my worried mind at rest if I simply called it a day."
Sue commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"Dear Friend Rhonda - where do you live? What can we do to help? The Over 50 and Out of Work Team"
Rhonda commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I agree with you John. I'm 56, death seems the only way out of unemployment. Making plans."
Kevin commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I sit here and see the others write...I remember a story told to me before I got married by an Old Gent that was advising me on Life being married...He went threw the Depression and Lost it all, went on tell me how he met his bride( at that time they had been married for 30 years),he came from the east coast and was a tough 3rd generation Irish Catholic and stood Tall with Pride. He met his bride in a Soup line and went on to tell me how they ALL took care each other,see the soup line was started with a Soup Stone,just about everyone had one,there was always a pot of hot water going ,the stone made a very loud sound as it hit bottom,then one by one with a little of what ever they had left or had been able find from the Restaurants and stores they put in the hot water, one or two of them would stay behind and tend to the Soup. When they had all come back from trying to get work or getting what little work there was the Soup was done, we all took Care of each other always and gave. H" Read the rest »
Kevin commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"Folks, Guess I am like most of us over 50(I'm 59),fell victim to RIF(reduction in work force) in May of 2013 with a Company I had given 10 years of my life. I also Never had a problem getting a job before,actually was recruited for the position I was let go from . What I do not get is why don't these people realize that us older folks have forgotten more than than the current knows, school of Hard Knocks has no replacement ! knowledge is obtained ...not given!, I can remember my younger days when we respected the knowledge of the Elders and worked to do as they had taught us with Pride and compassion, we are a Loyal Generation ! look a what it has done for us ! Being told to stay positive....its getting harder each day as I watch All that I have worked for dwindle away...granted its only Material things and Money...can be replaced and down sizing is not a bad thing... but Gramps always told me 3 things Nobody can take away...your Pride..your integrity.. and Family..still got it Than" Read the rest »
Helen commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I'm really getting scared now, people. I'm 67 yo. My job will be eliminated May 30th. After that I'm not sure what I'll do. I've worked as a secretary at the same college for 30 odd years. I think I'm just not facing it yet. Besides the job situation my mother is ill, she's 90 now with Alzheimer's, my husband recently passed and left a lot of bills ....we were separated but not divorced.....I had to file for Chapter 13 about 1 1/2 years ago so because of that I'm already pinching pennies. I'm just not sure what to do so I guess I'm not thinking about it.........at least not the way I should be, I guess. I'd like to move to a rural area, I'm not a city person, but I'd have only my social sec. to depend on. I could go on and on but I'll spare you all. Thanks for listening."
Janet commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"Hi Chris, I'm 60, and I know exactly what you are going through. I got laid off from corporate sales in 2005. By 2011, I had gone through all my stocks to keep my house in CA. I live 2 miles from the beach, and was not about to give up my home. What I did was rent out a room in my home then 2 rooms because I needed the money. Just a thought if you want to stay where you are and not relocate. The second part is yes, I also lived on charge cards for over a year. I declared bankruptcy, but reaffirmed the loan on my house. You can keep your home and get rid of your CC debt. These are 2 options that kept me afloat. My roommates are great and help me pay the mortgage. In 2010 I went back to school for my masters, after looking for work for 4 years! Are you kidding me? I had to do something to be learning, creative, and feel like I was accomplishing something. Now with a MA in counseling psychology-I am looking for a therapist position. Well, it's only been 6 months, but I still have " Read the rest »
Colleen commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I have been out of work since last October. Fortunately my husbands pension is enough to live on, but he's a lot older than I am so I worry about what's going to happen when he's gone. My real problem is not so much financial as just not being able to find anything worth doing in the small town where I live. I have considered some virtual jobs and freelancing, but my skill set is oriented toward international development and government procurement - both of which require a lot of travel. I have too much arthritis to travel comfortably any more. It would be great if there were free sites out there that could help people like me redefine themselves in meaningful ways. Most coaching sites are pretty expensive. I am a good researcher, writer and editor, as well as policy analyst, but it's too expensive to live in The DC area where my skill set is a good match. Fundamentally, it's an existential question - why do we want to keep on living? I don't want to live to work, particularl" Read the rest »
Atticus Finch commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"My parents had eighth grade educations. My siblings are engineers and I am a therapist. I am 57 years old and unemployed for the first time since I started work with a work card at 15 years old. I have no children and my husband died two years ago. I moved to Fort Lauderdale from a remote area and now got laid off due to Bain and Co consulting for my employer on the labor needs. I have been unemployed for two months. I get 275 a wk for unemployment and 26 dollars a week for food. I am on all the job boards, have went went on 4 interviews. I am fit, healthy, intelligent and compassionate but I am not young...but I will work for cheap to survive. Age discrimination abounds with these young managers. I will not move to a colder climate as I would not be able to survive if I lost my job there with heating costs. When I moved to Ft Lauderdale I had a job here and savings. When stopped at traffic lights I would see homeless women pushing shopping carts with all their worldly belongings and" Read the rest »
Kym commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I am a 52 year old woman with an Engineering degree. My plant closed after 27 years, sent all manufacturing to Mexico! Early retirement was offered but I fell 3 months short. The passion that I have to make a difference in keeping jobs in the US grows stronger everyday. It seems that companies only want those fresh out of school or want to pay at the entry level for experienced professionals. I am so frustrated at this time and ready to just give up on ever finding a solid position that I can make a difference. Maybe I will just go back to school and become a teacher."
Janet commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Hi Alan, I never thought I would say this, but you are so correct regarding corporate interest. I have been in corporate sales for 30 years. I never dreamed at 50, I could not find work. Are you kidding me. After 100 interviews and about 3 each per company, I still was not hired! Logically speaking that should not happen. Looking for a job is a number game, and I certainly had the numbers. I have a healthy enough ego, to say, Well, you know what it's your loss. I have all the qualities an more to do a stand up job. Anyway, I get angry, very angry sometime. That is ok. Anger is better than feeling sorry for yourself Alan. Sometimes I think it's cruel how corporate America is prejudiced about hiring someone over 50. Of course they say they are not, but this is Ageism. Well all must held our heads high, let people know we are vibrant, intelligent people, ask for the hob, and tell them we have the skills to do it. Maybe things will change some day-with our Grand children!I will c" Read the rest »
Janet commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Hi Sherry, I am 60 yrs. old and have Masters in Counseling. I got laid off in 2005, spent 4 years looking for a corporate job and then got my MA. Never give up! Tell that to your husband, you are Never to old to work, never too old to keep trying, and Never to old to have a positive attitude. He will feel much better. If he does not do this, divorce. You are too special to keep someone so negative around! He is only bringing you down. As far as your Boss, tell her to yell somewhere else, as she might hurt your eardrums. I am here to learn with a positive atmosphere. If this does not work, please make a complaint to her superior. They need to know this. As far as you are concerned, keep a cherry positive attitude and have HOPE. Things will get better! I always look at the positive side and have hope. I have not worker for almost 9 years. I too a break and got a Masters, so something will turn up. To all of you that have posted, it breaks my heart the situation that you al" Read the rest »
Laura McGlinnen commented on Interact...
"55 and out. Feeling hopeless. My "career coach" has advised me to take a job at fast food joints and not disclose my eduation. EBT ends in 09/2014!"
Jim commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"We live in a new post recession world. My story: I am 55 and have been unemployed for over 2 years. I was a degreed professional making 100K+ with excellent benefits. That world is gone. But I still see a great future for myself. I hate to use the phrase "think outside the box" but it's appropriate in todays economy: 1. Don't expect anything from the Federal Government. Washington is broke and dysfunctional. 2. Become a Contract Employee depending on industry. 3. Seek jobs that are in demand- For Example: CDL Class A Truck Driving jobs. Most major carriers will reimburse driving school tuition fees. Most driving jobs offer 401K, health, dental, etc. 4. Relocation, Relocation and Relocation! There are states where there's actually a shortage of experienced labor - For Example: North Dakota and Texas due to the oil and natural gas boom. 5. Re-think retirement location. Many people can have a very comfortable retirement on just social security income if they look abroa" Read the rest »
Chris commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I am 61 years old. My business was lost due to the downturn in the economy 5 years ago. I have held 2 jobs since then with other companies. Both laid me off when business slowed down. Now out of work for 7 months, Unemployment extension has not passed so I am paying bills out of my 401k and taking odd jobs. I spend a lot of time going through job postings and attending job fairs. Jobs that I have had calls on don't pan out as no one wants to hire someone who is closing in on retirement age. Are you kidding me? I will be working until I am 90 the good Lord willing as who can survive after you are forced to liquidate all your assets and have accumulated credit card debt just to pay the bills? There is not enough jobs out there so employers can be selective. You will need a a degree to work in a fast food restaurant (not manager) burger flipper and milk shaker. The baby boomers are suffering the most. We do not have time on our side. I have lots of days I feel paralyzed, mind is numb, dep" Read the rest »
Margaret Guerra commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"Is it possible to enlist the help of the AARP in this cause? They are a large, powerful lobbying organization that acts in the interest of its members. Thought of it when I saw this article. http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/3/22/is-the-aarp-the-900poundinvisiblegorillaintheroom.html"
Blake Brossoit commented on Interact...
"I need a construction Job!"
sherry commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I am sorry to read all of your comments. It does not give me hope. I just lost my jpb at 57 yo. I have started over before and pray to again."
Michael commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I have been out of work since 1997. Some think by choice. But I thought taking care of my dear mother would be a noble and respected choice. I took care of her for a lot of years. As one of my last living relatives, I couldn't bare putting her in a home. Well.....a year and a half ago.....my wife left me. Abandoned me and my sick mother (had Alzheimer's and leukemia). My wife began a life of fanatical religion. I was forced to divorce her, as if she incurred any debt....I would be 50% responsible for it. I couldn't risk the consequences. My divorce became final on June 23. My dear mother died two days later. Same week. I almost didn't survive this double trajedy in my life. But now I need to find a job......and survive. Well that is proving harder than it should be. Yes I am out of date.....but doesn't mean I cannot contribute! I have had employment agencies here in Niles Michigan.....lie to me that positions had already been filled. And then find that sa" Read the rest »
John commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"It becomes more and more obvious that death is the only way out of unemployment."
Stan commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I have been out of work for over a year and a half and can not find anything but straight commission jobs or low paying jobs and even most of those have past on me. I am 58 years old and have over 30 years of experience as an outside sales representative with Billion dollar companies. I have made close to six figures every year for the last twenty years or so. A couple of years ago I was let go along with half the other sales reps. because the downturn in the economy. I worked for this particular company for ten years. I figured I would bounce back quickly and find another sales job in my industry. I thought with my background, knowledge, certifications, awards, etc. It would be just a matter of a couple of weeks before some company would snatch me up. Oh how wrong I was. These last couple of years have been the worst of my entire life. I am just about completely broke. I have gone through most of my 401 k money and I am getting ready to loose my beautiful home. I can not afford to mak" Read the rest »
Ferenc Csicseri commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"You so right about all this ,but if we rely look around we see the unjustified wealth and it's so sad when really good peoples struggle for a very basic in life.Myself included I' become disabled and now out of work a long time and nobody give me a chance living on very little money with 2 cats no family or people around me because if you disabled you dead to the world.The Government don't help to feel good about yourself we just disposable to them.this country supposed to be the greatest and we see peoples loosing their homes ,jobs, families,and their life .All the big Corporations control our life we don't have any rights I' sure don't have any reason to waking up in the morning even that little hope is fading away what I' had before ,no health insurance,no dental I' need teeth to eat can't afford so even that little food don't give me any satisfaction.most of the time lock myself into my apartment because everything outside is judge me I'am not enough ,no kind peoples around me beca" Read the rest »
Cindy commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I'm heartbroken over the posts on this and many other sites regarding issues of unemployment and I'm sick of hearing government committees and the media discussing how many are having trouble "making ends meet." Let's tell it like it is: People aren't just "having trouble", they're homeless, they have no health care...and can't afford the new "Affordable Care" coverage, they are starving or living on what spare change they can find here and there, eating $1.00 burgers at McDonalds to survive. We have an epidemic of poverty in this country and I'm sick of the media and lawmakers feedng the public this water downed version of the issue which brings sympathy, but little action."
Sherry commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"There are many days I feel as though I have no reason to wake up at all. I have a BA in Psychology, but earn $9.25/hr and get treated like I have a form of retardation by my boss. She screamed st the top of her lungs in my ear, that I ruined her f..ing dsy because si got her Coke Zero indtrad of Diet Coke. Just one tiny example. I owned a cleaning business and, after my husband decided he couldn't work anymore, I did those jobs alone and still fo; though the jobs are down to only 2 and not a reliable steady income. I used to have such confidence, but between my estranged husband's comments about being old or telling me that losing weight made me look like a heroin addict, and my boss, I have lost that confidence a chunk at a time. I feel like I wish I woulf just not wake up. Difn't know where else to turn....sorry for the intrusion here. I widh you all the best....I know what you're going through."
Shuaib Salam commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I'm also jobless and I want all the jobless Americans to go to the site below and sign in to voice your concern. ThanQ https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/jobs-all-americans/L0XsX0SK"
Nella commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I knew this day was coming but I thought that I had prepared for this. Just turned 49 and looking for a job. Basically I knew my contract would end at my age of 49, but I also got my Master Degree from Oxford University and thought that this would be the support that I would need on my resume. So now I moved back to the Bay Area (SF) as this is the place that I love most in the world due to the tech scene and the energy that exists in this area. Now I feel that I am looking in on a world that I once ran with. That for some reason the tech companies that I thrived with and to some extent identified with – are now foreign to me and my goals. To pass the time I learn Hadoop and practice programming Python, and dream about the past life here. I am staying with friends and that will end at the end of March, My kids are floundering and I am trying to figure out what to do. Now – I consider buying a job – one that I think I will grow to love – and feel that I will be able c" Read the rest »
Felitzi commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I was a housewife who got divorced a few years ago. I thought going to night school for teaching would secure my future but I couldn't get a job. I have been unemployed a long time. I tried being a nurse's aide and hurt my back badly, it still isn't right and now goes out easily. I worked in an office and was fired for being too slow. Twice. Seriously. I am an intelligent woman with credentials that don't matter at all. I am 57 and I have been trying hard to find work for a few years now. It's not like I want to coast. I'm going to try Wendys and Walmart out of desperation, but I really feel frustrated because I still have a lot to offer and it's just not happening. I gave up my apartment and dread the thought of having to give up my storage unit too. I am sharing a house with friends and I must admit some days I find it hard to keep going. It is sad that there is so little opportunity for seniors now. What if we created our own businesses and targeted seniors to work it" Read the rest »
Alan commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I've read a lot of these types of very similar comments lately. I fear the only right answer is that we must find a way to help ourselves. How is it that, more than any other time in human history, we now have the greatest possible choices for work, but we seem unable to do so. With the internet, we can be virtually anywhere, and yet we still have trouble finding meaningful work. I started a blog to explore some of these choices at http://jobsforpeopleover50.com/ Let me know what you think."
Alan commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"My heart goes out to people who cannot find work because of their health or some other medical issue. But what kind of world are we making when able bodied or highly intelligent people cannot find work. It seems to me it's a systemic problem, the root cause being corporate interest being placed ahead of human interest. In a truly human world, unemployment would probably not exist."
George M. commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"Reading these posts is like looking into a mirror. I was let go from a company that recruited me three years ago as a contracts coordinator and business development manager, then let me go when the new manager decided they could take the contracts I got for them and do the work without me. I have never in my life been unable to find work- until now. After working for more than twenty years in construction and mining where I wore a hard hat every day to work, I went back to school at age 39 and got my bachelors degree in business. Now I'm stuck with no job, student loan debt and unable to get unemployment. How did we, as a nation, get to this point? How can we accept 50 million people out of work as the new normal? Amy and Laurie, I know your pain, it is my pain also. I never thought I'd say this, but I really wish we could go back to the 80's again. There was so much more hope and opportunity. Graham, I have also though about ending it all, but I am too stubborn. I would not give th" Read the rest »
Tasha commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I understand... But where is the help?? Me and my husband have 2 kids under 6 years old. My mom and dad r both 58 years old. They are not making it. Mom works full time. But can't even afford to put food on table. Not to say anything bad about them. But they have worked all their life with nothing to show for it. Paid all gov taxes. Own their own home. So not that they have many bills to pay. The bank is empty and not that much in bills to pay. About 7 years ago mom left her job to help take care of dads dad. Who had moved in do to old age and couldn't take care of himself nor stay alone. Then about 5 years ago poor grandpa past and dad lost his job. Mom went back to work. Dad looked for jobs. Never got hired. He like you all. Don't do drugs or tattooed up. Would be happy to just clean the floors. But the past few years has really gotten to him. He is a rock bottom. They had four of us kids. We have all helped out with bills when we can. We have even asked them to move in. T" Read the rest »
JOSEPH commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY!!!! MOST PEOPLE HATE THE JOBS OR PROFESSIONS THEY WENT INTO AND HAD TO DO THEIR WHOLE LIFE. DISCOVER YOURSELF FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YOUR LIFE. FIND OUT WHAT YOU LOVE AND DO THAT. FORGET ABOUT MONEY!!!!! JUST BE HAPPY!!!!!!! - FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YOUR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!! SOMETHING BAD TURNED GOOD. GAME OVER!!!!!! TOUCHDOWN!!!!!"
JOSEPH commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"WHAT EVER HAPPENED IN THE 60'S. IT SEEMS LIKE MOST OF THE BABY BOOMERS SOLD OUT TO CAPITALISM!!! NOW WE NEED TO ALL GET BACK TOGETHER AND PULL EACH OTHER UP BY OUR BOOT STRAPS. WE HAVE TO REINVENT OURSELVES!!! MOVE ON AND MOVE UP!!!! STOP CRYING AND MOVE TO PARTS OF THE COUNTRY WHERE JOBS ARE. SELL OFF WHATS LEFT DOWN SIZE TO BE ABLE TO UPSIZE LATER. WHY DOES EVERYONE NEED SO MUCH CRAP ANYWAY. THE KIDS ARE GONE ENJOY YOUR LIFE EVERYDAY. YOLO!!!!!! YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE!!!!!!!!! DID YOU EVER HERE A NAVY SEAL COMPLAIN????? GO SEE MOVIE LONE SURVIVOR-- MARK WAHLBERG"
Graham commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I have been unemployed for 4 years. I was a director at a company, have an MBA from the leading University in our country. My son was taken out of the country 5 years ago, and I had business partners who since they stole my shares have undermined my credibility and left me with no hope of ever getting a job. I live in a small room at the back of my sisters house, the one my mom left her. I have already made one attempt on my life, and even failed at that. People talk about God and I get angry, because even if there were a God then what kind of God would allow millions of people across the world to suffer such horrible pains. I fear the end is near for me and that I have no will left to try anymore. After so many years of struggle, I have finally given up"
Robert Mc. commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I'm not over 50 but I thought I'd share this anyways. I'm an Electrical Engineer that was on Unemployment. I used to work on IED detection systems at a company here in New Mexico. Once the defense program was sequestered, we lost the contract. Then shortly after I was handed my last pay check, a thanks, and a fake handshake. I have not been able to find work at so much as a McDonald's for almost a year. I'll take a job licking Sh** off floors if I have to for minimum wage. However, those jobs apparently are taken due to the masses that are in the same boat as me (so to speak). Is starvation great motivation to find work? The answer is yes. Is the work as readily available as some claim? NO!! My Bank accounts are empty. I'm not one of those who just collects unemployment then looks for work when it runs out. I've been making a job out of finding a job since DAY ONE! My resume' is everywhere. I'm 32 now and for over ten years I've been paying my taxes and supporting these programs and no" Read the rest »
Sherry commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"Well at least I know I am not alone, although I don't suppose I can be of any help to others who are unemployed. I was a massage therapist in CA and had a pretty good business there and even though I am 66 I still feel young and able. What I am not is Nationally Certified and the money I had saved has run out. In CA it would only cost me $150 to get back to work but here with all that I need to study all the anatomy and physiciology required to pass that test, all of which I know I had in anatomy class. It is just that once you get out there and start working, you never ever, ever ever use that stuff so I don't remember it. I wonder if I should even attempt to get licensed here in Vegas since it would cost over $1,000 to do so. Or just try to find a part time job doing anything and use my social to live on, which is pretty hard. Thank God at least I have that although it is not much. It has been over 20 years since I have done any office work or waitressing so really looking for someth" Read the rest »
Max commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"Apparently I am naïve. I just turned 57 unemployed since October 2012. U&C benefits exhausted 12/28/2013. I have several years of medical billing and familiar with insurance plans in fifty plus states (Medicaid, Medicare). Successfully worked with Case Managers, RN, CPN, MD, however, I have been informed I am overqualified. I have submitted resumes in three different states. I have been told networking is important and, I have been vigilant with my networking to no avail. I feel inadequate and irrelevant. This has been a difficult journey, never occurred to me I would be in this situation....ever. My Father always told me as long as I had two hands I would always be able to work. I have applied for any and all positions possible. I am so tired of hearing the inevitable question "have you found a job yet, did you try this did you do that?" I am in a very dark place. I often wonder why I wake up every morning, there is no reason."
FaunaElizSimon commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Where are the answers & suggestions?"
John commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I was a computer programmer for over 20 years, and I have a paralegal certificate. But I'm 56, so naturally I'm working as a security guard. I would like a regular office job, but those are no longer available to me. I follow the standard advice such as leaving the year I graduated from college off my resume, but when I get the interview they can still see me. The job I have is okay. The pay is low, but that is true for most jobs available nowadays. It just makes me angry that there are jobs I could easily do but have no chance of getting. Age discrimination needs to receive more attention. Most people are not aware of how soon they will become unemployable, and that is something they need to know."
Sherry commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Well, at least I know as if I didn't already know that a lot of people are in trouble and I am 66. I had a good little massage business going in CA but when my Mom's husband died she insisted she had to get back to Las Vegas. She was 82.So me, I gave up my business and I was just recovering from a nasty divorce. I am also a widow. Anyway Mom bought a house that is under water. I live here with her and just on my social security. I am broke every month. In CA we have a state wide massage license and you do not have to have the National Certification. It is a lot of studying. I can't decide if I should go ahead and get it at age 66. And who would hire me? I would have to have my own clientele and unlike CA I don't know how to do that here. It costs money to advertise and set up a web site. Wanted just a part time job to make it possible for me to at least rent a one bedroom apartment when the time comes for me to leave here. Not going to be able to stay here as it will cost too much. " Read the rest »
mer commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"To Geoff, please DO NOT USE "REVERSE DISCRIMINATION" You, as a middle aged white man are beginning to see a less entitlement role in american society. I would love to see you get a job but I have been witness to your people only being comfortable with your people and not giving people from other cultures a chance to shine. please blame your government for the GREED it has always had and has cost this country job. Corporations take a business to a third world and exploit the people there and make a truck load of money and come back to the US and work around as if nothing they are doing hurts us ALL! Here's something to think about when Whirlpool and so many other companies left the US and went to Mexico did that country grow better Hell NO! Her people continue to cross the border for a better life now what does that tell you."
mer commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"For "Timothy", I lost my apartment 2 years ago and my storage this year but check and see if you're state has an energy assistance program to help you out with heat ok."
Wild Cherry Gary commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"First of all I want to say thanks for this website because reading other peoples dilemmas has made me realize that maybe my wife and I should count our blessings. We're in a mess too, but not as bad as most of these postings. I am 64 and my wife is 56. We have a late -life child, that is, we have a 14 year old in the house. We live in the country 45 miles north of Detroit. I don't want to run a pitty party on everybody so I'm just going to tell a little bit about our demise and then I'm going to kick out some ideas. I have Prostate Cancer recurrance after a Radical Prostectomy so because of all the treatments, current and future, I'm probably all done working anyway. Prior to my illness I had been unemployed for 8 years. My wife has been unemployed ( except for a couple of ridiculous minimum wage part time gigs in big box stores) for 10 years. We owned a very successfull Tavern for 20 years untill the Government intentionally put over 500 Bars in the State of Michigan out of" Read the rest »
Mary Hammons commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I am a 59 yr old divorced woman with a college degree but have not been able to get a full time job. My ex divorced me after our parents died because he had a girlfriend at work. I have 2 part time jobs but haven't even been given 40 hours a week. I have asked to be considered for promotion but haven't even been given an interview until recently. They gave the promotion to a young girl who hadn't been with the company for 1 month. These young people are running big box stores {this is a big arts & crafts store) without experience or degrees over more mature people with experience. They spend their time gossiping about other employees and are more concerned about someone's date than making sure the customer service is good or the store is straight. I pointed out to the interviewer problems to be addressed but I was just labled a negative person. This is madness. I can work circles around these young managers but that doesn't matter. I had a 45 yr old who I thought was disabled livin" Read the rest »
mer commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"If someone out there has any kind of advice for me I will gladly accept it because I am in need of help. I will turn 52 years old this year and I already see how you're treated at an age perceived as OLD! Well I know I am not young anymore but I'm not dead either and I still need a way to support myself, my parents have been my lifeline for the past 3+ years now but I feel bad for not being able to help them. Please someone send me some very much needed information. Thank You for reading."
mer commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I too lost my job in 2010 and at 51 years old, I have not had another job come my way after hours and hours of searching each week and having my unemployment totally exhausted I live with family after losing my home and now just about my mind. I do not know where to turn now, I have nothing left no material things just what I brought with me. I even lived in a shelter for a month but was asked to leave because I had borrowed against my unemployment and did not have the money. I tried to be positive but year after year it gets harder and harder. I do not know where to turn for help anymore to turn my life around."
Gary Vosburg commented on 10 facts about older workers who lost their jobs in the Great Recession...
"I am 57 years old. My job was eliminated 14 months ago, and my saving will only hold out about two more months. I have applied for well over 500 positions and have managed to get 4 face-to-face interviews. Unfortunately, I have only learned from this experience that I am not qualified for jobs that I have held in the past. I have multiple degrees and management, teaching and clinical psychiatric experiences. I have placed applications across this spectrum. I do not have a mate or any immediate family to turn to for help. I felt totally isolated until discovering this forum tonight - I am sure everybody on this site has had sleepless nights too. I do not know what to do or where to turn for help. I would like to thank everybody on this site for validating my feelings of hopelessness, desperation and depression. Funny thing our generation was raised feeling we should give, give, give to our companies. Younger generation seems to feel the company owes them; yet, our talents, ex" Read the rest »
Maria commented on Kenny Moore, aka Kenny the Monk...
"You can be the most positive, interesting person job hunting, but I am realizing how much the 50+ thing matters lately. It's like so much is out of our control. There are no in between jobs anymore and if you are not highly educated or even if you are you get lost in the black hole which is the internet. I'm scared about the future and tired of living on credit (which will run out soon) Alot of good hardworking people have been thrust into poverty. At least I know it's not just me."
Denise Allen commented on Kenny Moore, aka Kenny the Monk...
"Mr. Kenny, I do hope that you and your family are well. I took a chance to Google to see if you were still out there speaking. I remain inspired by your story of life. Stay blessed always and thanks for being such a great speaker when invited to speak at St. Francis several years ago."
Karen commented on Anthony Lalos...
"Not all of the "riches" that Americans refer to are monetary - the statement "America is the richest country in the world" is actually a reference to the potential of the extensive natural resources, the capability and potential of its land and agricultural contributions (still feeding large portions of the world), and to its continued openness to individual possibility. The statement it is often misconstrued and misunderstood by people who look only to bank statements. What America has that your list of theoretically "rich" nations has not got is the ability to be fully self-sufficient, should they choose to be - especially in terms of food. (Although what political idiot agreed to let the USDA ship our home-grown poultry to China for processing was thinking.....) America remains the greatest donor nation - by percent and by pure numbers - a fact not often enough appreciated. Our misguided and addled politicians often hinder and interfeer, but the unparalleled American generosity" Read the rest »
kay commented on 10 facts about older workers who lost their jobs in the Great Recession...
"I have posted on this site before, last year I think? or maybe it was the year before??? i'm now going on 56 now and still out of steady employment since 2010 "ageism is still alive and well" it seems ...... I've recently given up looking for work as its seems no one will ever hire me again!....after a 30 year career in healthcare I never thought for one minute I would be in this place of "extreme hopelessness" i'm sitting in my apartment 7 months back in rent, waiting to be evicted with no place to go? its January 2014 a new year ..but. with us over 50 out of work Americans who's celebrating? know Great depression the 1930's."
Penny commented on 10 facts about older workers who lost their jobs in the Great Recession...
"I found this site while researching and trying to prepare for the inevitble, I watched them systematically downsize where I work and the only new hires are one where you need a minimum of a Bachelor's Or Master's to even try to apply. I have 35 years of experience and that will account for nothing, when it comes down to the position I hold, I will have to compete for it and since I don't have the initial educational requirement, I am no longer valid period and will not be chosen for my old job. Having said that, honestly, just put on resume's "returning to workforce as many years as homemaker" or go into a Seniors home and apply as a janitor or cleaning company but for gosh sakes, you're entry level so ACT like entry level.Don't post all your experience. Say you've been off work for many years or you worked self employed but times were tough. Or you worked 20 years ago and that's how you paid for some schooling or saved for a trip blah blah blah. My better half who also got laid off" Read the rest »
Chris Therrien commented on 10 facts about older workers who lost their jobs in the Great Recession...
"I am 61 and have been trying to find employment since I was 57. I had two long term temp jobs and a full time job that laid off many including me after only 4 1/2 months there and is laying off again. I know of others who are over 40 and having issues just hanging on. I don't know where that will lead. I have heard rumors about the suicides. No one is publishing that information, for sure. Unemployment does not help even when you tell them that jobs are asking for birth dates or HS grad dates. What is a person to do??"
Dan commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"When I was 58 my company decided to hire a contracting firm in Mexico. I worked in I.T. for a Railroad. We did all of the analysis and they did all of the coding that we once did. We were to help them learn the ins and outs of our business so they could write good solid code of course at about half of what we were making. Six months in they were doing well and about 10 positions here were eliminated.(downturn in the economy). Right!! We trained our replacements. Mainframe programmers were plentiful and programming jobs were not. I was one of the lucky ones. My wife had a good job. four years later I finally faced reality and took early retirement. I was either one of 40 others applying for the same job or over qualified or did great on phone interviews but face to face gave away my age and that ended their interest. Thanks government for letting the too big to fail write their own rules."
Melinda Myers commented on Year-end news from Tree of Life Productions...
"Is there a program in New York City?"
Sue commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"Dear bravejournal, We're not sure why your comment evaporated either, and no one else has ever complained of that problem, so we don't know why it happened. Thank you! Please go ahead and rewrite, if you feel motivated. We'd love to read what you have to say. Thank you!"
TJ commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I am also in the same bind , worke for a US owned company that decided to stage a major reorganisaton , in that they decided to close down the north american corporate office and move it to Europe ,many midlle managers were furloughed plus the directors we reported to , the only entity left is the military group the commercial management part of the company was transferred offshore to the UK . been looking for supervisory and or technical work for two years now , lots of resume's and quite a few interviews , but definitely feel they have a max age level in mind and being over 50 is over ... ageism is alive and well .. what are we suppossed to do dissappear off the face of the earth ? its a total no job environment out there , our government has let us all down letting business rule the roost !"
bravejournal.com commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"Wow that was odd. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn't show up. Grrrr... well I'm not writing all that over again. Anyway, just wanted to say great blog!"
Hopeless commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Dieing Breed, I agree with you that we need to change our government, it should be made up of working class americans who have the morals to say NO to the corporations who currently own our government. There is a movement called Get Out of Our House that proposes to do just that with the House of Representatives. We need to organize and unify to accomplish this. I hope the people will stand up and change what needs to be changed, I have my doubts though. Reading the comments on here, so many still think it is a Republican vs Democrat problem and there has been no difference in parties for a while now. The problem is that corporations run this country, their former execs and lawyers are handed positions in our government so that they can write the laws that make them most profitable without regard to human health or well being. Another problem people will have to wake up to is that there is nothing wrong with the economy, the rich are making more money than ever now that they can build " Read the rest »
Hopeless commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I was laid off due to lack of work caused by military spending cuts. We made parts for the military. This was over 4 years ago. I looked for work for two years unsuccessfully and then went back to school and earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Biotechnology. I graduated from college 7 months ago and have had 2 interviews, sent out numerous resumes, applied to minimum wage fast food jobs and retail jobs and I am still unemployed. I am a 51 yo female and I believe my age has much to do with not being hired along with the fact there are very few job openings in my area. I am so tired and so stressed and full of fear for the future. I am so thankful to have a mother who has helped me financially. Without her I would have been homeless 2 years ago. I watched the documentary but have a hard time relating to people who own $200,000 to $400,000 homes and have lived on credit ( one of the causes of financial hardship) for most of their adult lives. I have never had much and don't " Read the rest »
Jennifer commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"Forgot to mention, many rejections from HR after they run a secrete background check from and find employment laps are on your application, could be family or unemployment ect: They say to you, "Your not suited for the job". HR will lie to you why you are rejected and it happened to me by 2 agencies. The management is like 20 years younger. The beg you to come in for an interview just to reject you. I learned to apply to 1099 agencies, they don't care about your background and put you to work much faster. Best of luck and love your self, stay healthy and work for independent contractors because their won't be good health insurance anymore, go to low income clinics and tell them you are indigent and not working, you can get free antibiotics and little stuff for free if your poor. Again best of luck and learn to have some fun because it won't get better just worse and be ready."
Jeniffer commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"Unemployable 52 y/o skilled LVN with student loans, and like you, age discrimination. Younger idiots that are my boss fired me after they see the age. They all want 20 y/o like them. The nursing truth: This situation wants us all dead, they only want young this president. If you have cash you can pick your own doctor. If your poor, stay healthy and avoid all surgeries. It hurts so bad to lose your identity and income. They run homeland security checks on 9.00/hr jobs to be a caregiver and whip a behind. Live Scan finger prints for little things 20 years ago. Multistate Employment Checks, Yet if your a x- Felon you can get the best jobs. Felons need jobs too to keep them out of prison again, Just lie and state your need Con-Care 2nd Chance employment and you will get a great government job. RN's and LVN's can't buy a job like the other RN stated. Get a fake ID and make yourself 20 yrs younger because plastic surgery will not get you a job. Best of luck to all and don't ta" Read the rest »
jean willis commented on Deborah Russell...
"Can someone help me, i work for a non profit, was terminated. I know it's age discrimination. this is a non profit, it gets federal funding, is this right, can someone help me figure this issue out, my tax dollars are also helping this organzition, I ve worked there for over 5 years, help thank you"
Malcolm commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I'm from the UK and just Google'd over 50 and out of work. Believe me it's the same here too. The government hides the figures on unemployment for the over 50's and no one cares. I can claim no benefits of any kind and have applied for hundreds of jobs over the last 3 and a half years. Now the retirement age keeps being increased so things here are pretty gloomy :(."
Mary Hansen commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I am one of the lucky ones. I know this, but if I don't make changes soon, I won't be. I lost my job in 2011, and haven't found one since. My husband, who has been a contractor for many years, has seen his business dwindle to nothing. Two things have saved us. The first is my own considerable savings, which are now considerably dwindled but not gone. The second has been that my husband became eligible for Medicare when he was declared disabled after high-dose chemotherapy left him with mobility problems. His Medicare has probably been the biggest gift in this mess and the reason we are still solvent because it has paid for open heart surgery, tests and treatments for a recurrence of his lymphoma. Because of the intense medical issues, I've put off making some large decisions, like where do we go next, but the time to do that is now. I've frankly lost track of the number of jobs I've applied to but it's been so many for so long that I recognize those I have applied to two years" Read the rest »
Patricia commented on 10 facts about older workers who lost their jobs in the Great Recession...
"As I sit and write this, it is December/2013, Merry Christmas & Happy & Healthy New Year to all, bah hum bug having been unemployed for over five years now, considered too old for what was a professional profession at one time, and I ask everyday, what will happen next? Like all who have posted here, I've applied and applied to leave me in shear frustration with no result. Truthfully, I do not know how I got this far. The "family" of course, apply to Walmart, K-Mart, etc etc for which I have with again no result, as it appears that anyone with any type of a work background are "passed over" for even the retail jobs. So my question, do we just drop off the face of the earth, because no one will hire the older worker, who believe it or not needs a salary? The simplest of things in my life continue to be a challenge, i.e. gas in the car, repairs on the car, food on the table, etc, things I am sure we all took for granted when we had a few cents in our pockets. I wr" Read the rest »
Maria commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"Wow... this situation really shakes whatever self confidence you may have left! I was feeling alone but was glad to read my contemps postings. I worked for AT&T for many* yrs. then they downsized so I took time to pursue creative interest a few years. NEVER dreaming getting another job would be like a crazy fantasy!!! I am actually on food stamps now , one month from handing over my condo keys bcuz I can't make the bills. I live a very frugal life. It is very discouraging job hunting even with a positive attitude. Frankly I'm scared. Good luck to all of you out there in my shoes. BTW I may be 53 but I am totally young at heart. Keep the faith!"
Dancer commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"I just turned 61 (do not look it at all), have been unemployed for two years with the exception of temp jobs here and there, I've gone through my savings, 401k and now only getting $400 a month unemployment. I was a legal secretary over 25 years and cannot tell you how many applications/resumes I've submitted, numerous job agencies I've registered with and every single day for two years searching online for jobs. Have had only about 6 or 7 job interviews which always went well, feedback was always positive...but never get the job! Age discrimination is alive and well out there but you cannot prove that is the reason you didn't get the job. I'm close to losing my home, not being able to pay my bills, no health insurance and no family to help out. This is absolutely criminal! I've emailed the White House - HA! When I finally received a response nearly two months later, it was a form-type email with my name plopped in to personalize it, "we understand ...blah, blah blah" - SERIOUSL" Read the rest »
Wanda commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"My husband recently joined the ranks of this group of unemployed and over 50. The news is devastating as well you all know. The repercussions of what this will mean in the next few months are even more devastating. Seeing all our hard work investing in our lives going down the toilet and loosing the American dream to retire and pass on our life's work to our children is a lot to overcome. We are fighters and will try all we can to keep going however politically this needs some real action. Those who are out there in this situation need to find their Democratic Senator's email and phone numbers as well as their Republican Senators and make it a daily or weekly or even monthly committment to bring this up to them. Do something. Tell them your story. Tell them legislation needs done to protect over 50 workers in this country. They do so for all other classes of people, all minorites, handicapped, all other races, immigrants, Why cripple the middle aged middle class workers without recours" Read the rest »
linda commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I been out of a perm job for close to 3 years no more unemployment benefits, barely getting any type of Temp work.. Unless you have specific software program knowledge and Bachelor degree you will not even now be consider for the job . I been told have the strong background but lack what employer I do not get why Companies are not given a tax break if they hire long term unemployed and over 50 just like helping the Vets there should be the same given to people who been long term unemployed or do a program where employee get paid by a program and that way the companies can see that this person can perform the job As for the guy we only know what he lets us know"
Lynn B commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I too am over fifty. I turned 50 two years ago and lost my job month prior to that special day. I was horrified. I had given 16 years of my life to a local owned company that was like working for your own family. We all grew up, watched children and grandchildren born, employees married and/or divorced,several promotions,bridal showers,baby showers,deaths of employees and family members. So when you are told they are selling to a nationwide corp., you know that you will never have the same life as before. Of course,me being the flight by the seat of your pants kinda girl sometimes, decided to take a portion of her retirrnement and go to the greatest city and more so in December......NY City. Had a great time while there and even found several jobs there but being from Georgia, figured I would be too far from my mother. I have not received UI since 2012 so I have had no income for a year. II have applied for over 100 jobs online and 25 or more locally. NOTHING......I have to believe th" Read the rest »
Michele Horaney commented on 10 facts about older workers who lost their jobs in the Great Recession...
"So how are these stats looking now, in November 2013? Any improvement? At all? Please let us all know. Thanks."
PJ commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"I am a 59-year-old Registered Nurse in the US who cannot "buy" a job despite 33 years' experience in a variety of nursing specialties. I know of younger nurses who have never held a job for more than 2-3 months in their 5-6 year careers who get hired for everything they apply for. So what am I supposed to think is going on here? I never would have believed an experienced nurse would have had such problems in finding employment (heck, I can't even get interviews!) and neither can any of my non-medical friends and family members. But there it is. What to do? I don't know. If someone has any idea I'd sure like to hear it."
Debbie L. commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"I am saddened to read all of this, but it is a place to go to get some advice for those that were hit hard by 2008. Thank you for everyone being brave and sharing the honesty of this crisis. My question is and always will be, why are we sending tons of money overseas (including jobs), yes people that is happening, when our own people here that are on unemployment, because of the sequester, because the government could not get along, cannot make it work, unless they are living in a tent. I do wish everyone the best, and remember, I am posting because I do care, and have many issues regarding age and hiring. I believe that the older employee is better poised, professional, able to know when the true start time for work is, is not going to give you excuses as to why they cannot be at work because (they aren't feeling well), will not text in a Board Meeting, (unless asked to), will be very professional and will be able to step out of the meeting and do 3-4 tasks, and then step back i" Read the rest »
Fran commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I have seen posts on here about people applying to low paying 'menial' jobs. What a crock. If you don't want to do a specific job, that's fine. But there are people who LIKE to work in the jobs you may consider menial."
Geert commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"If you want to live in a society where the system is such that you will not be stuck and alone in existential predicaments,you will have to positively contemplate several European models.Despite the fact that there appears to be a noticeable downsizing in the European model, I think that many of you all would thrive in your outlook to peace of mind, if you were able to benefit of these systems. As probably most but not all of you would readily reject, frown, or ridiculise these systems,in times where all still seemed ok, there is little hope that ever there will be put in place social provisions to mitigate your collective suffering in your land of the free.....get it ? Love from my Europe."
Loren Pope commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"I lost my career job in late 2008, at age 43, as a result of the real estate and banking collapse. To that point, I had a very fulfilling career first as an architect then as a real estate developer. I am ambitious and take career management seriously, so I continually worked to have good credentials, a good skill set, and stay current with emerging issues and trends in my industry. Five years later, I am unable to find any job in my industry. There are very few new positions for middle/upper level management, for which should be a fit, and I am too old and over qualified for the more prevalent entry/lower lever positions. I got my first job in my industry in 1983 and have wealth of experience, but no idea what to do now. I am flexible and have lots of transferable skills, but nearing age 50, where can these be plugged in?"
Evonne Marie commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"For the first time in my life I feel old. I am 49 about to turn 50, just lost my job small company closed. I have so much experience in legal and medical fields. I worked as a virtual assistant and owned my own business. I am out there pounding the pavement but am competing with younger people, even though I don't look my age, they see my college graduation date and suddenly, I don't get the job. Never mind that the pay is so low. I am writing an article on Agesim, I actually had a researcher from the Katy Couric Show call me because of one of my articles I submitted on Agesim, but they never called back. We need to band together and get this out there that this is wrong. For myself I can do social media, I can edit websites. This is sad where do you go from here, we are not old enough to retire but too old for companies. Check out my blog about this at www.emlvirtualassistant.com, leave me a comment, I have a passion to fight this anyway I can. I will not lay down and be r" Read the rest »
Mary Molina commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"We should all start a petition and let the government assist us with our unemployment issue we need and demand help now. We need our income or the Government should let us apply for early retirement"
Mary Molina commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"I am a Certified Paralegal over 15 Years and at the age of 56 and Unemployed my unemployment has been exhausted in August of this year. I have applied to numerous job applications with no avail? what are we to do with no unemployment and no jobs we are hard workers and no one will hire us because of our age? please inform me what and where my voice and needs can be heard!"
Caitlin commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"I'm over 50 and just lost my job. Second time this year. Third time in a 35+ year worklife. Some folks are lamenting that, in high tech, they keep losing their jobs or having to shift. This is not a function of age. Many of my younger peers lose or change their jobs over and over again, especially in the web based companies. This is especially true in San Francisco, where the startups are in full swing again. Three months here, eight there. No one in IT or computers has a long tenure ahead. This is something I'm going to have to get used to, personally. It really does remind me of careers in Hollywood or the NFL. You go great guns as a player/actor until you hit about 40-45 and then, if you don't become a director, producer or coach, you had better have a Plan B in place."
Peter Westre commented on Darlene Palacios...
"Darlene, Since you are a veteran I would encourage you to seek health care through the VA. We are a safety net hospital system for veterans. The other thing I wanted to share is that the VA has developed a vocational rehabilitation system to help unemployed vets reenter the workforce in cases similar to yours."
dennis commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Thanks for your documentary. I have been unemployed out of the military for 18 months. Our new NC governor thinks the unemployed are lazy or on drugs so his first legislation was to take 70,000 unemployed people off unemployment benefits back in June. I am 56 and can not even get an interview. Guess the banks will get my house back soon. Glad I never lost my life or any limbs for this country. I cant count on my hands the people I knew that were blown up or killed by gunfire in our wars. Wonder what they would think if they only knew what a mess our country is now, this is what they died for? And is this what I get for a lifetime of work to end up with nothing..."
Jennielee Lew commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"OMG Just when I thought I was the only women in this kind of situation I stumbled upon this site trying to find resources to help me rise above my living conditions and find that there are so many people in similar predicaments. I am a disabled women,mother, divorced, displaced homemaker I am going to turn 58 tomorrow and I am trying to survive on my disability income of $535 a month I was married for ten years to a man that was a passive aggressive personality and emotionally abusive he decided with his monthly benefits from VA, Social security, and a small loggers pension that he could afford to trade me in for a much younger model and just walk away without any concern for my well being. I fought the divorce battle without an attorney of course he could afford one his monthly income totaled $5450 a month. There seems to be no justice or recourse for women that find themselves in my situation. I am more hurt that I could ever have loved a man so ruthless. I gave him my best years and" Read the rest »
Dieing Breed commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I am a 52 year old white male that has been out of work for over a year. The problem with society today is our government. When an employee does not perform at their job or a company takes over another company, employees are fired or let go. Our government in both houses don't care about anyone else but themselves. They don't have to worry about being fired just re-elected. And how do they get re-elected, they accept large bribes or should I say contributions, from companines or lobbist on behalf of large companies or they continue to provide aid to those who say they need it and but the votes. They spend an outrages amount of money on thier compain and make promises that they never live up too. What we need to do is elect a panel of normal americans and reinterview all of the government officials. The ones that have a good track record voting on bills, not spending tax payers money, should be place on 90 days probation. The ones that don't do anything for the american people should be" Read the rest »
fudge commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I have moved 3 times in the past 10 years, I will be moving again, I keep losing my equity after each new job, it wont be long and I will no longer have the down payment. My wages stay the same and the prices of everything keep going up and up. The treadmills getting faster and faster, I have watched the medical complex bankrupt my parents, my body aches every day. Insult to injury my wife and I are separated (location)to keep the money coming in. desolation. With no end in sight, our families need our help."
Rob commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Thank you Obama. for keeping us in this depression for so long instead of freeing up government regulations and lowering taxes on small business. And then forcing a economy and job killing healthcare disaster on us."
Mrs.G commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I so understand where this person is coming from! I too can't find work. I'm over 50. I've been out of work for years. I'm getting food stamps and I'm on a local county program that is similar to Medicaid. I get no cash aid and only have about $100.00 left in the bank. I've got credit card debt of several thousands of dollars that I can't pay. I live in a rural area where there just isn't many job opportunities. I have no car and there is a serious lack of public transportation living here in the mountains. I have no college degree. I'm not able to do the work I used to do because of serious health issues where I'm not very mobile, have chronic pain and other issues that keep me pretty much housebound. My husband has been fighting cancer and hasn't been able to work. He's in remission now but has serious pain issues and fatigue and just isn't able to work. We'd be homeless if it weren't for my husband's parents who are letting us live in an extremely tiny room above their garage. Howev" Read the rest »
trini commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"i know of a charity that operates overseas and they hire over 60's,they look for people who are willing to live overseas,and work in the charity organisation.This is for people who have experience on the automotive field A friend of mine now works with them"
fran commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Maybe we need to start an over 50 party."
Monica Hollen commented on Daddy's Story, contributed by Monica Hollen...
"In an update, there is both sad and happy news. In January of this year, while working his bus driving job, his mechanic job, AND a job driving a water truck, my father suffered complete kidney failure. He was hospitalized for one week and has had several surgeries since. He is on daily dialysis treatments, which he completes independently at home. He is now 60 years old. However, if there is a silver lining to this, it is that he is now disabled. He no longer has to work three jobs just to make ends meet. Working almost every day for four decades has paid off in the form of disability and retirement pay. In fact, this past summer he bought himself a Mercedes! Again, this is definitely not how he pictured life at 60, and there are daily struggles with his medical conditions, but he is enjoying his free time, new car, and new granddaughter!"
Carol Burton commented on Jose Valdez...
"I too have been thinking back to the 60"s way of living. I am over 50 now and have been living check to check for many years. I got sick about a year ago and I don't have health insurance. I have been unemployed for over a year now I get by on the Grace of G-d. It really sucks when no one will help you. I thought when you saw someone in need you were suppose to help them but its not like that is it? All I want out of this life is to keep a roof over my head. Is that a lot to ask? I really wish I new what was making me so sick. My health is not good, oh well what can you do?"
Raelene commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I've been discriminated against all my life due to my ethnicity so I've known joblessness and even homelessness fresh out of college. The jobs I could get were low-paying and temporary and the good-paying, permanent jobs seemed to go to everyone else. In a way it was good because I learned to be a virtual chameleon and learn just about all about everything. I never had much trouble in the last 20 years finding temp work, even if it were low-paying, and even if they never bothered to take my education into consideration. But this is the worst I've ever seen. I notice now that with every job application I send, there is this little box asking me for my age, gender, and race. I thought that sort of thing was illegal, but here it is happening to us all and there doesn't seem to be anything we can do about it. There's also the internet now advertising everybody's age, birth date, addresses for the last twenty years, and even your debt and even if you have foreclosed on a property, in " Read the rest »
sister commented on OVER 50 INTERVIEW WITH TEMP WORKER AT OCCUPY WALL STREET...
"To anyone bashing Gerlyne; you have a lot of nerve. Gerlyne is my oldest sister. You do not know her story so do not judge. A lot of you are American born and are spoiled and ungrateful yourselves. Our parents came to the US but were unable to bring her. The rest of my siblings were born here. Even though my parents finished college we were on food stamps, homeless, and struggled all of our childhood. She came here almost out of high school. She was not afforded an education while in HHaiti for 17 years. But the woman speaks 3 languages; french, kreyol, and english. She was an honors student and has worked hard for what she has. In Haiti few have prospects of education or a career while they starve and die young. Do not knock someone elses struggle. She is the strongest most beautiful woman I know. The rest of our siblings are now architects, IT personel, an aspiring lawyer, and an aspiring chemist in med school. She just got her citizenship and God will continue to provide even if we " Read the rest »
Russell Stevens commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"I read the comments with interest. I am based in the UK and have been out of work since 2009. It still seems hard to believe that my working life ended at 49 after a successful career in the IT sector, but the fact is it did. It seems you have the same issues with ageism in the U.S. alas we do here. I must be naive because I assumed the new administration led by President O would have overturned even the slightest whiff of discrimination...... In this country, there is no support for those of us thrown on the scrap heap. Prince Charles started a laughable group called PRIME that is allegedly designed to help the oldies set up in business. It is one of the poorest efforts imaginable, somewhat reminicent in content to a 1980's soap opera business plan. The website is so bad it gives all of my friends amusement when in need of an irony fix. Take a look and you will see what I mean. I have today changed my Linked In profile to read: WARNING I AM 53 PLEASE DON'T BOTHER TO READ THE REST I" Read the rest »
Curt commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Thank you for reminding me of what my original philosophy was long ago when dealing with life. It sucks but what choice is there. I've had money and personal/professional success. At this moment it's someone else s turn. You can wait for things to change or make the changes happen and try to smile while your at it. True happiness is found in very small things and if I'm being discriminated due to my age, I know the ones discriminating now will someday be old. But I might get a great job before that day comes. There's one small thing."
David commented on Dan Sato...
"Mr Sato I want to encourage you to find a way to start your own business. You are needed out there, your perspective is awesome on the employment situation and business. You have what its takes to make a difference."
Michael commented on Marie Spalding...
"Hi Marie. I've experienced the same setbacks only with no initial interview process - 42 resumes sent off to prospective employers over a 16 week period with no response forthcoming. Enough to make one lose faith in Western humanity and the so called 'fellowship-of-man' - not wishing to sound sexist. I thought about becoming a Buddhist simply to put things in some kind of Eastern perspective. Best wishes"
Bill Davis commented on Bill Davis...
"The video above is about me. I know how it is to listen to someone seem to be "whining". Sue Sipprelle wanted to hear my story. I told it to her. Could I have invested better? Obviously yes - all my money was tied up in my real estate plan for retirement. Could I have invested more? Yes. I don't claim to be a 'victim', I just told it like it happened. And I paid for it - whether bad luck or bad management of my affairs. But I paid for it. Two years I drove a nighttime Cab in Myrtle Beach. During the off season I was evicted from my apartment both years. I sat in food banks because I was hungry. I borrowed money from family. Worst of all, I took my 17 yr old kid out of High School and moved down here. He went through all of it with me. But I never gave up. I finally got a decent paying job selling cars. Nick got a job. I kept trying to find better. Now I'm the Military Liaison for a local, old college. I make a good salary. Judge me how you will but I never quit. I n" Read the rest »
Patricia commented on Interact...
"I'm well over 50, but under 65. Went Graduated from College in the late 80's as a single mother. Worked for the City, worked in Construction Management and Logitstics. Had alot to do with Los Angeles Metro Line & Rail Operation you see today! In the 90's I became sick. Mis-diagnosed a few times, lost alot of weight & almost died at 68lbs under weight. I was in my 40's. Had two young children at the time & alot of heartache. I lost my job. Once recovered, I got off the walker, strengthend myself & went out to look for work, to take the burden off of my children. But everytime, I went in to look for a job, even with my education, experience & expertise, tehy would always make excuses. I've been looking for work for 20 years. I'm healthy, and my wonderful children have stuck by my side. It's ashame. I worked for LA School District and was a Student Councelor for UCLA. As well, I worked for Loyola Law School. Now, I go back to look for work in the same environment and t" Read the rest »
david commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"SBA: http://www.sba.gov/community/blogs/community-blogs/small-business-matters/over-50-and-ready-start-business-free-resources-inspire-you-make-it-happen?page=1"
John commented on Reality After Boston in April StayThirsty.com...
"Over fifty and gaining employment is very difficult I find. I often smile at an employer's inventive response in their attempt to hide their alignment with ageism - I feel insulted having to listen to it. So off we go into some kind of study program to lift our spirits and broaden our horizons hoping an education will resolve the problem. Capped and gowned but now well in our fifties we present a qualification or two to an employer who now feeling comfortably with the truth conveys that one is over qualified to pump 'gas' or drive that 'rig'- there's just no winning for most of us. Simply watch how many degrees you front up with at the next encounter. I feel for you all ! Tally ho for now."
David commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"I'm almost 56 and in college for the first time in my life, going for a BS in Business Administration, after getting the axe for accompany I worked for the last elven years. I am confident that things will work out for me even though I know it will be a difficult journey. My faith is in God and know he will direct my path as He has already. My journey to college is amazing but I would elaborate on it now. there is two quick things I'd like to say, the most important one is seek God and trust Him to meet your needs. The second is not-for-profit. Do your research find a group of 55ers and start a business consulting, manufacturing or whatever and make it a not-for-profit with the idea of hiring people 50 or older. I believe the not-for-profit should cover the age issue. Crap I've got to go have class. But don't give up hope there are ways and God can give you the guidance you need to navigate this chapter of your life."
Lisa commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Sarah, getting the certification sadly won't help either. After 13 yrs working in aide positions (pay as low as $10 an hour to $16 an hour for 32 hours a week) and applying for teaching positions only to be rejected in favor of the young 22 yr old who just graduated... I threw in the towel. I'm lucky that my parents (retirement age) offered me a job. I will have to sell my home and move but am blessed to be working. Being 50 can suck...not old enough to retire, not young enough to get a job that sustains living. I was dumbfounded when my 22 yr old son landed a position that paid three times what I was being paid. Proud of him but there is ageism out there."
tresgrama commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I too know your pain lady. My govt contract job ended after 7 years, ( although the work was not done, and they open a with a new contract co a year later to all new employees) I do little internet jobs and have worked some part time, but the young people dont want you there. My husband also is fed up! He never lets me forget who is paying the bills. And I feel AWFUL most of the time. Something has got to give for us over 50 crowd, we put in to much work. And also my Daughter and her son had to come and live with us for a while."
Very Upset commented on Interact...
"Older workers: No longer needed? That funny,they can't say anythings about the big guys in Washington,DC who are still working over 70 years old or much older. They layoff 800,000 people while each of these person get $666,000 or more a year plus a raise! I don't get it! I lost my job four years ago and I have a hearing impaired on both ears.I went to a deafs school in the old day and I also went to colleges who lost his job at a high tech company. Do this sound like a discrimination ?Do they hire people from oversea there? I know they do that to my job and I lost my health insurance over this,now I lost my woman. Do these people from overseas get free college educations paid by the tax payers in their own country like we do get a free educations from high school? In USA, NO,we paid our tuitions. In today technology, students are in the way cheating themselves using the hightech devices like iPhone ,laptop, iWatch ,an audio and video pen and much more to get informations in nano sec" Read the rest »
Graham commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"I am also over 55 and have a BSc. in a technical discipline. Idundant had a great history despite a couple of redundancies. I was made redundant after 14 years with a multi-national. I did consultabcy work for a few years and then ot my most senior appointment ..Ops. Director for a small high tech. company. BUT this was bought out by another large multi-national and I was made redundant again. I went back to consultancy but it has never really paid. I have been to gain modern qualifications etc. but I can see that the situation with the small company and the multi-nationals I have worked for are a reflection of the whole of the modern world. ... and that is.. Buying and selling businesses to the highest bidder and exactly the same approach is used with regard to the workforce, people who have contributed for many years to the growth and success of a company are just cast asside without regard, Governments support this for some strange reason (OK not so strange as we all know that gove" Read the rest »
Lauriesomers commented on Steve Borton...
"Seriously, I joke about moving to Vietnam and raising water buffalo and chinese geese. At least I can harvest heroin poppies for the aches and pains of old age. hah! So much for being a bright, creative, innovative type...pffft! I'd really like to do comedy at this point, I'm damn good at it, jokes on us!"
Mariekel commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"I have been an underemployed freelancer for too long now and would not encourage ANYONE to go down this route if they can help it. Work is sporadic, underpaid most of the time, there are no benefits and no security. I am almost 52, with no recent long-term tenure anywhere. I have master's degrees from Oxford and Georgetown, am a talented writer, personable, witty and smart. But I can barely stay alive. Every month is a draining struggle to keep a roof over my head. I am rapidly losing hope that my life can be anything else now. I feel like the best years are behind me and what waits is more of the same plus growing health issues. I am alone with my dog, who has expensive, significant health problems and am trapped in a city where costs have risen beyond what I can afford at the best of times (how can you move with no money and a credit rating that is in shreds?) I'm nearing the end of my tether. I am finding it increasingly hard to keep going and just about everything, even the things" Read the rest »
Peter Erikson commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"I'm 55, well, almost 56, and I haven't been able to keep a steady job since 2009, when I got washed out to sea in a mass company layoff. I enjoyed a 30-year career as a print journalist, working around the world, making many friends and helping a lot of companies along the way. Of course, I should have seen the signs : The cracks in the foundation of the Fourth Estate have been noticeable for quite some time now. In a kind of double whammy, I also chose to become a copy editor -- newspapers are laying them all off en masse as ad money withers. No need for specialists. Grammar doesn't matter when the money isn't rolling in. But so be it. I made my bed; now I have to sleep in it, as the saying goes. I guess I always thought that, if you worked hard and persevered, you'd have a good career. When I left college in 1980, jobs literally grew on trees. People still used IBM Selectrics and no one could have foreseen smartphones or any of the other kind kinds of technology we take for grante" Read the rest »
Kay commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"So it's not just me. I'm 54 and cannot keep a job. I have a master's degree, and an impressive resume. Although I worked at one company from age 26 through 43 (laid off after 17 of exemplary work) and have over 25 years of computer programming experience, I have modified my resume to only go back to 1994 to avoid age discrimination. Since I got my degrees late in life (BBA in 1993 and MBA in 2000), the resume time frame works. After my 17 year job ended with an excellent severance package, I went to work at a university for a huge pay cut for 3 years. I left that job for a much higher paying programming job that lasted for 4 years until I was caught up in a group layoff once again. Every job I have had since then was a newly created job, so when it came time for layoffs I was on the list since I was new (or was it my age?). At this point I am frustrated. I have developed back and neck problems from sitting all day, and I have finally given into the idea of going on disabil" Read the rest »
timothy commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I can't find any full or part time employment. I will have no heat this winter (Pittsburgh,PA). I am going to die. I had to give up my car. I walk 1.25 miles on mountains to get food thru welfare."
Toby commented on Luis Martinez...
"I beg to differ, John. America was always a place where people had to take care of themselves instead of relying on the government. The difference is how the government is destroying the economy now and hurting businesses that create jobs. Luis would have much better opportunities if he went back to Texas. If this entire country had a business friendly government like Texas, there would be many more jobs so people could take care of themselves. The US is destroying itself trying to become like socialist Europe. Voters created this mess by voting for more of what created it out of desperation, ignorance and divisive propaganda."
Amy A. commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"Well, I have some strong feelings about this topic. http://raven.amyabbottwrites.com/2013/05/15/will-my-ice-floe-have-starbucks-and-wi-fi.aspx"
Rebecca commented on Interact...
"My story is not very different from the others posted here, but it still doesn't make the situation any more bearable knowing I am not alone in my boat. If anything, it's makes it worse knowing there are so many just like me fighting for the same position, recognition, or opportunity. It is like having a room full of clones and hoping you can be seen as the original. I have lost my home, my retirement investments and now filing for chapter 7. I do have one saving grace, my husband is employed, but since he makes more than 12K a year we don't qualify for any assistance. I have tried the temp services, they are less than helpful. They have such a large pool to select from due to the huge lay-offs during the recession you become just another number. I feel completely hopeless and I can't see any changes for the better coming anytime soon. I know I am still vital, yet I can't get a hiring manager to give me a break. How does a 20 something with no experience become a better selection than " Read the rest »
Mimi Flores commented on Interact...
"SUpposely there should not be age discrimination, but in reality lets unblind fold our selfs. THere is a age discrimination and also depends on who is well dressed and looks all high class. But some of this young girls jsut go into a job for a pay check. They are clueless and yet they get hired. How is that. At times i feel like is how a person looks, and how they dress. I feel there is lots of discrimination point, blank, period."
Laura commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Paula ~ please do not feel alone, as I share your same situation here in the SF Bay Area, CA."
Carol commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I'd like to add to my posting about not giving up, no matter the odds...is that after the clouds in our minds have cleared a bit, when we can stop being upset about our unemployment difficulties, there's something to be said about the Internet. It has tons of useful information on interviewing and writing resumes...I'm sure all of you know about this but might need a little reminder. Also, there's value in working with temp agencies, as they have direct hire positions too, and remember the job search engines. They do work with recruiters calling. Getting an interview can mean a potential job, but in the meantime we're healing from our emotions, an interview can also be used as a testing ground to develop self-esteem and being positive. Let's not give up!"
Carol commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Yes, I’m unemployed too and have been off and on since 2001. My career started to soar a while back, moving into higher levels of education and management. At the time, I was feeling that all my work and sacrifices affecting my family, were steadily paying off. Afterall, my success would provide a better standard of life for me and my family. Someday, I could retire and still be able to help my family sustain this standard. But my ideas steadily evaporated with bouts of unemployment. I’m 63 now and still can’t accept my days in the business world are done. I still have the energy and knowledge to help companies maintain their business strength. Still I’m worried, feeling inadequate, thinking what good is all my knowledge, all my education, when I’m in this awful cycle of being hired and then let go. The reasons for being let go range from “restructure” to “layoff”, and the latest was “thank you for all the work you did, but its not a good fit”. That experience fel" Read the rest »
Marlin commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"The stories here are tearful, and I feel so bad for all of us. After 20 years of marriage and looking at age 57, with an employment gap of 20 plus years the future does not look very promising. I went back to school graduating in November 2013 with my BSB/HRM but not one nibble for re-entry. The ex-husband fights like a lion not to pay alimony what are we to do? The economic situation is horrible with a bleak future. I don't know what the future holds for either gender. My prayers to all!"
Sheila commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I just saw this for the first time. I am amazed that I am not the only one in this situation. I lost my job in Aug. 2010 and haven't worked since. I have even tried to apply to very low and menial jobs like cleaning up kennels and couldn't even get hired for that. I cry a lot! I too, feel like a major loser, a failure. I've been going to school to get my BBA but I am having a really hard time. I know my husband hates me and my situation. He rubs it in my face daily. Like all of you, I have "too much" experience to get a min. wage job but "not enough" education to get A JOB. I have an associates but that has never been any good to me. It has never mattered. The best I can hope for after graduation is probably busing tables because I'm sure they won't let someone old like me wait on customers. I'm 52 and getting nowhere!!! Good luck to all of you. ((hugs))"
Dan Gaffney commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"I just found this blog and thanks for the work! I'm 49 and have seen many colleagues and friends struggle with the challenges of over 50 and unemployed . I was downsized from consulting in 2009 and realized I wanted to be an independent contractor (accounting/CPA) so that I'd have more long-term control over my career. What I've come to realize, is that what I feared; being over 50 and out of work if I took another job that lasted a few years back in 2009-is a common challenge of people who become unemployed near or above 50. Generally, baby boomers that had enjoyed success in their careers and opportunities for growth, when faced with unemployment, are not well equipped to step up networking quickly and embrace new directions in their career path. I founded VouchedIn.com to help finance and accounting professionals, since that's the space I know best. My focus is not just 50 and over professionals, but helping experienced professionals in these professions connect directly wi" Read the rest »
Paula commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I just found this website tonight. Let go in 2011 and replaced with the temp that I hired & trained that was in her 20's on the Admin. side of my job duties. The other part of my Superviser duties went to a man that walked out after 6 weeks on the job. And yet, here I am still in the Fall of 2013 unemployed. Started back to school and feel like I'm just wasting my time but it does help keep my mind occupied. No one cares about an Associates in Administrative Sciences. And if I do get a job, it lasts about a month and then I'm let go for no realistic reason at all. Last brief job.....I typed too fast. In Texas, they can let you go for anything and trust me, all employers are doing it now, especially if you're older. I Thank God every day for my loving husband, but sometimes I know he thinks it's my fault some how. I feel like I have let him down. I cry a lot too.....feel like a huge loser. I'll be 50 in October and I'm scared......what am I going to do? I'm too young to" Read the rest »
susan commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I feel for all in this situation. There is definitely a shift and transition going on right now and I have been in the midst of it with members of my own family. I also know, however, there is never a loss without a gain so look for the gains you are getting when you have lost your job. May be it's in your health, in your relationship, in more free time to focus on what you really, really want to be, do, have. Does it give you time to reassess your whole life purpose now and the next steps? What "value" are you gaining? It may not be in terms of money, - in which other area are you gaining value? networking, gaining new skills, time to garden, declutter, cook, etc. Focus on being grateful for all you DO have rather than what you DON'T have, and be aware of the language you are using consciously... this too has a major impact and I have seen it time and time again, once their is a conscious shift, the whole environment shifts... We can't change the world and what may or may " Read the rest »
Sarah Price commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Grateful to find this website. Can't stop crying. Feel like a failure. Divorced almost five years and can't get a "career" going, now aged 52. Relocated now for three months to a different area and I really feel I am being discriminated against because of my age. They send you a rejection letter the next day! Jobs I would have gotten in a heartbeat --or at least gotten an interview for-- 25 or 30 years ago. I want to be a good example to my daughter, who is in college and "undecided". How can I when I can't even get something going for myself? I have a degree in education, but state certification will take two more years of school and money I don't have. I'd almost rather go into something else. Open to advice. I'm near D.C. Seems like we SHOULD protest or something. We're an unseen, unheard minority."
Cindy commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Dear Screwit, You are telling part of my story. Since 2008 I've experienced reality after reality. But please keep the faith and know God hears our prayers. I just finished crying again today. This life seems almost unreal. When I think about my life, I try to remember all the people that are suffering in this country and other countries. They are raped. Without food. No clean water. Fighting for their life day and night. I have thought to end my life more times than I can tell you. But why place the hurt on others that's so hard for me to bare. Who are we, that we shouldn't experience the test of life. Allow the tears to flow, then brush yourself off and fight to live another day. A better day."
Laurie commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"Thanks for the kind words Rosie, yes....hoping, but hope doesn't pay the bills does it? lol I seriously think that we need more intentional living communities for older folks. Not militant vegan, cultish communities, but communities of real people, not fanatics! The ONLY way many of us will survive, let alone thrive is in a collective situation where everyone shares and supports each other. I am seriously thinking I might just buy a freaking plane ticket to Vietnam or somewhere and disappear into the jungle to die. Better to be a meal for a leopard or a tiger At least I'd be helping another endangered species to survive. If only us endangered middle agers could make the threatened species list. Hah!"
screwit commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I am 48 and out of work since 2008 when the economy collapsed, I got divorced and lost my business. No one will hire me and I went back for two tech jobs in hea care. Did no good even w a BS degree. My family wont let me come back home - so much for the grand old Italian values my dad used to revere - My sister just died from cancer - my ex lured my two kids away from me with his money - the same two he insisted I stay at home to raise I have lost all hope. There is none. There is NONE."
rosie commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"laurie, we are in the same boat!! my husband lost his job 2 years ago and i feel almost unemployable! i was a graphic designer making great money and enjoying a very fun and interesting life. then, my beautiful children came along and i/we decided that i would stay at home with them . everything i did with graphics was hand done, on the board, and i missed out on the effing computer generated graphics. no one seems to need my skills anymore and i don't know,and can't afford, to learn the new computer graphics programs. my children are grown now and are happy and successful. i am 57, my husband is 64 and we can't find work. we are in debt up to our ears and argue all the time. i thought this was the peaceful unstressful time for us to travel and enjoy life. this sucks!!!!!! i wish you luck and definitely feel your pain! hopefully something creative and profitable will come our way! hang in there!"
b commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I found this blog while searching for some ideas, comfort, something! To help ease the pain I feel about not being able to find a job. What I found instead was the cold reality of how many people are in the same boat. I'm so sorry to read about so many others not being able to live better. I really feel like a loser sometimes, apparently destined to "live with a relative indefinitely" as one poster commented! Just getting an interview is amazing, so having several in a row a few months ago was like winning the lottery! "You're in our top three, but sorry!" Heard that many times.... is it age, or what? I give an enthusiastic interview, list only 10 years of related experience on my resume, omit most education. Looking for a PT office job, not rocket scientist! I'm 57, unemployed for 3 1/2 years, lost home, filed Chapter 7, living with elderly parent who drives me crazy! But, I must count my lucky blessings until I'm old enough to collect Social Security & PERS benefits.... hoping t" Read the rest »
Amy M commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"Sorry didn't mean that ok comment. My dad is 56. He lost his company to my uncle because lets just say my dad trusted him. Well it cost him everything. It's been about 2 years. He actually looks for jobs daily. Some people say they do but I watch him. He raised me to be very independent. Well over a year ago a lot of the people in my company got let go. I'm 33. I have 2 kids that I have raised with no help. I can't even find help because I paid off a car. I look for jobs everyday. I even call places and ask who the supervisor is then ask for the fax number and send it straight to him. My dad is now sick. He is 56 and yet stuck in that bracket of make it past 60 and we can get you some help or not! I find it repulsive. I think if you have an ongoing condition that could be life or death or just because you need your annual exams there should be someone to help. Who came up with the age anyway. Why does all the applications for help I fill out ask if your a minority? I think it's age dis" Read the rest »
Laurie commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"Just discovered this site and feel some, small, sense of finding my tribe, though I prefer to bond over happier common interests. lol I too am 54 this year, in a few months, and am living a nightmare. I lost my home of 7years on a beautiful 5 acre property, had to give up my pets, and am now living as a companion/home maker for an elderly woman. I make a salary of $800 a month, work 6 days a week with afternoons off and live in a small bedroom with little privacy after being single, independent and living a wonderful life for the past 10 years since my divorce. I have been unable to find decent work after having 2 jobs I loved and a great little nest egg, these past 3 years. What I am seeing here makes me realize that regardless of education, work history or marital status nobody is exempt from these difficult times. I was a stay at home mom for years and am at real disadvantage, having limited marketable skills and being in my 50's. Still...it seems as if we all float in the sam" Read the rest »
Dee commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I went back to school in 2009 and graduated with a certificate in Medical Administration. I did have experience from many years back, but that was before computers so I needed to update my skills. After I graduated I got many many calls for interviews and was offered quite a few jobs. I found that one of the things that impressed them the most besides having experience (versus recent high school grads with no experience) is that I volunteered in a hospital. During school is when I started volunteering. Age was never a factor. Perhaps one should think of volunteering. Time and time again they mentioned how impressed they were with that. My age at the time was 51. Do I believe some are discriminated for age. You bet I do. The type of work my daughter does I could never ever get even an interview for so it does exist."
Mark commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"Medicare reimbursement is so low for procedures done by respiratory therapists (RRT) in the clinical setting that many hospitals have closed their RRT departments. Good Luck I am a fellow RRT and have been looking for 4 years. I am so broke I do not have funds to pay for my license fees. Thank God I am a veteran because they provide me with a place to live."
Mary commented on Long-term unemployment among 50+ America: a chronic problem now...
"In the two years I've been unemployed I've seen a lot of companies' disregard for their own workforces. Regardless of your age, your employer today thinks you are disposable. And they're just about right because they've been getting away with large dumps of staff to shore up their bottom lines for the better part of ten years. If you've ever worked for one of these outfits on the day they lay off 2000 people one week before the close of a fiscal year, you'll now what I'm talking about. Couple that with age discrimination, and wow....what a mess. I think that if this is to be fixed, two things have to happen on a very large scale. The first is that companies need to take a long, hard look at themselves and the way they think of and treat their employees. Because here's a fact: no big company on earth can exist without its workforce. The second, and I hate to say it, is that government is going to have to get involved. I am pretty convinced that in order to get hiring to rebou" Read the rest »
Jackie commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"For those facing homelessness you might have to swallow your pride & live with a relative indefinitely. You may have to trade your home for an RV or buy a trailer home new or used. There are lower paying jobs with the park service & lodges that provide housing concentrate on jobs which provide housing. Another option might be finding work overseas this is a better option for those who have degrees. If you have a home you can auction it. I don't know of much else. But I sympathize since I too am out of work. God Bless you all & I hope it works out. Don't forget to pray! Take care of yourselves."
Anonymous commented on "Jobless, yet hopeful for 2011" in StayThirsty.com...
"I like your idea. But, what if you don't have a home to sell for money to leave the country? What if: 1) You lost your home in foreclosure? 2) 3 days later, your husband of 17 years jumped off a bridge in despair leaving you alone at age 50, with no life insurance, no money, nothing? 3) What if a few weeks later, you lost everything else, too - all your possessions, even your pets because you didn't have a home for them...or you? 4) What if, in addition to all of the above, bill collectors you didn't know existed came out of the woodwork to nail the widow of the husband who jumped off the bridge because he put her name on debts without her knowledge? 5) What if, in addition, Social Security told her she was 'too young' to qualify for Widow's Benefits because she wasn't 60? 6) What if no one will hire her because she's 'too old' and she receives rejection letter after rejection letter? I wish I had something to sell. Someone else sold my soul. There is an expression, 'worth m" Read the rest »
Rose commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I am 54 years old and have been unemployed since 2009. I have applied for jobs, interviewed for a few job and even landed a job with the state only to be told 2 weeks after they extended the offer there was a problem and I was apparently further down on the eligible list than they realized (how exactly does this happen) anyhow exactly a month later I was given the news, despite the attempts to reach me I was yet unreachable so they were rescinding the offer officially. I wanted to scream at the woman well thank you, since I am almost literally homeless I will really be unreachable soon. So here we are 4 months later and things have escalated to critical point. I have applied for social services and was denied because my 10 year old car with 154,828 miles on it is still considered too valuable and prevents me from getting any aid. I can get foodstamps but with no place to prepare a meal looming overhead, and limited places that will take the EBT card for prepared foods that kind of su" Read the rest »
Annie commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"In 2005 I was 43, recently divorced and couldn't find a job. Almost everything I found required a college degree & didn't have one. I went back to school, earned my degree and graduated with honors in 2009. The only job I could find was a server for a catering company. I've been there since then and have continued looking for stable full time employment. In spite of hundreds of applications, I've had exactly 2 interviews in 4 years. Those were in 2009. I continue to look, every day without getting a single phone call back. I've tried circumventing the apply online requirements only to be told online is the only way an application will be looked at. Every single one of them requires birth dates & social security numbers for a so-called background check. I'm sure it's a screening tool alright, but not the kind of screening that's being implied. I don't believe that it's because companies have that many applications any longer. I've been lucky I'm kept the mortgage & utilities" Read the rest »
James commented on Interact...
"The current situation is not only depressing for the people out of work, but it deeply affects their families, their sons and their daughters as well. I am in my 20s and my father who's in his late 50s has been unemployed or underemployed since 2008. It has torn my family apart and he is now living by himself without health insurance or any prospects for any meaningful quality of life in the future. Constant frustration has been the only way that I can use to describe watching a man you love waste away without meaningful employment in their life, especially since he is the kind of person who defines himself by his job. I can't get my own life started since I'm constantly worried about his health and the fact that with every passing year, it becomes more and more likely that I will have to pay his bills when his health starts to decline. The moment that I found myself actually wishing that he would simply die in a car accident as the best solution for him and for the rest of our family" Read the rest »
Helena commented on Sheila Cooper...
"You are not alone, their are thousands of us in New York looking for work,many of us have lost our unemployment, because the government said Ne York did not qualify for the extension as o December 9th 2012. Many had to get government aid, which is depressing, many people have lost their homes, and to aid misery to injury you have to work at city agencies for food and shelter at least 21 hours a week. And g to back to work programs which are over crowded and have no jobs if you are educated or have work experience. These programs push you to take min. wage jobs that"s if you can get one because they get a bonus for every one who gets a job. You actually do the work by looking for a job, but they want the credit. NO JOY IN NEW YORK!!!!!!!!!!"
Ann Laird commented on Long-term unemployment among 50+ America: a chronic problem now...
"A thought came to me today that may benefit many readers...what do you love to do? Can you generate income from this love? I'm going to try it myself. I plan to combine my love for the creative design process of small business start-ups with my love for learning and sharing. I operate a niche marketing service that is community building and a joy for everyone involved. If you know your town well and like to share what you know with visitors or people new to your area I want to offer to teach you how to start and operate this home-based business with extremely low start-up and operating costs and immediate monthly income. I propose there are probably many of us who could do the same. We can document our niche business operation and teach others to replicate it, charging an agreed upon reasonable monthly fee. If you are interested in participating in a network of 50+ willing to offer their knowledge-base to help other 50+ rise up then please contact me at: ann.laird@yahoo.com. If" Read the rest »
Carl Savino commented on Long-term unemployment among 50+ America: a chronic problem now...
"I've read most of the people who are over 50 and out of work. This is the depression we face in this country for the 50 and over set. No one cares about us at all. I'm 64 have a small business and struggling. 401K is gone. Savings non exsistent, need I go on. Thank God my wife works and we stay afloat. My SS check which is 1600.00 a month isn't sufficient to sustain us. We have a second up for sale and need to sell ASAP. Thank God we have health benefits. Folks I can go on forever, but it won't matter at all. Unfortunately we are not alone but we are in this mess for many reasons and to be honest no one cares and the Gov't can't wait for us to go away in order not to pat the SS and medicaid. We are in the majority but in reality in the minority. There is no sense of neighbors and the computer has ruined our personel lives. Who's going to help us? NO ONE but yourself. Whether you stay afloat or go under it won't matter but the food stamps are up signifcantly and the medicaid is sky roc" Read the rest »
Jay commented on Weirton...
"I'm not responding to the comment above but wanted to say my piece.I found this site after googling "trying to find work after 50".I was startled and strangely a bit relieved to find all the comments here as I've been unemployed/underemployed since 2006 when my business (a cafe/catering business) failed.Oh sure I've found some really bad restaurant jobs complete with fights lousy hours and chaos, I also washed dishes,cooked,cleaned,cut grass and so on.I can't believe I'm saying this but I would be happy with a minimum wage job in retail/@ the mall etc. At least those jobs would be in AC/heat and somewhat comfortable...but even those gigs are hard to come by and I just turned 50 ! The only advice I can offer is taking a real hard look at ALL of your skills. I've had a hobby of mine that I learned to monetize (music) and while most of the time I can't live off of it it is a revenue stream and occasionally pays real well.So what do you love and do in your spare time ? Can it be sold trade" Read the rest »
Paul commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I too am 59. I have a MS in Accounting, over 30 years of experience in several industries and a CMA. I am an excellent presenter, educator, manager and strong team player/worker. I have been searching for meaningful work since April 2008, yet have found nothing except low-paying jobs. I currently teach one night per week, run my own sales business (I am NOT a salesman) and move cars for a local rental car company. I have had some interviews that appear promising only for me to learn that I am "number two" to the person who got the job. I keep praying that something will come through, but I am getting more depressed each day. My wife and I have to scrape every month to get rent, car payments, and even food. Imagine, we have to have a discussion over whether or not we can spend $4.00 on a couple of ice cream cones as a treat! We don't take vacations. We can't afford to go out. All we do is work and hope and pray. I could understand if my resume was crap or if I had not been a" Read the rest »
Michael commented on Interact...
"Yea I am not happy with the way the country is going. I have three college degree's. My most recent degree is in the health field. When companies call me they are all happy and can't wait to meet me. But when I enter the office to talk to people about my skills and abilities it's all good. But when they look at me the first impression is, "Wow this is a guy who needs a job but I think he is to old." I impress them with my knowledge and what I have learned at interview seminars, books and videos from youtube I ace the interview. The problem is....they never call back. I never thought when I was younger I never thought I would be in this situation. When my father was alive he used to tell me stories when he was a professional chef that if he quit one job he could go down the street and get another job....he was in his 50's. Today.....good luck. I think we need an age revolution."
Peter G. commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"What we need to do is literally scare the crap out of our elected representatives and threaten to make them "unemployed" en masse. If we don't somehow use the strength of numbers and shame these fools into action, we won't get anywhere. If a group on shipyard workers could lead a movement in Poland that lead to the overthrow of Communist occupation in Eastern Europe, then what can we do? Think of their obstacles, and let that motivate us to bring Congress to within an inch of being unemployed themselves. At the same time, we need open minded business leaders, who realize how this issue weakens our country and its economy, to join this battle. How do we do that?"
Ex-wife of Viet Nam vet commented on Jose Valdez...
"Perhaps many of us boomers might benefit from re-visiting the 1960's idea of communal living. Many are in deep trouble in spite of trying to live the life we thought we were entitled to by working hard and being honest and good. For those with families, I suggest watching some old reruns of the tv series 'The Waltons"."
Ex-wife of Viet Nam vet commented on Mercedes Paez...
"America is a large, diverse, and blessed country. We are populated by many wonderful and diverse climates and a nice mix of urban and rural. Please consider a move to a low tax and low stress area. You may be able to live quite well 'out in the sticks' in one of our friendly states. Good luck and keep your heart open to new friends and opportunities."
Ex-wife of Viet Nam vet commented on Mike Boyd...
"Have you considered tutoring jobs while you are job hunting? Perhaps that could help you feel better, earn money, and help a student."
Ex-wife of Viet Nam vet commented on Valentin, María Isabel _, & María _...
"For those who are here illegally, I have no sympathy. We are a nation of immigrants who legally came to our shores. Apply legally, wait in line, and then be welcome to come in and learn our language and work. I do not mean to be harsh, but you cannot expect to come here as an illegal and reap USA citizen benefits. Go home, and I wish you luck in your own country and in your legally applying for work or citizenship."
Ex-wife of Viet Nam vet commented on Rick Barrett...
"Why isn't he getting a VA disability? The VA and his congressman needs to help him get SS Disability and his VA disability. How shameful that he has fallen through the cracks."
Marcia Greenwood commented on Willa Dean Weaver...
"You seem like a tough cookie, Willa. Best to you."
Marcia Greenwood commented on Marie Spalding...
"Such an intelligent, well-spoken and, obviously, caring person. Best to you. I truly hope that things turn around."
Jim Sullivan commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I feel and identify deeply with this gentleman; lost my job at 50, unemployed until I was 54. I finally found a part time position at a small tech company making $11/hr. Well I am on a salary now and have a full time position, but make 1/5 what I made before I lost my prior job. I've been forced out of my house, declared Chapter 7, and see no end in sight. I will be homeless on Sept 30. Nobody will rent to me due to my bankruptcy, and to be honest I don't blame them. I am in the process of selling all of my furniture and belongoings preparing for the worst. I never thought that after getting my college degree, and having such a successful career it would all come crashing down on me as I am about to turn 56."
John Henri commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"After looking at your site I can't say that I got one bit of useful information to help me find a job. I will be 56 years old in a month and on August 2nd I will be facing 4 years of being unemployed. During this time I have done everything recruiters have asked or suggested I do to "reinvent" myself. I have submitted almost 4 thousand job apps, had dozens of phone interviews resulting in 6 actual face to face interviews only to be told I am over qualified, under qualified and in one case I actually had a young recruiter tell me that if I was any good at my job that I would not be unemployed. I know I am rambling at this point but I am frustrated and simply don't know which way to turn..."
Ceecee commented on Edward Walker...
"I wish I could cook. If you get food stamps, can you take some and sell bbq dinners and lunches or even deserts such as brownies and pies and cakes? You could get a small table and sell on the street. You may have to start going into offices but you should be able to build a business doing it. I am over 50 myself and unemployed in California. I know what you are going through. I fortunately still have a 1 bedroom apartment that I just recently had to get a roomate to take over my bedroom while I sleep in the living room. We have to adjust, but I believe we have lifetime experience no young person can say they have. We also have survivor skills too. Out in Los Angeles, I always see signs for cooks wanted. The soul food places are abundant and seem to be looking constantly. The good thing about here is that if you do work at least 6 months, our unemployment pay is higher than Las Vegas. In the city of Inglewood, is a Veterans Place that Vets live very reasonably and there are job service" Read the rest »
Bill commented on Mark Moore...
"I am that very position. Due to an auto accident, a greedy lawyer, and a failed court system that only takes care of the wealthy, I was put in the position of loosing my career due to permanent injuries, and could only secure part time work as a janitor at a much lower rate of pay than I used to get as a licensed carpenter. I have had to rob peter to pay paul so many times, that the payback will have me working till I am 80 (providing I can still work). I will most likely have to sell my home just to break even. But at least I have a job (there is nothing out there) and I do a bit of side work when I can. That helps, and also, if it weren't for my wife's perm full time job, we'd be in pretty bad shape, we would have had to sell a long time ago. I guess I can thank my lucky stars that I still have my home, when others have lost theirs. I am determined to keep this house which I custom designed and built myself. To hell with the banks, they can kiss my @#%^ss"
v commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Finding a job may be difficult, however never stop trying .......has anyone ever looked at the possibilities and promising future on Network Marketing/Multi Level Marketing as a home based business???? The future in this field is never ending..you just need to ask yourself how much time can I put into creating something for myself instead of working for someone else? how t do I get started? you will only have yourself to report to..."
Chuck commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I will be turning 52 years old in October of this year. Currently, I am going on one year of unemployment. After reading some of the other comments on this site, I feel a little worse. I didn't realize that being over 50 was a death sentenance. We all know that age discrimination is against the law however, I feel it is practiced every day. When completing job applications on line you are asked to provide social security number and birth date. Of course, employers state that it is needed for a background check. You would think that the background check would be after the phone interview and the interview in person. Why would someone spend money until they have had a chance to meet the applicant? I believe that if people are unable to find work after 50 they should be allowed to have access to their social security. At least this way they will have a little more dignity before they are living on the street!"
d commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I'm reaching fifty and have a great deal of empathy for this situation. We live in a society in which no one values anyone else and there is no community any longer; people don't read books any more they read "Tweets." Everyone is focused on their short term ego, that's why conversations have to be fast and "to the point." As individuals with souls, we have to remember that even though society does not value us, we must value ourselves and do whatever it takes to survive first, and then get a leg up after that. Everyone has skills so I advise everyone to freelance, put ads on Craigslist, get paid in cash at every possible turn, partner with others, and find strength in numbers. If possible to move, I would advocate moving to a country such as Canada or England that has if not free than affordable health care."
Larry commented on Long-term unemployment among 50+ America: a chronic problem now...
"Last year (2012), I was forced to make a career change at age 56 ( now 57). Being married and with a 17 yr old Son, the "Nightmare" for me started in Nov. 2008 when I was laid off due to the downturn in our economy. I'd been a Union member in the Construction trades industry since getting out of the military, and started my apprenticeship training back in 1979. For close to 30 years I had worked on large scale construction projects, commercial, industrial, high rise buildings. The job benefits were very good for my family and I: a good living wage, medical, dental, vision, vacation pay, and a good Union Pension - a defined monthly benefit....my family and I were living the 'American Dream'. We were and thankfully still are, home owners. Then the bottom fell out for me in 2008 with the start of the Great Recession. I thought O.K., I'll just be laid off from work in the construction trade for maybe 4-6 months and then things will begin to pick back up. Unfortunately, after getting laid " Read the rest »
Charles commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I am 56 years old and have been unemployed since Jan 2011. I am a electronics technician that worked for a major theme park for 13 years. Since technology has changed, my career doesn't really exist anymore. I feel like I am too old to try to go back to school, because I would be starting from scratch. I thought about starting a business but no capital to start it. I am a diabetic that can't afford to get medication. My father and grandfather died from diabetes when they were only 64. Do I have the same fate? It is scary for me to think that maybe I only have 8 years to live. I know that getting a job would cure all my problems. I would be able get my medication. Where do I turn? I feel like I am drowning and there is no lifeline. I am lucky that I have an understanding wife. She is the reason I am not homeless. She is the one that pulls me out of my depression."
Tim commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"Hey everyone, good morning from Phoenix , AZ! I'm 53, my wife and I reloctaed from Texas in January of this year. She was able to land a position at Amazon.com, in the shipping department, she started out as a temp. and was hired. Me, I have been offered positions at about 1/2 my past salaries, no benefits, and I must use my phone, laptop and vehicle with a bonus, I can deduct my gas expense on next years tax return....YAHOO!!! thanks so much!!!! I think it's a issue of supply and demand, to many highly skilled people like ourselves and not enough postions to go around. I'm relistic, I look at myself and think, "why would I hire me?" If I had a choice of a younger kid or me , I would choose the kid. You can mold that kid into the person you would like - the employee you need, but me...I might want to mold the position offered to fit my needs and skills, my comfort zone.. Therefore I might be tough to manage, also I might only work for them maybe10 years and the kid, they might" Read the rest »
fern commented on Upcoming Set for Life screenings...
"I must say I relate to Simon's comment. America does seem like a business entity; it's all about corporate profits and keeping shareholders happy and as for individual paycheck-earning employees, they're wholly dispensable and on their own and out the door in a heartbeat. There is such a strong slant in favor of employers/corporations in this country; Europeans treat the common man much better. I am single, female, almost 54 and have been under-employed since a layoff in September 2009. I have squeaked by working p/t jobs that paid $12/hr, working for the Census Bureau in 2010, doing freelance work, working contract jobs that lasted 3 months and doing focus groups, product marketing studies, academic studies, even systematically using credit card bonuses..anything to generate income to pay the bills. I am so weary of constantly searching for work. It galls me at how little so many employers are willing to pay for work (I'm a marketing writer) that I formerly made a decent living at." Read the rest »
Kent commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I am 53, single male parent, working as a security guard. Paid for out of my pocket a Assoc in Arts, BSBA, BSA in Food Marketing, Assoc Health Information Management. When I first started looking for work after my first degree, I was told I did not have experience. Now I have experience and can not get resume past first step in HR. Not even with help of store management. Living in a church basement depending on the church is not an option. I have a child that needs me. I am also a caregiver for my father. This will soon be over. Then what will I do with my child? My first career showed me that designed crime pays and loyalty to the company is a waste of time. So what does matter? The young forget that they will get older and become disposable assets. For the guy at the church, I was a security guard in church basement with homeless people. God help us."
Dave Henning, Waco Texas commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"So many of you have it right! Jean mentioned something that my Dad told me back in the late '70's... he was in his fifties then. He'd mentioned how hard it was for him to find a job (he was retired, but his employer didn't offer any retirement). He called it a "soft bigotry" against older people. I don't know how often y'all come to this site, but "Vivian" said something troubling. Vivian, if you're out there, I'll pray for you. I myself have been out of work for over a year and a half. I'm a computer and network tech, but my skills are dated. I DID enroll in a VA-sponsored retraining program. It's called VRAP, and you have to be between the ages of 35-60 and unemployed. You also have to be a Veteran. My schooling starts late August. I agree with many of you: reading these stories IS heartbreaking! My unemployment ran out, I rarely get computer-repair jobs and ended up with a friend who took pity on me. I give her money when I can. I had to swallow my pride and get fo" Read the rest »
Debbie commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I've been unemployed since 5/2011. It's very depressing to see (seemingly) everyone live their lives while you're living in a weekly hotel because that's all you can afford. My husband works two jobs but I have always been the one who made the bulk of our income. Not that we lived high before, but we had a house to live in and could go out to eat once in a while. All I see is that everyone is living their lives while I sit all day applying for jobs. And people really don't want to hear about your problems because it's like the plague, they stay away from you (without making it obvious) because they don't want it to happen to them too."
Simon commented on Upcoming Set for Life screenings...
"Let's wake up and realize that America is not a country, it's a business where each person is on his own and can only depend on himself. If the business decides it does not need what you have to offer, you are discarded. There are countries in Europe, places where people feel responsible for each other and actually try to do things to help each other, not merely fend for themselves. America is not a country. America does not deserve your loyalty."
Mark A. Evans commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I am 56 years old and have not had a job in 3 years. i have some college but no degree. Anyplace I try to get interview never make it to interview process. Unemployment ran out. Been trying online work-at-home offers but haven't worked. i'm living in a church and helping keep it clean. I am having to trust the Lorde for everything"
reluctantexan commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"Rose et al, I was laid off in 2001 when I was 56. I was earning a $120,000 salary. The next couple of years were brutal, and I'm still not sure how I stayed alive. We are in an age group for which there is no government assistance available unless we are destitute. Unemployment benefits are too low to pay the bills, and eventually they run out. I started going out on any job which required computer skills, and eventually I was hired for $9 an hour. Then the climb began, up out of the hole. Of course, there was a divorce and bankruptcy. I would guess my story played out all over the USA thousands of times. I set a goal to work from home, and I met that goal. I'm 68, still alive and not homeless. I have enough to eat and, most importantly, I get to work doing what I love to do without having to leave the house to do it. You're right. Life isn't fair, but then again, it never really was. That was illusion. I'm an activist now - an online activist. On my Facebook page, I got r" Read the rest »
Soon to be 53. commented on Over 50 will testify before the Senate HELP committee ...
"It will be 5 years next February since I had a full time job. I have applied for positions that I was clearly qualified for. None of the interviewers hired me. I EVEN WENT ON TWO JOB INTERVIEWS for the same company! NO HIRE! I will be 53 soon. I don't know who I am anymore when it comes to going back into the work place. IT'S CONFUSING AND NOT FAIR! THERE IS SO MUCH I WANT TO SAY! BUT I CAN'T DIG DEEP INTO MY HEART ENOUGH TO TAKE THE FEELINGS OUT!!!!"
Rose commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I am 54 and was lucky enough to find a job. You need to apply for jobs in a 25 square mile radius of your home and you need to apply only to jobs where age is an asset. I competed against 25 to 38 year old candidates for a job as marketing director for senior housing. I got the job, in part, because I brought my age to their attention as an asset, i.e., "I'm closer to the age of your clients and they will trust me. They know I can empathize in a way a 26 year old cannot." Schools, hospitals, nursing and assisted living, social services, etc., are all possibilities. And because all of us baby boomers are getting older, senior services is a HUGE market."
jean commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I do think older people are being treated un fairly in job market these days! I do not understand the mentality of the company owners? Young people jump from job to job now a days! We just want something steady!"
rob commented on Upcoming Set for Life screenings...
"it is not that I can not get a job, every time I get one, it does not work out for me-I have talents but going in and out of work for over twenty years has been extremely hard on my wife and child. If I could make enough money to help save my home would be great- I just keep applying and hope for the best I just can not stand to lose everything ( wife, house, and the rest) it just hurts so much- why can't I find something worthwhile- it just seems so stupid to me that I know how to do a lot of things but yet I am unable to make even $15.00 an hour. Come on now employers- help the ones that need it!!"
Unemployed commented on Upcoming Set for Life screenings...
"I am in the same boat! And very sorry to hear you are going through this. I wish I had a concret answer, because that is all I want for myself. Talking about it and sharing your experience should at least help all of us to realise we are not alone in this new economic state in our country. For some reason it seems to be our generation that is being ignored and I would like to know why?? I just keep putting one foot in front of the other and doing the work that I can to acquire a job. In the past three years I have gotten temp jobs, but nothing that pays like what I have known for the lifetime of my career. I had to give up all of what I had worked for over the past 25 years. I lost my home, my pets, my belongings, my savings, and soon will lose my retirement savings. I am living with my sister and I have lost all sense of independence, which is the worst of all for me. My family is supporting me while I look for work. So for right now, I say, just keep talking about " Read the rest »
john s. daley commented on Marie Spalding...
"We've got a country of fascinating,tough,God fearing people. We survive!"
Sue commented on Needed: One Employer as published in Stay Thirsty December 2012...
"They are truly wonderful people."
Susan commented on Needed: One Employer as published in Stay Thirsty December 2012...
"I am completey humbled by George and Linda."
Di commented on Upcoming Set for Life screenings...
"I can't believe you have been looking for full time work since 2010. I've been searching for a full time job for 10 months and sometimes I feel like giving up. I have 25 years experience in a certain field, still I'm not getting any bites. I believe it's because I'm 56. I hate the thought of possibly loosing my home and my self."
Lisa H. commented on Upcoming Set for Life screenings...
"I have been feeling alone in my struggle before reading this blog and these comments. Everyone I know is employed. I am 56-years-old, have a M.A. degree, and have been unemployed since February 2010. I am unable to find a job or even get an interview that is not for part-time work and that pays more than minimum wage. I have since sold my home and most belongings, exhausted my retirement savings, and in the next month, with no income and no options left, I must find homes for my pets to move in with my daughter. I have been able to remain positive and hopeful through it all up until now but the idea of giving my pets away - two who have been with me for 11 and 9 years respectively and my German Shepherd who is like a child - is breaking my heart. The thought of missing my pets and wondering if they are safe and being treated well is tearing me apart. Sometimes I daydream about being in my own home again and I try to imagine what it would feel like not to feel this stress and anxiety an" Read the rest »
jim dreiling commented on Eight Tips for Older Job Seekers from Art Koff, founder of RetiredBrains.com...
"Art, Like your ideas. meeting with a friend to seek area opportunities tomorrow. think i'll try the idea of a project. thanks"
Danny Redfern commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I feel everyone's Pain. I completed a associates program last year and I'm 10 classes away from a BS in Computer Science Information technology with 3.13 GPA and of course I've uploaded my resume with all the per say job search engines and have not had in offers in my field of study. I have letters of recommendation from 6 of my college professors who have highly recommended me. I only went back to school to increase my market-ability, so I can continue to compete with the job market survival of the fit's . Well I'm fit! Yes I'm 54 years old so what!"
Patricia commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I am responding to Lillian's post, what we need to do is write and write and write some more, we as an older generation of out of work folks, through no fault of our own we need to stand up and continue to fight, fight for what is right and wrong. Just today, I wrote to a state senator in Florida where I live presently to express exactly how I feel about being deemed one of those "long term unemployed" through no fault of my own. If we as a group of older folks stand together on this, someone will listen but all of it needs to be done in numbers, not only frustrations, words on paper to local senators, the White House, news media, etc, as this number of us out there is growing and growing unfortunately and it appears that "we" all have something to say about it"
Laurie commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"Seems like we tried to do all the 'right' things and are getting punished for it. We were diligent home owners. Bought a tiny house under what we could afford. Paid all of our bills on time. Saved and invested a bit of what we could. Owned our own used cars. never took vacations and never went out for dinners. Shopped at used clothing stores etc etc. My husband was 57 when he got laid of in 2009. We have six kids. I have a BS degree. I have been a stay at home mom, and have taught all the kids at home. Our local schools are not that great and loaded with drug problems. I have a dyslexic daughter who would really struggle in school, so I don't feel that I could put her in. I feel so badly for the kids. I used to feel like I could tell them, just work hard and that will get you somewhere, but now I don't feel that I am being truthful in saying that. Out of the eight of us, six of us are working. All part time stuff. This leads to total chaos. Our cars are going and going...alot of g" Read the rest »
D commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I just found this site and have been reading about stories that are so the same as I am going through. I am in my 50's and have been looking for a permanent job since 2010. I have worked a part time job for 6 mos in 2011 and 2012 and have been laid off since Jan 2013. I trust in God and if I did not believe That God will never leave us or forsake us I would probably have given up by now. Your stories are just heart breaking and I don't understand why I cannot get a job. I too have about $120 in my bank account. I never understood how all the money the Celeberties are making and I just want a job making $40K or more a year. I have hit rock bottom for all that I am and have and I have never taken drugs nor would I ever want to. I am not one to ask anyone for money especially from my family. Again it is by the grace of our God that I have not gone insane. I pray for each and every one of you and for myself That we will overcome our sadness so we can live the rest of our lives in" Read the rest »
Brent Young commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"What do we do? I am 53, been out of work for 4 years and yesterday I moved out of the small apt. that I was renting, put what few worldly possessions I have into a storage unit and now I am officially homeless! I am not a lazy or stupid man, I have started many business's and been the CEO of a few companies....Why cant I get a job? FUCK ! If I was a drug addict or drunk it seems the govt. would be there with some assistance. I have exactly 123.00 left in the bank, I am very good at living on 5 bucks a day for food, but how much longer can I keep up the appearance that all in normal? No $$, no home, no life or health insurance...Its all gone......Shit I cant even afford to die! Who would pay for that? My ex-wife and kids dont need that crap......................sorry for the fowl language, figured I should vent a bit before I lose my mind."
Geoff commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I've been struggling since 2008. I'm now 53. I've hit "age discrimination" at each and every corner. I've also hit "affirmative action" discrimination ( I have the emails to prove it) at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.."..we have too many middle aged white males in middle management.Clearly, DEQ needs to recruit more women and minorities into the ranks ". In this day and age, 'Affirmative Action" is over-doing it. It's now fully "reverse discrimination" and it's wrong. Government, as someone said, should be FORCED to abolish all referrence to race or age in it's hiring practices..not just it's "lip services". HIRED employees need to reflect the actual local demographics. ANYTHING else is discriminatory. And they're GUILTY as sin, too. Ever see a 50 year old get on as a new hire at BLM? Nope. And you won't, either. EVER. There's far too many of us to ignore, and we have far too much to offer to forget about us. We also watching our wives become the primary br" Read the rest »
deb commented on Set for Life screenings in DC...
"What a Joke! B.S degree, 35 years in the health industry, and all I'm deemed competent to do is beverage service at McDonalds."
David M. commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I am a 54 year old male and have been unemployed for nearly 2 years. I have a Masters Degree. Numerous resumes have been sent out (close to a thousand) and I have gotten interviews. As advised, I left out graduation dates and only put the last 15 years of experience on my resume, to hide my age. I can't pass for a 20 or 30 something. Upon arrival at the interview when they see me, mysteriously the interview is cut short. You can tell that they are not interested and only want to get it over as quickly as possible. This after passing a telephone prescreen interview with flying colors. After the interview, I either do not hear back, or get an automated rejection e-mail. This is clearly age discrimination,as the interviews I get, I am qualified for. Is the Federal Government doing anything about this? We can talk about this until we are blue in the face, but if nothing is being done, then nothing is going to change. I feel that the government needs to take the lead on this, as I don't " Read the rest »
John Hamel commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"David, when it comes to the state of the country, I believe and feel the same as you (at times). Somehow/some way, we, the babyboomers, need to take back our country. I always thought AARP would be in our corner when the time came but..........they support Obama and this whole mess. Lost my respect and future membership. I know there are differences in belief amongst all peoples but I think AARP has lost touch of what really matters to the babyboomers."
John Hamel commented on Interact...
"I just don't get it! I have been working since I was 16 years old, have an education, good background, physically strong, and yet, I feel I have been put to pasture. The most frustrating part is that I have so much to offer a company and yet am not even considered. I am just frustrated and reaching out."
marion commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"You have probably done this but contact an attorney that works with disability only. They should charge a % of what you get in disability. Generally it takes three applications with a physician clearly stating that you can not or should not work. They will work through the ugly details and get through it for you if it is possible."
kim boran commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"OMG! ...I've been in the dental field for 27 years in NYS and have all my cred's and highly experienced yet I don't get anywhere, since Obama took office in 09 I've been out of steady work laid off and replaced by a foreign born person since than it seems all of the jobs are given too foreigners, even if you do manage to get a job you'd better have your coat and hat really as you won't be staying long? ...your young foreign co-workers will make damn sure of that! .....as they are more like conquers that refuse to give any portion of the hill back to you your the tail end babyboomers and they want to see you die of starvation as they don't want you to thrive to see social security "thats the non-politically correct truth" ! and the marxist Obama administration is helping them!"
Rosie commented on Deborah Salim...
"Your story is compelling in telling our nation what would happen if/when older workers lose their career and source of support. Hubert Humphrey was correct in saying that the morality of a nation depends on how it treats those in the dawn (children), twilight(seniors) and shadows (poverty and people with disabilities). Keep your hand in God's hand and keep looking up despite the difficulties. Trust God and He will sustain you. You are an encouragement to those of us over 50 and concerned about jobs and financial status. Love ya girl!"
Aaron commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I am 59, an registered respiratory therapist with many years experience in both adult and NICU. I have all the credentials necessary, yet my resume is ignored by each employer I send it to. How does one prove covert age discrimination?? I have sunken to depths of poverty due to unemployment in a field in which I am very experienced."
Deborah Stout commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"At 57 I am so frustrated. Have scoliosis so have back problems and cannot stand for long periods. Lost 5 jobs in the past 3 years because they were dollar store ,cashier type jobs. Have been a substitute teacher for 5 years now but seems like I just cannot get anything else or cannot do it physically. Have a degree in education but don't see that I can do anything with it. Need a regular job as my husband is disabled . He gets social security but its not enough. They don't recognize scoliosis as a disability . Guess you have to be in a wheelchair or something. We are waiting for a bank to tell us when we have to move as the owner of this place lost this house. We are renting. Fell like we are to old for thisEveryone says why don't we move in with our adult kids. They do not want us living with them and they have their own lives. Well, any advice? SUre wish Iknew the answer."
Barbara Perone commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I know how many of you feel. I am 56, have a bachelor's degree, worked hard all my life, only to be laid off in April of 2012. I've been out of work ever since. About eight months ago, I joined a professional service group in my county. I write articles for our group's blog and even became temporary Managing Editor of our multi-author blog (MAB). It's helped me to network with other professionals. I get interviews, but, somebody else always gets the job. The only thing I can do is to just keep trying to find work ... like everybody else."
Cindy commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I am an injured federal postal worker and have been on compensation for 3 years. My injury is spinal related which makes life even harder for me to look at finding another job that pays as well. Without having any additional education other than high school, it almost makes it impossible to be able to find work with the amount of earnings I had earned in a future job. Also now having specific physical limitations (due to postal work) creates a more difficulty for finding job. I am receiving compensation but it is not a retirement program. As I am now over 50 and can no longer perform the duties of the position, and the up and coming workforce, which the postal service wants, are younger, healthier and more agile. I never thought I would be going through this. It is such a whirlwind not knowing what is coming next. I applied for social security disability to help me financially until I can get back on my feet. I was denied. I have paid into social security for 35+ years and ask for hel" Read the rest »
David commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I am a teacher, 58, have two MAs, fully credentailed, and outstanding letters of recommendation. For the past three years I have had three teaching positions and with each one an excellent letter of recommnedation. Like Peggy said, I was in denial about my age and getting another job, but now I realize my age is hurting my job efforts. So my wife and I have decided to go overseas and teach English in the UAE. Tax-free money, 100% medical, and a place to live, all fully paid. Amercia, I believe, is in decline and no longer the country I remember. There is more opportunity in other places."
R.C.GUPTA commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I am 54 years old and facing similar problem and after carefully studying the situation, I think one must plan early for every eventuality after the age of 50 and also plan for some small business where he can gainfully spend his time. While planning a business one should keep aside a sum of money for his daily expenditure so that he is not dependent on his business and can enjoy the life with grace."
Greg commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I'm 50 and for the first time in my life have not been able to find any work other than temporary for the last 2 years. Reading a lot of these comments, I see statements that I have said to myself many times. Such as "no one wants to hire a xx year old." Then I started to wonder if my own attitude was affecting my results. After countless resumes sent, interviews that seemed to go well but went nowhere, I was becoming defeatist. In order to guard against this, I had to constantly remind myself that yes, it's going to be very difficult. If your job-hunting is unproductive, it probably needs to be revamped. Technology has come a long way and in some cases people like myself are a bit out of touch with it. Staying up with it may require volunteering, taking a few classes on evenings and weekends. Anything to increase exposure in the community can lead to a job. But just be careful to not come off as too desperate or bitter about the system. Patience, focusing on a pa" Read the rest »
Peggy commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I'm 59 and was laid off in April 2012. Until last week, I was in denial about the fact my age was preventing me from achieving reemployment. I was trying to stay positive. Since I've always been very successful at every position I've ever held, I just didn't want to believe I couldn't get a job. I've finally faced reality and a few days ago I googled for the first time "50 and unemployed" and have found this website, and others. My heart is broken....along with my savings account and any expectation of ever having a normal life again. There are so many things I would like to write here. But after reading all the comments, everything I want to say has already been spoken. We all feel the same pain. Exactly the same. This is a good website but it is not providing us with any answers on what do we do to fix our lives and our situations. We are not providing each other any answers either. Has anyone written to their US Representatives? I did like, and agree with one of the c" Read the rest »
kate burton commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"Excellent comment, Keith!!! I think all the 50+ folks who want to work should start their own employment agency/non-profit,lobby group or business, specifically geared toward helping us find decent jobs. So many of the so-called established employment agencies claim to welcome apps from seniors but are just trolling for resumes they can sell to 3P marketers because they never place older folks in real jobs. Same thing with organizations like AARP. A decade or so ago, that group actually advocated for government policies benefitting seniors. Now, in reality, they have jumped on the greed bandwagon, morphed into nothing more than a profit-oriented "business" that partners with big ins. companies and other marketers to hard-sell "products" people don't really benefit seniors. I began to get suspicious of AARP's tactics, intentions when they started sending me UNSOLICITED membership CARDS in the mail, like 2 seconds after my 50th birthday, cards I never even requested or applied" Read the rest »
Bill O'Brien commented on One unemployed older American's miserable mortgage refinance saga...
"Just file a lawsuit against for enough money to get their attention and be sure to ask for a jury trial."
vivian commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"i agree with you , i think we should get disability, if no one is hiring over 50, im 58 and still out of work sence 2007, we should all get together and fight for our rights.i want my s.s.s or gave me a job!! im sooo upset im wshing i woudjut be dead :("
keith rowell commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I think there is an opportunity here. We over 50s are the pinnacle of experience and hard earned wisdom. Collectively we'd be quite a force. We could BE our own economy. Vehicles like this excellent website and like AARP are shining examples of our collective potential. But how might we connect directly with eacho ther? Help each other? Create a clan of the wise. TV v"
Barbara commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I feel your frustration. I will be 55 next month and I was laid off from my job in March of 2012. I am well qualified for the jobs I have applied for since that time, however, I have been told I am either "over qualified" or they are looking for someone right out of school, with a fresher mindset. Why did I work so hard all my life? My work ethic, experience, knowledge and reliability were all for nothing. I feel worthless. Since my employment ended I have lost my home, all my possessions, my self esteem and my dignity. I am now facing homelessness and feel like giving up, I have nothing left and feel like I worked so hard and paid my dues just to fail and become a spec of dirt to an unconcerned or caring society. All the times I helped others and devoted myself as a loyal employee, going above and beyond what was expected of me, just to be cast aside. I feel worthless. I have so much to offer if just given a chance, but no one wants to hire someone my age no matter what my qualificat" Read the rest »
Jod commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"All I can say is please read the Lotus Sutra interpreted by Nichiren Daishonin, best English translation by Burton Watson, it shows a better path to take in life. You can find it on the internet."
Elise commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I left my job in 2007 because I had to manage two family estates in another part of the country. Little did I know that, at age 53, I may well have ditched my last shot at a good job with decent pay. We're scraping by on my husband's pension, job and Social Security. Though he's four years older than me, and despite the fact that I had always been the primary breadwinner, my financial contribution is limited to freelance income. I've looked diligently--even aggressively--for a job all these years, only to be slammed with the same rude treatment that others experience. The emotional toll is devastating. I'm afraid to spend money, even on necessities. The guilt and shame of depending on my husband are my constant companions. I seem to be obsolete and, frankly, I've come to doubt the talents and abilities that brought me success until 2007. I've looked for support groups for our kind with no luck."
Matthew Parkhouse commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"At 58 (I am a resisted nurse), I was working as an RN for the big Catholic Hospital in Colorado Springs. My gall bladder started acting up so surgery was scheduled At the hospital I worked for. Their surgeon botched the operation. I became septic, was in a coma for 28 days and spent another month recovering. The day before I went home (57 days inpatient),my head nurse notified me that I was being FIRED, because "I could no longer do the work". My health insurance benefit went away one month later. That was five years ago. Four of those last five years, my family's health insurance and all other health expenses came out of our saving. I FINALY got on Disability,as I turned out to bepermenantly crippled by that septic coma episode. It was a real lesson about how one can be absolutely SCREWED by a pious-talking Catholic corporation!"
Curt commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"@Murray said: You hit right on the nail, I 52 and lived and grew up in NE Florida, with 2 degrees IT & Business before that I was into long haul trucking which tore my body up having to load and unload which drivers don't have to do anymore I have experence in everything from making burial vaults to subcontracting leagl brief writing, I have about 10 years experence and am a paralegal. Plain fact is people like us are just not wanted be employers anymore every professional like myself that's over 40 is out of work and has quit looking, now women can find health care jops or retail McJobs as we can them in Florida, most people know their jobs will pan out way before retirement kick's in and I know many people that say if they do find a job and slip-and-fall will put you on workmens comp. and that's 100 times better than SSI or SSID, file for disabilty if you can is my advice."
Trish House commented on Set for Life screenings in DC...
"Why did we build a culture in which our social safety net depends on the survival of corporation and the government above the survival of we the People? The native Americans had a perfectly workable system in which every person was entitled to create his or her own survival off the land and it's natural resources. We should build our society now, with our modern technology and developments to assist us, so that the first priority of our culture is the wellbeing and survival of all life forms as the first priority. Each of us should have as our birthright a fair share of the land and the resources we need to make ourselves self sustaining. If we are clever we will work together to share the labor of building shelters, growing an organic food supply, creating open source education and health centers, etc., all for free as our survival tools. By sharing things like machinery, tools, and even land we can minimise the labor, minimise the cost and help protect the environment by reducing the" Read the rest »
Vivian commented on Set for Life screenings in DC...
"They want to get rid of you when your 40 so how do you expect someone to be able to live without jobs when you're older. Stand out in the streets with cups begging for money?"
Vivian commented on Set for Life screenings in DC...
"I hope I make it to 70."
Vivan B Zafar commented on AARP Career Fair in NYC...
"When will the next AARP job fair take place in New York. It was wonderful and want to go again."
Michael commented on Set for Life screenings in DC...
"Attention Boomers: The Economy Needs You to Work Past 70 http://www.cnbc.com/id/100724186"
Sue commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"Dear Julie, please go to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Over-Fifty-and-Out-of-Work/122824164434815 There are really good suggestions there (one posted today by DryHeaves daily). I will add your comment anonymously. Thank you for commenting on our site, and we hope we can help you. Sue Sipprelle"
Julie commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I have been made redundant for the 2nd time in a year, my previous job was 9.5 years service. Had every life changing happening you can imagine in the last three years and at 56 I am now getting rejected for jobs that are well within my capability at cv stage. Don't know for sure but believe it is age related. Not sure what to do, need to work, have good skills but how do you make your cv better than everyone else?"
Brendan Frazier commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I began working for a large public utility fresh out of college in 1977. Last July, the company brought in contractors and asked me to train several to do the work I was doing in order to free me up for "more challenging work." I knew only too well what lie ahead. In late January, I was offered a choice: Retire with six months pay or be laid off by March 1. Naturally, I accepted the severance money. The company did provide outplacement services for three months free of charge and I have taken full advantage. One of the counselors told me privately that getting a full-time job at my age (58) was like hitting a hole-in-one on a golf course - possible but rare. I feel so useless! The skills I spent decades developing are so specialized, no one else wants them. My marriage is beginning to suffer as my wife can't fathom why I'm angry and depressed so much of the time. This is a cruel way to enter the so-called "golden years." My thoughts and prayers are with the rest of you e" Read the rest »
Murray commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"56 and unemployed. Have any of you noticed that a lot of the jobs posted say they want a bachelors degree and 2-3 years of experience. They don't say at least 2 years, it's 2-3 years. They're bracketing that experience because they want someone in their 20's. It's age discrimination and there isn't anything I can do about it."
michael commented on Reality After Boston in April StayThirsty.com...
"While you are searching for position I would recommend looking at these sites and taking a course that would add value to your C/V. The courses are free and taught by some of the fines in university education. Coursera.com and Udacity.com. Best of luck. Michael"
michael commented on Reality After Boston in April StayThirsty.com...
"the unemployment rate just went down to 7.5%. Hogwash. At this site you will see what the true unemployment rate is. http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/unemployment-charts I would read the definition. The U-6 number is what people in the know use. Not the politically wonderful number. Also many millions of people have gone from unemployment to disability. They are still unemploed but not counted. So, the real rate is somehwere beteween 14 and 22%. Dont be fooled. Also here is an interesting chart to the right of the page................http://www.shadowstats.com/charts/employment/unemployment/cross-sections. Pretty interesting. However I would like it shown by state. It doesn't matter if you are unemployed.. I have offered my services to help those who need it free of charge. I have the expertise and have hired hundreds of people and have never used a resume to get my own positions. I will say its a 40 hour a week job to get a job but in many instances a job can be gotten. I he" Read the rest »
Patricia Merriken commented on Interact...
"I'm over fifty and out of wokr . My unemployment benefits have run out. I have rent and other expenses to pay. I have already applied for and receive food stamps and energy assistance. I need about $800.00 a month in cash assistance to get through life and not become homeless. I have be volunteering with the prospect of getting a part-time paying job where I'm "working" now. I would just like to know if there is a grant for someone like me to keep living."
Maria commented on Dreaming Big Again, March Stay Thirsty column...
"I've been out of work for almost 2 years. Doesn't seem that a college degree, years of experience, or an impeccable work history (never call in sick) matter anymore. Jobs I've applied for (hundreds of resumes & memberships in websites) don't generate responses, yet I've seen the same positions come back around again only after a short time. Who are these people hiring? Also, several interviews have resulted in no responses (letters, calls, or e-mails). The older worker is being snubbed for younger workers who, in most cases, require hefty training dollars. Why not save the money and pay an experienced, reliable 50+ employee?"
Steven commented on Dr. Carl Van Horn...
"I first worked in a donut shop at 16 making donuts and cleaning up when the shop closed. It is sadly ironic that my job there was more secure than my job in Software Engineering today with a Master's Degree. I have no delusion that anyone in the government (past or present) gives a damn about any of us other than the billionaires and their companies who make campaign contributions."
Lillian commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"After reading a few posts, it is comforting to know that I am not the only one facing age discrimination. Like you all, I had a Great paying job that I loved and was good at in education software sales. In 2009 I was laid off along with others in my age 45-55 age group and unemployed for over 2 years only to land a lesser role and be employed for a little over 1 year. Only to laid off this last February 2013. I have sent out resumes - attended workshops, and everything possible to get things going -- to no avail! I have Nothing to fall back on financially other than the measely amount I get for unemployment each week - clearly not enough to pay bills! My question -- what can we do to stop this age discrimination? Enough is Enough!! Such a sad state of affairs for us! How things have changed from "our" days of respecting and valuing our elders to now -- the younger generation has No respect - Poor Work Ethics - and other than what they can supply on paper for their credential" Read the rest »
KC commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I have a job (quality auditor as well) but have been on disability the past 5 months. I'm getting ready to return next week but wonder what job I will be returning too. I'm 51 and noticed over the past year that my responsibilities have lessened and younger employees are taking on more and more of these responsibilities. I fear my job and performance results will suffer when I return. I also find my desire to work has waned. I haven't worked consistently since college - took some years off to raise a family but kept my skills up to pace through classes. I think moving on is not best for me... the younger generation is definitely favored for their age and not their experience. After all, can't they be molded easier than an old goat like me? (Tongue in cheek)"
Yvette-Rene commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"In response to B, Why don't you start a program for us. I'm 50 and was booted out of my company because I was making too much money for the position I held. My performance was so good I got a pay raise every time it came around, so they had to find a way to get rid of people like me and they found a way. they implemented a new policy. any employee who gets 4 points is walked out the door/fired. the way you get these points is being 1 minute late to work, 1 minute late back from lunch or break...forgetting to log in or log out, so many people lost their job because of this silly new rule. then the company tried to denied all of our unemployment but we fought. we had a good advocate. the clocks were not calibrated at the company. I've been unemployed almost 2 years now...using my IRA to live.....I get the interviews because my resume looks good, but no job. lets start an organization for our age.....we've got to do something. I also feel you on that part when you said, can't wai" Read the rest »
Michael commented on Dreaming Big Again, March Stay Thirsty column...
"http://www.alternet.org/economy/7-chilling-facts-about-retirement-america-should-make-obama-tremble-cutting-social-security?akid=10299.115206.b0z6oZ&rd=1&src=newsletter821207&t=4"
Lynnette commented on Dreaming Big Again, March Stay Thirsty column...
"I am 55 in August in 2011 I thought finally i have found my job to last for 10 or more years. the company has had a set back due to the financial climate in the solar industry. Not to my inabillity to be unable to do my job. So i have been made redundant. I am still helping out to keep everything up to date. Due to this I have applied for numerous office manager or administration positions to no avail. I then took on a retail position just for an income stream. Well $18.10c per hour permanent part time 17.5 hour per month. When extra hours are available they said sign the variation form or you don't have the opportunity to work extra hours. I sign the form to get the hours and a wage but this is not what the over 50's should be asked to do."
michael commented on Dreaming Big Again, March Stay Thirsty column...
"very sobering statistics. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-04-05/people-not-labor-force-soar-663000-90-million-labor-force-participation-rate-1979-le"
Randy commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I have been out of work for a year. I have a BA and an MA that seem worthless. I feel like a dinosaur. I haven't seen one useful thing on this site. Is there anything?"
RI commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"If they have no work for us then I think age of 50 should be considered disability."
Lani commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I'll be 53 years old in June 2013. I'm a college graduate with a BA degree. I left my job (my highest paying one, to date) in June 2010. I started in 2008. I felt stagnant after my job duties changed and there were no suitable opportunities where I could transfer to another position in the company. Until I left this job, the longest it had ever taken me to find a job was 5 months. I'm now going on almost 3 years without finding a suitable full-time job. I had to go into my retirement account. I have a huge upcoming tax bill which will deplete completely my retirement funds if I don't find anything soon. The only work I've gotten is a 3-week temporary assignment that I almost didn't get because the company said I was overqualified. I only got the assignment because a friend/former co-worker at the placement agency pushed hard to get me the job. I tried to get a part-time job as an office manager in my local bowling league but again, I was told I was overqualified. I've had numerous ph" Read the rest »
Ron commented on Dreaming Big Again, March Stay Thirsty column...
"Recruiters are part of the whole scheme, how many of them are over 35, it's a sales job after all. They have a pigeon hole to fill and if you don't fit it they don't want to have to work for their money or put any effort in in providing a service to the side that don't pay the bill at the end of the day."
Michael commented on Dreaming Big Again, March Stay Thirsty column...
"http://gigaom.com/2013/03/26/the-aarp-is-looking-for-some-good-baby-boomer-entrepreneurs-to-back/#comments"
Grace commented on Dreaming Big Again, March Stay Thirsty column...
"I'm 54, was an Office Manager in 2010 but due to the economic climate, was made redundant. I have now taken a temporary job working in the care industry as I am struggling to get back into an office environment. Why do employers think that over 50's are ready for the scrapheap? Does experience not count for anything these days?"
michael commented on Dreaming Big Again, March Stay Thirsty column...
"Nothing personal: Why recruiters don't get back to you http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505125_162-57576109/nothing-personal-why-recruiters-dont-get-back-to-you/?tag=nl.e713&s_cid=e713&ttag=e713"
Riley commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"To my fellow co-laborers in the struggle of this economy, and to obtain a job and get back on track, be of good cheer!. I wrote on this blog about three or four months back my story, and my frustration, and I have similar over 50 stories as you all. However, God is worthy to be praised. Recently God opened a great door of opportunity! I've have accepted a position at a IT company which markets IT products to healthcare companies. I will be a sales manager able to travel all over the country to speak with managed care executives and physicians about the product!!! I start tomorrow and I'm excited. Please don't lose heart or give up! I was so, so close to giving it all up, and the next week someone called me with a my blessing. They found me on Monster on a resume that I posted over 2 years ago. Even though it is 150 miles away from my home, it is a tremendous blessing!!! I'm soooo grateful. God will eventually open a door for all of you to rescue you out of your situation. Plz keep the " Read the rest »
Michael commented on Set for Life screenings in DC...
"Does that mean they will be hiring people over 50? What do you think?"
Michael commented on Set for Life screenings in DC...
"Just found this article and it upset me. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/01/18/ceos-want-to-raise-the-retirement-age-to-70/"
Rick commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I turned 50 last year and was unemployed for two years, save some freelance work. My background is in higher ed, both management administration and teaching. I applied for every position possible. I used several different resumes and submitted to colleges, corporations, reataurants-- even tried retail thinking i could at least pick up some work over the holidays. I have taught, led recruitment teams, headed marketing, worked in events coordination. I couldn't get a job at Crate and Barrel. I found my new start teaching overseas. I'm in Saudi Arabia now. The salary isn't huge, but you don't pay taxes, they pay my rent and give me a transportation allowance, healthcare is basically free, and suddenly i'm the big fish in the small pond, and not the guppy in the sea. It's not for everyone and there are sacrifices leaving everything behind, but i was suffering death by attrition anyway. If you have at least a BA, get a Tefl or Celta or equivalent, you can find many opportunities. It's no" Read the rest »
Michael commented on Dreaming Big Again, March Stay Thirsty column...
"Found this recent article. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/03/06/the-stock-market-is-back-but-the-economy-isnt-blame-congress/"
Tim Buckley commented on Carol Morgan...
"R,J You are absolutely right about the prayer part. We need to seeking The Lord's will for our lives, so we need to persevere and be patient and know that we are actually being strengthend through the valleys we walk through. Be strong"
Rich commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I have been out of work for the past eleven months. During that time, I turned 50 and have been having a lot of the same experiences others have shared in their posts. In my case, I had a very secure job as a creative director for a small advertising agency. During my nine-year career their, I had taken the creative department from being 99.9% print advertising focused to more than 85% digital and emerging media focused. Also, sales had increased dramatically during that time period and I felt quite proud of the part I had in the accomplishment. Unfortunately, the two principal partners in the company decided to sell the business to another agency. This agency took over in the Spring of 2011 and by April 2012, had run the business into the ground. For only the second time in nearly 30 years of professional employment, I was out of a job. The last time, in 1987, I was only unemployed for two-weeks. I figured this time would be a little more difficult given the state of the economy and a" Read the rest »
R,J commented on Carol Morgan...
"Hi Carol your art work looks great. I like to draw. But I am not as good as you. I was laid off from my job in Food Services . After working for the same company for 25-years. I am now living off unemployment. Trying to find some kind of work. But you never hear back. ( The best any of us can do is stay in pray. ) Washington DC. The Company I worked for since 1987 was Guest Services Inc. (God Bless You )"
R,J commented on Sheila Cooper...
"I pray that everything works out for you and your family. I am a 60-year old lady living in Washington DC. I was laid off my food Services job . I worked for this same company for 25-years from 04-1987 to 06-2012. I have a plyed for jobs . But never hear back. I am living off unemployment. God Bless you. Stay in pray."
Gregg Praetorius commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I turned 55 on Tuesday and coincidentally the same day I discovered OVERFIFTYANDOUTOFWORK.com. In 2009, after 27 years, I ended a one-company career and as yet have't landed anything "permanent," whatever that actually means today. But, finding myself with a lot of free time I decided to write. What follows is the Introduction and Table of Contents to a 29-chapter memoir that I am now shopping in the hopes of being published (though I suspect that even that would not make up for the hole I'm digging into my IRA). If you enjoy it and would like to read more, please let me know at GDPRAETORIUS@GMAIL.COM. I promise I'm not trying to sell anything; I'm just trying to gauge the interest in my writing and have some support to show when submitting it to potential publishers. So here goes. I really do hope you like it, and if so please feel free to share. "
Darrell commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"It's getting worse, I'm now 55 and have been out of work for a year, like others, living off of my retirement. When I was in my 30's, I could find another sales position in a week! Now no one will give me the time of day. They say that employers cannot discriminate because of age, yet every application I fill out asks for either date of birth or year of high school graduation. My only bright spot is to think that one day, these folks will celebrate their 50th birthday one day, and some of them will get to face this awful situation!"
Michael commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"B. Please read my comments below your post."
B commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I have not had a real job since Nov 2007. I spent several years unemployed living off my retirement and did a few contracting gigs that lasted from 3 months to 1 year separated by several years. No steady income since 2007. I sent out at least 12 to 15 hundred resumes and filled out countless applications with mostly no responses or a few standard rejection responses (overqualified, other candidates with a closer fit, not a cultural fit, no recent experience, etc...). I don't know what is going on but there appears to be a vendetta against the boomer generation. It almost seems like a directed conspiracy to have us vanish before we can retire. Many of us are doing just that, disappearing. I think it is time to make our voices heard with our votes and any other organized approach to bringing our dilemma to light."
Michael commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I was the president of a company before my accident. Went from top 1 percent to bottom .001. took 2 seconds (car accident. I am 59 almost and havent worked for close to 16 years because of my disability. I am in very deep financial trouble but what I do know is how to hire people and give advice to people who are looking for work. First piece of advice. Monster.com and careerbuilder and employment agencies are worthless. As a matter of fact they may hurt you. Once your resume leaves your hands it can land anywhere and there may be a position out there for you but a recruiter can kill the deal by blasting the companies in your area with your resume and after finding out you have been hired demand a fee. Guess what. You are out the door. Monster and career builder dont find you jobs. Maybe 1 percent who use those garbage sites may get a position. Many of those positions are what I would call bogus. They dont exist. Sending out resumes is worthless. They are not even in most cases being r" Read the rest »
Joann commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I am a 58-year old female and I've been unemployed since Sept. 2011. I was released from my job as a website administrator with very little explanation. There was a 20-something hired a few months earlier that took over when I left. At the time, I was recently divorced so I was newly single after 33 years of marriage. I had just purchased a townhome that I thought I could easily afford and the next week I had no job. Right now I'm living off unemployment that will end very soon, my savings, and my retirement fund that are quickly dwindling. I am now seriously considering selling my car since I can't afford the payments. I have bare bones health insurance (no dental or vision) and I don't know how long I can maintain that. I've sent tons of resumes, networked, and volunteered, but nothing has materialized. I've asked my boyfriend to move in with me to help make ends meet, but he has his own financial struggles and his health is bad. I wake up in the night sweating and crying not knowin" Read the rest »
Chris, Boat Buddy commented on What's a Worker to Do?...
"I'm sorry to hear that us Brits are not the only ones getting led down the garden path with false promises and misleading information regarding the true extent of the economic crisis. The British government announced some minor cuts back in 2010 as part of a five year plan but it is only recently coming to light that we haven't even scraped the surface of the iceberg yet in terms of the real cuts to be expected. Scandalous"
Carol commented on Joan McCleskey...
"I am 57 and relate to this video. When you have worked since you were 16 and have talent and skills you would like to contribute to the workforce but cannot find a job it is demoralizing. I have been applying for countless jobs and get no response whatsoever. There do not even seem to be minimum wage jobs for people our age anymore. They are advertised, but when you apply for them you get no response. Thank you for sharing your story. I cried along with you."
Sue commented on What's a Worker to Do?...
"Thank you, the link is fixed."
Janet @ CH Essex commented on What's a Worker to Do?...
"The click "here" link doesn't appear to be working? Looking forward to reading the rest of the column!"
Craig Yuill commented on Lorraine de Masi...
"Lorraine, Thank you for sharing your story. We share many things in common. I am 52, I've been a designer doing mostly corporate design for over 20+ years. for much of the time this was print related work, in the last 8 years I have done as much self education as possible to keep up the demand for web related design work, of course now you have to be a tech guru, as well as designer. Insomuch as I have tried to keep pace, I have fallen behind. I too have decided to paint, mostly as a relief from the worry about my future. I am single, I raised two girls, now women, I have three grandchildren. I get up every day and query whomever I can for work, I do more for less, and I am quickly letting frustration cloud what was once a passion. Anyhow, I just wanted you to know that you are very articulate, and come across as very employable, I wish you well and thank you for letting us in the boat know that we are not alone. i am certain that these times will pass, and another day will make the" Read the rest »
Sue commented on Expert advice on how to become an older enterpreneur...
"Thank you for your comment on our website. We have not endorsed commercial ventures on our site, although people/companies promoting products try to post on it, as well as on our social media. We delete these entries, as soon as we catch them. We do not have the resources to vet products or services, and we do not want our friends, followers or fans to find themselves in the situation that you have encountered on our seeming approval. Thank you again for alerting our community."
Milton Berger commented on Expert advice on how to become an older enterpreneur...
"I think it is my duty to share the experience I had with Jeff Williams from Bizstarters.com and his book “Earn Big”. I will try not to make any judgement; I will just put the facts on the table and leave it up to the readers to make their own judgement. Last December I read a reference about Jeff’s e-Book “Earn Big” in a Start Up community similar to this one and clicked on the link to find out more about it. In his site (www.bizstarters.com), Jeff says that, with this book you will “Learn 175 ways to turn your knowledge and experience into a great business. Guaranteed!”. Sounds like a magical formula as many others you find out there to which I don’t normally give much credit. Additionally, it was a quite an expensive purchase, US$ 49, especially for an e-Book (it is now being marketed for US$ 19 – a 60% drop in two months!). But, as the site had a “100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back” statement, I decided to have a look, bought and downloaded it. T" Read the rest »
Joseph commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"Four years ago, I was a mid-level manager in logistics and materials management, middle aged, with a good salary and benefits, above average performance reviews and pay raises. The crash hit and the company closed my division and I applied for positions with the other company but they had their own people. Received a severance package and collected unemployment. Cut back on unnecessary expenses and eventually found a position at a small company. That lasted about two years, business slowed down and I was laid off. Since then I worked two 6-month contract positions and I am out of work again. I have had a couple of interviews but no job offers. I work the social media sites, the local community college, ex-coworkers, friends, and family. I do not waste my time with the job boards as they only re-circulate the same positions. I use the state site and I have gotten interviews through there. I have excellent references and letters of recommendation but to no avail. Companies want ei" Read the rest »
jfish commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"57 years old. Lost primary career in Computer Industry Feb 2003. Opened up a remodeling business in Florida, rodethe wave, did home inspections etc leveraging my construction career that I started at age 15. Verizon picked my up in 2007 for an inside customer srvicejob. treated everyone like slaves but it was work. Terminated 2009, they downsized. Since then picked up a couple of home inspections for Citizen's Insurance, low pay. I knock the telephone interviews out of the park, but when I show up for the interview and the 30-40 something see that I am over 50, game over. I had one 40 something asked me what I was doing showing up for a sales job interview. I successfully achieved disabilty with SSI. Not proud of this but only option currently. I will continue to work for work. Good luck to everyone! Peace."
Dana commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I feel so sad/bad for all of those people who have posted their stories. I too, feel like a lot of them. After 19 years with the same company, I was let go due to a work force reduction. Which, was really the case. That aside, I cannot seem to get past a phone interview. I am always asked, "WOW, you where the same company for so long?" Well, yes, I am a loyal employee and I liked my job. Just because I am now 50, why am I am I less of a professional? It is dis-hearting, but I cannot give up! The right job is out there for me, and I know I will do a d@mn, good job! Hold tight, everyone, you are worth your weight in gold!"
Dreamspirit commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I am 57. Run into the same problem as everyone else. Age discrimination that many on all the news boards claim isn't happening. BS. It is! I been laid off for a year, did find part-time work as a substitute mail carrier. At least I can say the Post Office is still diverse! I have also decided to attempt to start up an office cleaning business. I did research and it is a very low cost business to start up. Did this as a side job about 15 years ago, still have much of the equipment I used then, so we shall see what happens. No one will hire me in a regular job, so I will create my own job! No fuss, no muss and best of all, no BS!"
Jesse Long commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I am a 60 year old male,I have been in the construction industry since I was 20,the last 16 as a superintendent or project manager.I was laid off august 1,2010,I have not found but 3 months work since then.I have sent over 300 resumes to advertised jobs.I am in financial ruin and I know why.I am being discriminated against.Is there any help out there or are we going to be denied our rightful lives by a generation that did not earn or deserve what we tried to build?"
Shelton Prince commented on Interact...
"Thank ypou for sharing yourperspective and story line,i am a 50 year old African American Male who was a victime of Racial Discrimination and Retaliation,i filed a case with the MCAD(Mass Commission aginst Discrimination) and was terminated A Moth Later,covered up with a layoff,i'm suffering from Anxiet,Depression as well as Panick attacks,as a result of being subjected to a Hostil work enviroment. I wonder every day,will i ever be able to Find work and take care of my Family as well as have the confidence to perform work duties at the level i once did,for the Past 10 years."
Joy commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"Thank you for letting me know, it is not me. I just recieved another rejection letter, one of many. I am 53 and I never thought that my age would be held against me when my office was closed because of geographic location. I had the idea because of my years of experience I could just waltz into any agency and be of benefit as I had in the past. Boy am I wrong. I started to think maybe it was because I was a woman....maybe I was too heavy....maybe I was not dressed professionally (to their taste)....maybe I am overwhelming potential employers with my list of qualifications...should I "dummy" down my resume...maybe I am thinking too much. Then I start looking online...and I am finding many many posts about out of work baby boomers....I am not the only one. So this made me feel a little bit better, but it does not resolve my current unemployment issue. I do have until 12/13 for unemployment to run....but I did not think I would be unemployed for that length of time. Guess I may just be. W" Read the rest »
Bob commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"Who is fighting for us : Sen Bernie Sanders , see : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-bernie-sanders/the-american-people-are-a_b_1631683.html , he addresses an empty quorum because no other elected officials care."
Floatingclouds commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I am an energetic, youthful 61 yrs old. I am a single female. I have always been low income. I worked in libraries for years. I never had my college education, but in 2004 decided to complete my BA and then in 2006 got my MLIS (Masters in Library and Information Science) with a 4.0 GPA. I did all of this while working full time, and would stay up into the wee hours doing homework. I thought I could move into a professional class, work until I am 75 or 80, and set myself up better for old age. In 2011, hours were cut back from my librarian job, after the so-called recession hit the city budget. I began applying for every library job that was posted, in 3 different state where I had relatives. I lived off of my small savings account and my shrinking income until my savings was gone. I then cashed in my retirement, which was meager to began with, until that was depleted. I then began selling off my possessions via Craigslist and garage sales. I finally applied for unemployment, I hadn't " Read the rest »
Riley commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"Hi all, My prayers go out to all of you. I was thinking it was "personal" and I was all alone in this grief. Like most of you, I just turned 50 last year and have been out of full time work since 2011. I was in a Administrative position at a local hospital making over 100K when the ax fell. Over the past year or so, I've had several interviews, but no takers. IMO, it appears recruiters are more interested in picking your brain and hearing how you created or set up programs or projects than hiring a qualified worker( filling the job with a younger less experienced person). I am now working in retail, hoping that I can make enough to make ends meet. It appears from what I have been reading on other sites is that many employers are leery of the "shared responsibility" tax burden of the Obamacare. It appears that companies who have workers that work over 40 hours a week will be taxed! In an effort to avoid this tax, companies are choosing not to hire older employees who have financi" Read the rest »
Barbara commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"Hi everyone. I'm 58 and have been unemployed since May 2011. I no longer have unemployment benefits and I'm single. I qualified for my state's basic heath care plan, basically it's a type of Medicaid, but it doesn't cover any kind of specialists or any hospitalization, if I should need it. So, I'm having to use up my savings that were supposed to supplement my social security at age 66 when I WOULD have retired if it hadn't been for this economic mess. But now we are all part of the "too old to hire and too young to retire" category of outcast baby-boomers. It's so frustrating and depressing. I'm praying for ALL of us."
leah commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I am 59 years old, lost my job 2 years ago and cannot find employment. No health coverage and even entry jobs don't want you. I have become deeply depressed and if it weren't for my husband who gets a small pension and social security, we would be homeless. Does anybody have any advice? Thanks and god bless."
Robert Duda commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"Bethany, Same here... 55 and wondering who pulled the trap door. Worked Fortune 100 for 27 years and have been out of work since 2008 with no luck at finding anything remotely close to the salary I once made. There are no Companies willing to hire in our age group, and even entry level jobs dont exist. I've taken a hit financially at the wrong time as well. Wife divorced me in 2003 for a HS sweetheart rebound. Lost Father and other family members. Lost house. Paid for Kids college , busted open 401k after Unemployment ran out, and sit here wondering what the Bleep happened. Not good out there for we boomers is right."
Charles Moran commented on Dan Sato...
"Thank you Mr. Sato for sharing your story. After 20 years at the same company, my position was eliminated (and to make matters more challenging, I lost my dear sister the day after I lost my job - which of course puts things into perspective right away). Before I never really worried about work, but I wasn't 52 at the time and I now know things are very different. I'm doing my best to keep my chin up, keeping busy around the house, seeing my family more often, and trying to figure out ways to start my new pathway. Your video was a great help in keeping a positive spirit. I wish you the best."
Marie commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I too, have been unemployed a very long time. Benefits and savings have run out. I am constantly sending out resumes, and applying for positions when an actual app is offered. Tired of hearing I'm overqualified, or that oh, your experience isn't recent now. Do they seriously think we've lost our senses, and forgot how to answer phones or use software? I was laid off after over 12 yrs in internet advertising production, so I have great tech skills. Interviews are few. I am applying for anything, security, file clerk, you name it. All to no avail. I'm truly scared now, running out of savings and time. Something needs to be done to help us."
jeff commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"at age 59 i lost my job recently and have already filled out many, many apps for 2 months now, i 've had 2 call backs and one interview. regardless what the employers say, there is discrimination to a degree towards older workers. along with other life issues, this has caused me major mental health treatment as well."
Ann Wright commented on Sewin Chan...
"Thank you."
Melanie commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I hear what your saying. I am tired of hearing phoney up and dummy down your resume. If I was employed I could go do all the things people suggest you to do. Get your teeth whitened, new hair cut, new wardrobe. If I could afford all that, I would not in the market for a job. Society has thrown our age group to the curb. Now companies have young large breasted ladies in hiring power. Punks, who you can t make the cut with, because all they can see is OLD. It's very frustrating and easy to get pissed off about."
Andy Moore commented on An unemployment poem: The Month before Christmas...
"Yeah tell it like it is....Good luck to everyone who knows."
Daniel commented on Interact...
"I am a Male of 52 yrs. old and due to my back and left leg I cannot do warehouse type of work anymore, I have been out of work since Sep, 27. 2012, Family from california have helped till they can no longer help me and I have absolutley $0.00 income, my electricity will be shut off for christmas, on christmas day, (my house is all electric) and my water, Sewer, and Trash bill will be shut off very soon too, I have $750.00 Rent which I can't pay, but I have food stamps and a phone in court date for tomarrow for UI insurance 12-18-2012, and if I do not get that I will not have any way to buy Gas for my car to get to and from a job, My mom in california wants me to come back and stay with her, but I will not live off her under any circumstances, she is 78 yrs old. I can't understand why I can't get a job and the services out there do not and will not help me because I am a white man, single and 52 years old and never choise to get married, the services that exist will not help me at all," Read the rest »
laurie commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"It's 1 pm, and I am still in my pajamas. I did get up and drive the kids to school. Yippee. I went back to school at 50, college and got a certificate in a new field, passed with a 92%. I cannot get a job in my new health care field, except for the casual list which is really a no-hours-ha-ha list. I have started apply for everything, from desk clerk to hotel housekeeper to dishwasher. I also have a certificate as a Legal office assistant. I have some UI benefits that do not cover the rent and bills, also of which drops to half in 5 months. I will be using my visa to cover costs, which will only last a couple months. I have started cutting bills such as life insurance and cablevision. Figured I could get away without heat and hot water for the summer - come winter, who knows. I plan to start selling off furniture, which is only a bandaid. I am pissed at people that say they will call me for an interview, and never do. I am tired of seeing a job posted that I already applied for 6 month" Read the rest »
john s. daley commented on Bill Davis...
"YES! We're spoiled. My mother use to say "spoiled rotten". I'm off to my A.A. meeting then my minimum pay job, just glad to have both. A spiritual outlook helps so much in tough times. Thank God for my wife that refused to let us live beyond our means."
john s. daley commented on Florentine Hunter-DeMontaignac...
"We are a tough generation!"
john s. daley commented on Mary Sironen...
"I'm going to another minimum pay job today just hope I make it. It's seasonal work for delivering mail and packages during the Christmas season. I'm fortunate and I realize so many are not."
david childs commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"people our age {middle 50s} always thought we were born at such a good time, the middle 50s, but now it seems we're obsolete. Things changed so much in such a short period of time."
Kevin commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I have not worked since September of 09. I was able to collect unemployment for a longer period because I had two jobs. I was alright for a long time because of my wife returning to work, money we inherited, and from a mental standpoint having a good support system. I can't even imagine not having that- the support. That being said, I'm past the point of being okay. What I'm experiencing now is the fact that applying to jobs on the Internet is a waste of time. My wife who is a RN , can work independently, so there is something to be said for education. To all others in the same boat, be sure to take care of yourself, because I see how this can make you physically sick and depressed. I recently interviewed at a company, followed up a week later with a phone call after I was told I would not get second interview. When I called to get constructive criticism, I was told they had none, and finally that I spoke well and that's all they had to say. When I called I made it a point t" Read the rest »
Lucy commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"While I am not quite 50, I will be in March 2013. I too have been without traditional employment since 2009. MY attempts to start a business have not gone as smoothly as I would have hoped. I have done substitite teaching gigs, done odd assignments here and there, but no luck with traditional employment; not even in the field I worked in for over 20 years. Not to belittle any job, but I can not even get a receptionist position. I am blessed to say I still have a roof over my head and a few dollars left in my 401K. I just have to remain positive. It is nice to just be able to vent annonymously - Thank you!"
Dianna Hartford commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I am 52, and I've been out of work sense 2009, due to a bad dangerest marriage, and a move. I was able to collect unemployment untill they stopped giving extentions. I've applied for hundreds of jobs, and I haven't even gotten one interview. I've went back to school to try and figure out another career. Without getting the financial aid help, I'd be living on the streets, or sleeping on someones couch. Plus being out of work for so long make's it even more difficult to get any kind of job; let alone being over 50. Still living month to month not knowing if I'll be able to live where I'm living at the moment. I even had to use all my retirement from a previous job I had for 15 years. Still not sure how things will go. 11/27/2012"
Cheryl commented on Brian King and Jessica Goldstein...
"I, too, am an out of work music teacher. I was hired to teach elementary children but had the job switched to middle school 2 weeks before school started. After 3 years of working really hard, I was let go and told that middle school was not my age group. Now I can't find a job. I had some interviews this summer but they always hired younger teachers. It's very discouraging! I am a highly skilled and educated music teacher that could do just about anything but I can't get even an interview."
cynathia commented on Set for Life: Film Screening and Discussion on Tuesday, November 27...
"I lost my job as mental health case worker almost six months ago and just turned 53. As a social worker in rural ohio i have never made more than $32000 a year. Now i am living on unemployment which is $264 a week but is due to end mid December. Ive had three interviews in that time and in two instances much younger women were hired. I have some health issues and no health insurance. If i dont find emplyment soon i will be forced to move in with my newly married daughter. I am depressed and scared."
Bethany commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
". I never expected to be 54 years old an unemployed. I have always worked for Fortune 500 companies and had respectable positions at those companies. After 21 years at one of the companies, I was let go. That was 12 years ago. It has been downhill since then. My last permanent-full-time position was 4 years ago. I was wrongfully termminated due to age discrimination. My skills are relevant (interactive/digital marketing and project management), however no one seems to want to hire a 54-year old. Phone interviews go well, but the in-person interview is when they decide someone else would be a 'better-fit'. I am an african-american woman, so I get the double-edged sword of discrimination. I am a very positive person and have great faith. However, every day I have to fight-depression, tears, anguish and tell myself that one day things will be back to normal. I am also taking care of my mom who has early on-set dementia. This is a struggle in itself. And, I have recently been told that UI " Read the rest »
Bethany commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I'm in!"
Bethany commented on Brian King and Jessica Goldstein...
"Bethany said: This is so true. I never expected to be 54 years old an unemployed. I have always worked for Fortune 500 companies and had respectable positions at those companies. After 21 years at one of the companies, I was let go. That was 12 years ago. It has been downhill since then. My last permanent-full-time position was 4 years ago. I was wrongfully termminated due to age discrimination. My skills are relevant (interactive/digital marketing and project management), however no one seems to want to hire a 54-year old. Phone interviews go well, but the in-person interview is when they decide someone else would be a 'better-fit'. I am an african-american woman, so I get the double-edged sword of discrimination. I am a very positive person and have great faith. However, every day I have to fight-depression, tears, anguish and tell myself that one day things will be back to normal. I am also taking care of my mom who has early on-set dementia. This is a struggle in itself. And, I " Read the rest »
Bethany commented on Aging Worker Initiative...
"This is so true. I never expected to be 54 years old an unemployed. I have always worked for Fortune 500 companies and had respectable positions at those companies. After 21 years at one of the companies, I was let go. That was 12 years ago. It has been downhill since then. My last permanent-full-time position was 4 years ago. I was wrongfully termminated due to age discrimination. My skills are relevant (interactive/digital marketing and project management), however no one seems to want to hire a 54-year old. Phone interviews go well, but the in-person interview is when they decide someone else would be a 'better-fit'. I am an african-american woman, so I get the double-edged sword of discrimination. I am a very positive person and have great faith. However, every day I have to fight-depression, tears, anguish and tell myself that one day things will be back to normal. I am also taking care of my mom who has early on-set dementia. This is a struggle in itself. And, I ha" Read the rest »
Rael commented on Brian King and Jessica Goldstein...
"If I don't teach music, I really don't know what I can do. That being said, I am trained for nothing BUT teaching. How useless is that? My last job fired me when a mother complained I was rude to her child. I'm not rude any more. I'm terrified. I just lie in bed struggling not to let the blackness overtake me. I don't think I'll qualify for UI. I think I'm just a single, 59 year old woman with no hope. I send resumes out for call centers and they tell me I'm not suited...Good Lord! It really feels good just to share this."
Michelle Van Etten commented on Brian King and Jessica Goldstein...
"I am deeply touched by each of the comments on this page. I have a job Opportunity to offer each of you. Please contact me Michelle Van Etten 850-449-4820"
Marsha B commented on Edward Walker...
"So how are you doing now?"
Marsha B commented on Rick Barrett...
"Rick, what an inspiration to me and to others I'm sure. Thanks, I needed that."
Marsha B commented on Brian King and Jessica Goldstein...
"It never dawned on me that it could be my age. I am 55 years old and I have been doing temp jobs for the last 3 years. I had to move back home with my senior parents. When I say (move back home) most people think I am taking care of my parents. Ha! They are taking care of me. When I am asked where is home? I say home is in Hawaii. They say, "ohhh boo-hoo-hoo." I have to tell you, you do have a different perspective when you have a roof over your head and you wake up every day in paradise. At least I'm not homeless. I am thankful to be 55 and alive!"
Joe Wasylyk commented on Feb. Stay Thirsty: Disposable Boomers...
"I was downsized and put in a body bag at the age of 45. After living on Government assistance for many years I took that long walk in the River Valley and vowed that i would never go back to the Corporate life to get tossed out again. After my long transition to retirement phase I settled on helping other seniors. Since then I am happy to announce that I have written a new book, Encore! Encore! Seniors 50 Plus As Entrepreneurs: Their Time Has Come. I'm also dedicated to helping seniors eradicate Poverty around the World."
xorit commented on Set for Life: Winner of "Best Documentary Feature" at Massachusetts Independent Film Festival...
"Many blessings and cogratulations to Sue and Sam for being chosen and winning tbe best documentary award. Hope to be a le to view it soon here in NJ or NYC. please let us know when it is available."
Michael McClure commented on Carol Morgan...
"I could see some artwork behind you in the video and it looks excellent. I'm sure with an attitude such as yours you will find success and meaning in your work for many years to come. Stay the course - you will win."
john s. daley commented on Florentine Hunter-DeMontaignac...
"What class she has."
john s. daley commented on Julie Taylor-Cooper...
"What an absolute waste that somebody has not hired her. This is a disgrace. It just makes me want to fight even harder. I'm doing door to door political campaign right now. $13 something an hour but of course it will end in November. I won't stop! NEVER say die. I'm proud of Julie Taylor-Cooper."We take care of each other""
john s. daley commented on Craig Beaumont...
"He used the word "grateful". That's so true!"
john s. daley commented on Barbara Dixon...
"Great point let's help each other . Even if it's just with encouraging words."
john s. daley commented on Stanley Ferrand...
""got to pull together.""
john s. daley commented on Bill Davis...
"Yes Gerard it does!"
Janet commented on Set for Life: Winner of "Best Documentary Feature" at Massachusetts Independent Film Festival...
"Congratulations to Susan, Sam and the team on your well-deserved success."
Rick commented on Marie Spalding...
"Very powerful riveting interview .....not sure what the answer is to whats happening in this country ..."
Rick commented on Mercedes Paez...
"Both political partys were in favor of and voted for free trade. So as a result we get to evolve into a third world country like where you came from. It makes me furious. Even the ones that have jobs are seeing there taxes (property , federal , state , local etc. etc. etc ) going up up up to pay for the government class."
Rick commented on Joan McCleskey...
"I've been with the same company for 33 years and have never appreciated my job until watching these interviews . These are gut wrenching and straight from the heart interviews. I wish you the best ."
Christine commented on George Dys...
"I agree with you Maureen, it appears to be enough of us to form a group and make this an issue. I will soon be 57 years old and I worked my way up on the job for over 20 years. I have been out of work for almost 2 years now and I really don't think I will see th light at the end of the tunnel. It makes you wonder when the same people who won't hire you, will only see a doctor,surgeon,plumber or an attorney if they have experience. For Gods sake when we are in a airplane we are so relieved when we see the pilot is middle age, this is a way to recognize experience and the hope that these people have done the job long enough to get it right. We should not take this sitting down. It is time to stand up and speak out !"
john s. daley commented on Bill Davis...
"Yes it does. Franklin said, "Waste not, want not"."
john s. daley commented on Alfred Hummer...
"The stress may be the worst thing about all this. Staying positive is hard to do but if you don't control your mind who will?"
john s. daley commented on Barbara Dixon...
"Transition: the hardest part of life ask any woman who has had a baby. Got a job doing warehouse work in 90 degree heat. At 59 years old this would not have been my wish so everybody remember the adage," watch out for what you pray for.""
Joanne Vella commented on Wade & Mary Gingell...
"Thank you for sharing your story . . . I'm 56 and still not working thank you for mentioning school I did this also ! The downside is school loan its sad very sad."
Dominic Vinas commented on Bill Davis...
"These stories are so close to my heart. I can't help but feel that some day I'll end up in situations similar to these. As a future solider I pray my country shows me the gratitude I'll deserve. God bless all the people going trough the struggle and God bless our country."
john s. daley commented on Stanley Ferrand...
"got to pull together."
john s. daley commented on Stanley Ferrand...
""It's probably all over the world." Let's hope not but I guess it is so we go to pull together."
john s. daley commented on Peter Hansen...
"Makes me want to cry."
john s. daley commented on Peter Hansen...
"The first ones were from the South. I notice his education is not discussed when almost everybody else was. The injuries sound like things I would do. Guarding your health in these times is crucial since so many of us don't have insurance. Drive carefully all the time."
john s. daley commented on Rudy Limas...
"I'm 59 and I've been applying for almost anything. Labor, I don't care I'll take anything. Food stamps thank God for America. Hey life is hard that's what this is about but we "fight till the end". I'm depressed a lot but I have to continue. I'm an example to my family sometimes not a good one but I won't stop although some days are not good."
john s. daley commented on Cheryl Cheney...
"My education was in social sciences as seemingly was Cheryl's. We seem to have a more hopeful outlook on life them people with other majors. I believe I've had a good life and I expect that it will continue so whether I'm working of not. I have a phone interview at 12 today so I'll see. But at the end of the day I will have my family and other "things" that I'm grateful for"
john s. daley commented on Gary Sirianni...
"Quality of life is what's suffering but where there is life there is hope. So much of what we are is what we think, our attitude as Gary said. Thank god for my family. Plus he saved and thus has some resources. My wife and I go to the movies on Sundays it helps us!"
john s. daley commented on Mark Moore...
"Thank god for my wife due to her we are so much better off then so many of these guys. In the old days families gathered together in hard times now it seems it's everybody for themselves."
john s. daley commented on Bill Davis...
"Really bad choice on the house. Making that much money in the past what happened to it all? You can say bad luck but my wife would not let this happen to us. I feel for him but seems he created a lot of his own problems. I KNOW I have."
john s. daley commented on Mark Chase...
"I'm fortunate have loved ones nearby. We're not destitute and we have faith just got to get out the door and look for work. I'm sure my next job will be reentry and won't be great but at this point I'll take almost anything."
john s. daley commented on Deborah Denenfeld...
"Faith is what I hear most of these people speak of. I have faith but sometimes my wife's faith is shaken. I got to be strong for both of us. Depression can not over run our lives or we'll really be sunk."
john s. daley commented on Rick Barrett...
"The right attitude is more important then education or anything else! God love ya Rick! One of my favorite bible stories too boot.America leads the world in some things and desire and faith might be two of them. I will not quit even though I can't cause I got no job!"
john s. daley commented on Marie Spalding...
"My wife and I are looking into long term health insurance so that our four adult children won't be left with their old possibly disabled parents so we are trying to get this insurance, now we see if we can pay for it since both of us are out of work. We own most of our house but who knows we may have to sell it and move, that would sadden us but what can one do?"
john s. daley commented on Mary Sironen...
"My son is a server but he's 30 and has lots of energy. He lives here with my wife and me. My wife and I are are out of work but I look every day. Something will break cause I won't give up. I taught for almost 18 years so I get my retirement from them. We've got a couple of boarders so that helps too but soon our health insurance will run out. I've got a college education but I'm 59 years old but I will not give up no matter how down I may get. I'm sober!"
Susan Kaye commented on Brian King and Jessica Goldstein...
"We must never give up. I don't care go into my long story about how this economy has hurt me big time. I feel all of us will find a job some place out there for us. I go on 3 to 4 interviews every week, but the places don't hire me. I feel it is chemistry between the person interviewing you and you. That is why many times we do not get the jobs."
Dave commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"If 50 is the new 30 God help us. How are we going to afford to live to a ripe old age without affordable health care and no jobs but low paying service work. Central America beginning to sound better all the time as a retirement destination but even that is going to be out of reach soon."
Rob Dame commented on Brian King and Jessica Goldstein...
"Hello Brian & Jessica, I just watched your video and have to chime in with some thoughts. There are similarities with Brian's father's experience & my own father's. Brian, I hope that you will be more gentle on yourself with respect to your perception of having not succeeded as an actor. I grew up north of NYC and my father & grandfather lived in NYC and in rural NY during the Great Depression. I grew up hearing Great Depression survival stories and as a result I never trusted corporations. After college I worked as musician, and even though I had the experience of working with famous people, and earning royalty income from network TV, I found that I loved (and still do) composing and recording music, but I feared and loathed the entertainment industry. As a result of this I could not succeed in manner in which I originally intended. So now at age 58 I have worked in urban planning, as a musician , the USPS, and I currently work at a pawn shop just to have a payc" Read the rest »
Rob Dame commented on Stephen Murphy...
"It seems to me that "corporate America" has taken the collapse of 2008 as an opportunity to cut the age 50+ worker out of the budget permanently in order to hire younger workers who will work for significantly less. The corporations don't care that they are eliminating the most experienced talent that they have. They just have a short sighted vision of immediate savings. I am 58 and have to work at a pawn shop to pay bills. I cannot find anything else. I doubt that I will ever find anything else, so I just try to make the best of it. I try to have a sense of humor about it and I succeed at that about 30% of the time!"
Brett Curtis commented on OVER 50 INTERVIEW WITH TEMP WORKER AT OCCUPY WALL STREET...
"I went where the jobs were, got a qualification to work in aged care and while its not what I like, its money in the bank every week. I moved sideways into a public hospital where I now work in the operating theatres at a higher rate of pay and with some very smart and interesting people who appreciate my skills and knowledge. Its still not what I want but its a great experience and Im treated wih respect and I feel valued."
john commented on Dan Sato...
"The recession is a permanent recession; it is a sign of the permanent decline of America."
john commented on Jerome Williams...
"This is a smart man. His situation does not bode well for IT."
john commented on Stanley Bednarczyk...
"Great video. It really shows what a shitty country America is. America is the land of fraud and poor and beaten down workers."
john commented on Brian King and Jessica Goldstein...
"Stay together guys, you make a nice couple."
john commented on Wade & Mary Gingell...
"Nice couple."
john commented on Maurizio & Debbie Adami...
"Maurizio, why slum it in America? You can move back to Italy and get some of the best health care in the world. Debbie, you are a real "stand up" woman; the cream of the crop of American women. They don't make em like you any more. It is so refreshing to see. You two make an excellent couple. God bless you."
john commented on Luis Martinez...
"Luis, you said it. The American Dream is gone. But you know what? America was always kind of a shithole. Now we are just more aware of it."
john commented on Ken Wadland...
"You come across as a brilliant guy. I am surprised some firm like Mckinsey and company doesn't hire you."
john commented on Jesus Anglero...
"Look at that. An unemployed geophysicist. What a shame and waste of a mind."
john commented on Peter Hansen...
"Can someone tell me why so many stories are happening in Oregon? Thanks."
Eva Nasiadek commented on Feb. Stay Thirsty: Disposable Boomers...
"Soon it will be 1 year since my position at the big insurance company was eliminated (after 22 years). At 56 I never expected to be in this situation. It affected my self-confidence, I feel down and I don't know what to do with myself. I am applying for a various positions within insurance industry without any luck. It is getting harder to stay positive."
Sam commented on Joe Magnone...
"Saw you working on the boat the other day, hope things are well."
Mona commented on Feb. Stay Thirsty: Disposable Boomers...
"I find it healing to write so I blog about loss. Maybe you'll find something on the blog that will be helpful. coolmona.com."
Mona commented on Feb. Stay Thirsty: Disposable Boomers...
"In addition to doing what every one else is doing - trying to find work - I play a bit of a game with myself every day. In trying to remain upright through this hellish ordeal, I do 3 things every day - something physical, something spiritual and something social. I make myself write them down at the end of the day. Something social can be as simple as sending a quick email to a friend, something physical is walking around the neighborhood (sometimes I do it at night so I won't have to answer questions from the neighbors) and something spiritual can be standing on the porch watching the sun set. I am determined that my last company will not be the ruin of me. My rage fuels me and I think that some how, some day this test will be my testimonial."
Peg Wagner commented on 100 Over 50 and Out of Work interviews!...
"came across this and am so pleased you are working on this most important issue. Hope you make your way to Massachusetts and perform interviews as well. Looking forward to the documentary. Regards, Peg"
Katie commented on Feb. Stay Thirsty: Disposable Boomers...
"Hi Karen - I can so relate to you. I am 53 and I was laid off from my job three months ago. I will have no health insurance as of the end of this month, July. Fortunately my husband works - he has his own small company, but my income was important to our overall well being. I have been trying to find a job for months now. Initially I would make the final cut, and then, as was your experience, would lose to a younger applicant. Now, it seems like things are even worse. For almost the past month there have been so few jobs that I can even apply for where I live in CO that I have days on end where there are no jobs to even submit for. I get pretty down to say the least. I don't know how long I can go on like this. I feel so worthless some days. I feel like I don't know who I am anymore."
Jack commented on May Stay Thirsty Column: Health Insurance, Homeownership and the Great Recession...
"I just turned 50 on June 4. I was on my lunch break that day, walked past a lottery machine and noticed a $2 credit. I thought to myself, "Wow cool random act of kindness, some one has left me a gift." I pushed the button, took the $2 scratch off ticket, and proceeded to clock in for work. Two days later, I was fired for theft and gross misconduct. I have worked for my company for almost 10 years. I am a hard working, dedicated, loyal father of 5. We need my income, and above all, insurance coverage for my wife who has serious health issues. I have been denied Cobra health insurance coverage. I have been denied unemployment. I have never filed for unemployment in my life, yet the time I need the coverage...denied. I have been denied access to my ESOP funds for five years. How can I support my family? How can I keep food on the table and a roof over our head, not to mention pay for the medication that my wife needs? All for a $2 scratch off lottery ticket. " Read the rest »
Scott Mallon commented on Bill Davis...
"Gerard, I'm an American and I've been to the Netherlands many, many times and have stayed there for weeks at a time. I could be wrong but I think in the Netherlands people live more simply. They live with what they need. In the U.S. people expected the good times to last and obviously they haven't. In Mr. Davis' case, I don't know if you heard him say how his house was falling apart. I'm sure that cost him a nice chunk of money in the beginning, before he figured it was a lost cause. Also, he was an executive recruiter making good money so I'm fairly certain his standard of living was high. When you're working a job like this it becomes a tendency to only want a job of the same level. This is not possible nowadays and that's something that humbles people. You don't want to go from being an executive recruiter to working at McDonald's. Anyhow, good luck Bill - you sound like a nice guy who's hit a spell of bad luck and I wish you well."
Greg commented on Brian King and Jessica Goldstein...
"So sorry for your situation, it touched my heart. But on the other hand I am self employed, so no unemployment insurance, no severance pay, no back up. No family to have a place to "land." And no partner to share the pain. So...yes the pain."
Charlie commented on Feb. Stay Thirsty: Disposable Boomers...
"I have empathy for all of you. I was fired from a job I loved and replaced by a younger, lower paid worker. Fortunately I have become employed after only 30 day of job searching (for a lot less pay) in the same field. Hoping to make the best of this situation."
Mike Roulette commented on "Jobless, yet hopeful for 2011" in StayThirsty.com...
"It seems we must be reaching the boiling point. 'We' being the people who are suffering in this economy with unemployment, and unemployment late in life with no retirement. Is it time for a national protest against the anti-business oppresion from this Obamination government? Isn't it obvious that to make jobs we must make business go again based on profits? If they want the economy to pick up, then throw gasoline on the fire; lower taxes including capital gains, get rid of the regulations choking business, and dont add another entitilement program for health care that will diminish health care for everyone. And lets have a WWII style national energy program that is all of the above full steam. And then, lets put unemployed people to work, and train them, in the energy boom. This is the new deal we should be doing for America. This is what business wants to see certainty heal their reluctance to hire. I say hit the streets across america and demand a business leader in the white" Read the rest »
Mona commented on Feb. Stay Thirsty: Disposable Boomers...
"To all (especially John): There's nothing else to do but take it one day at a time and maybe think more outside of that box. A downsized corporate exec is in my swim class and announced several months ago that she was now making and selling cheese bread. Initially, I felt badly for her that it had come to this but who am I kidding? She is getting orders so many orders that you now have to request at least a week in advance. I don't know if it's enough to pay bills but she's making a positive move in another direction. I was downsized 2 years ago and I now pet sit. There's no 401k involved but I do make money and my heart no longer pounds out of my chest. I now blog about all types of loss at coolmona.com."
Jan Hermstad commented on 50+ and Working, But Underemployed contributed by Michael Goldfarb...
"Here is another one.... closely related. Don,t think you own stuff others want. Go visit a Garage sale one early morning and see what others believe they can get money for. get their phone number Go or call back the day after the Garage sale is over and see if something they really wanted to get sold is still in their Garage. HUM.. maybe a deal in the works. Ever see the show "Pickers" ? Become one, at least you will learn something quickly. Venture out in your neighborhood. See what passion hides in you."
Jan Hermstad commented on 50+ and Working, But Underemployed contributed by Michael Goldfarb...
"Every story is Unique, Every person is for real,... now it,s time to look a bit closer to home for a reversal of fortune. Firsts things first. Get on a positive cash flow, HOW? Look around and see what of value you possess that you can do without, Garage sell it, Ebay it, Advertise it or involve some one to show you how. Now that,s not too hard, is it. Contact me if you wish to be part of a group that has thousands of ideas and a story just like yours. You can do it, I can do it We can do it. and without depending on GOVT"
Cathy Goodwin commented on May Stay Thirsty Column: Health Insurance, Homeownership and the Great Recession...
"Over centuries the nature of work has changed. The idea of a "job" is fairly recent in human history. We need to teach people how to be entrepreneurial (starting at a young age) and we need an infrastructure to support self-employment. In most states you can't collect unemployment if you choose to start a business instead of looking for non--existent jobs. We need ways to get affordable health insurance without being employed; job loss should not be a death sentence. Starting a business s/b a skill people are taught, like driving a car."
John commented on Feb. Stay Thirsty: Disposable Boomers...
"51 and employed, at 15.40 p/h, but on the edge; bunking on my Sister's sofa basically, heavily in debt, car has 156,000 miles on it, and day-to-day I'm stressing big time."
Gay Beach commented on A 61-year-old hire at Huffpo...
"I lost my job in 2009 at the age of 58...Since then I have also lost my home....I need a real job again. My things are in storage and I'm living out of suitcases.....I have a range of experience......"
Hillari commented on "Jobless, yet hopeful for 2011" in StayThirsty.com...
"I'm 50 years old, and I've had it with struggling. I have to deal with age discrimination on top of the usual racism and sexism issues. I was laid off four years ago because my boss decided to quit. He's since found another job, even though he's over 60, but he has a PhD. I have a BA, and I returned to school for a Paralegal certificate, but no one wants to hire anyone. I'm trying to start up a web based business, but I need capital to continue, and the money is just not available. My unemployment benefits are exhausted, and y meager savings and retirement accounts will be depleted quickly once I dip into them for living expenses. Then I'll be looking at homelessness, and I'll probably never come back up from the bottom."
H.D. commented on May Stay Thirsty Column: Health Insurance, Homeownership and the Great Recession...
"If I had a business, I would hire each and every one of these wonderful people in the videos on this website. Not only are they obviously equipped to handle just about anything a business could thrive on, they are also good and thoughtful people with open hearts willing to sharing their stories. It helps to know that there are other people who can relate to myself and others out there. God Bless and help them all. I am also over 50 and looking for work just like they are. The company I worked for seven years closed. When a company closes, you have many people looking for a job at the same time in the same area. The need for that type of specialty or talent you perfected may not exist as you knew it anywhere nearby where you reside. Multiply that by all the other businesses that closed their doors. Now you have a problem. I think we have to find ways to keep companies open no matter what it takes. We can't afford for any more people to lose jobs as there are not enough" Read the rest »
Karen commented on Feb. Stay Thirsty: Disposable Boomers...
"I am 55 years old and a CPA - I have been trying for 3 years to obtain full time employment in San Diego. I get quite a few interviews and almost always make it to the final round where it's down to me and one other. Then, the other gets the job. The excuse I'm always given is that they were a "better fit". Before this economy if I got the interview, I got the job. Always, every time. I know my skills and experience are top notch, I'm healthy, and well groomed. I did not want to believe it, but it's definitely age discrimination. I fell luckier than most, because I've been able to keep busy at least half the time with contract jobs. I have no health insurance, but because I have some earnings, I keep receiving unemployment benefits when I need it. The problem is, I'm so discouraged and depressed it's very hard to keep trying. I have a feeling this is going to negatively impact my health sooner or later - and then what do I do?"
Kate commented on Feb. Stay Thirsty: Disposable Boomers...
"I'm 57 years old and I was fired by my law firm after I developed carpal tunnel and filed a Workers' Compensation claim. I didn't want to file the claim, as I had worked in WC defense for more than 7 years, and I knew what would happen to me if I filed a claim: 1) I would be disciplined for some infraction, 2) I would receive a bad review and 3) I would be fired upon some ginned-up pretext. And yes, it happened exactly that way. It was devastating, and I have begun to believe that I may never be able to find another job. I mean, who wants to hire a 57 year old with carpal tunnel (including a slight work restriction) who was fired from her last job...? I've had a half-dozen interviews, and it was made very clear to me that they wouldn't touch me with a ten-foot pole."
Brian B commented on Feb. Stay Thirsty: Disposable Boomers...
"I too am 57 years old and have interveiwed with over 40 companies. All with the attitude my experience and demonstrated results mean nothing today. What blows me away is when asked, why have I been unemployed for so long. This question is usually from someone at least 15 years younger than myself. I have to agree self-esteem is become an issue for me as well. This is not where I expected to be at this stage of my life."
Pat commented on Rick Barrett...
"Rick - Thank you for your service. I do not understand how or why you are being denied Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Have you tried this web site: http://www.ssa.gov/ssi/ Good luck and God bless."
Pam B commented on Feb. Stay Thirsty: Disposable Boomers...
"I am 57 yrs old and have been out of work for over 18mos. I've applied to over 40 jobs and for each one a 'thanks but no thanks' type of attitude. It makes me feel like I'm supposed to be disposable or put 'out to pasture' to let all the younger ones take over for what we've started. What is hard is to deal with all the rejections. The self-esteem gets lower and lower for each rejection."
Jennifer Auther commented on "Jobless, yet hopeful for 2011" in StayThirsty.com...
"I am 50. No more patience for race-based stupidity. I give up. I've been searching for work for years. There are NO jobs. Since 2009, I interviewed for only three jobs ; and to this date, NONE of those firms ever hired for that position. What's really going on? Anyway, my money is gone. I get NO unemployment checks, those are exhausted as well. So with my degree, and (prior to now) spotless work history, I search on foreign shores for a future. I have launched my only intelligent option: I've contacted my realtor to sell my home, which I LOVE. I'm extending my Passport, will be fleeing this country in anger and disgust. It is NOT OKAY when greedy rich can foreclose my future, force me to torpedo my retirement, gut my 401ks and sell my DREAM HOME. I’m going as far away as I can get!"
Marlena commented on Brian King and Jessica Goldstein...
"I am a single, self-supporting woman. I will be 54 years old in June. For the second time in less than 4 years I am unemployed. The first time was for 18 months. This time its going on 6 months. Unfortunately, I currently live in an area in Pennsylvania that has the highest unemployment rate in the state. For most of my work life I had done accounting and clerical work. When I began working in the 1980's no one asked for a degree when I applied for office jobs. Now they want a bachelor's degree to do the same accounting work I've done for decades. For a while after my first stretch of joblessness I had been able to get temporary office work. Now that temporary work seems to be held against me when I do get the occasional interview. It looks as though I'm a job hopper. None of the interviewers seem to understand that I've taken whatever work was available to pay my bills. Although I have the advantage of looking much younger than I am, the companies can obviously obtain that informatio" Read the rest »
Julie commented on Brian King and Jessica Goldstein...
"I am 60 years old and have entered my 18 month of unemployment. In the beginning people told me you will have a hard time getting a job because of your age. I did not believe it. I believe it now and have given up and have become depressed and bitter regarding this state of unemployment. I get called for more interviews than most due to my excellent experience and credentials. But I always get the "we are going in another direction" or "you are over qualified" crap. I am convinced now it is my age and I am complete disillusioned."
Mike Butler commented on Mark Chase...
"That's what we have to do Mark. Whatever it takes to survive and keep a roof overhead. My daughter and I survive on a budget of $1300.00 a month."
Jamie Gagnon commented on David Garcia...
"What's up Dave? I worked with you at Kohler engines one year. Let me know if I can help you at all. Do you have any machining experience?"
Rhonda commented on 50+ and Working, But Underemployed contributed by Michael Goldfarb...
"I am working now, thankfully, after being downsized 3 1/2 years ago. But my job now is entry level with low pay. In my career I wasn't making a high-dollar salary, but loved my work, was fulfilled, and thought I had finally achieved a level for which to be proud. Downsizing forced me out of my career and made me now unemployable since I'm in my mid-50s. It would be different if I was ready to retire or was ready for a change. Now I must close that door to my former career in journalism and assume that I should be happy to have work at all. I receive occasional freelance work, but while gratifying, it only makes me long for my old work even more. It hurts to feel thrown away."
Sean commented on If you're 50-plus, get on the hiring trends bandwagon!...
"We need to look at our strengths and determine how we can put them to good use. IF we do what everyone else is doing, there is a strong chance we will get the same results. I saw a "presume" a few weeks ago, which was a video presentation that was sent to the CEO...they got the job"
Arnie Braver commented on Interact...
"Learned the last tier of unemployment benefits (EB) is being terminated effective 2/18 because "Michigan no longer meets Federal criteria ". Me & 29000 others lose this benefit. 12 weeks to go.Sucks! LARA - Extended Benefit Program Ends in Michigan - Up to 20 weeks of... michigan.gov"
ken tekiela commented on Early responses to our two-year follow up survey...
"We must fight, stay strong and let the world know that we are the hidden majority and we have power. We have to come togather and let our voices be heard. Dammit, i am tired of this. Contact me and let out voices be heard!!!"
Patricia Sahertian commented on Carol Morgan...
"great positive attitude in tough times. you are inspirational."
Patricia Sahertian commented on Valentina Janek...
"Valentina, it is good to see you moving forward and growing the Long Island Breakfast Club. Best of luck."
Jeffrey Koconis commented on Early responses to our two-year follow up survey...
"I cant' beat the system, but I can write about it. http://karmalkornstudio.blogspot.com/2011/10/ive-tried-no-more.html"
E. Brian Starvaggi commented on Rick Barrett...
"Rick - first thanks for your service in the military, i was just a little fart when you was serving in the Vietnam War and to be in a Special outfit is truly remarkeable. the way i see it - you are extremely valuable asset to anyone. All the hard life you had in growing up in Louisana, the many years of military and special training, the civilian crafts that you have aquired would just floor employers if they gave you a chance. I am like you i was raised to do my job and the military trained me well - i am capable of so much with all the lives i have been responsible for and the millions of dollars of Army Equipment, yet I cannot even get a job. I am back to school and I am going to try harder this time around because I too dont beleive in giving up."
E. Brian Starvaggi commented on Joe Magnone...
"Joe, firstly sir- thank you for your service in the mill! secondly, I pray for your health! thank you for sharing this story even though there was a great deal of pain to speak it. You are right completely, people should not be treated this way. My grandfather retired from the mill, my poor father never got his retirment- he was like you - he was swindled even though it was a accident and not his fault. I too wanted to be a steel worker but i am glad i chose to go to the military. There was a time when i was mistreated also in the military, i had to go to War and was denied the chance to go see my daughter- what a thing to do and not knowing if your gonna come back. I am feel very bad for guys like you who are hard working, smart, qualified people. Its ironic, I had 22 years in the military as a leader with numerous training responsible for millions of dollars of equipment and was responsible for peoples lives yet I cannot find work. I was really fired up hearing your story and my " Read the rest »
E. Brian Starvaggi commented on Joe Price...
"Joe thanks for your service in the mill, thanks for sharing. I would have been a 3rd generation steel worker but i decided to go in to the military service. No offense to anybody for those who tried to follow their grandfather and fathers foosteps. I too wanted to be a steel worker like my family and realized it was hard but prideful. I have had a hard life in the military, wars etc, but it was the smartest thing i ever did. I listened to older folks in the late 80's. but.....now i too am like you, after 22 years as a military leader who has been responsible for millions of dollars of equipment, ledership training, a degree, and i cannot get a job. I feel like you .... Mr. President please explain to all of us who are very qualified adn like your self very qualified what are we suppoised to do? Why wont they hire us? ' God Bless Take Care Joe"
R Smith commented on An Over 50 and Out of Work interviewee who needs help...
"Dear Mary, my name is R. Smth, my wife and I has the same problem. We are both are educated and over 50 been looking for work for 2 years. we got to the point where we got a car title loan to pay bills and rent thinking we may find a job by time to pay the first month on the loan, that dnt happen. Now we've created another problem. Rent, bills and loan is due. This made my wife very sick. Maybe our faith is not as strong as it should be? We still believe that God will send someone or someone will send what we need to manage through. Mary we feel you, just build your faith up as we will do the same"
Peter Johansen commented on Bill Davis...
"Given the current age and increasing gap towards social security, I think a problem will occur."
Bob commented on Brian King and Jessica Goldstein...
"You're not alone. It's only a failure if you quit trying. Don't quit."
Juan Salvati commented on Brian King and Jessica Goldstein...
"Dear Jessica & Brian ~ I wanted to let you know guys that I felt deeply touched not only by the scope and honesty of your heart aching story but, most importantly, by your unique human dimension courageously exhibited in your discourse. Only two weeks went by since I started to gradually envisioned some palpable light at the end of the tunnel, having myself been living a 'hand to mouth existence' for well over four years. Perhaps you may have heard similar stories all the time, but I would like to humbly point out that I am a professional actor originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina who has amassed a consistent body of work mainly in the USA, Europe and obviously in Latin America who's still struggling to make ends meet. Having earned my MFA and toured the USA many times over doing Regional Theatre as well as being part of the International Theatre Festival arena over the course of three plus decades, I also feel nothing but disheartened by the sour reality that we performing art" Read the rest »
William commented on Explanation of Unemployment Extension...
"What we really need is to get the economy going so there are more jobs available....but ever since Congress (well, one party) refused to pass the $1.5 trillion stimulus economists said we needed at the beginning of 2009, it's been obvious that this is going to be a long downturn.."
joseph sangataldo commented on Dr. Carl Van Horn...
"http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/31/long-term-unemployed-middle-class_n_942734.html see article how I am laid off at 54"
Kevin Morgan commented on Joan McCleskey...
"Don't give up. There is always a way if you can see it, and often it is in the front of our faces, but so close we cannot see it. Wishing you well, as you struggle with this. The real trick is to hang on to one's own sense of self worth. Kind Regards, kevin aka @FitOldDog"
Peter Johansen commented on "I Tried, No More," from a former facility manager, who is 50+...
"I mentioned to a career center employee at a job fair that employment challenges are like challenges that Rosa Parks felt when Rosa wanted to sit at the front of the bus. All of a sudden, the career center employee said, "I can not hear you." Just watch "Boycott" and then you will see a correlation. I also mentioned to the career center employee that on an application, I wrote, "if you can not understand discipline or sacrifice, then I do not understand what you are looking for." You was the California State employment agency. Sacrifice refers to a Veteran and discipline refers to education. The career center employee said, "You said that?" Yes - Freedom of speech and the press."
Peter Johansen commented on Bob Delpizzo...
"Being out of work since Aug. '07 and being a 99'r is a challenge. The current jobs bill includes segregation such as 'do not hire the unemployed' creates a dilemma. The challenges that exist are equivalent to what Rosa Parks faced and must be addressed. That challenge is discrimmination and an American Tradition."
Sue commented on 'Losing my home' by Bill Davis...
"Thank you, David, for sharing some of your experiences and for your thoughtful comments."
David commented on 'Losing my home' by Bill Davis...
"Dear Bill You have many brothers & sisters in your forclosure family who share in your pain. You are not alone & for whatever Its worth your in very good company. It's been a humbling journey for me & so I can identify with & respect your pain. My journey from NYC housing projects, first job at 14 as dishwasher, first generation born in US, first in my family To not only graduate from a public state college, but also achieve a US Air Force commission as an Officer, Service as Nuclear Weapons officer in Strategic Air Command and then law school with some GI bill assistance was an evolution, that I never suspected would lead back financial disempowerment especially since I always lived well below my means & never really cared much for keeping with the Jones' I purchased & drove low mileage used vehicles, & I am proud to say even in my very best years I was regular at garage sales, thrift shops & consignment stores; proud t" Read the rest »
Kansas City commented on 'Losing my home' by Bill Davis...
"Bill, this is beautifully written. I can feel your pain and anguish. I'm so sorry that you found yourself in this situation and pray that things are improving for you and your family. May you find comfort, peace and hope."
Graham commented on Mike Risinger...
"Mike i feel for you, i understand your situation as i am almost in the same situation as you when you say your wife and kids dont love you anymore. The thing is they dont realise they would not have a roof over their head and having the lifestye that they have now if it wasnt for you. Your kids are going to be over 50 and will realise then your situation. God Bless"
Patricia commented on Over 50 interview at Occupy Wall Street with Iraq vet...
"Thank you very much for your service to our country. I appreciate what you have done. My father was a traumatized combat veteran who never got help. I am glad you are speaking out. Best wishes for you and your family-beautiful daughter. God bless----"
Lost Sailor commented on "I Tried, No More," from a former facility manager, who is 50+...
"I TOTALLY have felt the same INSULTS TO THE SENSES that you have my friend. And it's funny, I might have slipped by if I hadn't followed my moral compass. You know, the one these talk-radio bastards yak on and on about, but have used or owned, or would know how to follow if it fell into their hands. I found myself faced with a HUGE choice in late 04 that caused me to choose between the IP guru that flew around the country fronting for a major vendor or working near home plate for a local biz to fill the necessary role of single dad. There were problems that could not be counseled away and I made the decision MY FATHER WOULD HAVE MADE. Well, it worked for a while thought the inconvenience of an IT Director who couldn't drop everything and run in at 3am proved less attractive than working the poor programmer that worked along with me being forced to run the whole shooting match (Last I heard his health was on it's least leg). Since then, my divorce finalized and to save the kids " Read the rest »
John commented on An Over 50 and Out of Work interviewee who needs help...
"I am John P. I am a 47 old (round up and I am), college educated (student loan still owed), 7 year US Army Vet, that is working three jobs, doing dirty hard work, packing earthworms, slamming cans (5 cent refund center), and sweeping streets. Oh, I just got let go from that one but (f) it! They called to let me know on my only Federal Holiday I will ever celebrate again. I got lucky and was able to celebrate with the politicians, bureaucrats, and judges. I use to hate them damn attorneys but I salute you counselor(s) saw you working too... My new address is: http://www.facebook.com/OccupyBuffalo Video Link: http://www.overfiftyandoutofwork.com/"
mark commented on Over 50 and Out of Work Video: Weirton, West Virginia...
"labor is cheap in china because china is a nation of slaves."
Mark Tomasovich commented on Over 50 and Out of Work Video: Weirton, West Virginia...
"i left weirton in 81, when i was laid off from the mill. i have fond memories of weirton but i am glad i left. they should never of let the gambling in."
Kelley commented on Kelley Briggs...
"Yes, I did use my unemployment as an opportunity to learn new skills. I enrolled in an online university and earned an Associates degree in Criminal Justice."
Kelley commented on Kelley Briggs...
"Yes, we had 2 incomes for most of 30 years, but our expenses were almost as much as our incomes. We always paid our bills on time or early, but there was not a lot left over. Childcare expenses that allowed me to work were in excess of $6000/year for 5 years. We also helped my mom out with some of her expenses when she ran out of money several years after my dad passed away. Maybe it was just bad luck when our cars broke down or had other unexpected expenses, but every time we had "a little extra", it never had the chance to build into anything. With a mortgage of over $1500/month, 2 incomes totalling $90 doesn't go very far."
Joan Freeman commented on Over 50 Interview at Occupy Wall Street with former social studies teacher...
"The “2011 Fair Playing Field Act to Protect American Workers Against Age Discrimination” http://signon.org/s/HkT7QV CORPORATE GENOCIDE =BOOMERS+55+ers are 43 % of the LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED the HIGHEST RATE of any age group! Nearly 1/2 Of Oldest Unemployed Have Been Jobless For Over A Year! A 2009 Supreme Court Ruling in the case of (Robert Gross Vs FBL, Farm Bureau Life) the 83rd Largest Company in the world changed the age discrimination laws as we knew them. Adding insult to injury; CLARENCE THOMAS WROTE a new law that nullified & ended the age discrimination portion of the Title VII ADEA of 1967 Act that protected women, ethnicity, age discrimination, religion & disabilities in civil rights law. Age discrimination was first, what will be next?? These are the results of the Clarence Thomas law http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/02/long-term-unemployment_n_1071851.html?ref=business"
Molly commented on New Occupy Wall Street interview and a new resource...
"I can't help but think what can I do? This web site is doing something. I am no longer a job creator but I want to vote for those who believe in social action, justice. I need a new economic vision."
Jim Beeler commented on Mary Sironen...
"Advertise yourself as a consultant. Hire out for private parties. You have too much experience to throw in the towel now. Just refold the towel and "shake that thang" lady...(the drink that is...)"
Obbop commented on Over 50 Interview at Occupy Wall Street with former social studies teacher...
"I was a substitute teacher for three years, a mid-life career change that due to many circumstances did NOT pay off for me. I was exposed, though. to K-12 educational systems since a substitute teacher teaches at ALL grade levels and class-types. I really enjoyed the 11th and 12th graders and especially in the social studies arena that was my specialty I had obtained my two teaching credentials in. Sadly, I left the educational field behind since there was more laying-off than hiring and most openings desired a coach for sports more than someone knowledgeable and excited about the subject. There was also, as the the interviewed teacher mentioned... well, I declare that the USA educational systems, ascertained by first-hand experience and MUCH reading about the matter, is mostly a method of disseminating propaganda... of brainwashing USA youth. Notice how so many elites and others send THEIR youth to certain academies etc. so THEIR youth are not indoctrinated as the lowly" Read the rest »
topazmoon11 commented on Over 50 Interview at Occupy Wall Street with former social studies teacher...
"Really enjoyed the comments of Warren Brodhead and would have loved to have had him for a social studies teacher when I was growing up in the 1970's in Salt Lake City, UT. Perhaps if I had I wouldn 't have been so worried about success thereby falling off the student loan cliff when I went back to law school as an older adult student and racked up massive student loan debt that has not paid off, or been paid off!"
The Snarky Boomer commented on OVER 50 INTERVIEW WITH TEMP WORKER AT OCCUPY WALL STREET...
"In my humble opinion, UUhhmm (The Snarky Boomer types again) When the 1% has manged to eliminate the middle class completely (the backbone of America) there will be no one left to buy their d@%# stuff. Less taxes to collect- infrastructures will (and are) crumbling. They (the 1%) are cannibalizing themselves and to greedy to see it. Cut staff to up the black ink, that can only go on so long. Its just common sense folks, not economic genius. Greed NEVER gets enough, there is not enough money in the world to satisfy the 1%, but then again money buys power, power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts, absolutely."
The Snarky Boomer commented on Virginia Montelongo...
"Not sure what your background is- but you might want to look into "RentaGrandma.com" It originated in Los Angles, CA- for all types of domestic help- pet sitting and personal assistant. You have to have a background check."
The Snarky Boomer commented on Valentina Janek...
"I wish I lived somewhere other than the end of the world. That is why on line means so much to me. Nothing near me unless I want to drive 50-60 miles."
The Snarky Boomer commented on Kevin Lincoln...
"I tried that myself-reinvent my career choice. This has been 10 years ago, then I was 50. When I started my life's journey, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I got married VERY young and before the age of 20, I was offered an opportunity to work in a bank, in bookkeeping. I jumped on the chance. So for approximately 14 years that is what I did. I worked in every department and took all the classes I could and made it to a middle management position. So, suffice to say, I did the first thing that was available whether it was my talent or passion, it was a living. Then after children were on their own, I decided to make a change and went back to school and trained for medical records coding. Made it through the class with A's and got the certificate. Came out and applied at local hospital, no openings. Applied for advertised job opening at a drug store. The first question asked, was ..have you ever worked in a medical office or setting before? Well, no, I had been in banking m" Read the rest »
Matthew Goldsmith commented on "I Tried, No More," from a former facility manager, who is 50+...
"I just wanted to say I really respect your summary of your experiences and to say I am only 24 and also used to believe these sorts of things the governments trick us into believing. I am part of the occupy London movement and hope that we can start to open peoples eyes to the fact the carpet will be pulled from under all of them too, so we that we can start a discussion on a new type of system and no we are not anti capitalist as the media keeps portraying us, we are just concerned at how life now seems to be more about profit and less about life for everyone these days, I also wan't to draw you attention to a video on the net as I can tell you with a certainty that almost all these (financial) problems we are having are almost all down to banks please watch this video and then do ya own research you will be shocked, youtube "Abolish the Federal Reserve by Ralph Epperson [Full Presentation]" kind regards and respect to all of you that have had the carpet pulled from underneath you"
The Snarky Boomer commented on One unemployed older American's miserable mortgage refinance saga...
"I too am a now 60, but at 59 pink slipped Boomer. I started my blog back in July of 2011 to reach out to other pink slipped Boomers. I have a lot on my blog that may be of help to some - http://boomersberg.com/how-to-retire-without-fort-knox-as-your-retirement-fund/ Also is a link library to sites that could be helpful. My husband and I did the reverse mortgage deal and I have my RV paid for. May end up living in it. I really love RVing, but if your health is not good, that becomes a poor option. I started my blog, thinking of how Eskimo legend states that the old eskimo's are set adrift on an iceberg with a small ration of food- exactly what I felt like and still do, but mentally I am coming out of the dark pit my mind was in."
The Snarky Boomer commented on "I Tried, No More," from a former facility manager, who is 50+...
"The sentiments of a kindred Boomer. I resonate with these words for I too have been on the same receiving end of the nasty "New Reality". Those born from 1946 to 1964 are supposed to be in the Boomer Generation, so there is a commonality of experiences during that time span. But now those who have not been smacked down by current economic conditions cannot relate. I am seeing that nothing divides people better than money. The have's and the have not's. Young, old, black, white or martian- without resources the world takes on a whole new perspective and you grab onto what sanity you have left, so that does not go out the door too. http://about.me/snarkyboomer"
M. Castleberry commented on One unemployed older American's miserable mortgage refinance saga...
"I am in the same situation also. My husband and I have a small business that has almost come to a hault, directly related to the economy. We have almost all equity in our property and can't refinance . What does that tell you? I am talking about 30 years of blood, sweat and tears in this property. If we lose it, we have nothing else. Trying to sell, but there are no buyers. This government does not care. They want to own everything we have and control us all. I feel there is no hope left."
Howie Appel commented on Professor Andrew Sum...
"I'm well over 50, in fact I'm 64 and living in Orlando, Florida. I'm a veteran as well. I am a former Corporate Recruiter and have been out of work since Feb 09. As a method of paying forward I review resumes for people and run ProNet Career Resources. Now I am seeking a way to survive. Not sure what to do."
Sue commented on Professor Andrew Sum...
"Laura, please take a look at the site www.shadowstats.com, where you will be able to find alternate unemployment charts at http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/unemployment-charts The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an unemployment rate of 9.1 percent for September 2011 (U3). The BLS reported an unemployment + underemployment rate of 16.5 percent for September 2011 (U6). Neither of these figures includes the 1,037,00 discouraged jobseekers."
Sue commented on Rudy Limas...
"Laura, thank you very much for your generous offer! When we went to Oregon and interviewed Rudy, the local TV station covered the story that Over 50 and Out of Work was interviewing older unemployed workers in the Portland area. A local businessman who owns a medical parts manufacturing company, saw the TV story and hired Rudy, who now has a full-time job with benefits! We posted this happy news about Rudy on our blog!"
Laura Tackett commented on Rudy Limas...
"We will pray for you and your family. What is your address? I will send you some money."
Joan Freeman commented on Professor Andrew Sum...
"Of the 11% do u know exactly how many workers age 45 & older are unemployeed. Many are no longer counted on the unemployment & virtually invisible!!"
Gerard Stroy commented on Brian King and Jessica Goldstein...
"Thanks a lot for your life-video....although not from the US ,I can so wholesomely relate to the story of both of you! Counting myself to the"lost generation " from just before the internet,I really recognized when Brian said "i've never been able to prosper"despite all my qualities. The difference being that the road my partner and myself together have gone has lead us from the Netherlands to Germany to New Zealand to Switzerland back to the Netherlands. I recognize the wit mixed with disilusion and anguish in your body language. We had an extremely fragmented carreer,and ended up self employed in Holland.By one way or another we have managed to save 1100.000 eur by virtue of ultra frugal rational attitudes towards litteraly everything.We have never ever made any choice of the heart, always of the mind though. We had to learn fluent German and learn to understand Swiss German with all its antics.But our minds have transcended fear. Although I always felt an inherent dismay of" Read the rest »
Gerard Stroy commented on Kelley Briggs...
"How is it possible that people that have had two incomes for 30 y or so run out of money after 18 months???"
Gerard Stroy commented on Anthony Lalos...
""We are the richest country in the world" Have you heard about countries like Norway, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Sweden Finland, Netherlands,Denmark,Singapore ...you would very soon find out when traveling there that your statement is inherently wrong...even when we let the unfavourable exchange rates for the US dollar out....the US media make no mention of this, and US citizens are poorly traveled generally... Gerard, Netherlands"
Gerard Stroy commented on Janet Falk...
"Great to hear that finally feelings of sheer anger and disgust do exist and are being pronounced! Gerard Netherlands 53 years old"
Gerard Stroy commented on Marie Spalding...
"I admire your resilience and wish you progress very soon! Gerard, Netherlands"
Gerard Stroy commented on Sheila Cooper...
"Dear Sheila, You appear to be such an amiable person....what really upsets me is when you tell that you were escorted out of your workplace, as a piece of refuse so to speak.How come that there is no outright anger expressed. It all conveys an impression of powerless compliance with an in itself totally immoral dehumanized working environment .Sickening from my perspective, but probably an unassailable symptom of human commodification. Gerard Stroy, 53 years , Netherlands."
Gerard Stroy commented on Bill Davis...
"Everytime I am just dumbfounded by the fact that these people haven't made any substantial savings during their "prosperous times" and by that I don't mean 10.000$ or so. How can it be that myself having had all the adversities in terms of unemployment, years idle against my will, living in what you refer to as socialist Europe, as a self employed person taxed with additional purpose taxations in my home country Holland , and still be able to save 1000000Euros and more.All this despite having suffered from all three major downturns on the stock market.There must be a fundamental (cultural) different pattern in spending behavior. Honestly, touring the US southwest this summer, 6500km, I have been able to see the difference in attitudes.A patty example...I live in a highly energy efficient house, I use 35 Watts for lighting.An average small coffe bar ,I have counted easily reaches 3000Watts during the day, only lighting! does this ring some, some, sort of bell? Gerard, Netherlands"
Rich Tanenbaum commented on OVER 50 INTERVIEW WITH TEMP WORKER AT OCCUPY WALL STREET...
"A degree is "sociology" is not worth the paper it's printed on. This is the result of poor advisement and a catchall field of study for the academically confused. If she had followed in her mother's footsteps and taken nursing, she'd have a job today. College for the masses is not what people imagine. It's a shame, but far from too late. This kid needs to get into a graduate program in nursing, or another aspect of the medical field which requires licensure. Then she'll get a job."
Molly commented on Over 50 interview with former construction worker at Occupy Wall Street...
"What an interesting guy. It is so true. We had a revolution, a civil war, a labor movement, a European War about systems. They matter if we think liberty and justice for all means anything. We have more liberty but hardly more justice today. Ignorance, sickness, hunger need more than an individual alone to overcome. They need systems created and regulated by justice. We are not so stupid we can't figure out the liberty part of it also."
Janis Chamoun commented on Older Entrepreneurs: Michael Grottola...
"Thank you for sharing your inspirational story. It struck a chord with me; a chord that REALLY needed striking. I lost my publishing business in Oct. '08 and have been struggling every since, trying to get back into corporate communications and marketing. I know in my heart it won't happen, because I'm too experienced and talented, but have been terrified to start another business, after losing everything the last time. Thank you for providing the kick in the butt I needed. Best of luck to you!"
Sue commented on OVER 50 INTERVIEW WITH TEMP WORKER AT OCCUPY WALL STREET...
"Thank you for your empathetic and forceful response, Julie! Gerlyne was not ungrateful for the boost in life she received from her parents. She is wondering what the future will hold for her."
Julie Johnson commented on OVER 50 INTERVIEW WITH TEMP WORKER AT OCCUPY WALL STREET...
"Obviously Faith you are without empathy. Are you in her shoes??? If not, try putting yourself there. I run across people just like you every single time I protest with OWS. People like you roll down their car window and yell, "Get a job!". Well, to you well meaning types - I have a job, and have worked with the same company for 7 years now. It pays better than what most people seem to have and I feel very fortunate. I live in a house that is paid for. So, I have a job and feel fairly secure, if that means anything. Why do I go out and protest? For my children and grandchildren, for people like the woman in this video, for the homeless person who cannot get work because of emotional issues, for the prisoner who has served time and has been paroled and won't find work, for the person who is over 50 and won't easily find another job when up against a younger person, for the addict who can't find the way to a job. I'm sick of rich people, even those who were born with the silver spoon in" Read the rest »
Faith commented on OVER 50 INTERVIEW WITH TEMP WORKER AT OCCUPY WALL STREET...
"Wow! no gratitude for the opportunity to go to college in the first place? Her Sociology degree would be non-existent had her parents remained in Haiti."
Joan Freeman commented on Professor Andrew Sum...
"OPEN LETTER : To those who are being paid to protect us. EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) Representatives Congress and the Supreme Court OLDER WORKERS NEED YOUR HELP IN LIFTING THE BURDEN a 2009 Supreme Court Ruling in the case of (Robert Gross Vs FBL, Farm Bureau Life) the 83rd Largest Company in the world has inflicted on older workers. Its PUBLIC RECORD that Clarence Thomas wrote a new law that nullified and ended the age discrimination portion of the 1967 EEO Act that protected women, ethnicity age discrimination, religion, disabilities. THIS RULING HAS INFLICTED inhumane hardships on older workers and clearly violated their civil and human rights. It allows biases in want ads that disqualify the unemployed, in the screening and interview process; and perpetuates long term unemployment. Age discrimination creates jobs lose, depletes life savings, college, and retirement funds. Predictably blue and white collar workers are pushed into poverty with no heal" Read the rest »
Shiva Steve Ordog commented on Occupy Wall Street: Renewing American Democracy? ...
"Great article. The people I am meeting at Occupy Raleigh mirror this diversity and the concerns mentioned. This is about have a more democratic economy. Adam Smith would not recognize the current system as what he had in mind. The corporate bosses, rich, politicians, etc. are the new aristocracy. We need to reduce their influence and spread the benefits so all participate. Shiva Steve Ordog"
sam commented on Professor Andrew Sum...
"Great video - extremely thoughtful analysis. Thanks for posting this! -Sam"
The Snarky Boomer commented on George Dys...
"A lot of us deal with the frustration everyday of what used to work, now no longer does. Like monkeys in a lab experiment we were trained to do X + X = reward. Now X+X= feces. What is very frustrating is we have no previous experience on how to cope with the situation most of us find ourselves in. The learning curve is VERY steep and some are being shoved over the cliff."
The Snarky Boomer commented on Kelley Briggs...
"Look at it as a chance to learn new skills. 1. How to live on next to nothing -skill translated: you know how to move a company from red to black on the books. 2. Negotiating with bill collectors- skill translated: Hard negotiating skills that help a company navigate to a win/win 3. Dealing with frustration- skill translated: how to cope with frustration in the work place. 4. Writing/ interview for different job opportunities- skill translated: Improved communication skills verbal, written and visual."
Molly commented on Over 50 and Out of Work at Occupy Wall Street...
"Help us all understand if there is another way past simplistic slogans of capitalism's triumphalism and market deification. Can intelligent citizens find a new way to by pass money-media power? Thank you for not having a point of view besides the reporting of the gross evil of the over 50 unemployed."
Jim Beeler commented on Over 50 and Out of Work at Occupy Wall Street...
"Complaining about corporate greed and denying "we the corporations" provides little life to our employment problem. If you tell me as a business owner I am not allowed to run my business, then why should I be in business? If you want to run your own business, the get a license. Denying my rights will eliminate your employment. You can make me give back my money, but you cannot force me to stay in business."
Peter Johansen commented on Over 50 and Out of Work at Occupy Wall Street...
"We the people instead of we the corporations."
Jane commented on Over 50 and Out of Work at Occupy Wall Street...
"Thanks for the great pictures!"
Virginia Amsler commented on Over 50 and Out of Work at Occupy Wall Street...
"Thank you for the information your pictures convey, thank you for a simple and dignified explanation of what is happening. I learned more from your piece than I have from any other media coverage. Now I want to learn more. Please keep up your coverage behind the camera and in a written story."
Howard Weinberg commented on Over 50 and Out of Work at Occupy Wall Street...
"Wonderful to see these pictures of a rudimentary form of nation building. The founding fathers would be proud. -- H"
Kevin Morgan commented on Robert Lotstein...
"Hi! You're right, it will come along, but remember that chance favors the prepared mind so prepare. I was terminated about one year ago, and I too have been calculating the life of my savings and so forth. My approach is really described (in somewhat manic terms, but amusing) in The Four Hour Work Week, by Tim Ferriss. You can see what I am starting at http://olddogsintraining.com. We'll see if I manage to make a buck. That's my plan. Hang in there. Boy, you don't look 65, and I wish I had your head of hair. Best wishes. -k @FitOldDog aka kevin morgan"
Sandy H. Miller commented on Interact...
"I hear they are hiring in PERU..."
Sandy H. Miller commented on George Dys...
"Thanks for sharing George. I related to many of your thoughts. I am not sure there is an answer at this time? I think our once amazing country needs to bottom out completely before things will change for the better and we begin to rise out of the hole we are in. Most folks are in denial as to how BAD "it" is... I think a group of us need to get together are pool ideas, money and anything else it takes to move forward! We all need to drop our EGOs and put our heads/resources together. Strenght in numbers is still a good one! Just say'in... Good Luck!! - Sandy H. Miller / former successful entrepeneur"
Jane commented on Mark Chase...
"thanks for your story...times are really hard.."
Jane commented on Rudy Limas...
"Thank you for telling us your story. You are not alone."
Jane commented on Linda Hebert...
"You really stated the issue so well... nobody has any jobs at this point."
Eyeswideshut commented on George Dys...
"Thought I'd follow-up with a little story. I just returned empty handed from a trip to S. NV. I had found a connection which networked to a job. After a phone call and several emails it became apparent I'd best take a drive and show up in person. I did but suddenly sensed a problem. "I never promised you a job" is what I got. I didn't say it but, yes you did. It makes me feel like I am reading things into communications, wishful thinking. I just drove a thousand miles and got hosed? Sure did! I did not become confused or make a mistake. These types of issues are new to me, I'm not used to this insincerity in the job market. It has been two years with no sense this stupidity will end. Not a pity party, just truth. I guess there are a number of employers who have zero integrity and getting worse. Seems we are all in a tight spot. Remaining positive is becoming a monumental task. Damn hard to uphold self-confidence, worth and value with this crap kicking me in the crotch all the time, gee" Read the rest »
Laura Lee Carter aka the Midlife Crisis Queen commented on Hope and persistence pay off for one of our interviewees...
"Congratulations Virginia! I went through a similar experience in the early 2000's which inspired me to change everything in my life. That's how I became the Midlife Crisis Queen, and how I began advocating for those in midlife hell. It's those totally humbling experiences which teach us the most about ourselves."
Sue commented on Interact...
"Brian, thank you for your comment on our site. I regret that we reached our 100 interviews before we were able to interview coal miners for our project. Did you work or are you currently employed in the coal industry?"
Brian W. Patosky commented on Interact...
"My Grandfather, Joseph Lampel, was Western Pa U.M.W.A. President until his death, this past July, and I watched the same thing happen to the coal industry. Presently, we have been warned that St. Joe Lead, now Horsehead industry, will be closed down in a few years, O.S.H.A., the E.P.A., and our Government in general is anti-business, with staggering fines, and unattainable guidelines, and restrictions that choke, and kill even successful businesses! What a shame! Brian W. Patosky"
Peter Johansen commented on George Dys...
"I have been and presently in the same boat. As far as resumes are concerned, one can become confused what to apply for. When employers state, "You do not want this job" or "How long do you expect to be around" or "You do not fit," then arrogance becomes a norm. Oh, by the way, an attorney will say the condition is not discrimmination."
Peter Johansen commented on Sheila Bliven...
"I started working when I came over, had to learn English, and when I needed money. Thus, practically everything at a young age and gaining experience. Now, after applying to various qualified positions, one becomes confused by which position a person should apply for. Furthermore, then there are the complaints that a person must endure why one has not worked for such a long time. Never mind the continuous discrimmination that is occuring, which is preventing a hiring or when persons assume that a person is too old towards being in a workplace. I would call them an atheist for disrespect towards mankind. As to the food problem, I understand nutrition programs called SNAP are improving quals and should provide basic food needs. Besides, the centers will give out additional assistance programs."
CHRIS commented on Mike Risinger...
"I have been out of work since summer of 2007 i.m going to be 51 next month. What blows me away is how the online apps will come right out and ask for your birthdate, i thougt that was a restricted question under federal employement laws, where is the enforcement?"
Kevin commented on Good news from three of our interviewees...
"Best of Luck Guys/Gals and hope and wish alot more of out brothers and sisters are as successful as you are."
Eyeswideshut commented on George Dys...
"New to this site. Just turned 53, thought reading comments would somehow sooth me, it hasn't. I keep being told, "you're not the only one." Does this make anyone feel better? I specialized in the mid 90's so when I got older I wouldn't have to be outside working on equipment in the snow. Um,...seemed like a good idea at the time. Try as I might, I've made no connections. I have found opposition when I attempt to do "walk-ins" at employers to see if they have work. I suspect too many people do this due to widespread unemployment. Honestly, I've never really had to shop for a job. Generally I always had a network to go on or similar. The networks are gone and the overall friendliness of employers has become confrontational! So I have relied on the internet, checking job-sites and sending resumés, so far a colossal waste of time. I seldom hear from anyone, the manners are gone. I am in the twilight zone. I can feel judgments about my sanity and my quality as a man. True, I admit my pride" Read the rest »
Peter Johansen commented on Stephen Murphy...
"The reason is there exists a lack of interest and various excuses. The claim is attitude is your problem."
Sue commented on Elizabeth Zima...
"Congratulations, Elizabeth! That's great news!"
Elizabeth Zima commented on Elizabeth Zima...
"I GOT A JOB! I was hired on Sept. 19 by a medical association to be their staff writer covering medical-legal and policy issues. I am so happy I could bust!"
John commented on Cheryl Cheney...
"I think you are a credit to all of us gessers and I am proud of you. Keep your chin up because you have helped many people and that energy will come back to you. You are fantastic and will be fine."
Peter Johansen commented on Robert Lotstein...
"What are your interests?"
Stand-up Gal commented on Big week for Over 50 and Out of Work...
"The site's data charts compare timelines and stats for American workers aged 50+ to those for all workers aged 16+. The data would be more compelling still if you also broke out Americans 49-. Please consider including this third cohort in your bar graphs -- or using it in place of the 16+ data."
Cheryl Cheney commented on Hope and persistence pay off for one of our interviewees...
"Good for you. Congratulations!"
Pigbitin Mad commented on George Dys...
"I don't see how anything short of a quota system will get us back to work. The tax break cannot possibly outweight the costs of our health insurance and salary. If they save a thousand bucks, our health insurance premiums will far exceed that in a year. I really don't know why everyone does not pay the same premium for healthcare. It should be averaged out across the entire population. After all, the young people will get old at some point....and if they don't, too bad! If we cannot have a national health insurance, everyone should at least pay the same. I too just turned 50 and I have a better chance of getting killed by a terrorist than every finding a full time job. I must have sent out approximately 600 resumes in the last 18 months and I have had 4 interviews. In at least three of them, the interviewers became noticably absent minded the minute I walked through the door, as if they were expecting someone younger. And I can pass for late 30's. I did not put any jobs o" Read the rest »
Pigbitin Mad commented on Big week for Over 50 and Out of Work...
"Yes, it is age. I am your exact age and have been unemployed exactly as long. I have always gotten jobs before but now all of a sudden i am not qualified even when I apply for a job that is the exact duplicate of something i have already done."
Pigbitin Mad commented on Big week for Over 50 and Out of Work...
"Yes, it is age. I am your exact age and have been unemployed exactly as long. I have always gotten jobs before but now all of a sudden i am not qualified even when I apply for a job that is the exact duplicate of something i have already done."
Jennifer Russell commented on Sheila Cooper...
"And your wishes are what we are all fighting for! You & all like you are in my prayers daily."
Molly commented on How 9/11 affected our interviewees...
"These memories bring back the tears and the realization again how we are all the same in loss be it jobs, or the horror of a beloved life lost."
Jennifer Russell commented on Mike Boyd...
"I'll ask- do you wash a sink of dishes/load-unload dishwasher- mow grass- run vacuum, any household task IS contributing even if it doesn't feel like it!!"
John M. commented on Mike Risinger...
"Hey Mike do you remember talking to your parents about the great depression? I was not interested in listening to the stories back then but I wish my old man was still alive so I could listen to them now. I hope you get the break you deserve. God Bless you Mike and thanks for sharing your story."
Peter Johansen commented on Sheila Bliven...
"Sheila, many are in the same situation and worse. Out of work since 08/2007. A short Census gig helped a little. Been through the disaster and the storm. Luckily, found some SNAP or nutrition to get by. The SNAP centers are more crowded than the career centers. There exists too many forces that are against us. Thus, take one day at a time, hope for the best, and get some rest or follow your cat's advice."
Patricia commented on Rick Barrett...
"You are an inspiration to me, and I thank you for your honest and heartfelt thoughts. I believe you will make it, and do well. Never give up."
Ellen Turner commented on Kenny Moore, aka Kenny the Monk...
"Very wise words, is this gentleman out of work? The only time I heard him talk about himself is dealing with the CEO of a corporation and this gentleman's illnesses...nothing about losing a job."
Jane commented on Joe Magnone...
"Joe, you're my hero. You explained the situation of the millions of unemployed in a way that truly zeroes in on the reality of the situation. Thank you."
VERONICA GERMAN commented on Kathleen Smith...
"If the national black American unemployment rate is 16.7% then it is at least 50% among the baby boomers. Unemployment among black citizens over 50 years of age is the worst in history and there has been no enforcement of age discrimination laws. I have associates who have lost their jobs since 2006 and not one of them has received a full time position of any kind regardless of credentials. Many people that I know between the ages of 50 and 70 regardless of personal heritage have mortgaged their home or borrowed money from other sources to improve their skills or to get another degree. We actually speak to each other before 6:00 AM because many of us get up in the wee hours seeking work and hoping for temporary placement reporting by 8:00 AM. Going into debt to further education has proven to be a high risk gamble resulting in further unemployment and mounting debt for black Americans. Many feel they are in too much debt now for start up costs for new business. Most unable to get fur" Read the rest »
Jennifer Russell commented on Mary Sironen...
"I too have had big age discrimination in employment since I turned 50. Not cute enough anymore. Sickening. I had to look at plenty of not too cute people when I was a bartender."
Diane Tomlinson commented on Joe Magnone...
"Joe, I am from Steubenville and now in Indiana. My did worked at Weirton Steel 39 years and retired in 1976, I thank you for your story. Life was good in the 50's and 60's when I was growing up. About all of the neighborhood men and my parents' friends worked in the mill and had good livings. I still remember all the graphite dust all over the windows giving everything that "orange glow" and everyone feeling it was ok because it was "pay dirt". It is a total shame what has happened to the steel industry in this country."
Dee commented on Kevin Lincoln...
"Amen brother. I'm in the same age group and know all too well a person can't go back to school, relocate in this housing market or get financing to start a service business."
Blake Southwood commented on Stephen Murphy...
"I agree about the age discrimination. I've applied to more than 6,000 jobs and I can't even get an interview and I've worked for billion dollar companies my whole life before I was laid off."
Kevin Morgan commented on Patrick O’Donnell...
"Hi Patrick, I was terminated, but with generous severance, and found I had an aortic aneurysm all in one week. So, I got on with my life, including blogging to deal with fear of the stent (http://athletewithstent.com) and I am following the advice in 'The Four Hour Workweek,' by Tim Ferriss. You have a lot to offer, so work out what it is and bust a gut doing it, but it must be fun. -k @FitOldDog"
Stacey Monroe commented on Over 50 and Out of Work Video: Weirton, West Virginia...
"I agree with Diane Magnone, We shouldn't be stereotyped with that style of music. But the fact is that the only way to make Weirton better is change. People don't like change. I come home every year to the same thing. I like the direction the Mayor is trying to go in. Let's make our town something again...."
Kansas City commented on Daddy's Story, contributed by Monica Hollen...
"Your father is a lucky man to have such a caring daughter. And you are lucky to have him as a role model of resilience, positivity and strength. Here's wishing him -- and your entire family -- a healthy, prosperous future. Take care!"
george vacheresse commented on Frank Pope...
"thats evryones story thoght mill last forever.my Dad had 40 somethin yrs in,he retired,and 1 month before he died he lost all his pension and benefits they had. i think his worrying and disappointment of all of that transpired caused his death.he always told me if yo took care of your job it would take care of you??????"
James commented on Check out our latest user-submitted video!...
"When there's not enough jobs to go around and the government is still rewarding entrepreneurs with tax deductions, it only makes sense to look at business opportunities. The 40-year plan is broken. People who should be retiring are still working. The retirement age is increasing. Being in business offers so many opportunities besides income. There are more people on food stamps now than ever before. "Today SNAP released the most recent food stamp numbers. Not surprisingly, we just saw another all time high 44.2 million poverty-level Americans relying on government funding for day to day sustenance." Even people who are able to find work have a difficult time making ends meet. A full time or part time business is a great way to make additional money, save money on taxes, and regain control over your life. Get out there and make it happen!"
Peter Johansen commented on Barbara Dixon...
"Instead of being retired, call the name in transition. Hence, we are always in transition and retired refers to extinction as in "Logan's Run." In any event, good luck."
Sandy H. Miller commented on Check out our latest user-submitted video!...
"Hello: Anyone have any new business ideas? I have time, lots of energy and experience in researching, developing, launching and running a national business doing sales of 1-7 million per year gross reveune. We need to share our strength, hope and limited funds to get something going! Are there any "like minded" people out there?? I would love to hear from you. Come on folks we are NOT getting any younger!! I hope some of you will contact me. Best regards, SHM"
Peter Johansen commented on Laurie McCann...
"I filed a number of cases of discrimmination with the EEOC. One case particular was the employer, who refused to show up for an interview after completing an application and setting a time frame. On the EEOC compalint, I used age as a more obvious selection. Besides, I gave the employer an opportunity to schedule another interview, where I could bring in my qualifications. Mind you this position did not pay very well. In any event, after an EEOC review of the documents, EEOC ruled that employers can be as arrogant as possible. I responded by stating, "I presumed age however there are other possibilities such as race or nationality." In other words, the employer may be biased were one was born or the color of skin."
pete kemeliotis commented on Joe Magnone...
"Joe I worked with your dad in the C.A. for over 20 years."
Vicki commented on Professor Andrew Sum, Director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University...
"The documentary was great. It is terrible with happened to Weirton Steel. My whole family worked there at one time or another. I didn't get in so I am still working in the field I chose. WSX strated going down years ago - it wasn't all the goverment (but our govt. including the state officials didn't help us much. My father retired when the employees bought it out - on a pension that was terrible for how many years he worked there. Then they hired all these executives - or what ever you want to call them, gave them huge salaries = more than the president of the United States, they would stay awhile and then they would get huge packages that the mill would pay to then for how ever many years was agreed on. The poor working man in the mill was the ones that got screwed and lost their pensions and jobs -- at young ages (50 or above) and had to go into different fields and collect unemployment for how ever long they could get it and try to find new jobs to support their families and t" Read the rest »
Peter Johansen commented on Albert Yasbick...
"Dave, you are not alone. There exists millions in similar situation. Furthermore, when discussion age discrimmination with an attorney, age discrimminations falls on deaf ears."
Ellen Turner commented on Michael McClatchey...
"Michael is doing better than most of us. He can collect early SS. I cannot afford health insurance, as a single woman of 63..it would cost me $250/mth with a 5k deductible. My skillselt has been outsourced to foriegn soils. I live in Florida, where there isn't any jobs in my field. Also, do not forget...companies do not hire older Americans, mainly because of the health insurance rates."
Kevin commented on Jerome Williams...
"Why am i seeing alot of IT people on these videos? I thought information technology was one of the jobs of the 21st century Bush was talking about...What BS....Had alot of manufacturing people get retrained in IT as they advised and they got thrown under the bus again."
Kevin commented on Bob Delpizzo...
"I see alot of NJ IT Computer folks on here."
Pigbitin Mad commented on Steve Borton...
"No Mr. Bond, they expect us to die [they being our Tea Bag controlled government] . That way, we will not reach 62 and the rich can confiscate our social security. You don't think they really want to let us have that money to live in a hut in Uganda do you?"
TC commented on Check out our latest user-submitted video!...
"The current situation is really starting to wear me out. I don't even have enough hope left to look for a job anymore. I've been unemployed since 3/31/10, the longest time that I've gone without some type of job since high school. If I get the full extension of 99 weeks, that's it and that's all. No more income. I live in IL and the state has just passed a resolution that will only allow people who become unemployed to obtain a maximum of 26 weeks in benefits. I believe that there is a time coming and not too far off, when we will have riots in the streets, like Greece and London. The so-called deal that Congress came up with before they trotted out to enjoy their American taxes paid 5 weeks vacation, didn't even mention the 99'ers or for that matter, unemployment at all, with the exception of giving tax credits to companies that hire Veterans. Great, except companies that are experiencing record earnings are laying current employees off to increase their earnings spread. I really don" Read the rest »
Joe Imburgia commented on Filming in Weirton, West Virginia...
"WAKE UP AMERICA BEFOR IT'S TO LATE."
James commented on Over 50 and Out of Work Intro...
"You've done a thorough job of documenting the current situation. It's important for people to understand the reality in order to explore their viable options. It's time we all wake up and realize things have changed. Change requires new approaches."
Richard Cox commented on Over 50 and Out of Work Intro...
"The only way to lower taxes in reality - PROPOSED: Economic regulative legislation to ease domestic job issues, reduce the deficit and the Social Security shortfall (Pro Jobs Legislation)... In response to solicitations for revenue that generates jobs (e.g. Face the Nation on CBS) here is another source of revenue other than direct taxation we need to use which no one seems to want to talk about, described at http://www.congress.org/soapbox/alert/51246501 and at http://www.rncox.newsvine.com. I've communicated my ideas about this already, re shipping our jobs overseas being at the root of many of our deficit problems. The only way to lower taxes in reality is to increase the overall tax base. GE's recent action reported on CNN (www.cnn.com/caffertyfile), moving their X-Ray business to China, is just another instance of the reason for this proposal. Richard N. Cox 105 Front Street Weirton, WV 26062-4220 eMail: rncox@access995.com (preferred met" Read the rest »
Richard Cox commented on Over 50 and Out of Work Intro...
"Ms. Standardi, Tell them we are still trying to get new things in Weirton, such as the plasma gasification tech I'd proposed back in 2003, point them to my web pages. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Recycling-and-Power-Facilities-RPFs/347616143827, and http://www.rncox.newsvine.com. Weirton has all of the things that made a mill work here, ready access to road, river and rail for moving raw materials in and finished products out, and would be a great place for a refinery making methanol, ethanol and biodiesel out of coal, municipal and industrial waste streams, regardless of the specific technology used. Thank You, Richard N. Cox 105 Front Street Weirton, WV 26062-4220 eMail: rncox@access995.com (preferred method of contact) LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/11/75/829 <= my professional profile Independent member, WV Senator Manchin's Project Weirton task group (http://www.wtov9.com/news/5484507/detail.html) Web page: http://www.facebook.com/p" Read the rest »
Sue commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"Thanks for your support, Jim. Good to hear from you! Congratulations on your success in helping people who are 50+ find jobs."
Jim Wall "The Career Doctor" commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"Kudos to the producers … This is a great documentation and when they came to Southwest Florida we were not sure what to expect. The stories here are real-life and compelling. Some good news out of SWFL is many of the individual’s features in the documentation have found job. To all, keep plugging away and all the best!"
Tony Estrada commented on Check out our latest user-submitted video!...
"I guess a big riot in the streets of all USA is what we need in order to tell the WH and the Congress that, we the 99ers are still us citizen,that we need to support our families and need to pat our debts too,no only the rich and millionaires have the right to live comfortable.As a person in my 61 I don't think that I have any chance to get a job,is sad to became a homeless with no source of money and waiting for our government to do something to help us to survive.Foreing countries and banks have more luck of to be help by USA than their own people.My last check from UI was in March 2010 and since then I don't have any source of income, I was lloking for jobs all over USA and in a foreing country,with no results.So America need to wake up to this situation,I think that we are too comfortable with what is happens in the nation right now,we need to act,no just seating in front of the tv and watch what is happens here we our economy.They try to cut the Social Security wich is the only re" Read the rest »
Jeffrey Koconis commented on One unemployed older American's miserable mortgage refinance saga...
"I appreciate your thoughtful comments, I have found harboring ill-will doesn't suit me, or help me pursue my future, which I now embrace with the excitement of a child again. My best to all who have suffered from this all too real, and continuing depression, I choose to be thankful for what I have, and can still be, I hope you can too. There's still so much to do, and the time is short."
beth zagoria commented on Robert King...
"My words exactly......but let's try to see this as an opportunity and never, ever give up.....Good luck my friend"
Sandy H. Miller commented on Check out our latest user-submitted video!...
"What are WE all going to do? Will it come to riots in the streets? If your head is not up your ass you must be quite worried and freaked out like I am... There is simply NO answer. If the WH doesn't have one who does? Sick of it but have no where to go! Pissed in LA ~ Any ideas?"
Diana Magnone commented on Over 50 and Out of Work Video: Weirton, West Virginia...
"I really appreciate doing this documentary, and my brother is featured. But. What's up with the banjo-playing introduction? Every time someone does a documentary about WV (Coal mines, the Wild Wonderful Whites, the Point Pleasant bridge collapse) it's always got that stupid banjo intro! how often have any of us really listened to people sitting on their porches pickin banjos in Weirton? I absolutely hate the stereotyping."
Charles commented on Expert advice on how to become an older enterpreneur...
"Hello Mr. Williams, Appreciated the post about how to become an older entreprenuer. Have you thought about 'legitimate' networking opportunities? Not the constant array of scam's that people are running these days, but 'legitimate' companies like Mary Kay, and others that have been successful for many, many years. The start up cost and risks are a lot less than risking ones' savings with franchises and the like and the joy of helping others instead of just yourself is a blessing as well. Thanks, keep up the good work. Charles"
K. Rostad commented on One unemployed older American's miserable mortgage refinance saga...
"Jeffrey, I am very sorry to read of the problems you are facing. I also checked out about refinancing in 2005, when my husband's unemployment was nearly gone and was told that we had to have a certain level of income to refinance even with good credit history. My substitute teaching pay wasn't enough to qualify for a refinance without my husband's former income. After some research, I found that the banks can't loan to people with certain levels of earnings to credit ratios or the banks eventually go under themselves. They are audited and might become one of the many banks that get listed each Friday as closed due to inadequate debt to asset ratios. I also felt betrayed by the bank to which we had been so faithful in making payments. We then sold our home and built smaller in a less expensive area doing ALL the work ourselves using discounted building supplies. One of our children and family are building a mini home on a trailer bed paying cash for all parts to avoid having a mo" Read the rest »
Ann @ Creative Boomer commented on Expert advice on how to become an older enterpreneur...
"As someone who (*knock on wood*) is still working in a corporate job, I'm feeling the insecurity of it. I'm in the beginning stages of starting an online business. And your points of what you need to think about are right on target."
Samantha from Carepoint commented on Over 50 and Out of Work Video: Weirton, West Virginia...
"Please let me know when the documentary is complete and I will feature it on the carepoint seniors blog. Samantha Welch, carepoint.net"
Sue commented on Over 50 and Out of Work Video: Weirton, West Virginia...
"Thank you, JKL, for your comment. Weirton's story is complex and evolving, and it's good to read about the start of its rebirth, which we hope to experience for ourselves next week. When we make our full-length documentary, it will be about the United States, not just Weirton, and it will also include the positive outcomes that some older jobseekers have been able to create for themselves. Stay tuned!"
JKL commented on Over 50 and Out of Work Video: Weirton, West Virginia...
"Look around, everything is made in China/Korea/India and on and on, except our own USA. All the outsourcing/call centers are going abroad. Why does it come as a surprise that our millions are unemployed. What do we do? I asked a public official " Why are all the jobs going abroad?" His answer was " Simple, labor is cheaper there " I answered " If we could, we would outsource you also, we can get 10 for the price of one we support here. How would you like that ". There was silence. Many countries impose tarrifs on foreign good to the tune of 100 to 300 percent. They insist that to be able to do business with them, manufacturing has to be done there. How can we compete? By playing the same game. The companies would rather see their next quarter look good as the country goes down the tube. It seems that each company is working in vacuum, not realizing that one by one all manufacturing will go abroad, and there will be no buyers left here. China is too happy to lend us money because even" Read the rest »
Sue commented on Over 50 and Out of Work Video: Weirton, West Virginia...
"Thank you, Joni. We're headed back to Weirton next week to do more shooting for a full-length documentary. Weirton is a special place with fascinating people. We're eager to get back there."
Joni Liebel commented on Over 50 and Out of Work Video: Weirton, West Virginia...
"Weirton is 30 min. from where I grew up. Getting a job in a steel mill was a great career path for my father's generation & also for my generation. My father lost his steel mill job forever when he was 60 years old (late 1970's). Another generation in this area tells the same story.. which isn't any different from manufacturing workers in any other part of the US. Very well done documentary in the making. I look forward to your future videos. Blessings, Joni"
HealthyStealthy commented on Mike Risinger...
"Please don't say your wife and children don't love you... I am sure at least your kids love you. I feel your pain. I will be 51 in a few weeks and I have been out of work since 2009. I have been on dozens and dozens of interviews but no one will hire me! I was clearly suited for many of the positions I applied for. I guess I am experiencing age discrimination. And now I don't I don't know where to go or what to do. Do I retrain? I am not sure. Good luck to you. I wish you the best."
larry commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I have just turned 50 and have been unemployed since 2009. I have been on at least 30 interviews. I have no income coming in which gets old fast. I am very disappointed."
P. Edward Murray commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"Gosh, this is so depressing!"
B-rad commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"Yeah...this is so unfair. My friend in this boat didn't even want to live anymore when suppossed to be happy in retirement. Lucky for him he found something...."
Tony Estrada commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"Now I'm just about to get retired,in April 2012 is when I have to apply,cuz my B.D. is in July and I will be 62.Those will be the longest 10 months that I have to wait in my life.Other thing is that with my money I can't live in USA,so I will have to moved to Colombia or Peru where the money worth and I can live with decense and happiness."
Tony Estrada commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"Yes is a disgrace that a person on his 50's loose his job,got sick and is turned down every time I applied for a job.Now I'm 61 lost my job in 2008 as a Lowe's employee due to a cancer,now I'm doing ok, but I can't find a job cuz of my age and my health history.I tried to get my retirement,but the person in SS office told me,you are too young to retire but too old to get a job,wich I guess she was right.I became a 99er in March 2010 and since then I don't have any income,so I became a homeless,lost my car, apartment and my friends,noy even your family wants to take you if you don't have at least one source of income.I never realize that I will be on my 60's without any job,I always thought that when I retired it will be with dignity,but now I feel like a piece of shit,a person that nobody wants to have around cuz you will be a problem for them....this is my sad reality."
Susan Hawkins commented on One unemployed older American's miserable mortgage refinance saga...
"I sympathize w/ you. I am in the same predicament never been unemployed in my life I am 59 and having difficulty procuring a new job. I truly believe it is age discrimination! I am at a loss as to my situation. BOA lost my refinance paperwork three different times charged me penalties for being late with my mortgage, added the penalties totalling $20,000.00 to my mortgage. I am totally disgusted w/ them."
JoAnn commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I'm 62 and it took me over to 2 yrs to land my minium wage job, and they really didn't want to hire me."
Pigbitin Mad commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"What I find to be especially infuriating is that I know more about office software than most 20 year olds. Yet most companies will only hire recent grads. The government has got to have a policy of only hiring over 50. They are the only people who will do it as the scumbugs in private industry won't. We're lucky if they even do any hiring in this country. They should be thrown out of the country if they outsuorce....and anything coming in should be taxed 500% to make sure that no one can afford to buy it."
Alicia Carr commented on Marie Spalding...
"Like Marie, I looked after two ill parents for about a decade, and now that I've been looking actively for work for the last three years....the few jobs that are out there, always seem to go to someone else. At present, I'm at or near the top of the list for 3 municipal jobs, but I keep getting told that there's no funding for the jobs. In the next two weeks, I plan to take 2 more tests, hoping for the best. I admit that I have to borrow from a relative, just to get by. Sadly, no one seems to know or care, that looking after sick family members, is no picnic in the park. I wish you the best of luck in your job search, Marie; hoping your dream job is yours VERY soon."
Lane Zane commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I work as a volunteer for AARP and the number 1 reason older workers say they have not been able to find a job...age discrimination. 1 in 5 who are unemployed are over 50. I know I've experienced this myself and it is a huge problem. Also a lot of people have medical problems and this is a factor as well. I know people who take part time jobs (if they can even find those) if they can't find full time work. 1 in 7 families are now on food stamps."
business commented on Over 50 Testifying before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions...
"........At a time when weve got some of the greatest income disparity in the United States since the Gilded Age Villager David Brooks thinks were not going to be able to solve the problem with our deficit unless seniors and the middle class are ready for some shared sacrifice. Which in Villager speak means fixing those problems on the hides of those who can afford it least while the rich keep their tax breaks..Brooks does agree that we need to raise taxes on the rich to some degree but of course qualifies that with the typical talking point that no matter how high their taxes were raised it would not fix the deficit problem..And like every other Republican out there he pretends our Congress would ever actually vote to close the tax loopholes for the rich and not just end up sticking it to the middle class instead in the name of fiscal responsibility while their big money donors keep their deductions in place..I would love to see David Brooks have to spend a few days in some senior citi" Read the rest »
business review commented on Over 50 Testifying before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions...
"During the past generation the American middle-class family that once could count on hard work and fair play to keep itself financially secure has been transformed by economic risk and new realities. Rocked by rising prices for essentials as mens wages remained flat both Dad and Mom have entered the workforcea strategy that has left them working harder just to try to break even. Even with two paychecks family finances are stretched so tightly that a very small misstep can leave them in crisis."
Sandy H. Miller commented on Check out our latest user-submitted video!...
"Hi Kelly: Thanks for your note. Please tell me more ~ contact information, website/URL, corporate name, company history and who the executive officers are so I can investigate and determine IF it is something I would be interested in and a venture that I could share my experience with and make a positive impact. Please NO MLMs (Multi-level Marketing) business concepts or PONZI deals!! Thanks -"
Richard Tanenbaum commented on Over 50 will testify before the Senate HELP committee ...
"One solution for out of work homeowners is to lower the age of eligibility for "reverse" mortgages to 50 or 55. Then older folks could tap into their homes equity to pay off the existing mortgage, relieve the burden of ever making a mortgage payment (unless they refi in the future), and possibly give them some cash in hand each month. Since the official name is "home equity conversion mortgage", you need some equity to convert to present money. However, if a home is underwater, or doesn't qualify for an amount sufficient to pay off present financing, then the bank either has to take a "short refinance", somewhat similar to a short sale, or the bankers need to create an equity sharing instrument so that what the bank can't get now, they can get when the house is sold or at upon some agreed event. I'm sure smart bankers can figure out an instrument that would work. Another huge game changer would be for FNMA to allow short refi's. Currently FNMA will not accept reductions in princi" Read the rest »
Kelly commented on Check out our latest user-submitted video!...
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Mary commented on Mike Risinger...
"Sorry Mike, I've been out of work for 3 years now, my skills are not outdated! I'm just 55 years old. God Bless you and your family, unfortunately in todays world I think kids who want to go to college need to work for it and not depend on the parents. Not being mean just reality."
Mary commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"Ok, so you tracked these stories and trackd their success or not successes...ummm...what good is it, try being over 50 and out of work for 3 years! Yes there is a BIG problem out there for "mature" workers and all of us just talk about it, lets fight, lets walk right up to the white house and ask WHY isn't someone doing something about this crap??? They say we cost them more, how? Seems to me it would be less cost in training! They say they would have to pay us more, well let us make that decision, not you! Sick of this whole thing, someone made the comment we should make the "Over 50 Party". I'm game!!"
MaryKay Coyne commented on Over 50 will testify before the Senate HELP committee ...
"Thank you so much for doing this. People do not realize this is happening everywhere. Workers over 50 had good jobs that they did well prior to 2008. Why would they not be responsible, valuable employees now? They would be, they just can't afford to work part time for 7.50 an hour unless they are subsidized by the Government. We want to be free of all benefits and return to a "reasonably paid" full time position, working hard and making enough to live on for our families without needing a helping hand from State Government."
Richard Allen commented on Over 50 will testify before the Senate HELP committee ...
"My plan for getting America back to work: #1 Make being an :intern: subject to Equal Opportunity and age discrimination laws. No Kidding why should someone older be told they are OVERQUALIFIED? That is just mean and nasty to someone willing to work for little or no pay to keep a recent job in their field at the top of their resume. #2 Eliminate all extended unemployment after 26 weeks UNLESS you are in an Intern job or in job training. Again if some employer tells me I am TOO OLD to be an intern well the UI office can make it hard for them to do business. #3 Quit being NASTY and demanding welfare recipients find work.........again no kidding From personal experience the NYC back to work programs are an incredible waste of taxpayers money....Rude nasty very little if any help. It is a Boondoggle and the only people who they serve are Goodwill Arbor Fegs employees by getting paid every two weeks. What to do to sound tough on getting government " Read the rest »
Steve Tilson commented on Over 50 will testify before the Senate HELP committee ...
"They don't care. If they cared they could make it a capital crime for any CEO's company to discriminate on age. But they don't care at all. If the people in congress cared they would long ago have made it a crime to discriminate. But the health insurance companies rule the day. Money rules all."
Unemployed_Mass commented on Over 50 will testify before the Senate HELP committee ...
"Thats fantastic! You guys are doing a great job..keep up the good work and dont lose hope! This is a huge accomplishment!!!"
sybille commented on Bob Delpizzo...
"Unfortunately (or fortunately), I am a 99er. Not by choice, mind you. Lay off's occurred and our center being shut down. Although I consider myself fortunate since I was 62 when this happened. I did not want to retire and would have liked to have worked until 66. I managed a medical records department, working as a transcriptionist as well as creating medical charts. Multi-tasking to the max. Do I think I will get another job. Deep down - no. But still trying. No doubt to the ire of the 2011 grads, both high school and college. Oh well...I may be a "baby boomer" but in my heart I know I bring experience and loyalty to any employment area."
Deborah commented on Deborah Salim...
"Thank you Tim for those kind words. They were very encouraging to my spirit. I have learned to be content in whatever state I find myself (according to the Bible). How I manage to keep control of my situation is to trust and depend upon God for He promised to supply all of my needs and He has thus far. We often worry about things we have no control over and make our situation worse when our health fail due to all of the stress. I am learning how to stress less and trust more in the Almighty God who is able to keep me (us) from falling and present us faultless before His throne with exceeding joy. Put your trust in God and obey His Word and everything will work together for your good because He loves you. Take care!"
mike r commented on Cheryl Cheney...
"This lady has it going. How she can remain uber-positive in the face of this current economic climate is a testimony to her inner strength. Cheryl, you will land on your feet. Of that I am certain!"
P. Edward Murray commented on Bob Delpizzo...
"Transition may be permanent but time waits for no man or woman. What many of us fear is time because we are so close to that "magic" retirement age. Sorry but I'm not willing to "have to" change jobs...whenever I get hired...several times before 65. Retirement for me, at the moment, is a 4 letter word because I will never have...unless I win the lottery...enough money to retire:( And I have a strong feeling that quite a number of folks are in the same boat!"
P. Edward Murray commented on Bob Delpizzo...
"Yes, we are or rather were, defined by our vocations and achievement along the lines of excellence. We grew up with that sense of "Norman Rockwell American Values" with guidance that if we study hard, go to college and graduate we then would be rewarded with being able to find a good job. All of these things have apparently changed now and are "so yesterday". The question remains as to what they are changed too?"
James commented on Older Entrepreneurs: Lorraine Campman...
"This is a really compelling video!"
Shallie Bey (Smarter Small Business Blog) commented on David Mathison...
"This was a very inspiring post. I think that the concept of empowering people to share their gifts is important. In my own work, I attempt to encourage people to start businesses with their skills. However, not everyone wants to go through the effort to start a business, they just want to share. This short post provides great thoughts on how to do that. It also points us to what sounds like a book that will have many more valuable insights."
Diane commented on Deborah Shane...
"That is an interesting interview, although it made me a bit uncomfortable to hear her make comments about baby boomers "not knowing how to download a file". As a baby boomer with great computer skills, I'd rather not have this type of mythology (baby boomers don't know which end of the computer to use) promulgated. There's enough negative generalizations out there already."
P. Edward Murray commented on Over 50 and Out of Work reaches out to governors, senators and representatives...
"I remember Senator Inouye from The Watergate Hearings. We called him "Senator "Ain't no way" because he wasn't going to stand for the baloney! I think being "Middle aged" is just a state of mine or a phrase. Many of my buddies from high school and college who are my age are talking about being older Americans. We reach a "certain" point in time,different for each individual where our bodies start to differe with our brains. Our minds are still 25 ish and then all of a sudden we aren't anymore as those aches and pains start to appear:)"
Helen Shultz-Kamadulski commented on Over 50 and Out of Work reaches out to governors, senators and representatives...
"No surprise to me that those are the extent of the responses you've gotten. I've been contacting my Senators and Reps and attempting, unsuccessfully, to contact Senators and Reps in other states regarding the unemployment situation(for all ages), the lack of consequences for the crooked banks, and on a variety of other topics all pertinent to our decimated economy. I, and many other unemployed like me, have attempted to make our voices heard through emails, phone calls, twitters....They really don't seem to be listening and, unfortunately, the feeling a lot of us are getting is that we, the unemployed(especially the unemployed in their 40s and 50s and older) are expendable. We are simply collateral damage. It's absolutely shameful how willing those in power are to ignore this huge and growing bigger daily, problem."
John Wells commented on Over 50 and Out of Work reaches out to governors, senators and representatives...
"The employment discrimination in the country is at an all time high and needs to be fixed period. We need to live just like everyone else, and it's very hard to do when salaries are going down 20K to 30K or more and prices are going through the roof. Our water fees are going up 7.5% in Queens, NY - (NOT SALARIES)...!!!!!...What's wrong with this picture??????"
Sue commented on Over 50 and Out of Work reaches out to governors, senators and representatives...
"Diane, USA.gov has a page http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml that lists all elected officials and you can search by state. Thank you!"
Sue commented on Over 50 and Out of Work reaches out to governors, senators and representatives...
"Great ideas, Diane! Here is the description that we pasted in to the contact forms: For the past year, we have been traveling across the United States conducting video interviews with Americans who are Over 50 and Out of Work at http://www.overfiftyandoutofwork.com/ We would invite you to add your Comments to our multimedia documentary project. In the Great Recession, older Americans are unemployed at record rates and for longer periods of time than ever before. Over the past 10 years, many boomers have also seen the value of their homes and savings decline precipitously, and they have less time than younger workers to recoup their losses and regain financial equilibrium. Moreover, they face a daunting uphill battle against age discrimination and a bias directed against the unemployed when they seek new jobs. Please take a look at the stories we have documented – together, they forge a remarkable American geographic and socioeconomic mosaic. We currently have 75 i" Read the rest »
Diane commented on Over 50 and Out of Work reaches out to governors, senators and representatives...
"Do you have a "template" that you used to contact the people, such as a form letter, that others could use? Also, I am wondering is there is a way to have a database of all the pertinent people in one place that others could use. For instance, if I found all the Pennsylvania representatives, I could put their emails or websites in a database, and other people could find it. And I want to say to the honorable Mr. Inouye, Dude, I'm not elderly!"
Diane commented on Older Entrepreneurs: Olive Lynch...
"What a wonderful idea! I'm super-impressed. Best of luck to you. (BTW, I studied to be an opera singer, and then went on to work in a bank for a couple of decades.)"
MK commented on Elizabeth Zima...
"Dear Over-50 people, What is wrong is that the US lacks any industrial policy worth a damn. What is also wrong is that we have banksters running and ruining everything. I have covered a few of the policies that have brought us to this point. Please do not think that because I mention Obama, that I am leaving out bad policies made by Bush and Clinton both. There have been bad decisions made about the economy since the 1970s. In the interest of brevity, I am only covering the last 30 years or so. What is really sad about the current situation is that quietly, behind the scenes, there are a lot of cheerleaders for 'THE FREE MARKET" who are gently recommending Keynesian economics again. Their problem is how to push that without admitting that they took this country on an adventure through "discredited economics 101" for the third or fourth time. That's right. We tried these same stupid policies in the past and they resulted in Depressions every time. How do I know this? I " Read the rest »
Diane commented on Older Entrepreneurs: Regina Mason...
"Great! I'll have to check out your bakery next time I'm up your way."
Angela Simoes commented on Mike Risinger...
"Mike, Autodesk has a program for unemployed designers and architects - the Autodesk Assistance Program. Go to this website: www.autodesk.com/assistanceprogram, sign up and you can start downloading software for free. It will get you a 3-year student license that you can use to brush up on your 3D skills. The site also includes a ton of videos and tutorials to help get you started. I hope this helps. We did a survey of the program participants last year, and 75% of them said that when they go for job interviews, technology proficiency is the second most important thing employers are looking for, second only to years of experience. Best of luck to you, and please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or need anything else. Best, Angela"
spinotter commented on Mike Risinger...
"I would venture to guess that Mike never expected, when he volunteered for this video, to become the headline story on the Huffington Post! Mike, if you're reading these comments, I would like to say how much I admire you for being human and showing us how unemployment has affected your life and that of your family. If you read some of the negative comments on HuffPo, just remember that for every heartless person who sits at his/her computer taking potshots at the world, there are many of us who are just like you - who are feeling the same doubts and pain you are. We never expected to be treated like the line items on a profit or loss statement. Something is very wrong with our country when so many millions of people have worked their whole lives and raised families only to encounter the suffering and despair of joblessness so close to the time when they might have expected to continue working in a career spanning several decades, to see their children able to attend college, and t" Read the rest »
Mo J commented on Mike Risinger...
"Someone on Huffington Post posted this message and I thought it might help... Posted by Angela Simoes This post is specifical­ly for Mike Risinger if anyone knows how to reach him. The Autodesk Assistance Program provides free software to designers and architects who are out of work. This is a great way for him to learn the 3D CAD skills that the companies are looking for and make himself attractive to employers again. Just go to this website and sign up: www.autode­sk.com/ass­istancepro­gram. Hope this helps. I hope this helps too, over 40 here and out of work myself... Mo"
Muffy commented on Michael McClatchey...
"If I were this person, I would start helping people out with their computers. I continually have problems with my computer; when I have bigger issues, I would love to have someone to call that's not going to charge me through the nose."
NoNo commented on Mike Risinger...
"Go to usajobs.gov There are several opening in the federal government you may qualify for."
Albert H. Parker commented on Dr. Carl Van Horn...
"I am in an architecture-related profession in the Cleveland area. I am told that our unemployment is around 60%, and is not likely to recover for at least ten years or longer. I am 63 years and was forced to start Social Securiity to pay mortgage. Live-in girlfriend works one full-time and one part-time jobs, and has been unsympathetic that I can not just go out and find another job, although I have tried. This has been devastating in our lives, and I see no way to improve the situation. Your discussion confirms the situation that so many of us find ourselves in after lifetimes of productivity (I starting working when I was 12)."
Susan Glover commented on Elizabeth Zima...
"My boyfriend and I are 99ers and homeless. We were laid off in August 2008. We are living in our car. Family has turned its back on us and friends help when they can. I'm physically, mentality and emotionally exhausted! Don't know how much longer we can sleep in our car."
Norman Strong commented on Craig Beaumont...
"Heartbreaking interviews. I am also laid off as of January 2001."
Mariko Hemple commented on Gallup reports unemployment rate of 10.2 percent in mid-March...
"Great write-up and actually aids with understanding the subject better."
Dave Baumgardner commented on Albert Yasbick...
"I have been unemployed since June 2009. I had a job at a call center for AT&T and after being there for a year I received a 9 cent an hour raise. Two weeks later I was fired! Unbelieveable, I thought maybe this would be my final job until Social Security kicked in. Boy was I wrong. Now I am looking at my last month of unemployment benefits (yes, the place where I worked did not even fight my claim!) I have applied everywhere online and here in town. The veteran's rep. cannot even give me a decent lead on a job in this town. My wife and I have been homeless before and believe me we do NOT want to go back to that terrible situation! No one can even imagine what that is like unless they have been themselves. I am seeing a counselor at the Veteran's Outpatient clinic for depression and stress. Drugs cannot help me get a job and they seem to be useless as I have been on them so long. We can spend tons of money to help Libya, Afghanistan and every other country but not to help people who" Read the rest »
Lorraine Campman commented on Older Entrepreneurs: Lorraine Campman...
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K. Rostad commented on Sheila Cooper...
"Dear Sheila, I will pray for you and your family to recover from these job losses. You seem to have a dear spirit and a lovely personality. If you lived near me, I'd invite you over for a cup of tea. It shocks me that so many nice, hardworking people are suffering from job loss right now. My husband and I have been through a corporate down-sizing and understand what you are going through. Moving to a smaller home in the country helped us cut down on our costs. Many unexpected blessings have come our way in the 8 years since my husband was laid off including two part time jobs for me that each lasted two years. I hope good things like that will happen for you also. I also hope you have help with your health insurance somehow. God bless you. - K. Rostad"
Tim Carmell commented on Deborah Salim...
"I wish to say how touched I was by Deborah's interview. There is a woman who sees life clearly and isn't making any excuses, who's reinventing herself and at the same time being foreclosed on. If Deborah can't have some job security after fifteen years in the same job, who can? We are destroying the lives of so many people and sometimes I wonder if it is a plan to impoverish us all and have a nation of peasants, or if it's simply bad judgement on the part of our government and corporations. It certainly isn't Deborah's fault - you can see that the minute she begins speaking. If Deborah reads this, I want to tell you that I love the person you are and wish you the very VERY best in your search for a job."
K. Rostad commented on Elizabeth Zima...
"I am so sorry for what you are going through. There can be nothing as frustrating as being downsized. The stress of not having money coming in can be unbelievable. We watched 20,000 other people lose their jobs at the same company over a 20 year period before my husband was laid off. The company first changed health insurance, then cut back vacation length and carry over into the next year. Then it canceled standard retirement plans and went to 401K's. Meanwhile it hired temporaries to maximize profits. Following that, my husband was told by his new boss that two people coming out of college could be hired for what he was earning. He had 25 years of continuous education totaling more than 100 classes in his field, in addition to his two degrees. We were later told that the same boss was wondering where the computer programmer went. I guess because it wasn't in the job title, the boss didn't know that my husband did that for them on the side, in addition to understanding how to " Read the rest »
Pat S. commented on Three more video interviews added -- we have over 70 stories online...
"This is a great service, thank you. How can we find out more about your organization? Is it a nonprofit? Is it also called Over Fifty and Out of Work, or something else? Where is it located? How is it funded? Etc. Also, is there any way to reach you via ordinary email, or by a simpler contact form. I would like to contact you privately (i.e., not in a public comment or on your FB page) for reasons other than putting my story on your site, but the only contact option on the site is the contact form for submitting a personal story. thanks, Pat"
Riley commented on A Small and Short-lived Tax Break for the Self-Employed ...
"A small and short lived tax break for the self employed.. Neat :)"
linda turner commented on Joel Nitzberg...
"Hi, You have latched on to a real idea, ie "co-operative housing. I am turning 63 the end of the month, a boomer, and am part of the trail blazering generation who lived in "communes", although I never did so myself. I have been facinated by the idea, ala "kibbutzes". For those who need it, I believe "pooling resources" , ie housing and transportation for our generation is a coming necessity. Many of us do not have children, or have children who live all over the world. Bartering, co-ops, etc is the wave of the future, I believe, but do something before you have no assets left to do it with. Good luck to you and yours,"
linda turner commented on Ken Wadland...
"Hi, I am systematically reading through everyone's story, but yours strikes me as outstanding. You are a "problem" solver in that you seem to be able to access any situation and proceed from there, especially in your personal life. I do have one suggestion, which I also give to my husband, who is 64 and still working, thank God........shave the grey part of your beard. Unless you want to work with the Amish, you would appear younger without it. Your thinking process is that of a much younger person, and I feel you handicap yourself by keeping the grey part. Please take this critique in the spirit with which it is given.....and Good Luck ! This "advice" is given to you with the best of wishes, and hopes for your future. You will be an asset to anyone who employs you."
Denise Krivitsky commented on Laurie McCann...
"I filed a lawsuit against Costco Wholesale and 2 pharmacists, who I felt discriminated against me because of age, disability. When I took it to upper management, the retaliation and harrassment was horrendous. Last week, Costco was fond not guilty in a 3 week long trial. I felt I had the best lawyers and I know they gave it there all. Jurors voiced their frustration with the juror instructions when we spoke after the trial. While I am devastated, I want to continue to be an advocate for us baby boomers ( I'm 57), who I know are experiencing this everyday, and it's only going to get worse. Do you have any ideas or suggestions, on on to carry forward with my crusade to make a guilty verdict on age discrimination more attainable? Or how I could work with people who are going through this sad, thoughtless plight. I was just looking through internet and found you. Perhaps there was a reason...:) Denise Krivitsky"
Steve Smith commented on Try something new to find a job in 2011...
"That is tough Harvey. Why do you think that you haven't even been called for one interview? Is the competition in your work field especially fierce? Looking at your profile on LinkedIn, I am wondering which kinds of jobs you are looking for (applied for)? If you list some of them, maybe someone here might see one of them listed in their area or perhaps in a job resource you do not know about, and can relay that information to you."
Steve Smith commented on Sheila Bliven...
"Hi Michael. If you could post a bit about more about your situation, there might be someone here who might have some possibilities for you. Your work background, state and perhaps city you live in, any limiting issues (health, etc.) that might prevent you from doing certain jobs, and whether you would be willing (and able) to move to a new location for a job, are some of the things you might post."
Sue commented on Sheila Bliven...
"Michael, thank you for visiting our site and sharing your experience. I hope that you are going to a job support group, so that you do not feel alone. If there is anything we can do -- help you locate a group or pass on job search links that others are using, let us know. Please take a look at the posts in our general comments section -- we have many caring site visitors and some of their advice and tips may be useful to you."
Michael Butler commented on Sheila Bliven...
"Born in 1955, I started working when I was in high school. I always believed that no matter what happened, there would always be a job of some kind for me just in case anything fell through. Now here I am, 55 years old, unemployed, a 99er, and there is absolutely nothing out there to be found. I'm fighting desperation, depression, guilt, and trying to keep a positive outlook. But this is really, really hard."
Harvey Justmann commented on Try something new to find a job in 2011...
"J.T., I'm not sure if this comment goes to you directly. I wanted to comment on the "Try something new to find a job in 2011" post on the 'Over 50 and out of work" blog. As I was reading, I found the statistics unbelievable, at least based on my own search difficulties and me being 'over 50 and out of work'. If I had known of the blog, I would have jumped on the contest. Lord knows I need help. I've been sending out resumes and networking for one year. I have not been called for one (yes, I have never been called to) interview. The text on (this) your page is not legible. There are places to enter my name, email, and website, but those spaces cover text of your article. Bottom line, I do not want to miss out on your next contest. I will be glad to share my story with your readers and make my best effort to win an amazing offer and contest. Thanks for taking the time to read this, Harvey Justmann hjustmann@sbcglobal.net 216-533-3050"
Debbie Tarrant commented on Length of time out of work for older workers grows longer, not shorter...
"I couldn't agree more not only from my experience with my clients over the past several years but also personally. My husband who will turn 65 this year has been looking for work for 2 years."
Nancy Entrup commented on Aging Worker Initiative...
"The job market has gotten worse in the last 24 months for the middle aged worker . Many of us are alittle to young to retire, or need to work. We can't live without money coming in anymore than any other age group can. What are we to do if they do not pass the 14 weeks of 99 extension. The bill that passed the extension for one year in late 2010 only covered people with more recent problems in the depression. I do not call it a recession when the levels are where they were in the great depression. This bill for 14 weeks to 99er's needs DESPARATELY to be passed if only for the middle aged who are being disciminated against so badly. If we are going to have laws on the books that fight discrimination, WE NEED TO MAKE THEM WORK. THEY DON:T"
Luz Gomez commented on Older Entrepreneurs: Regina Mason...
"Great story! This illustrates the important role of entrepreneurship in a down economy. FIELD at the Aspen Institute also recommends searching our U.S. directory of microenterprise programs. It provides a listing of organizations by state that can help aspiring business owners with both training and financing: http://fieldus.org/Publications/2008/index.html Best of luck!"
Sally commented on Older Entrepreneurs: Regina Mason...
"Fabulous interview! I am delighted to say that Regina is a really special individual and incredible friend! I'm so happy to have been able to help with the internet marketing and their online presence. She and her daughter Becca have done an amazing job of continuing the efforts of spreading their viral presence online! As they say here in Maryland "You go Girl!""
Kevin J. Timothy commented on Gary Vinson...
"To hear Mr. Vinson imply that the 10% unemployment rate is a tainted statistic is a very humbling thought. He's absolutely right in that there are thousands of unemployed people that aren't even on "paper." This interview is as real as it gets! While sad and true, I believe that resources like this serves as a "kick in the butt" and a wake up call to younger people of our generation. I say this because I'm realizing that today's youth aren't taking their futures too seriously. In most cases, our own government isn't really on our side. With the consistent outsourcing of jobs by greedy business owners to the way our veterans are treated, we have to develop a sense of self-reliance. It's become plainly obvious that unlike decades of past, we cannot allow ourselves to become complacent with degrees and other forms of paper. While they may increase odds of landing employment, no guarantees come along with it. I have to say that this is my first time on this website and I am already " Read the rest »
Carrie Krueger commented on Laurie McCann...
"Some valuable information here. She notes that a bigger concern that age may be that you are overqualified. This is an issue for many older workers and it's critical to be prepared to address it. Here is my blog with help on the issue of being overqualified: http://blog.jobfully.com/2010/08/youre-overqualified-what-are-they-really-saying/ I hope this is helpful in figuring out and addressing the true concerns of the employer."
Barry Adelman commented on Maurizio & Debbie Adami...
"I've always worked for myself and I'm still in business, but everything is harder. The easy days of making money are over. I wrote a song about two years ago describing how a successful business owner's life was changed by the economic collapse. The first lines (and chorus) are: "I used to be tall, but now I am shorter Brother won't you please come and lend me a quarter." You can read the rest of the lyrics here: http://musicforhumanity.org/musicians/members/11/blog.php These are tough times and I don't have any real answers."
Lou Fuoco commented on Joel Nitzberg...
"Joel, I'd hire you in a NY minute if I could. You're right about us Boomers. By and large we never wanted for much of anything unlike our parents who were children of the Depression but you're a shining example of how resourceful our age group can be. Hang in there buddy! Lou"
K. Rostad commented on Ken Wadland...
"I was very impressed with your assessment of being unemployed, of retrenching your financial life in order to go on, even if you had to take a loss in the short term. We have been in a similar situation. My husband was given notice of his upcoming lay-off at age 53, one month after the company learned he had diabetes. The electronics industry was in the midst of huge lay-offs at the time. I kept working as a substitute teacher while we consolidated our assets and property, moving to a very basic home in the countryside and selling our home in town. Our COBRA payments following the lay-off, and for 2 years, were $1100 per month, using up our severance pay. I took a half-time job, which was offered to me, as a para-ed and then became a part-time pre-school teacher with my own classroom again. The discount COBRA was unavailable to us in 2003 and 2004, but our state of Washington, offered a low cost health insurance for those with a low income, which we made use of when our severance " Read the rest »
Sue commented on Deborah Shane...
"Deborah is terrific. Highly energetic, entrepreneurial and motivated to help others. Check out her site at www.deborahshane.com for more info."
morrison commented on Deborah Shane...
"This woman is a great woman! Deborah Shane is a very smart and savvy person. I have no doubt this woman will be a success. She looks great, has a good head on her shoulders, is lucid, has a good handle on her situation, has gumption.........I'd follow her advice, she is the best! Good luck to you Deborah. You have inspired me to continue and move on. I just turned 60 also. Thank you for the motivation. We ain't dead yet."
Steve Smith commented on Joel Nitzberg...
"Joel, have you checked the website Idealist (www.idealist.org) for a possible position? You mention that you have been involved with grants for a lot of your working life. This website is one of the best compendiums of nonprofit organizations (and the resources they offer and need). Your grant writing might give you an edge with some of the jobs some of these nonprofits are offering."
Linda Hebert commented on Joel Nitzberg...
"Hello Fellow Boomers! I am firm and adament believer that our generation, having grownup between the experience of the depression and today's technology, will lead our own generation, the melleniums and those beyond through this maze of extremes. We have been blessed to have been born for a time such as this. Only the boomers understand how to bridge this gap, for only "we" have the combined knowledge of the past and the present. It's up to us to do the hard things first in order to blaze a new path for ourselves, or children, and grandchildren. After all, one thing that we all know and understand well is, "things change!' Change is in our natures and it's integrated in our DNA. I would appreciate hearing from anyone willing to come together, put our heads together and brainstorm using our combined knowledge and experience to support ourselves and each other. There is a mass of business, personal, and professional know how, right here on the "Over Fifty and Out of Work" w" Read the rest »
stephen commented on David DeLong...
"Great video! Thanks for your work in the research that made this video possible. I will share this with my brother who has been out of work for the past two years. Stephen"
Chris Fidis Co-founder LongsIsland Breakfast Club commented on A farewell thank you to the Long Island Breakfast Club...
"The Long Island Breakfast Club is still going to hold meetings and still assist those that need support for finding jobs. The LIBC will also steer a new direction to provide the organizations expertise as a consultive entity. The LIBC is NOT down and out for the count. The LIBC is better and stronger than ever for 2011. Email or contact the LIBC for more details about its vision for 2011."
Karen E commented on 50+ and Working, But Underemployed contributed by Michael Goldfarb...
"Try being 68 and out of work since end-October 2008. About to run out of unemployment. Fortunately I do have Social Security. I WANT to work at an age when I SHOULD be retired...and I'm about to lose my unemployment. No one value the life and work experience of older workers. They are missing a great opportunity by not hiring me for part-time work (up to 20H/week)."
Steve Smith commented on 50+ and Working, But Underemployed contributed by Michael Goldfarb...
"Michael, your story is an excellent real-life example of "underemployment". It is a shame that there is not some way to measure this along with the current unemployment figures. I saw a post recently on the web that mentioned that during the Great Depression, those who were no longer looking for work (the discouraged) were included in the commonly cited 25% unemployment figure. Today, if those same discouraged folks were included in the unemployment numbers (they are not), the true current unemployment would be around 16.8%. Plus add in the "underemployed" like yourself, and a much truer picture of the economy emerges. There is no doubt that, in general, businesses out there do not want the higher unemployed/underemployed figures published or disseminated since that likely would only reduce public confidence in the economy and thus could start a negative feedback loop, of budget cuts with businesses and governments and layoffs (which could even further affect the over 50 portion o" Read the rest »
Sarah commented on 50+ and Working, But Underemployed contributed by Michael Goldfarb...
"Out of work since 4/09. Working part time (no chance of full time where I work) making 600.00-700.00 per month, and nothing for two months in the summer. I'm almost 51 with health problems (not from overweight) and suffering from depression. No one gets it."
Ellin commented on 50+ and Working, But Underemployed contributed by Michael Goldfarb...
"You and me both, MG. I think the media is particularly bad and the media in the UK even worse."
Steve Smith commented on Advice for today's entrepreneurs...
"For those potential entrepreneurs, there are a couple of resources that could be useful to some individuals in some situations. Those individuals who have some talent at making things (or painting, creating, etc.), a website called Etsy.com is a marketplace for all things handmade. It could be a possible way to earn some extra money, and/or if the talent is there, a new source of employment. To those who are employed, buying things on the site would help keep someone employed. The second resource is a website called SmartFlix.com. They have a plethora of how-to videos for rent on a wide range of topics. Some individuals could use these videos to attain enough skills to do certain jobs. And these jobs could help them get some additional income in some cases."
Steve Smith commented on Video: Heartless Layoffs, cont....
"Although I am self-employed, I have tried to follow the issues surrounding the downturn in the economy and especially unemployment. From my perspective, it appears to me that a wide range of businesses used the downturn in the economy as a reason (or excuse) to shed themselves of not only the short-term costs of wages, but more significantly the long-term costs they were facing with workers who had pension benefits due to them (or soon to be due them as in George's case). I think also, the businesses shed themselves of those employees who were a bigger liability in terms of potential health care costs to the firms, short-term and long-term. No doubt, employees over 50 were more likely to have all of these qualities which, again in my view, made them prime targets for dismissal. AND, more importantly, it is an often unstated reason why employers are not wanting to hire them now. I do not think that there was any kind of conspiracy among businesses to do this, but I do think they a" Read the rest »
Julie Hatcher commented on An unemployment poem: The Month before Christmas...
"Tom- This is great...not great happy, but great words that clearly tell how it is. 2011 HAS to be better! Our prayers will continue... Love-"
Sue commented on Deborah Shane...
"I copied Deborah's update from the general comments section and added it here: Sue, When you interviewed me I was in SWFL, I am now back home in SEFL, Miami/Ft Lauderdale! I really appreciate you allowing me to share my story of reinvention, transition and hope. Life continues with everything that we’ve done and all the wonderful skills and qualities that we have. “Career transition is another beginning and an adventure”. I am living proof of that, especially after 50! Great work."
atlanta jobs commented on Unemployment levels for Americans 50 years and older...
"Unemployed machinists are buying up used machines from bankrupt manufacturers and making a killing subcontracting small parts manufacturing and rebuilding specialty parts from their garage. Corporate debt and expenses are causing products and services to be cut, leaving wide open business opportunities for entrepreneurs in that market niche."
college scholarship commented on Impersonal Layoffs Our Interviewees Have Suffered...
"What a great resource!"
Sue commented on Advice for today's entrepreneurs...
"Steve, thank you very much for your helpful comments directed at entrepreneurs on our site. How did you find us? In January 2011, we will be doing some interviewing in Pennsylvania where there is a program to help people found companies. Several laid-off older workers have used the resources offered by the program to help them launch their new businesses. Please continue to add your thoughts and the benefit of your experience as a small business owner to our site."
Steve Smith commented on Advice for today's entrepreneurs...
"I have a small service business in Tennessee--pressure washing, awning cleaning and gutter cleaning--and I would be happy to assist anyone who is interested in starting this kind of business in their area. I have been self-employed for most of my adult life from the time I graduated college. If you are individual who thinks that you would like to be in business for yourself, then there are some local resources that can help you get started. However, these resources, from my experience, are often too general in nature. One way to get specific information on running a particular business is to get a newspaper from another area of the country than your own and check the business directory of the newspaper (near the classifieds usually). Look for a type of business you would like to be involved in. If you have few funds to get started, then choose one that requires low startup resources. Then, get a few back issues of the newspaper and see which advertisers in that section have be" Read the rest »
Sue commented on Bob Delpizzo...
"Bob posted this update in our general comments section, and I added it here: I was one of the first to be interviewed by Sue when she started this project, and wanted to provide a follow-up to my video. In late October, I landed a consulting position as an IT Project Manager at a global manufacturing firm. It is a great opportunity and I am very pleased to have landed there. If there is one lesson that my transition has taught me, it is that transition is permanent, and jobs are temporary. As a result, I continue to network and help others in their employment quest. Thank you Sue, for giving me the opportunity to tell my story."
Sue commented on George Dys...
"Maureen, thank you for your comment."
Maureen Mower commented on George Dys...
"I'm not quite 50 yet (49), but I have run into the same kind of discrimination on the few job interviews I've had. Invariably they tell me I'm "overqualified" - which is code for anything from "you're too old" to "you're likely to leave when something better comes along". I've checked in at each one a few weeks later, ostensibly to see if there are any new openings, and every time the person they hired is half my age - with 1/4 of my intellect and 1/10 my experience. I came up with an alternative to the Obama/GOP tax plan that would help reverse that trend by giving the tax breaks to employers that hire directly from the unemployment rolls, and scaling them so that the largest incentives were paid for hiring the 99ers and long-term unemployed. That would have helped get us back to work, and helped boost the economy too. http://hiretrainretainact.blogspot.com/ Give it a read when you have a chance, and if you agree, share it with others. Whether or not we can get any att" Read the rest »
Lee-Lye Kim commented on Dan Sato...
"Thank you for bringing Mr. Dan Sato's story. It was a refreshing one to hear amidst the time of confusion. It really empowers me to do better in life and my academic life as a student. And I really do agree that this recession is a curious one."
Ho Sang Lee commented on Susan Fiske & Mike North...
"I used the information from this clip for my presentation in a class. The word "stereotype" is widely used nowadays, but this clip provided me a whole new version of a stereotype. I think the results of this research has a variety of possibilities to be applied in education or policy for both younger and older people. I am extremely grateful to both researchers and creators of this website for making this research available to the public."
Terri Tffany commented on Rick Peterson...
"My heart goes out to Rick. He could be my husband who lost his job in August of 2007. Similar way, similar feelings and emotions and same results."
Terri Tffany commented on Flashmobs4jobs today in Manhattan...
"We are soon to be one of them too--any week. Over fifty and unemployed after working your whole life is the hardest challenge we have ever faced. Top that off with I live in Florida where it is ever worse."
Jobless Jane commented on Flashmobs4jobs today in Manhattan...
"There were 30 people at the event, chanting: Obama, Jobs!; Bernanke, Jobs!; Schumer, Jobs! We want work! G O P can't see! Open the vaults! We need a J O B to E A T among others."
Sue commented on Michael McClatchey...
"Thank you very much, Carol. I will make sure he gets your generous comment."
carol morgan commented on Michael McClatchey...
"Mr. McClatchey of Michigan seems flexible, making me wonder if he would like to help my brother in Walled Lake, Michigan. He is doing a landmark business in real estate, leasing homes and other propreties for people who leave to find jobs elsewhere. My brother has been in property management for 30 years and is very hardworking and honest. From time to time he hires people to work for him as managers, etc. Please have Mr. McClatchey respond if he's interested. I don't know if my brother pays health or retirement benefits."
Perry commented on Big week for Over 50 and Out of Work...
"I am 50 and have been out of work for 17 months. I have applied for hundreds of positions with the company that eliminated my job. I was and am willing to relocate. I was successful with my company and never missed a day of work for the 6 years I worked for this company. I started as a greeter in 2003, became a Customer Service Representitive, Retail Sales Representitive and was promoted to a District Sales Consultant. After doing a good job in that position I was promoted to a Regional Sales Consultant for Southern California. My inititive was retail to business and lead the region to the top in the enterprise, because of this, there was not a need for a consultant and my job was eliminated. I have applied for Business Sales, Manager and Assistant Manager positions, Retail Sales, and Customer Service Positions. No luck! I have never even had a face to face interview. I had a couple of telephone interviews, but in most cases I recieved a letter (Email) stating "I was no" Read the rest »
Robert Miller commented on Susan Fiske & Mike North...
"Your work is commendable Susan. Very informative and astute insights from Susan and Mike...missing: action plans, for employer, employee, educators and society to change these perceptions and the new Paradigm that the Information Age has created.Thank you Susan for keeping me in the loop. Bob My typing skills are close to pre-historic thus the lack of elaboration."
Pat Aloia commented on Dan Sato...
"I listened to Dan Sato..........who was so inspirational. Our recession was so different from those previously experienced. "It was a loss of human capital across the entire economy of the United States." How true that statement is. Another great point he mentioned is saying "yes" to opportunities. Thank you Dan! We all need your positive spins these days!"
Eileen B. Garrahan, Ed.d commented on Brian King and Jessica Goldstein...
"Given all the current 'chatter' about the deficit, ergo, the economy, this video puts a face to the dillema facing the nation. When you multiply this story by 15,000,000,000, these people come out of the shadows and shake the reality that is ours. This should go beyond a viral video/blog and to the hearts of our congressional leaders and the President. Congratulations for an enlightening piece of journalism."
Sue commented on Brian King and Jessica Goldstein...
"Laurie, thank you very much for posting on our site and letting us know about your situation."
Laurie Laser commented on Brian King and Jessica Goldstein...
"I'm am 52 yrs old and unemployed. I'm a registered nurse and never dreamed I would be out of work. I would make comments at work about how blessed I was because my career could not be touched by the mess our country is in . I now am starting to believe I was let go because of my age. The Facility Administrator is now a 25 year old man and from what I'm hearing through former co-workers is that most of the staff over 40 years old are gone for one reason or another. The new staff being brought in are mostly under 40. (Way under 40). The company I worked for is a multimillion dollar company and none of the employees let go would be able to prove it was because of age discrimination. I have been looking for work for 7 months. It is funny that I saw the video of Brian King and Jessica because just the night before it dawned on me that maybe the reason I'm not finding work is because of my age. The panic rises in my throat just typing this."
Susan Kaye commented on Susan Kaye...
"Seeing the video now is very sad. My house was sold and I have to be out of it by September 30, 2010. At the end of June I was fired from my job. The only place I could find to live was renting a room in some one house. To rent apt. want to see income, unemployment is not good income for them."
Patricia commented on An Over 50 and Out of Work interviewee who needs help...
"Dear Mary, How did our grandparents manage before us in the Great Depression? Once again we are in an economy/job market that is devastatingly unstable in some parts of the United States. I don't know your details and I am sure you have done so much to get back on track. Have faith and please try to keep yourself mentally, physically and socially stimulated. My thoughts are with you. Patricia"
Patrick commented on An Over 50 and Out of Work interviewee who needs help...
"Mary, I read your story on Susan Sipprelle's blog, www.overfiftyandoutofwork.com, and my heart went out to you. It is so frustrating to be over 50 and out of work in this current time when you know so many private sector firms are flush with cash (in the trillions) but refuse to invest in expansion and staff additions because of the uncertain business environment. So many people I know have spent months, even years, sitting in front of their computer sending hundreds (even thousands) of job applications and resumes out without receiving a single response from the Human Resources Departments of the prospective employers (your comment about the federal government struck a chord with me by the way). If there ever was a way to make a person feel isolated and unwanted, this process is it. That being said, there is a way out. Here are the lessons I learned when I was in the same position as you: *Get out from behind the computer and join as many job networking groups as you can b" Read the rest »
Susan commented on Weirton...
"Thank you, Donna!"
Donna Martineau commented on Weirton...
"Just had a chance to view your site. It's very sharp, good work by all. Hope that your project is successful and all that you hope it to be. I will tell everyone to take a look."
"Ron" commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"At age 52 trying to find work is grueling. I have over 30 years of experience with about 11 of it served as a top public school official and non-profit executive. I left the school business and took a nice non-profit exec position as a VP under a great CEO that I knew. When he moved to a bigger job he recommended me to the board as his replacement. Alas, the board vice chair had a close friend that she regularly had tea with. The same candidate also had a best friend who happened to be conducting the search for the new CEO. They kicked several others and me to the curb, waived the job requirements and hired their buddy. It didn't take us long to figure out that, aside from being unqualified, the new CEO was also mentally unstable. I lasted another year and four months before I was let go. The company is now in the toilet and the board still doesn't get it ("Duhrrr!"). Now it's tough to convince companies to take a chance on me when they can hire a 35 year old exec for half th" Read the rest »
Reuben commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I am a 56 also and have been out of work since Dec2011, ran out of UI last year and look EVERY Day for the last 2.3 years. I am a Biotechnician and I am so qualified for so many posted jobs in my field but no one will even call back and the ones that do are heavy accented and misunderstand my converstation. I have worked all my life since I was a preteen. Never ever have I been out of work in any fashion for this long. What are my options?"
Debbie commented on senateblog...
"So, I too am over 55 and looking and looking for work. AND, my perception is that my age is my nemesis! I want to work, be engaged with cultural life, purposefully making some thing contributable. Yet....I keep on coming across a sign with an old fella walking (its like a do not cross sign) on it and the words on the sign says everything! "Geezers crossing". When does one turn into a Geezer for goodness sake? My thought when I first say the sign was that it was smacking with age discrimination, of which we (all the geezers) know is going on no matter what or how many laws are passed to "protect" the geezers. What do you think?"
MImi commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"Hi, I'm 56 and after 30 years running a business., I have to close. Now unemployed I am lost. I served my customers and employees for 30 years. I do thank the government for unemployment but I am so depressed I pray I snap out of it."
Liz commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I'm 57, former Navy officer in IT project management. I can't get a job - interviewers faces actually change when they see me, and I'm told I look young for my age. I'm starting to wonder how I'm going to fit my cats and myself in my old car when I can no longer pay the mortgage. I've forgotten what it feels like to have the security of health insurance. I get the feeling that employers really don't want to hire, they just don't want to admit they don't want to hire. It's confusing."
h007sr commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"to the respiratory therapist,I thought someone had posted my story but I live in Ky.My nerves are shot too after 30 years. The trouble is I can't make minimum wage pay my bills. My unemployment has run out and I have less than a couple thousand dollars to my name. I'm 54 and really scared.Also, a misdemeanor charge from a ugly divorce is contributing to making my job search very difficult. I want to work.sr"
mpostma commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I worked respiratory therapy for 20 yrs.wasnt really whaI should have done.. kept it up because of money..nerves got bad..moved back to ohio at 50 yo ! I quit my job and have been working at Walmart ever since...we need to unite and fight for what's ours..this world is crazy ..just crazy and cold..but..I've been working like this for 7 yrs now..you just do what you have to do..but we need each other to talk to..we really do.."
rj commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I am in the same boat. I taught school for 24 years, then we got a new principal who started firing all the female teachers over 45. Our entire department was let go, and we were all replaced by young black women. He was an unmarried black male, so that tells you something right there. At age 59, I cannot find a new job. I took partial retirement just to keep my insurance, but the money I get in retirement goes directly to pay the insurance, so there I am in a very bad situation right now. I didn't have enough years to get full retirement, and I had to cash out my savings just to get partial retirement so I could keep my insurance. I am a cancer survivor, so the thought of not having insurance scared me. I have no family, and I am at the point of despair. Not only have I worked my entire adult life, but I also felt that I was contributing to society. I loved my students, my work, and having no family of my own, it kept me alive and looking forward to each day. I am too old to start ov" Read the rest »
paul commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I am just turning 51 in May and have been unemployed since August of 2012. My position (graphic design) was eliminated by a company who sends jobs to India so their shareholders can make more money. I have done contract work the first year that helped me survive along with unemployment benefits. I had to sell my house and some belongings and now live in a 500 Sq Ft. apt. Unemployment ran out and I have reverted to doing odd jobs and handyman work to help keep whatever funds I still have remaining in the bank. After making 80K/yr, I have the bills that reflect that salary and the only thing left to help me is bankruptcy. I live in Phoenix, AZ where I am told age discrimination is the norm (and finding out the hard way). I have applied for over 2000 jobs and have had maybe 20 interviews but still can't seem to get hired. "you are not a good fit" is a popular excuse and I have a nice collection of denial letters that look like they were copied from the same source. Most companies don't ev" Read the rest »
Steve commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I am 56, working in a technical field. I get contract work but the interview process is grueling with the interviewers trying to 'catch me' with their best question. Typically, it is a foreign national looking to fill the role with one of his/her own countryman ... not one is American. Contract might be 3 months, 6 months, then the search starts over again. I understand how desperate people do desperate things. Eventually, the upper echelon will not be able to insulate themselves ... remember president Marcos of the Phillipnes? Lord help my children!"
Thomas W Hamilton commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I am 51 years old and have been unemployed for 2 years. I got my GED 4 years after I dropped out of high school. I have no formal education. No savings. I am kinda of tired physically, mentally and emotionally more often than not. I like to cook, but no professional experience. I like to write, but again, I am not a professional writer. I play guitar and write songs, but not that people would pay to listen. I am not being selfish, sarcastic or attention seeking when I ask you this question... Should I die? I do not feel as if I am contributing to my community, society as a whole and I have no unemployment benefits for some time... it seems it would be helpful to others and put my worried mind at rest if I simply called it a day."
Sue commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"Dear Friend Rhonda - where do you live? What can we do to help? The Over 50 and Out of Work Team"
Rhonda commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I agree with you John. I'm 56, death seems the only way out of unemployment. Making plans."
Kevin commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I sit here and see the others write...I remember a story told to me before I got married by an Old Gent that was advising me on Life being married...He went threw the Depression and Lost it all, went on tell me how he met his bride( at that time they had been married for 30 years),he came from the east coast and was a tough 3rd generation Irish Catholic and stood Tall with Pride. He met his bride in a Soup line and went on to tell me how they ALL took care each other,see the soup line was started with a Soup Stone,just about everyone had one,there was always a pot of hot water going ,the stone made a very loud sound as it hit bottom,then one by one with a little of what ever they had left or had been able find from the Restaurants and stores they put in the hot water, one or two of them would stay behind and tend to the Soup. When they had all come back from trying to get work or getting what little work there was the Soup was done, we all took Care of each other always and gave. H" Read the rest »
Kevin commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"Folks, Guess I am like most of us over 50(I'm 59),fell victim to RIF(reduction in work force) in May of 2013 with a Company I had given 10 years of my life. I also Never had a problem getting a job before,actually was recruited for the position I was let go from . What I do not get is why don't these people realize that us older folks have forgotten more than than the current knows, school of Hard Knocks has no replacement ! knowledge is obtained ...not given!, I can remember my younger days when we respected the knowledge of the Elders and worked to do as they had taught us with Pride and compassion, we are a Loyal Generation ! look a what it has done for us ! Being told to stay positive....its getting harder each day as I watch All that I have worked for dwindle away...granted its only Material things and Money...can be replaced and down sizing is not a bad thing... but Gramps always told me 3 things Nobody can take away...your Pride..your integrity.. and Family..still got it Than" Read the rest »
Helen commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I'm really getting scared now, people. I'm 67 yo. My job will be eliminated May 30th. After that I'm not sure what I'll do. I've worked as a secretary at the same college for 30 odd years. I think I'm just not facing it yet. Besides the job situation my mother is ill, she's 90 now with Alzheimer's, my husband recently passed and left a lot of bills ....we were separated but not divorced.....I had to file for Chapter 13 about 1 1/2 years ago so because of that I'm already pinching pennies. I'm just not sure what to do so I guess I'm not thinking about it.........at least not the way I should be, I guess. I'd like to move to a rural area, I'm not a city person, but I'd have only my social sec. to depend on. I could go on and on but I'll spare you all. Thanks for listening."
Janet commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"Hi Chris, I'm 60, and I know exactly what you are going through. I got laid off from corporate sales in 2005. By 2011, I had gone through all my stocks to keep my house in CA. I live 2 miles from the beach, and was not about to give up my home. What I did was rent out a room in my home then 2 rooms because I needed the money. Just a thought if you want to stay where you are and not relocate. The second part is yes, I also lived on charge cards for over a year. I declared bankruptcy, but reaffirmed the loan on my house. You can keep your home and get rid of your CC debt. These are 2 options that kept me afloat. My roommates are great and help me pay the mortgage. In 2010 I went back to school for my masters, after looking for work for 4 years! Are you kidding me? I had to do something to be learning, creative, and feel like I was accomplishing something. Now with a MA in counseling psychology-I am looking for a therapist position. Well, it's only been 6 months, but I still have " Read the rest »
Colleen commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I have been out of work since last October. Fortunately my husbands pension is enough to live on, but he's a lot older than I am so I worry about what's going to happen when he's gone. My real problem is not so much financial as just not being able to find anything worth doing in the small town where I live. I have considered some virtual jobs and freelancing, but my skill set is oriented toward international development and government procurement - both of which require a lot of travel. I have too much arthritis to travel comfortably any more. It would be great if there were free sites out there that could help people like me redefine themselves in meaningful ways. Most coaching sites are pretty expensive. I am a good researcher, writer and editor, as well as policy analyst, but it's too expensive to live in The DC area where my skill set is a good match. Fundamentally, it's an existential question - why do we want to keep on living? I don't want to live to work, particularl" Read the rest »
Atticus Finch commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"My parents had eighth grade educations. My siblings are engineers and I am a therapist. I am 57 years old and unemployed for the first time since I started work with a work card at 15 years old. I have no children and my husband died two years ago. I moved to Fort Lauderdale from a remote area and now got laid off due to Bain and Co consulting for my employer on the labor needs. I have been unemployed for two months. I get 275 a wk for unemployment and 26 dollars a week for food. I am on all the job boards, have went went on 4 interviews. I am fit, healthy, intelligent and compassionate but I am not young...but I will work for cheap to survive. Age discrimination abounds with these young managers. I will not move to a colder climate as I would not be able to survive if I lost my job there with heating costs. When I moved to Ft Lauderdale I had a job here and savings. When stopped at traffic lights I would see homeless women pushing shopping carts with all their worldly belongings and" Read the rest »
Kym commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I am a 52 year old woman with an Engineering degree. My plant closed after 27 years, sent all manufacturing to Mexico! Early retirement was offered but I fell 3 months short. The passion that I have to make a difference in keeping jobs in the US grows stronger everyday. It seems that companies only want those fresh out of school or want to pay at the entry level for experienced professionals. I am so frustrated at this time and ready to just give up on ever finding a solid position that I can make a difference. Maybe I will just go back to school and become a teacher."
Janet commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Hi Alan, I never thought I would say this, but you are so correct regarding corporate interest. I have been in corporate sales for 30 years. I never dreamed at 50, I could not find work. Are you kidding me. After 100 interviews and about 3 each per company, I still was not hired! Logically speaking that should not happen. Looking for a job is a number game, and I certainly had the numbers. I have a healthy enough ego, to say, Well, you know what it's your loss. I have all the qualities an more to do a stand up job. Anyway, I get angry, very angry sometime. That is ok. Anger is better than feeling sorry for yourself Alan. Sometimes I think it's cruel how corporate America is prejudiced about hiring someone over 50. Of course they say they are not, but this is Ageism. Well all must held our heads high, let people know we are vibrant, intelligent people, ask for the hob, and tell them we have the skills to do it. Maybe things will change some day-with our Grand children!I will c" Read the rest »
Janet commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Hi Sherry, I am 60 yrs. old and have Masters in Counseling. I got laid off in 2005, spent 4 years looking for a corporate job and then got my MA. Never give up! Tell that to your husband, you are Never to old to work, never too old to keep trying, and Never to old to have a positive attitude. He will feel much better. If he does not do this, divorce. You are too special to keep someone so negative around! He is only bringing you down. As far as your Boss, tell her to yell somewhere else, as she might hurt your eardrums. I am here to learn with a positive atmosphere. If this does not work, please make a complaint to her superior. They need to know this. As far as you are concerned, keep a cherry positive attitude and have HOPE. Things will get better! I always look at the positive side and have hope. I have not worker for almost 9 years. I too a break and got a Masters, so something will turn up. To all of you that have posted, it breaks my heart the situation that you al" Read the rest »
Laura McGlinnen commented on Interact...
"55 and out. Feeling hopeless. My "career coach" has advised me to take a job at fast food joints and not disclose my eduation. EBT ends in 09/2014!"
Jim commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"We live in a new post recession world. My story: I am 55 and have been unemployed for over 2 years. I was a degreed professional making 100K+ with excellent benefits. That world is gone. But I still see a great future for myself. I hate to use the phrase "think outside the box" but it's appropriate in todays economy: 1. Don't expect anything from the Federal Government. Washington is broke and dysfunctional. 2. Become a Contract Employee depending on industry. 3. Seek jobs that are in demand- For Example: CDL Class A Truck Driving jobs. Most major carriers will reimburse driving school tuition fees. Most driving jobs offer 401K, health, dental, etc. 4. Relocation, Relocation and Relocation! There are states where there's actually a shortage of experienced labor - For Example: North Dakota and Texas due to the oil and natural gas boom. 5. Re-think retirement location. Many people can have a very comfortable retirement on just social security income if they look abroa" Read the rest »
Chris commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I am 61 years old. My business was lost due to the downturn in the economy 5 years ago. I have held 2 jobs since then with other companies. Both laid me off when business slowed down. Now out of work for 7 months, Unemployment extension has not passed so I am paying bills out of my 401k and taking odd jobs. I spend a lot of time going through job postings and attending job fairs. Jobs that I have had calls on don't pan out as no one wants to hire someone who is closing in on retirement age. Are you kidding me? I will be working until I am 90 the good Lord willing as who can survive after you are forced to liquidate all your assets and have accumulated credit card debt just to pay the bills? There is not enough jobs out there so employers can be selective. You will need a a degree to work in a fast food restaurant (not manager) burger flipper and milk shaker. The baby boomers are suffering the most. We do not have time on our side. I have lots of days I feel paralyzed, mind is numb, dep" Read the rest »
Margaret Guerra commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"Is it possible to enlist the help of the AARP in this cause? They are a large, powerful lobbying organization that acts in the interest of its members. Thought of it when I saw this article. http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/3/22/is-the-aarp-the-900poundinvisiblegorillaintheroom.html"
Blake Brossoit commented on Interact...
"I need a construction Job!"
sherry commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I am sorry to read all of your comments. It does not give me hope. I just lost my jpb at 57 yo. I have started over before and pray to again."
Michael commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I have been out of work since 1997. Some think by choice. But I thought taking care of my dear mother would be a noble and respected choice. I took care of her for a lot of years. As one of my last living relatives, I couldn't bare putting her in a home. Well.....a year and a half ago.....my wife left me. Abandoned me and my sick mother (had Alzheimer's and leukemia). My wife began a life of fanatical religion. I was forced to divorce her, as if she incurred any debt....I would be 50% responsible for it. I couldn't risk the consequences. My divorce became final on June 23. My dear mother died two days later. Same week. I almost didn't survive this double trajedy in my life. But now I need to find a job......and survive. Well that is proving harder than it should be. Yes I am out of date.....but doesn't mean I cannot contribute! I have had employment agencies here in Niles Michigan.....lie to me that positions had already been filled. And then find that sa" Read the rest »
John commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"It becomes more and more obvious that death is the only way out of unemployment."
Stan commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I have been out of work for over a year and a half and can not find anything but straight commission jobs or low paying jobs and even most of those have past on me. I am 58 years old and have over 30 years of experience as an outside sales representative with Billion dollar companies. I have made close to six figures every year for the last twenty years or so. A couple of years ago I was let go along with half the other sales reps. because the downturn in the economy. I worked for this particular company for ten years. I figured I would bounce back quickly and find another sales job in my industry. I thought with my background, knowledge, certifications, awards, etc. It would be just a matter of a couple of weeks before some company would snatch me up. Oh how wrong I was. These last couple of years have been the worst of my entire life. I am just about completely broke. I have gone through most of my 401 k money and I am getting ready to loose my beautiful home. I can not afford to mak" Read the rest »
Ferenc Csicseri commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"You so right about all this ,but if we rely look around we see the unjustified wealth and it's so sad when really good peoples struggle for a very basic in life.Myself included I' become disabled and now out of work a long time and nobody give me a chance living on very little money with 2 cats no family or people around me because if you disabled you dead to the world.The Government don't help to feel good about yourself we just disposable to them.this country supposed to be the greatest and we see peoples loosing their homes ,jobs, families,and their life .All the big Corporations control our life we don't have any rights I' sure don't have any reason to waking up in the morning even that little hope is fading away what I' had before ,no health insurance,no dental I' need teeth to eat can't afford so even that little food don't give me any satisfaction.most of the time lock myself into my apartment because everything outside is judge me I'am not enough ,no kind peoples around me beca" Read the rest »
Cindy commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I'm heartbroken over the posts on this and many other sites regarding issues of unemployment and I'm sick of hearing government committees and the media discussing how many are having trouble "making ends meet." Let's tell it like it is: People aren't just "having trouble", they're homeless, they have no health care...and can't afford the new "Affordable Care" coverage, they are starving or living on what spare change they can find here and there, eating $1.00 burgers at McDonalds to survive. We have an epidemic of poverty in this country and I'm sick of the media and lawmakers feedng the public this water downed version of the issue which brings sympathy, but little action."
Sherry commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"There are many days I feel as though I have no reason to wake up at all. I have a BA in Psychology, but earn $9.25/hr and get treated like I have a form of retardation by my boss. She screamed st the top of her lungs in my ear, that I ruined her f..ing dsy because si got her Coke Zero indtrad of Diet Coke. Just one tiny example. I owned a cleaning business and, after my husband decided he couldn't work anymore, I did those jobs alone and still fo; though the jobs are down to only 2 and not a reliable steady income. I used to have such confidence, but between my estranged husband's comments about being old or telling me that losing weight made me look like a heroin addict, and my boss, I have lost that confidence a chunk at a time. I feel like I wish I woulf just not wake up. Difn't know where else to turn....sorry for the intrusion here. I widh you all the best....I know what you're going through."
Shuaib Salam commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I'm also jobless and I want all the jobless Americans to go to the site below and sign in to voice your concern. ThanQ https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/jobs-all-americans/L0XsX0SK"
Nella commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I knew this day was coming but I thought that I had prepared for this. Just turned 49 and looking for a job. Basically I knew my contract would end at my age of 49, but I also got my Master Degree from Oxford University and thought that this would be the support that I would need on my resume. So now I moved back to the Bay Area (SF) as this is the place that I love most in the world due to the tech scene and the energy that exists in this area. Now I feel that I am looking in on a world that I once ran with. That for some reason the tech companies that I thrived with and to some extent identified with – are now foreign to me and my goals. To pass the time I learn Hadoop and practice programming Python, and dream about the past life here. I am staying with friends and that will end at the end of March, My kids are floundering and I am trying to figure out what to do. Now – I consider buying a job – one that I think I will grow to love – and feel that I will be able c" Read the rest »
Felitzi commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I was a housewife who got divorced a few years ago. I thought going to night school for teaching would secure my future but I couldn't get a job. I have been unemployed a long time. I tried being a nurse's aide and hurt my back badly, it still isn't right and now goes out easily. I worked in an office and was fired for being too slow. Twice. Seriously. I am an intelligent woman with credentials that don't matter at all. I am 57 and I have been trying hard to find work for a few years now. It's not like I want to coast. I'm going to try Wendys and Walmart out of desperation, but I really feel frustrated because I still have a lot to offer and it's just not happening. I gave up my apartment and dread the thought of having to give up my storage unit too. I am sharing a house with friends and I must admit some days I find it hard to keep going. It is sad that there is so little opportunity for seniors now. What if we created our own businesses and targeted seniors to work it" Read the rest »
Alan commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I've read a lot of these types of very similar comments lately. I fear the only right answer is that we must find a way to help ourselves. How is it that, more than any other time in human history, we now have the greatest possible choices for work, but we seem unable to do so. With the internet, we can be virtually anywhere, and yet we still have trouble finding meaningful work. I started a blog to explore some of these choices at http://jobsforpeopleover50.com/ Let me know what you think."
Alan commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"My heart goes out to people who cannot find work because of their health or some other medical issue. But what kind of world are we making when able bodied or highly intelligent people cannot find work. It seems to me it's a systemic problem, the root cause being corporate interest being placed ahead of human interest. In a truly human world, unemployment would probably not exist."
George M. commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"Reading these posts is like looking into a mirror. I was let go from a company that recruited me three years ago as a contracts coordinator and business development manager, then let me go when the new manager decided they could take the contracts I got for them and do the work without me. I have never in my life been unable to find work- until now. After working for more than twenty years in construction and mining where I wore a hard hat every day to work, I went back to school at age 39 and got my bachelors degree in business. Now I'm stuck with no job, student loan debt and unable to get unemployment. How did we, as a nation, get to this point? How can we accept 50 million people out of work as the new normal? Amy and Laurie, I know your pain, it is my pain also. I never thought I'd say this, but I really wish we could go back to the 80's again. There was so much more hope and opportunity. Graham, I have also though about ending it all, but I am too stubborn. I would not give th" Read the rest »
Tasha commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I understand... But where is the help?? Me and my husband have 2 kids under 6 years old. My mom and dad r both 58 years old. They are not making it. Mom works full time. But can't even afford to put food on table. Not to say anything bad about them. But they have worked all their life with nothing to show for it. Paid all gov taxes. Own their own home. So not that they have many bills to pay. The bank is empty and not that much in bills to pay. About 7 years ago mom left her job to help take care of dads dad. Who had moved in do to old age and couldn't take care of himself nor stay alone. Then about 5 years ago poor grandpa past and dad lost his job. Mom went back to work. Dad looked for jobs. Never got hired. He like you all. Don't do drugs or tattooed up. Would be happy to just clean the floors. But the past few years has really gotten to him. He is a rock bottom. They had four of us kids. We have all helped out with bills when we can. We have even asked them to move in. T" Read the rest »
JOSEPH commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY!!!! MOST PEOPLE HATE THE JOBS OR PROFESSIONS THEY WENT INTO AND HAD TO DO THEIR WHOLE LIFE. DISCOVER YOURSELF FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YOUR LIFE. FIND OUT WHAT YOU LOVE AND DO THAT. FORGET ABOUT MONEY!!!!! JUST BE HAPPY!!!!!!! - FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YOUR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!! SOMETHING BAD TURNED GOOD. GAME OVER!!!!!! TOUCHDOWN!!!!!"
JOSEPH commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"WHAT EVER HAPPENED IN THE 60'S. IT SEEMS LIKE MOST OF THE BABY BOOMERS SOLD OUT TO CAPITALISM!!! NOW WE NEED TO ALL GET BACK TOGETHER AND PULL EACH OTHER UP BY OUR BOOT STRAPS. WE HAVE TO REINVENT OURSELVES!!! MOVE ON AND MOVE UP!!!! STOP CRYING AND MOVE TO PARTS OF THE COUNTRY WHERE JOBS ARE. SELL OFF WHATS LEFT DOWN SIZE TO BE ABLE TO UPSIZE LATER. WHY DOES EVERYONE NEED SO MUCH CRAP ANYWAY. THE KIDS ARE GONE ENJOY YOUR LIFE EVERYDAY. YOLO!!!!!! YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE!!!!!!!!! DID YOU EVER HERE A NAVY SEAL COMPLAIN????? GO SEE MOVIE LONE SURVIVOR-- MARK WAHLBERG"
Graham commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I have been unemployed for 4 years. I was a director at a company, have an MBA from the leading University in our country. My son was taken out of the country 5 years ago, and I had business partners who since they stole my shares have undermined my credibility and left me with no hope of ever getting a job. I live in a small room at the back of my sisters house, the one my mom left her. I have already made one attempt on my life, and even failed at that. People talk about God and I get angry, because even if there were a God then what kind of God would allow millions of people across the world to suffer such horrible pains. I fear the end is near for me and that I have no will left to try anymore. After so many years of struggle, I have finally given up"
Robert Mc. commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I'm not over 50 but I thought I'd share this anyways. I'm an Electrical Engineer that was on Unemployment. I used to work on IED detection systems at a company here in New Mexico. Once the defense program was sequestered, we lost the contract. Then shortly after I was handed my last pay check, a thanks, and a fake handshake. I have not been able to find work at so much as a McDonald's for almost a year. I'll take a job licking Sh** off floors if I have to for minimum wage. However, those jobs apparently are taken due to the masses that are in the same boat as me (so to speak). Is starvation great motivation to find work? The answer is yes. Is the work as readily available as some claim? NO!! My Bank accounts are empty. I'm not one of those who just collects unemployment then looks for work when it runs out. I've been making a job out of finding a job since DAY ONE! My resume' is everywhere. I'm 32 now and for over ten years I've been paying my taxes and supporting these programs and no" Read the rest »
Sherry commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"Well at least I know I am not alone, although I don't suppose I can be of any help to others who are unemployed. I was a massage therapist in CA and had a pretty good business there and even though I am 66 I still feel young and able. What I am not is Nationally Certified and the money I had saved has run out. In CA it would only cost me $150 to get back to work but here with all that I need to study all the anatomy and physiciology required to pass that test, all of which I know I had in anatomy class. It is just that once you get out there and start working, you never ever, ever ever use that stuff so I don't remember it. I wonder if I should even attempt to get licensed here in Vegas since it would cost over $1,000 to do so. Or just try to find a part time job doing anything and use my social to live on, which is pretty hard. Thank God at least I have that although it is not much. It has been over 20 years since I have done any office work or waitressing so really looking for someth" Read the rest »
Max commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"Apparently I am naïve. I just turned 57 unemployed since October 2012. U&C benefits exhausted 12/28/2013. I have several years of medical billing and familiar with insurance plans in fifty plus states (Medicaid, Medicare). Successfully worked with Case Managers, RN, CPN, MD, however, I have been informed I am overqualified. I have submitted resumes in three different states. I have been told networking is important and, I have been vigilant with my networking to no avail. I feel inadequate and irrelevant. This has been a difficult journey, never occurred to me I would be in this situation....ever. My Father always told me as long as I had two hands I would always be able to work. I have applied for any and all positions possible. I am so tired of hearing the inevitable question "have you found a job yet, did you try this did you do that?" I am in a very dark place. I often wonder why I wake up every morning, there is no reason."
FaunaElizSimon commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Where are the answers & suggestions?"
John commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I was a computer programmer for over 20 years, and I have a paralegal certificate. But I'm 56, so naturally I'm working as a security guard. I would like a regular office job, but those are no longer available to me. I follow the standard advice such as leaving the year I graduated from college off my resume, but when I get the interview they can still see me. The job I have is okay. The pay is low, but that is true for most jobs available nowadays. It just makes me angry that there are jobs I could easily do but have no chance of getting. Age discrimination needs to receive more attention. Most people are not aware of how soon they will become unemployable, and that is something they need to know."
Sherry commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Well, at least I know as if I didn't already know that a lot of people are in trouble and I am 66. I had a good little massage business going in CA but when my Mom's husband died she insisted she had to get back to Las Vegas. She was 82.So me, I gave up my business and I was just recovering from a nasty divorce. I am also a widow. Anyway Mom bought a house that is under water. I live here with her and just on my social security. I am broke every month. In CA we have a state wide massage license and you do not have to have the National Certification. It is a lot of studying. I can't decide if I should go ahead and get it at age 66. And who would hire me? I would have to have my own clientele and unlike CA I don't know how to do that here. It costs money to advertise and set up a web site. Wanted just a part time job to make it possible for me to at least rent a one bedroom apartment when the time comes for me to leave here. Not going to be able to stay here as it will cost too much. " Read the rest »
mer commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"To Geoff, please DO NOT USE "REVERSE DISCRIMINATION" You, as a middle aged white man are beginning to see a less entitlement role in american society. I would love to see you get a job but I have been witness to your people only being comfortable with your people and not giving people from other cultures a chance to shine. please blame your government for the GREED it has always had and has cost this country job. Corporations take a business to a third world and exploit the people there and make a truck load of money and come back to the US and work around as if nothing they are doing hurts us ALL! Here's something to think about when Whirlpool and so many other companies left the US and went to Mexico did that country grow better Hell NO! Her people continue to cross the border for a better life now what does that tell you."
mer commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"For "Timothy", I lost my apartment 2 years ago and my storage this year but check and see if you're state has an energy assistance program to help you out with heat ok."
Wild Cherry Gary commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"First of all I want to say thanks for this website because reading other peoples dilemmas has made me realize that maybe my wife and I should count our blessings. We're in a mess too, but not as bad as most of these postings. I am 64 and my wife is 56. We have a late -life child, that is, we have a 14 year old in the house. We live in the country 45 miles north of Detroit. I don't want to run a pitty party on everybody so I'm just going to tell a little bit about our demise and then I'm going to kick out some ideas. I have Prostate Cancer recurrance after a Radical Prostectomy so because of all the treatments, current and future, I'm probably all done working anyway. Prior to my illness I had been unemployed for 8 years. My wife has been unemployed ( except for a couple of ridiculous minimum wage part time gigs in big box stores) for 10 years. We owned a very successfull Tavern for 20 years untill the Government intentionally put over 500 Bars in the State of Michigan out of" Read the rest »
Mary Hammons commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I am a 59 yr old divorced woman with a college degree but have not been able to get a full time job. My ex divorced me after our parents died because he had a girlfriend at work. I have 2 part time jobs but haven't even been given 40 hours a week. I have asked to be considered for promotion but haven't even been given an interview until recently. They gave the promotion to a young girl who hadn't been with the company for 1 month. These young people are running big box stores {this is a big arts & crafts store) without experience or degrees over more mature people with experience. They spend their time gossiping about other employees and are more concerned about someone's date than making sure the customer service is good or the store is straight. I pointed out to the interviewer problems to be addressed but I was just labled a negative person. This is madness. I can work circles around these young managers but that doesn't matter. I had a 45 yr old who I thought was disabled livin" Read the rest »
mer commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"If someone out there has any kind of advice for me I will gladly accept it because I am in need of help. I will turn 52 years old this year and I already see how you're treated at an age perceived as OLD! Well I know I am not young anymore but I'm not dead either and I still need a way to support myself, my parents have been my lifeline for the past 3+ years now but I feel bad for not being able to help them. Please someone send me some very much needed information. Thank You for reading."
mer commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I too lost my job in 2010 and at 51 years old, I have not had another job come my way after hours and hours of searching each week and having my unemployment totally exhausted I live with family after losing my home and now just about my mind. I do not know where to turn now, I have nothing left no material things just what I brought with me. I even lived in a shelter for a month but was asked to leave because I had borrowed against my unemployment and did not have the money. I tried to be positive but year after year it gets harder and harder. I do not know where to turn for help anymore to turn my life around."
Gary Vosburg commented on 10 facts about older workers who lost their jobs in the Great Recession...
"I am 57 years old. My job was eliminated 14 months ago, and my saving will only hold out about two more months. I have applied for well over 500 positions and have managed to get 4 face-to-face interviews. Unfortunately, I have only learned from this experience that I am not qualified for jobs that I have held in the past. I have multiple degrees and management, teaching and clinical psychiatric experiences. I have placed applications across this spectrum. I do not have a mate or any immediate family to turn to for help. I felt totally isolated until discovering this forum tonight - I am sure everybody on this site has had sleepless nights too. I do not know what to do or where to turn for help. I would like to thank everybody on this site for validating my feelings of hopelessness, desperation and depression. Funny thing our generation was raised feeling we should give, give, give to our companies. Younger generation seems to feel the company owes them; yet, our talents, ex" Read the rest »
Maria commented on Kenny Moore, aka Kenny the Monk...
"You can be the most positive, interesting person job hunting, but I am realizing how much the 50+ thing matters lately. It's like so much is out of our control. There are no in between jobs anymore and if you are not highly educated or even if you are you get lost in the black hole which is the internet. I'm scared about the future and tired of living on credit (which will run out soon) Alot of good hardworking people have been thrust into poverty. At least I know it's not just me."
Denise Allen commented on Kenny Moore, aka Kenny the Monk...
"Mr. Kenny, I do hope that you and your family are well. I took a chance to Google to see if you were still out there speaking. I remain inspired by your story of life. Stay blessed always and thanks for being such a great speaker when invited to speak at St. Francis several years ago."
Karen commented on Anthony Lalos...
"Not all of the "riches" that Americans refer to are monetary - the statement "America is the richest country in the world" is actually a reference to the potential of the extensive natural resources, the capability and potential of its land and agricultural contributions (still feeding large portions of the world), and to its continued openness to individual possibility. The statement it is often misconstrued and misunderstood by people who look only to bank statements. What America has that your list of theoretically "rich" nations has not got is the ability to be fully self-sufficient, should they choose to be - especially in terms of food. (Although what political idiot agreed to let the USDA ship our home-grown poultry to China for processing was thinking.....) America remains the greatest donor nation - by percent and by pure numbers - a fact not often enough appreciated. Our misguided and addled politicians often hinder and interfeer, but the unparalleled American generosity" Read the rest »
kay commented on 10 facts about older workers who lost their jobs in the Great Recession...
"I have posted on this site before, last year I think? or maybe it was the year before??? i'm now going on 56 now and still out of steady employment since 2010 "ageism is still alive and well" it seems ...... I've recently given up looking for work as its seems no one will ever hire me again!....after a 30 year career in healthcare I never thought for one minute I would be in this place of "extreme hopelessness" i'm sitting in my apartment 7 months back in rent, waiting to be evicted with no place to go? its January 2014 a new year ..but. with us over 50 out of work Americans who's celebrating? know Great depression the 1930's."
Penny commented on 10 facts about older workers who lost their jobs in the Great Recession...
"I found this site while researching and trying to prepare for the inevitble, I watched them systematically downsize where I work and the only new hires are one where you need a minimum of a Bachelor's Or Master's to even try to apply. I have 35 years of experience and that will account for nothing, when it comes down to the position I hold, I will have to compete for it and since I don't have the initial educational requirement, I am no longer valid period and will not be chosen for my old job. Having said that, honestly, just put on resume's "returning to workforce as many years as homemaker" or go into a Seniors home and apply as a janitor or cleaning company but for gosh sakes, you're entry level so ACT like entry level.Don't post all your experience. Say you've been off work for many years or you worked self employed but times were tough. Or you worked 20 years ago and that's how you paid for some schooling or saved for a trip blah blah blah. My better half who also got laid off" Read the rest »
Chris Therrien commented on 10 facts about older workers who lost their jobs in the Great Recession...
"I am 61 and have been trying to find employment since I was 57. I had two long term temp jobs and a full time job that laid off many including me after only 4 1/2 months there and is laying off again. I know of others who are over 40 and having issues just hanging on. I don't know where that will lead. I have heard rumors about the suicides. No one is publishing that information, for sure. Unemployment does not help even when you tell them that jobs are asking for birth dates or HS grad dates. What is a person to do??"
Dan commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"When I was 58 my company decided to hire a contracting firm in Mexico. I worked in I.T. for a Railroad. We did all of the analysis and they did all of the coding that we once did. We were to help them learn the ins and outs of our business so they could write good solid code of course at about half of what we were making. Six months in they were doing well and about 10 positions here were eliminated.(downturn in the economy). Right!! We trained our replacements. Mainframe programmers were plentiful and programming jobs were not. I was one of the lucky ones. My wife had a good job. four years later I finally faced reality and took early retirement. I was either one of 40 others applying for the same job or over qualified or did great on phone interviews but face to face gave away my age and that ended their interest. Thanks government for letting the too big to fail write their own rules."
Melinda Myers commented on Year-end news from Tree of Life Productions...
"Is there a program in New York City?"
Sue commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"Dear bravejournal, We're not sure why your comment evaporated either, and no one else has ever complained of that problem, so we don't know why it happened. Thank you! Please go ahead and rewrite, if you feel motivated. We'd love to read what you have to say. Thank you!"
TJ commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I am also in the same bind , worke for a US owned company that decided to stage a major reorganisaton , in that they decided to close down the north american corporate office and move it to Europe ,many midlle managers were furloughed plus the directors we reported to , the only entity left is the military group the commercial management part of the company was transferred offshore to the UK . been looking for supervisory and or technical work for two years now , lots of resume's and quite a few interviews , but definitely feel they have a max age level in mind and being over 50 is over ... ageism is alive and well .. what are we suppossed to do dissappear off the face of the earth ? its a total no job environment out there , our government has let us all down letting business rule the roost !"
bravejournal.com commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"Wow that was odd. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn't show up. Grrrr... well I'm not writing all that over again. Anyway, just wanted to say great blog!"
Hopeless commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Dieing Breed, I agree with you that we need to change our government, it should be made up of working class americans who have the morals to say NO to the corporations who currently own our government. There is a movement called Get Out of Our House that proposes to do just that with the House of Representatives. We need to organize and unify to accomplish this. I hope the people will stand up and change what needs to be changed, I have my doubts though. Reading the comments on here, so many still think it is a Republican vs Democrat problem and there has been no difference in parties for a while now. The problem is that corporations run this country, their former execs and lawyers are handed positions in our government so that they can write the laws that make them most profitable without regard to human health or well being. Another problem people will have to wake up to is that there is nothing wrong with the economy, the rich are making more money than ever now that they can build " Read the rest »
Hopeless commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I was laid off due to lack of work caused by military spending cuts. We made parts for the military. This was over 4 years ago. I looked for work for two years unsuccessfully and then went back to school and earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Biotechnology. I graduated from college 7 months ago and have had 2 interviews, sent out numerous resumes, applied to minimum wage fast food jobs and retail jobs and I am still unemployed. I am a 51 yo female and I believe my age has much to do with not being hired along with the fact there are very few job openings in my area. I am so tired and so stressed and full of fear for the future. I am so thankful to have a mother who has helped me financially. Without her I would have been homeless 2 years ago. I watched the documentary but have a hard time relating to people who own $200,000 to $400,000 homes and have lived on credit ( one of the causes of financial hardship) for most of their adult lives. I have never had much and don't " Read the rest »
Jennifer commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"Forgot to mention, many rejections from HR after they run a secrete background check from and find employment laps are on your application, could be family or unemployment ect: They say to you, "Your not suited for the job". HR will lie to you why you are rejected and it happened to me by 2 agencies. The management is like 20 years younger. The beg you to come in for an interview just to reject you. I learned to apply to 1099 agencies, they don't care about your background and put you to work much faster. Best of luck and love your self, stay healthy and work for independent contractors because their won't be good health insurance anymore, go to low income clinics and tell them you are indigent and not working, you can get free antibiotics and little stuff for free if your poor. Again best of luck and learn to have some fun because it won't get better just worse and be ready."
Jeniffer commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"Unemployable 52 y/o skilled LVN with student loans, and like you, age discrimination. Younger idiots that are my boss fired me after they see the age. They all want 20 y/o like them. The nursing truth: This situation wants us all dead, they only want young this president. If you have cash you can pick your own doctor. If your poor, stay healthy and avoid all surgeries. It hurts so bad to lose your identity and income. They run homeland security checks on 9.00/hr jobs to be a caregiver and whip a behind. Live Scan finger prints for little things 20 years ago. Multistate Employment Checks, Yet if your a x- Felon you can get the best jobs. Felons need jobs too to keep them out of prison again, Just lie and state your need Con-Care 2nd Chance employment and you will get a great government job. RN's and LVN's can't buy a job like the other RN stated. Get a fake ID and make yourself 20 yrs younger because plastic surgery will not get you a job. Best of luck to all and don't ta" Read the rest »
jean willis commented on Deborah Russell...
"Can someone help me, i work for a non profit, was terminated. I know it's age discrimination. this is a non profit, it gets federal funding, is this right, can someone help me figure this issue out, my tax dollars are also helping this organzition, I ve worked there for over 5 years, help thank you"
Malcolm commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I'm from the UK and just Google'd over 50 and out of work. Believe me it's the same here too. The government hides the figures on unemployment for the over 50's and no one cares. I can claim no benefits of any kind and have applied for hundreds of jobs over the last 3 and a half years. Now the retirement age keeps being increased so things here are pretty gloomy :(."
Mary Hansen commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I am one of the lucky ones. I know this, but if I don't make changes soon, I won't be. I lost my job in 2011, and haven't found one since. My husband, who has been a contractor for many years, has seen his business dwindle to nothing. Two things have saved us. The first is my own considerable savings, which are now considerably dwindled but not gone. The second has been that my husband became eligible for Medicare when he was declared disabled after high-dose chemotherapy left him with mobility problems. His Medicare has probably been the biggest gift in this mess and the reason we are still solvent because it has paid for open heart surgery, tests and treatments for a recurrence of his lymphoma. Because of the intense medical issues, I've put off making some large decisions, like where do we go next, but the time to do that is now. I've frankly lost track of the number of jobs I've applied to but it's been so many for so long that I recognize those I have applied to two years" Read the rest »
Patricia commented on 10 facts about older workers who lost their jobs in the Great Recession...
"As I sit and write this, it is December/2013, Merry Christmas & Happy & Healthy New Year to all, bah hum bug having been unemployed for over five years now, considered too old for what was a professional profession at one time, and I ask everyday, what will happen next? Like all who have posted here, I've applied and applied to leave me in shear frustration with no result. Truthfully, I do not know how I got this far. The "family" of course, apply to Walmart, K-Mart, etc etc for which I have with again no result, as it appears that anyone with any type of a work background are "passed over" for even the retail jobs. So my question, do we just drop off the face of the earth, because no one will hire the older worker, who believe it or not needs a salary? The simplest of things in my life continue to be a challenge, i.e. gas in the car, repairs on the car, food on the table, etc, things I am sure we all took for granted when we had a few cents in our pockets. I wr" Read the rest »
Maria commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"Wow... this situation really shakes whatever self confidence you may have left! I was feeling alone but was glad to read my contemps postings. I worked for AT&T for many* yrs. then they downsized so I took time to pursue creative interest a few years. NEVER dreaming getting another job would be like a crazy fantasy!!! I am actually on food stamps now , one month from handing over my condo keys bcuz I can't make the bills. I live a very frugal life. It is very discouraging job hunting even with a positive attitude. Frankly I'm scared. Good luck to all of you out there in my shoes. BTW I may be 53 but I am totally young at heart. Keep the faith!"
Dancer commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"I just turned 61 (do not look it at all), have been unemployed for two years with the exception of temp jobs here and there, I've gone through my savings, 401k and now only getting $400 a month unemployment. I was a legal secretary over 25 years and cannot tell you how many applications/resumes I've submitted, numerous job agencies I've registered with and every single day for two years searching online for jobs. Have had only about 6 or 7 job interviews which always went well, feedback was always positive...but never get the job! Age discrimination is alive and well out there but you cannot prove that is the reason you didn't get the job. I'm close to losing my home, not being able to pay my bills, no health insurance and no family to help out. This is absolutely criminal! I've emailed the White House - HA! When I finally received a response nearly two months later, it was a form-type email with my name plopped in to personalize it, "we understand ...blah, blah blah" - SERIOUSL" Read the rest »
Wanda commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"My husband recently joined the ranks of this group of unemployed and over 50. The news is devastating as well you all know. The repercussions of what this will mean in the next few months are even more devastating. Seeing all our hard work investing in our lives going down the toilet and loosing the American dream to retire and pass on our life's work to our children is a lot to overcome. We are fighters and will try all we can to keep going however politically this needs some real action. Those who are out there in this situation need to find their Democratic Senator's email and phone numbers as well as their Republican Senators and make it a daily or weekly or even monthly committment to bring this up to them. Do something. Tell them your story. Tell them legislation needs done to protect over 50 workers in this country. They do so for all other classes of people, all minorites, handicapped, all other races, immigrants, Why cripple the middle aged middle class workers without recours" Read the rest »
linda commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I been out of a perm job for close to 3 years no more unemployment benefits, barely getting any type of Temp work.. Unless you have specific software program knowledge and Bachelor degree you will not even now be consider for the job . I been told have the strong background but lack what employer I do not get why Companies are not given a tax break if they hire long term unemployed and over 50 just like helping the Vets there should be the same given to people who been long term unemployed or do a program where employee get paid by a program and that way the companies can see that this person can perform the job As for the guy we only know what he lets us know"
Lynn B commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I too am over fifty. I turned 50 two years ago and lost my job month prior to that special day. I was horrified. I had given 16 years of my life to a local owned company that was like working for your own family. We all grew up, watched children and grandchildren born, employees married and/or divorced,several promotions,bridal showers,baby showers,deaths of employees and family members. So when you are told they are selling to a nationwide corp., you know that you will never have the same life as before. Of course,me being the flight by the seat of your pants kinda girl sometimes, decided to take a portion of her retirrnement and go to the greatest city and more so in December......NY City. Had a great time while there and even found several jobs there but being from Georgia, figured I would be too far from my mother. I have not received UI since 2012 so I have had no income for a year. II have applied for over 100 jobs online and 25 or more locally. NOTHING......I have to believe th" Read the rest »
Michele Horaney commented on 10 facts about older workers who lost their jobs in the Great Recession...
"So how are these stats looking now, in November 2013? Any improvement? At all? Please let us all know. Thanks."
PJ commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"I am a 59-year-old Registered Nurse in the US who cannot "buy" a job despite 33 years' experience in a variety of nursing specialties. I know of younger nurses who have never held a job for more than 2-3 months in their 5-6 year careers who get hired for everything they apply for. So what am I supposed to think is going on here? I never would have believed an experienced nurse would have had such problems in finding employment (heck, I can't even get interviews!) and neither can any of my non-medical friends and family members. But there it is. What to do? I don't know. If someone has any idea I'd sure like to hear it."
Debbie L. commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"I am saddened to read all of this, but it is a place to go to get some advice for those that were hit hard by 2008. Thank you for everyone being brave and sharing the honesty of this crisis. My question is and always will be, why are we sending tons of money overseas (including jobs), yes people that is happening, when our own people here that are on unemployment, because of the sequester, because the government could not get along, cannot make it work, unless they are living in a tent. I do wish everyone the best, and remember, I am posting because I do care, and have many issues regarding age and hiring. I believe that the older employee is better poised, professional, able to know when the true start time for work is, is not going to give you excuses as to why they cannot be at work because (they aren't feeling well), will not text in a Board Meeting, (unless asked to), will be very professional and will be able to step out of the meeting and do 3-4 tasks, and then step back i" Read the rest »
Fran commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I have seen posts on here about people applying to low paying 'menial' jobs. What a crock. If you don't want to do a specific job, that's fine. But there are people who LIKE to work in the jobs you may consider menial."
Geert commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"If you want to live in a society where the system is such that you will not be stuck and alone in existential predicaments,you will have to positively contemplate several European models.Despite the fact that there appears to be a noticeable downsizing in the European model, I think that many of you all would thrive in your outlook to peace of mind, if you were able to benefit of these systems. As probably most but not all of you would readily reject, frown, or ridiculise these systems,in times where all still seemed ok, there is little hope that ever there will be put in place social provisions to mitigate your collective suffering in your land of the free.....get it ? Love from my Europe."
Loren Pope commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"I lost my career job in late 2008, at age 43, as a result of the real estate and banking collapse. To that point, I had a very fulfilling career first as an architect then as a real estate developer. I am ambitious and take career management seriously, so I continually worked to have good credentials, a good skill set, and stay current with emerging issues and trends in my industry. Five years later, I am unable to find any job in my industry. There are very few new positions for middle/upper level management, for which should be a fit, and I am too old and over qualified for the more prevalent entry/lower lever positions. I got my first job in my industry in 1983 and have wealth of experience, but no idea what to do now. I am flexible and have lots of transferable skills, but nearing age 50, where can these be plugged in?"
Evonne Marie commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"For the first time in my life I feel old. I am 49 about to turn 50, just lost my job small company closed. I have so much experience in legal and medical fields. I worked as a virtual assistant and owned my own business. I am out there pounding the pavement but am competing with younger people, even though I don't look my age, they see my college graduation date and suddenly, I don't get the job. Never mind that the pay is so low. I am writing an article on Agesim, I actually had a researcher from the Katy Couric Show call me because of one of my articles I submitted on Agesim, but they never called back. We need to band together and get this out there that this is wrong. For myself I can do social media, I can edit websites. This is sad where do you go from here, we are not old enough to retire but too old for companies. Check out my blog about this at www.emlvirtualassistant.com, leave me a comment, I have a passion to fight this anyway I can. I will not lay down and be r" Read the rest »
Mary Molina commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"We should all start a petition and let the government assist us with our unemployment issue we need and demand help now. We need our income or the Government should let us apply for early retirement"
Mary Molina commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"I am a Certified Paralegal over 15 Years and at the age of 56 and Unemployed my unemployment has been exhausted in August of this year. I have applied to numerous job applications with no avail? what are we to do with no unemployment and no jobs we are hard workers and no one will hire us because of our age? please inform me what and where my voice and needs can be heard!"
Caitlin commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"I'm over 50 and just lost my job. Second time this year. Third time in a 35+ year worklife. Some folks are lamenting that, in high tech, they keep losing their jobs or having to shift. This is not a function of age. Many of my younger peers lose or change their jobs over and over again, especially in the web based companies. This is especially true in San Francisco, where the startups are in full swing again. Three months here, eight there. No one in IT or computers has a long tenure ahead. This is something I'm going to have to get used to, personally. It really does remind me of careers in Hollywood or the NFL. You go great guns as a player/actor until you hit about 40-45 and then, if you don't become a director, producer or coach, you had better have a Plan B in place."
Peter Westre commented on Darlene Palacios...
"Darlene, Since you are a veteran I would encourage you to seek health care through the VA. We are a safety net hospital system for veterans. The other thing I wanted to share is that the VA has developed a vocational rehabilitation system to help unemployed vets reenter the workforce in cases similar to yours."
dennis commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Thanks for your documentary. I have been unemployed out of the military for 18 months. Our new NC governor thinks the unemployed are lazy or on drugs so his first legislation was to take 70,000 unemployed people off unemployment benefits back in June. I am 56 and can not even get an interview. Guess the banks will get my house back soon. Glad I never lost my life or any limbs for this country. I cant count on my hands the people I knew that were blown up or killed by gunfire in our wars. Wonder what they would think if they only knew what a mess our country is now, this is what they died for? And is this what I get for a lifetime of work to end up with nothing..."
Jennielee Lew commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"OMG Just when I thought I was the only women in this kind of situation I stumbled upon this site trying to find resources to help me rise above my living conditions and find that there are so many people in similar predicaments. I am a disabled women,mother, divorced, displaced homemaker I am going to turn 58 tomorrow and I am trying to survive on my disability income of $535 a month I was married for ten years to a man that was a passive aggressive personality and emotionally abusive he decided with his monthly benefits from VA, Social security, and a small loggers pension that he could afford to trade me in for a much younger model and just walk away without any concern for my well being. I fought the divorce battle without an attorney of course he could afford one his monthly income totaled $5450 a month. There seems to be no justice or recourse for women that find themselves in my situation. I am more hurt that I could ever have loved a man so ruthless. I gave him my best years and" Read the rest »
Dieing Breed commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I am a 52 year old white male that has been out of work for over a year. The problem with society today is our government. When an employee does not perform at their job or a company takes over another company, employees are fired or let go. Our government in both houses don't care about anyone else but themselves. They don't have to worry about being fired just re-elected. And how do they get re-elected, they accept large bribes or should I say contributions, from companines or lobbist on behalf of large companies or they continue to provide aid to those who say they need it and but the votes. They spend an outrages amount of money on thier compain and make promises that they never live up too. What we need to do is elect a panel of normal americans and reinterview all of the government officials. The ones that have a good track record voting on bills, not spending tax payers money, should be place on 90 days probation. The ones that don't do anything for the american people should be" Read the rest »
fudge commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I have moved 3 times in the past 10 years, I will be moving again, I keep losing my equity after each new job, it wont be long and I will no longer have the down payment. My wages stay the same and the prices of everything keep going up and up. The treadmills getting faster and faster, I have watched the medical complex bankrupt my parents, my body aches every day. Insult to injury my wife and I are separated (location)to keep the money coming in. desolation. With no end in sight, our families need our help."
Rob commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Thank you Obama. for keeping us in this depression for so long instead of freeing up government regulations and lowering taxes on small business. And then forcing a economy and job killing healthcare disaster on us."
Mrs.G commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I so understand where this person is coming from! I too can't find work. I'm over 50. I've been out of work for years. I'm getting food stamps and I'm on a local county program that is similar to Medicaid. I get no cash aid and only have about $100.00 left in the bank. I've got credit card debt of several thousands of dollars that I can't pay. I live in a rural area where there just isn't many job opportunities. I have no car and there is a serious lack of public transportation living here in the mountains. I have no college degree. I'm not able to do the work I used to do because of serious health issues where I'm not very mobile, have chronic pain and other issues that keep me pretty much housebound. My husband has been fighting cancer and hasn't been able to work. He's in remission now but has serious pain issues and fatigue and just isn't able to work. We'd be homeless if it weren't for my husband's parents who are letting us live in an extremely tiny room above their garage. Howev" Read the rest »
trini commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"i know of a charity that operates overseas and they hire over 60's,they look for people who are willing to live overseas,and work in the charity organisation.This is for people who have experience on the automotive field A friend of mine now works with them"
fran commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Maybe we need to start an over 50 party."
Monica Hollen commented on Daddy's Story, contributed by Monica Hollen...
"In an update, there is both sad and happy news. In January of this year, while working his bus driving job, his mechanic job, AND a job driving a water truck, my father suffered complete kidney failure. He was hospitalized for one week and has had several surgeries since. He is on daily dialysis treatments, which he completes independently at home. He is now 60 years old. However, if there is a silver lining to this, it is that he is now disabled. He no longer has to work three jobs just to make ends meet. Working almost every day for four decades has paid off in the form of disability and retirement pay. In fact, this past summer he bought himself a Mercedes! Again, this is definitely not how he pictured life at 60, and there are daily struggles with his medical conditions, but he is enjoying his free time, new car, and new granddaughter!"
Carol Burton commented on Jose Valdez...
"I too have been thinking back to the 60"s way of living. I am over 50 now and have been living check to check for many years. I got sick about a year ago and I don't have health insurance. I have been unemployed for over a year now I get by on the Grace of G-d. It really sucks when no one will help you. I thought when you saw someone in need you were suppose to help them but its not like that is it? All I want out of this life is to keep a roof over my head. Is that a lot to ask? I really wish I new what was making me so sick. My health is not good, oh well what can you do?"
Raelene commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I've been discriminated against all my life due to my ethnicity so I've known joblessness and even homelessness fresh out of college. The jobs I could get were low-paying and temporary and the good-paying, permanent jobs seemed to go to everyone else. In a way it was good because I learned to be a virtual chameleon and learn just about all about everything. I never had much trouble in the last 20 years finding temp work, even if it were low-paying, and even if they never bothered to take my education into consideration. But this is the worst I've ever seen. I notice now that with every job application I send, there is this little box asking me for my age, gender, and race. I thought that sort of thing was illegal, but here it is happening to us all and there doesn't seem to be anything we can do about it. There's also the internet now advertising everybody's age, birth date, addresses for the last twenty years, and even your debt and even if you have foreclosed on a property, in " Read the rest »
sister commented on OVER 50 INTERVIEW WITH TEMP WORKER AT OCCUPY WALL STREET...
"To anyone bashing Gerlyne; you have a lot of nerve. Gerlyne is my oldest sister. You do not know her story so do not judge. A lot of you are American born and are spoiled and ungrateful yourselves. Our parents came to the US but were unable to bring her. The rest of my siblings were born here. Even though my parents finished college we were on food stamps, homeless, and struggled all of our childhood. She came here almost out of high school. She was not afforded an education while in HHaiti for 17 years. But the woman speaks 3 languages; french, kreyol, and english. She was an honors student and has worked hard for what she has. In Haiti few have prospects of education or a career while they starve and die young. Do not knock someone elses struggle. She is the strongest most beautiful woman I know. The rest of our siblings are now architects, IT personel, an aspiring lawyer, and an aspiring chemist in med school. She just got her citizenship and God will continue to provide even if we " Read the rest »
Russell Stevens commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"I read the comments with interest. I am based in the UK and have been out of work since 2009. It still seems hard to believe that my working life ended at 49 after a successful career in the IT sector, but the fact is it did. It seems you have the same issues with ageism in the U.S. alas we do here. I must be naive because I assumed the new administration led by President O would have overturned even the slightest whiff of discrimination...... In this country, there is no support for those of us thrown on the scrap heap. Prince Charles started a laughable group called PRIME that is allegedly designed to help the oldies set up in business. It is one of the poorest efforts imaginable, somewhat reminicent in content to a 1980's soap opera business plan. The website is so bad it gives all of my friends amusement when in need of an irony fix. Take a look and you will see what I mean. I have today changed my Linked In profile to read: WARNING I AM 53 PLEASE DON'T BOTHER TO READ THE REST I" Read the rest »
Curt commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Thank you for reminding me of what my original philosophy was long ago when dealing with life. It sucks but what choice is there. I've had money and personal/professional success. At this moment it's someone else s turn. You can wait for things to change or make the changes happen and try to smile while your at it. True happiness is found in very small things and if I'm being discriminated due to my age, I know the ones discriminating now will someday be old. But I might get a great job before that day comes. There's one small thing."
David commented on Dan Sato...
"Mr Sato I want to encourage you to find a way to start your own business. You are needed out there, your perspective is awesome on the employment situation and business. You have what its takes to make a difference."
Michael commented on Marie Spalding...
"Hi Marie. I've experienced the same setbacks only with no initial interview process - 42 resumes sent off to prospective employers over a 16 week period with no response forthcoming. Enough to make one lose faith in Western humanity and the so called 'fellowship-of-man' - not wishing to sound sexist. I thought about becoming a Buddhist simply to put things in some kind of Eastern perspective. Best wishes"
Bill Davis commented on Bill Davis...
"The video above is about me. I know how it is to listen to someone seem to be "whining". Sue Sipprelle wanted to hear my story. I told it to her. Could I have invested better? Obviously yes - all my money was tied up in my real estate plan for retirement. Could I have invested more? Yes. I don't claim to be a 'victim', I just told it like it happened. And I paid for it - whether bad luck or bad management of my affairs. But I paid for it. Two years I drove a nighttime Cab in Myrtle Beach. During the off season I was evicted from my apartment both years. I sat in food banks because I was hungry. I borrowed money from family. Worst of all, I took my 17 yr old kid out of High School and moved down here. He went through all of it with me. But I never gave up. I finally got a decent paying job selling cars. Nick got a job. I kept trying to find better. Now I'm the Military Liaison for a local, old college. I make a good salary. Judge me how you will but I never quit. I n" Read the rest »
Patricia commented on Interact...
"I'm well over 50, but under 65. Went Graduated from College in the late 80's as a single mother. Worked for the City, worked in Construction Management and Logitstics. Had alot to do with Los Angeles Metro Line & Rail Operation you see today! In the 90's I became sick. Mis-diagnosed a few times, lost alot of weight & almost died at 68lbs under weight. I was in my 40's. Had two young children at the time & alot of heartache. I lost my job. Once recovered, I got off the walker, strengthend myself & went out to look for work, to take the burden off of my children. But everytime, I went in to look for a job, even with my education, experience & expertise, tehy would always make excuses. I've been looking for work for 20 years. I'm healthy, and my wonderful children have stuck by my side. It's ashame. I worked for LA School District and was a Student Councelor for UCLA. As well, I worked for Loyola Law School. Now, I go back to look for work in the same environment and t" Read the rest »
david commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"SBA: http://www.sba.gov/community/blogs/community-blogs/small-business-matters/over-50-and-ready-start-business-free-resources-inspire-you-make-it-happen?page=1"
John commented on Reality After Boston in April StayThirsty.com...
"Over fifty and gaining employment is very difficult I find. I often smile at an employer's inventive response in their attempt to hide their alignment with ageism - I feel insulted having to listen to it. So off we go into some kind of study program to lift our spirits and broaden our horizons hoping an education will resolve the problem. Capped and gowned but now well in our fifties we present a qualification or two to an employer who now feeling comfortably with the truth conveys that one is over qualified to pump 'gas' or drive that 'rig'- there's just no winning for most of us. Simply watch how many degrees you front up with at the next encounter. I feel for you all ! Tally ho for now."
David commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"I'm almost 56 and in college for the first time in my life, going for a BS in Business Administration, after getting the axe for accompany I worked for the last elven years. I am confident that things will work out for me even though I know it will be a difficult journey. My faith is in God and know he will direct my path as He has already. My journey to college is amazing but I would elaborate on it now. there is two quick things I'd like to say, the most important one is seek God and trust Him to meet your needs. The second is not-for-profit. Do your research find a group of 55ers and start a business consulting, manufacturing or whatever and make it a not-for-profit with the idea of hiring people 50 or older. I believe the not-for-profit should cover the age issue. Crap I've got to go have class. But don't give up hope there are ways and God can give you the guidance you need to navigate this chapter of your life."
Lisa commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Sarah, getting the certification sadly won't help either. After 13 yrs working in aide positions (pay as low as $10 an hour to $16 an hour for 32 hours a week) and applying for teaching positions only to be rejected in favor of the young 22 yr old who just graduated... I threw in the towel. I'm lucky that my parents (retirement age) offered me a job. I will have to sell my home and move but am blessed to be working. Being 50 can suck...not old enough to retire, not young enough to get a job that sustains living. I was dumbfounded when my 22 yr old son landed a position that paid three times what I was being paid. Proud of him but there is ageism out there."
tresgrama commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I too know your pain lady. My govt contract job ended after 7 years, ( although the work was not done, and they open a with a new contract co a year later to all new employees) I do little internet jobs and have worked some part time, but the young people dont want you there. My husband also is fed up! He never lets me forget who is paying the bills. And I feel AWFUL most of the time. Something has got to give for us over 50 crowd, we put in to much work. And also my Daughter and her son had to come and live with us for a while."
Very Upset commented on Interact...
"Older workers: No longer needed? That funny,they can't say anythings about the big guys in Washington,DC who are still working over 70 years old or much older. They layoff 800,000 people while each of these person get $666,000 or more a year plus a raise! I don't get it! I lost my job four years ago and I have a hearing impaired on both ears.I went to a deafs school in the old day and I also went to colleges who lost his job at a high tech company. Do this sound like a discrimination ?Do they hire people from oversea there? I know they do that to my job and I lost my health insurance over this,now I lost my woman. Do these people from overseas get free college educations paid by the tax payers in their own country like we do get a free educations from high school? In USA, NO,we paid our tuitions. In today technology, students are in the way cheating themselves using the hightech devices like iPhone ,laptop, iWatch ,an audio and video pen and much more to get informations in nano sec" Read the rest »
Graham commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"I am also over 55 and have a BSc. in a technical discipline. Idundant had a great history despite a couple of redundancies. I was made redundant after 14 years with a multi-national. I did consultabcy work for a few years and then ot my most senior appointment ..Ops. Director for a small high tech. company. BUT this was bought out by another large multi-national and I was made redundant again. I went back to consultancy but it has never really paid. I have been to gain modern qualifications etc. but I can see that the situation with the small company and the multi-nationals I have worked for are a reflection of the whole of the modern world. ... and that is.. Buying and selling businesses to the highest bidder and exactly the same approach is used with regard to the workforce, people who have contributed for many years to the growth and success of a company are just cast asside without regard, Governments support this for some strange reason (OK not so strange as we all know that gove" Read the rest »
Lauriesomers commented on Steve Borton...
"Seriously, I joke about moving to Vietnam and raising water buffalo and chinese geese. At least I can harvest heroin poppies for the aches and pains of old age. hah! So much for being a bright, creative, innovative type...pffft! I'd really like to do comedy at this point, I'm damn good at it, jokes on us!"
Mariekel commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"I have been an underemployed freelancer for too long now and would not encourage ANYONE to go down this route if they can help it. Work is sporadic, underpaid most of the time, there are no benefits and no security. I am almost 52, with no recent long-term tenure anywhere. I have master's degrees from Oxford and Georgetown, am a talented writer, personable, witty and smart. But I can barely stay alive. Every month is a draining struggle to keep a roof over my head. I am rapidly losing hope that my life can be anything else now. I feel like the best years are behind me and what waits is more of the same plus growing health issues. I am alone with my dog, who has expensive, significant health problems and am trapped in a city where costs have risen beyond what I can afford at the best of times (how can you move with no money and a credit rating that is in shreds?) I'm nearing the end of my tether. I am finding it increasingly hard to keep going and just about everything, even the things" Read the rest »
Peter Erikson commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"I'm 55, well, almost 56, and I haven't been able to keep a steady job since 2009, when I got washed out to sea in a mass company layoff. I enjoyed a 30-year career as a print journalist, working around the world, making many friends and helping a lot of companies along the way. Of course, I should have seen the signs : The cracks in the foundation of the Fourth Estate have been noticeable for quite some time now. In a kind of double whammy, I also chose to become a copy editor -- newspapers are laying them all off en masse as ad money withers. No need for specialists. Grammar doesn't matter when the money isn't rolling in. But so be it. I made my bed; now I have to sleep in it, as the saying goes. I guess I always thought that, if you worked hard and persevered, you'd have a good career. When I left college in 1980, jobs literally grew on trees. People still used IBM Selectrics and no one could have foreseen smartphones or any of the other kind kinds of technology we take for grante" Read the rest »
Kay commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"So it's not just me. I'm 54 and cannot keep a job. I have a master's degree, and an impressive resume. Although I worked at one company from age 26 through 43 (laid off after 17 of exemplary work) and have over 25 years of computer programming experience, I have modified my resume to only go back to 1994 to avoid age discrimination. Since I got my degrees late in life (BBA in 1993 and MBA in 2000), the resume time frame works. After my 17 year job ended with an excellent severance package, I went to work at a university for a huge pay cut for 3 years. I left that job for a much higher paying programming job that lasted for 4 years until I was caught up in a group layoff once again. Every job I have had since then was a newly created job, so when it came time for layoffs I was on the list since I was new (or was it my age?). At this point I am frustrated. I have developed back and neck problems from sitting all day, and I have finally given into the idea of going on disabil" Read the rest »
timothy commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I can't find any full or part time employment. I will have no heat this winter (Pittsburgh,PA). I am going to die. I had to give up my car. I walk 1.25 miles on mountains to get food thru welfare."
Toby commented on Luis Martinez...
"I beg to differ, John. America was always a place where people had to take care of themselves instead of relying on the government. The difference is how the government is destroying the economy now and hurting businesses that create jobs. Luis would have much better opportunities if he went back to Texas. If this entire country had a business friendly government like Texas, there would be many more jobs so people could take care of themselves. The US is destroying itself trying to become like socialist Europe. Voters created this mess by voting for more of what created it out of desperation, ignorance and divisive propaganda."
Amy A. commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"Well, I have some strong feelings about this topic. http://raven.amyabbottwrites.com/2013/05/15/will-my-ice-floe-have-starbucks-and-wi-fi.aspx"
Rebecca commented on Interact...
"My story is not very different from the others posted here, but it still doesn't make the situation any more bearable knowing I am not alone in my boat. If anything, it's makes it worse knowing there are so many just like me fighting for the same position, recognition, or opportunity. It is like having a room full of clones and hoping you can be seen as the original. I have lost my home, my retirement investments and now filing for chapter 7. I do have one saving grace, my husband is employed, but since he makes more than 12K a year we don't qualify for any assistance. I have tried the temp services, they are less than helpful. They have such a large pool to select from due to the huge lay-offs during the recession you become just another number. I feel completely hopeless and I can't see any changes for the better coming anytime soon. I know I am still vital, yet I can't get a hiring manager to give me a break. How does a 20 something with no experience become a better selection than " Read the rest »
Mimi Flores commented on Interact...
"SUpposely there should not be age discrimination, but in reality lets unblind fold our selfs. THere is a age discrimination and also depends on who is well dressed and looks all high class. But some of this young girls jsut go into a job for a pay check. They are clueless and yet they get hired. How is that. At times i feel like is how a person looks, and how they dress. I feel there is lots of discrimination point, blank, period."
Laura commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Paula ~ please do not feel alone, as I share your same situation here in the SF Bay Area, CA."
Carol commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I'd like to add to my posting about not giving up, no matter the odds...is that after the clouds in our minds have cleared a bit, when we can stop being upset about our unemployment difficulties, there's something to be said about the Internet. It has tons of useful information on interviewing and writing resumes...I'm sure all of you know about this but might need a little reminder. Also, there's value in working with temp agencies, as they have direct hire positions too, and remember the job search engines. They do work with recruiters calling. Getting an interview can mean a potential job, but in the meantime we're healing from our emotions, an interview can also be used as a testing ground to develop self-esteem and being positive. Let's not give up!"
Carol commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Yes, I’m unemployed too and have been off and on since 2001. My career started to soar a while back, moving into higher levels of education and management. At the time, I was feeling that all my work and sacrifices affecting my family, were steadily paying off. Afterall, my success would provide a better standard of life for me and my family. Someday, I could retire and still be able to help my family sustain this standard. But my ideas steadily evaporated with bouts of unemployment. I’m 63 now and still can’t accept my days in the business world are done. I still have the energy and knowledge to help companies maintain their business strength. Still I’m worried, feeling inadequate, thinking what good is all my knowledge, all my education, when I’m in this awful cycle of being hired and then let go. The reasons for being let go range from “restructure” to “layoff”, and the latest was “thank you for all the work you did, but its not a good fit”. That experience fel" Read the rest »
Marlin commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"The stories here are tearful, and I feel so bad for all of us. After 20 years of marriage and looking at age 57, with an employment gap of 20 plus years the future does not look very promising. I went back to school graduating in November 2013 with my BSB/HRM but not one nibble for re-entry. The ex-husband fights like a lion not to pay alimony what are we to do? The economic situation is horrible with a bleak future. I don't know what the future holds for either gender. My prayers to all!"
Sheila commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I just saw this for the first time. I am amazed that I am not the only one in this situation. I lost my job in Aug. 2010 and haven't worked since. I have even tried to apply to very low and menial jobs like cleaning up kennels and couldn't even get hired for that. I cry a lot! I too, feel like a major loser, a failure. I've been going to school to get my BBA but I am having a really hard time. I know my husband hates me and my situation. He rubs it in my face daily. Like all of you, I have "too much" experience to get a min. wage job but "not enough" education to get A JOB. I have an associates but that has never been any good to me. It has never mattered. The best I can hope for after graduation is probably busing tables because I'm sure they won't let someone old like me wait on customers. I'm 52 and getting nowhere!!! Good luck to all of you. ((hugs))"
Dan Gaffney commented on SET FOR LIFE premieres on public television in November 2013...
"I just found this blog and thanks for the work! I'm 49 and have seen many colleagues and friends struggle with the challenges of over 50 and unemployed . I was downsized from consulting in 2009 and realized I wanted to be an independent contractor (accounting/CPA) so that I'd have more long-term control over my career. What I've come to realize, is that what I feared; being over 50 and out of work if I took another job that lasted a few years back in 2009-is a common challenge of people who become unemployed near or above 50. Generally, baby boomers that had enjoyed success in their careers and opportunities for growth, when faced with unemployment, are not well equipped to step up networking quickly and embrace new directions in their career path. I founded VouchedIn.com to help finance and accounting professionals, since that's the space I know best. My focus is not just 50 and over professionals, but helping experienced professionals in these professions connect directly wi" Read the rest »
Paula commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I just found this website tonight. Let go in 2011 and replaced with the temp that I hired & trained that was in her 20's on the Admin. side of my job duties. The other part of my Superviser duties went to a man that walked out after 6 weeks on the job. And yet, here I am still in the Fall of 2013 unemployed. Started back to school and feel like I'm just wasting my time but it does help keep my mind occupied. No one cares about an Associates in Administrative Sciences. And if I do get a job, it lasts about a month and then I'm let go for no realistic reason at all. Last brief job.....I typed too fast. In Texas, they can let you go for anything and trust me, all employers are doing it now, especially if you're older. I Thank God every day for my loving husband, but sometimes I know he thinks it's my fault some how. I feel like I have let him down. I cry a lot too.....feel like a huge loser. I'll be 50 in October and I'm scared......what am I going to do? I'm too young to" Read the rest »
susan commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I feel for all in this situation. There is definitely a shift and transition going on right now and I have been in the midst of it with members of my own family. I also know, however, there is never a loss without a gain so look for the gains you are getting when you have lost your job. May be it's in your health, in your relationship, in more free time to focus on what you really, really want to be, do, have. Does it give you time to reassess your whole life purpose now and the next steps? What "value" are you gaining? It may not be in terms of money, - in which other area are you gaining value? networking, gaining new skills, time to garden, declutter, cook, etc. Focus on being grateful for all you DO have rather than what you DON'T have, and be aware of the language you are using consciously... this too has a major impact and I have seen it time and time again, once their is a conscious shift, the whole environment shifts... We can't change the world and what may or may " Read the rest »
Sarah Price commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Grateful to find this website. Can't stop crying. Feel like a failure. Divorced almost five years and can't get a "career" going, now aged 52. Relocated now for three months to a different area and I really feel I am being discriminated against because of my age. They send you a rejection letter the next day! Jobs I would have gotten in a heartbeat --or at least gotten an interview for-- 25 or 30 years ago. I want to be a good example to my daughter, who is in college and "undecided". How can I when I can't even get something going for myself? I have a degree in education, but state certification will take two more years of school and money I don't have. I'd almost rather go into something else. Open to advice. I'm near D.C. Seems like we SHOULD protest or something. We're an unseen, unheard minority."
Cindy commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Dear Screwit, You are telling part of my story. Since 2008 I've experienced reality after reality. But please keep the faith and know God hears our prayers. I just finished crying again today. This life seems almost unreal. When I think about my life, I try to remember all the people that are suffering in this country and other countries. They are raped. Without food. No clean water. Fighting for their life day and night. I have thought to end my life more times than I can tell you. But why place the hurt on others that's so hard for me to bare. Who are we, that we shouldn't experience the test of life. Allow the tears to flow, then brush yourself off and fight to live another day. A better day."
Laurie commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"Thanks for the kind words Rosie, yes....hoping, but hope doesn't pay the bills does it? lol I seriously think that we need more intentional living communities for older folks. Not militant vegan, cultish communities, but communities of real people, not fanatics! The ONLY way many of us will survive, let alone thrive is in a collective situation where everyone shares and supports each other. I am seriously thinking I might just buy a freaking plane ticket to Vietnam or somewhere and disappear into the jungle to die. Better to be a meal for a leopard or a tiger At least I'd be helping another endangered species to survive. If only us endangered middle agers could make the threatened species list. Hah!"
screwit commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I am 48 and out of work since 2008 when the economy collapsed, I got divorced and lost my business. No one will hire me and I went back for two tech jobs in hea care. Did no good even w a BS degree. My family wont let me come back home - so much for the grand old Italian values my dad used to revere - My sister just died from cancer - my ex lured my two kids away from me with his money - the same two he insisted I stay at home to raise I have lost all hope. There is none. There is NONE."
rosie commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"laurie, we are in the same boat!! my husband lost his job 2 years ago and i feel almost unemployable! i was a graphic designer making great money and enjoying a very fun and interesting life. then, my beautiful children came along and i/we decided that i would stay at home with them . everything i did with graphics was hand done, on the board, and i missed out on the effing computer generated graphics. no one seems to need my skills anymore and i don't know,and can't afford, to learn the new computer graphics programs. my children are grown now and are happy and successful. i am 57, my husband is 64 and we can't find work. we are in debt up to our ears and argue all the time. i thought this was the peaceful unstressful time for us to travel and enjoy life. this sucks!!!!!! i wish you luck and definitely feel your pain! hopefully something creative and profitable will come our way! hang in there!"
b commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I found this blog while searching for some ideas, comfort, something! To help ease the pain I feel about not being able to find a job. What I found instead was the cold reality of how many people are in the same boat. I'm so sorry to read about so many others not being able to live better. I really feel like a loser sometimes, apparently destined to "live with a relative indefinitely" as one poster commented! Just getting an interview is amazing, so having several in a row a few months ago was like winning the lottery! "You're in our top three, but sorry!" Heard that many times.... is it age, or what? I give an enthusiastic interview, list only 10 years of related experience on my resume, omit most education. Looking for a PT office job, not rocket scientist! I'm 57, unemployed for 3 1/2 years, lost home, filed Chapter 7, living with elderly parent who drives me crazy! But, I must count my lucky blessings until I'm old enough to collect Social Security & PERS benefits.... hoping t" Read the rest »
Amy M commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"Sorry didn't mean that ok comment. My dad is 56. He lost his company to my uncle because lets just say my dad trusted him. Well it cost him everything. It's been about 2 years. He actually looks for jobs daily. Some people say they do but I watch him. He raised me to be very independent. Well over a year ago a lot of the people in my company got let go. I'm 33. I have 2 kids that I have raised with no help. I can't even find help because I paid off a car. I look for jobs everyday. I even call places and ask who the supervisor is then ask for the fax number and send it straight to him. My dad is now sick. He is 56 and yet stuck in that bracket of make it past 60 and we can get you some help or not! I find it repulsive. I think if you have an ongoing condition that could be life or death or just because you need your annual exams there should be someone to help. Who came up with the age anyway. Why does all the applications for help I fill out ask if your a minority? I think it's age dis" Read the rest »
Laurie commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"Just discovered this site and feel some, small, sense of finding my tribe, though I prefer to bond over happier common interests. lol I too am 54 this year, in a few months, and am living a nightmare. I lost my home of 7years on a beautiful 5 acre property, had to give up my pets, and am now living as a companion/home maker for an elderly woman. I make a salary of $800 a month, work 6 days a week with afternoons off and live in a small bedroom with little privacy after being single, independent and living a wonderful life for the past 10 years since my divorce. I have been unable to find decent work after having 2 jobs I loved and a great little nest egg, these past 3 years. What I am seeing here makes me realize that regardless of education, work history or marital status nobody is exempt from these difficult times. I was a stay at home mom for years and am at real disadvantage, having limited marketable skills and being in my 50's. Still...it seems as if we all float in the sam" Read the rest »
Dee commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I went back to school in 2009 and graduated with a certificate in Medical Administration. I did have experience from many years back, but that was before computers so I needed to update my skills. After I graduated I got many many calls for interviews and was offered quite a few jobs. I found that one of the things that impressed them the most besides having experience (versus recent high school grads with no experience) is that I volunteered in a hospital. During school is when I started volunteering. Age was never a factor. Perhaps one should think of volunteering. Time and time again they mentioned how impressed they were with that. My age at the time was 51. Do I believe some are discriminated for age. You bet I do. The type of work my daughter does I could never ever get even an interview for so it does exist."
Mark commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"Medicare reimbursement is so low for procedures done by respiratory therapists (RRT) in the clinical setting that many hospitals have closed their RRT departments. Good Luck I am a fellow RRT and have been looking for 4 years. I am so broke I do not have funds to pay for my license fees. Thank God I am a veteran because they provide me with a place to live."
Mary commented on Long-term unemployment among 50+ America: a chronic problem now...
"In the two years I've been unemployed I've seen a lot of companies' disregard for their own workforces. Regardless of your age, your employer today thinks you are disposable. And they're just about right because they've been getting away with large dumps of staff to shore up their bottom lines for the better part of ten years. If you've ever worked for one of these outfits on the day they lay off 2000 people one week before the close of a fiscal year, you'll now what I'm talking about. Couple that with age discrimination, and wow....what a mess. I think that if this is to be fixed, two things have to happen on a very large scale. The first is that companies need to take a long, hard look at themselves and the way they think of and treat their employees. Because here's a fact: no big company on earth can exist without its workforce. The second, and I hate to say it, is that government is going to have to get involved. I am pretty convinced that in order to get hiring to rebou" Read the rest »
Jackie commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"For those facing homelessness you might have to swallow your pride & live with a relative indefinitely. You may have to trade your home for an RV or buy a trailer home new or used. There are lower paying jobs with the park service & lodges that provide housing concentrate on jobs which provide housing. Another option might be finding work overseas this is a better option for those who have degrees. If you have a home you can auction it. I don't know of much else. But I sympathize since I too am out of work. God Bless you all & I hope it works out. Don't forget to pray! Take care of yourselves."
Anonymous commented on "Jobless, yet hopeful for 2011" in StayThirsty.com...
"I like your idea. But, what if you don't have a home to sell for money to leave the country? What if: 1) You lost your home in foreclosure? 2) 3 days later, your husband of 17 years jumped off a bridge in despair leaving you alone at age 50, with no life insurance, no money, nothing? 3) What if a few weeks later, you lost everything else, too - all your possessions, even your pets because you didn't have a home for them...or you? 4) What if, in addition to all of the above, bill collectors you didn't know existed came out of the woodwork to nail the widow of the husband who jumped off the bridge because he put her name on debts without her knowledge? 5) What if, in addition, Social Security told her she was 'too young' to qualify for Widow's Benefits because she wasn't 60? 6) What if no one will hire her because she's 'too old' and she receives rejection letter after rejection letter? I wish I had something to sell. Someone else sold my soul. There is an expression, 'worth m" Read the rest »
Rose commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I am 54 years old and have been unemployed since 2009. I have applied for jobs, interviewed for a few job and even landed a job with the state only to be told 2 weeks after they extended the offer there was a problem and I was apparently further down on the eligible list than they realized (how exactly does this happen) anyhow exactly a month later I was given the news, despite the attempts to reach me I was yet unreachable so they were rescinding the offer officially. I wanted to scream at the woman well thank you, since I am almost literally homeless I will really be unreachable soon. So here we are 4 months later and things have escalated to critical point. I have applied for social services and was denied because my 10 year old car with 154,828 miles on it is still considered too valuable and prevents me from getting any aid. I can get foodstamps but with no place to prepare a meal looming overhead, and limited places that will take the EBT card for prepared foods that kind of su" Read the rest »
Annie commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"In 2005 I was 43, recently divorced and couldn't find a job. Almost everything I found required a college degree & didn't have one. I went back to school, earned my degree and graduated with honors in 2009. The only job I could find was a server for a catering company. I've been there since then and have continued looking for stable full time employment. In spite of hundreds of applications, I've had exactly 2 interviews in 4 years. Those were in 2009. I continue to look, every day without getting a single phone call back. I've tried circumventing the apply online requirements only to be told online is the only way an application will be looked at. Every single one of them requires birth dates & social security numbers for a so-called background check. I'm sure it's a screening tool alright, but not the kind of screening that's being implied. I don't believe that it's because companies have that many applications any longer. I've been lucky I'm kept the mortgage & utilities" Read the rest »
James commented on Interact...
"The current situation is not only depressing for the people out of work, but it deeply affects their families, their sons and their daughters as well. I am in my 20s and my father who's in his late 50s has been unemployed or underemployed since 2008. It has torn my family apart and he is now living by himself without health insurance or any prospects for any meaningful quality of life in the future. Constant frustration has been the only way that I can use to describe watching a man you love waste away without meaningful employment in their life, especially since he is the kind of person who defines himself by his job. I can't get my own life started since I'm constantly worried about his health and the fact that with every passing year, it becomes more and more likely that I will have to pay his bills when his health starts to decline. The moment that I found myself actually wishing that he would simply die in a car accident as the best solution for him and for the rest of our family" Read the rest »
Helena commented on Sheila Cooper...
"You are not alone, their are thousands of us in New York looking for work,many of us have lost our unemployment, because the government said Ne York did not qualify for the extension as o December 9th 2012. Many had to get government aid, which is depressing, many people have lost their homes, and to aid misery to injury you have to work at city agencies for food and shelter at least 21 hours a week. And g to back to work programs which are over crowded and have no jobs if you are educated or have work experience. These programs push you to take min. wage jobs that"s if you can get one because they get a bonus for every one who gets a job. You actually do the work by looking for a job, but they want the credit. NO JOY IN NEW YORK!!!!!!!!!!"
Ann Laird commented on Long-term unemployment among 50+ America: a chronic problem now...
"A thought came to me today that may benefit many readers...what do you love to do? Can you generate income from this love? I'm going to try it myself. I plan to combine my love for the creative design process of small business start-ups with my love for learning and sharing. I operate a niche marketing service that is community building and a joy for everyone involved. If you know your town well and like to share what you know with visitors or people new to your area I want to offer to teach you how to start and operate this home-based business with extremely low start-up and operating costs and immediate monthly income. I propose there are probably many of us who could do the same. We can document our niche business operation and teach others to replicate it, charging an agreed upon reasonable monthly fee. If you are interested in participating in a network of 50+ willing to offer their knowledge-base to help other 50+ rise up then please contact me at: ann.laird@yahoo.com. If" Read the rest »
Carl Savino commented on Long-term unemployment among 50+ America: a chronic problem now...
"I've read most of the people who are over 50 and out of work. This is the depression we face in this country for the 50 and over set. No one cares about us at all. I'm 64 have a small business and struggling. 401K is gone. Savings non exsistent, need I go on. Thank God my wife works and we stay afloat. My SS check which is 1600.00 a month isn't sufficient to sustain us. We have a second up for sale and need to sell ASAP. Thank God we have health benefits. Folks I can go on forever, but it won't matter at all. Unfortunately we are not alone but we are in this mess for many reasons and to be honest no one cares and the Gov't can't wait for us to go away in order not to pat the SS and medicaid. We are in the majority but in reality in the minority. There is no sense of neighbors and the computer has ruined our personel lives. Who's going to help us? NO ONE but yourself. Whether you stay afloat or go under it won't matter but the food stamps are up signifcantly and the medicaid is sky roc" Read the rest »
Jay commented on Weirton...
"I'm not responding to the comment above but wanted to say my piece.I found this site after googling "trying to find work after 50".I was startled and strangely a bit relieved to find all the comments here as I've been unemployed/underemployed since 2006 when my business (a cafe/catering business) failed.Oh sure I've found some really bad restaurant jobs complete with fights lousy hours and chaos, I also washed dishes,cooked,cleaned,cut grass and so on.I can't believe I'm saying this but I would be happy with a minimum wage job in retail/@ the mall etc. At least those jobs would be in AC/heat and somewhat comfortable...but even those gigs are hard to come by and I just turned 50 ! The only advice I can offer is taking a real hard look at ALL of your skills. I've had a hobby of mine that I learned to monetize (music) and while most of the time I can't live off of it it is a revenue stream and occasionally pays real well.So what do you love and do in your spare time ? Can it be sold trade" Read the rest »
Paul commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I too am 59. I have a MS in Accounting, over 30 years of experience in several industries and a CMA. I am an excellent presenter, educator, manager and strong team player/worker. I have been searching for meaningful work since April 2008, yet have found nothing except low-paying jobs. I currently teach one night per week, run my own sales business (I am NOT a salesman) and move cars for a local rental car company. I have had some interviews that appear promising only for me to learn that I am "number two" to the person who got the job. I keep praying that something will come through, but I am getting more depressed each day. My wife and I have to scrape every month to get rent, car payments, and even food. Imagine, we have to have a discussion over whether or not we can spend $4.00 on a couple of ice cream cones as a treat! We don't take vacations. We can't afford to go out. All we do is work and hope and pray. I could understand if my resume was crap or if I had not been a" Read the rest »
Michael commented on Interact...
"Yea I am not happy with the way the country is going. I have three college degree's. My most recent degree is in the health field. When companies call me they are all happy and can't wait to meet me. But when I enter the office to talk to people about my skills and abilities it's all good. But when they look at me the first impression is, "Wow this is a guy who needs a job but I think he is to old." I impress them with my knowledge and what I have learned at interview seminars, books and videos from youtube I ace the interview. The problem is....they never call back. I never thought when I was younger I never thought I would be in this situation. When my father was alive he used to tell me stories when he was a professional chef that if he quit one job he could go down the street and get another job....he was in his 50's. Today.....good luck. I think we need an age revolution."
Peter G. commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"What we need to do is literally scare the crap out of our elected representatives and threaten to make them "unemployed" en masse. If we don't somehow use the strength of numbers and shame these fools into action, we won't get anywhere. If a group on shipyard workers could lead a movement in Poland that lead to the overthrow of Communist occupation in Eastern Europe, then what can we do? Think of their obstacles, and let that motivate us to bring Congress to within an inch of being unemployed themselves. At the same time, we need open minded business leaders, who realize how this issue weakens our country and its economy, to join this battle. How do we do that?"
Ex-wife of Viet Nam vet commented on Jose Valdez...
"Perhaps many of us boomers might benefit from re-visiting the 1960's idea of communal living. Many are in deep trouble in spite of trying to live the life we thought we were entitled to by working hard and being honest and good. For those with families, I suggest watching some old reruns of the tv series 'The Waltons"."
Ex-wife of Viet Nam vet commented on Mercedes Paez...
"America is a large, diverse, and blessed country. We are populated by many wonderful and diverse climates and a nice mix of urban and rural. Please consider a move to a low tax and low stress area. You may be able to live quite well 'out in the sticks' in one of our friendly states. Good luck and keep your heart open to new friends and opportunities."
Ex-wife of Viet Nam vet commented on Mike Boyd...
"Have you considered tutoring jobs while you are job hunting? Perhaps that could help you feel better, earn money, and help a student."
Ex-wife of Viet Nam vet commented on Valentin, María Isabel _, & María _...
"For those who are here illegally, I have no sympathy. We are a nation of immigrants who legally came to our shores. Apply legally, wait in line, and then be welcome to come in and learn our language and work. I do not mean to be harsh, but you cannot expect to come here as an illegal and reap USA citizen benefits. Go home, and I wish you luck in your own country and in your legally applying for work or citizenship."
Ex-wife of Viet Nam vet commented on Rick Barrett...
"Why isn't he getting a VA disability? The VA and his congressman needs to help him get SS Disability and his VA disability. How shameful that he has fallen through the cracks."
Marcia Greenwood commented on Willa Dean Weaver...
"You seem like a tough cookie, Willa. Best to you."
Marcia Greenwood commented on Marie Spalding...
"Such an intelligent, well-spoken and, obviously, caring person. Best to you. I truly hope that things turn around."
Jim Sullivan commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I feel and identify deeply with this gentleman; lost my job at 50, unemployed until I was 54. I finally found a part time position at a small tech company making $11/hr. Well I am on a salary now and have a full time position, but make 1/5 what I made before I lost my prior job. I've been forced out of my house, declared Chapter 7, and see no end in sight. I will be homeless on Sept 30. Nobody will rent to me due to my bankruptcy, and to be honest I don't blame them. I am in the process of selling all of my furniture and belongoings preparing for the worst. I never thought that after getting my college degree, and having such a successful career it would all come crashing down on me as I am about to turn 56."
John Henri commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"After looking at your site I can't say that I got one bit of useful information to help me find a job. I will be 56 years old in a month and on August 2nd I will be facing 4 years of being unemployed. During this time I have done everything recruiters have asked or suggested I do to "reinvent" myself. I have submitted almost 4 thousand job apps, had dozens of phone interviews resulting in 6 actual face to face interviews only to be told I am over qualified, under qualified and in one case I actually had a young recruiter tell me that if I was any good at my job that I would not be unemployed. I know I am rambling at this point but I am frustrated and simply don't know which way to turn..."
Ceecee commented on Edward Walker...
"I wish I could cook. If you get food stamps, can you take some and sell bbq dinners and lunches or even deserts such as brownies and pies and cakes? You could get a small table and sell on the street. You may have to start going into offices but you should be able to build a business doing it. I am over 50 myself and unemployed in California. I know what you are going through. I fortunately still have a 1 bedroom apartment that I just recently had to get a roomate to take over my bedroom while I sleep in the living room. We have to adjust, but I believe we have lifetime experience no young person can say they have. We also have survivor skills too. Out in Los Angeles, I always see signs for cooks wanted. The soul food places are abundant and seem to be looking constantly. The good thing about here is that if you do work at least 6 months, our unemployment pay is higher than Las Vegas. In the city of Inglewood, is a Veterans Place that Vets live very reasonably and there are job service" Read the rest »
Bill commented on Mark Moore...
"I am that very position. Due to an auto accident, a greedy lawyer, and a failed court system that only takes care of the wealthy, I was put in the position of loosing my career due to permanent injuries, and could only secure part time work as a janitor at a much lower rate of pay than I used to get as a licensed carpenter. I have had to rob peter to pay paul so many times, that the payback will have me working till I am 80 (providing I can still work). I will most likely have to sell my home just to break even. But at least I have a job (there is nothing out there) and I do a bit of side work when I can. That helps, and also, if it weren't for my wife's perm full time job, we'd be in pretty bad shape, we would have had to sell a long time ago. I guess I can thank my lucky stars that I still have my home, when others have lost theirs. I am determined to keep this house which I custom designed and built myself. To hell with the banks, they can kiss my @#%^ss"
v commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"Finding a job may be difficult, however never stop trying .......has anyone ever looked at the possibilities and promising future on Network Marketing/Multi Level Marketing as a home based business???? The future in this field is never ending..you just need to ask yourself how much time can I put into creating something for myself instead of working for someone else? how t do I get started? you will only have yourself to report to..."
Chuck commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I will be turning 52 years old in October of this year. Currently, I am going on one year of unemployment. After reading some of the other comments on this site, I feel a little worse. I didn't realize that being over 50 was a death sentenance. We all know that age discrimination is against the law however, I feel it is practiced every day. When completing job applications on line you are asked to provide social security number and birth date. Of course, employers state that it is needed for a background check. You would think that the background check would be after the phone interview and the interview in person. Why would someone spend money until they have had a chance to meet the applicant? I believe that if people are unable to find work after 50 they should be allowed to have access to their social security. At least this way they will have a little more dignity before they are living on the street!"
d commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I'm reaching fifty and have a great deal of empathy for this situation. We live in a society in which no one values anyone else and there is no community any longer; people don't read books any more they read "Tweets." Everyone is focused on their short term ego, that's why conversations have to be fast and "to the point." As individuals with souls, we have to remember that even though society does not value us, we must value ourselves and do whatever it takes to survive first, and then get a leg up after that. Everyone has skills so I advise everyone to freelance, put ads on Craigslist, get paid in cash at every possible turn, partner with others, and find strength in numbers. If possible to move, I would advocate moving to a country such as Canada or England that has if not free than affordable health care."
Larry commented on Long-term unemployment among 50+ America: a chronic problem now...
"Last year (2012), I was forced to make a career change at age 56 ( now 57). Being married and with a 17 yr old Son, the "Nightmare" for me started in Nov. 2008 when I was laid off due to the downturn in our economy. I'd been a Union member in the Construction trades industry since getting out of the military, and started my apprenticeship training back in 1979. For close to 30 years I had worked on large scale construction projects, commercial, industrial, high rise buildings. The job benefits were very good for my family and I: a good living wage, medical, dental, vision, vacation pay, and a good Union Pension - a defined monthly benefit....my family and I were living the 'American Dream'. We were and thankfully still are, home owners. Then the bottom fell out for me in 2008 with the start of the Great Recession. I thought O.K., I'll just be laid off from work in the construction trade for maybe 4-6 months and then things will begin to pick back up. Unfortunately, after getting laid " Read the rest »
Charles commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I am 56 years old and have been unemployed since Jan 2011. I am a electronics technician that worked for a major theme park for 13 years. Since technology has changed, my career doesn't really exist anymore. I feel like I am too old to try to go back to school, because I would be starting from scratch. I thought about starting a business but no capital to start it. I am a diabetic that can't afford to get medication. My father and grandfather died from diabetes when they were only 64. Do I have the same fate? It is scary for me to think that maybe I only have 8 years to live. I know that getting a job would cure all my problems. I would be able get my medication. Where do I turn? I feel like I am drowning and there is no lifeline. I am lucky that I have an understanding wife. She is the reason I am not homeless. She is the one that pulls me out of my depression."
Tim commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"Hey everyone, good morning from Phoenix , AZ! I'm 53, my wife and I reloctaed from Texas in January of this year. She was able to land a position at Amazon.com, in the shipping department, she started out as a temp. and was hired. Me, I have been offered positions at about 1/2 my past salaries, no benefits, and I must use my phone, laptop and vehicle with a bonus, I can deduct my gas expense on next years tax return....YAHOO!!! thanks so much!!!! I think it's a issue of supply and demand, to many highly skilled people like ourselves and not enough postions to go around. I'm relistic, I look at myself and think, "why would I hire me?" If I had a choice of a younger kid or me , I would choose the kid. You can mold that kid into the person you would like - the employee you need, but me...I might want to mold the position offered to fit my needs and skills, my comfort zone.. Therefore I might be tough to manage, also I might only work for them maybe10 years and the kid, they might" Read the rest »
fern commented on Upcoming Set for Life screenings...
"I must say I relate to Simon's comment. America does seem like a business entity; it's all about corporate profits and keeping shareholders happy and as for individual paycheck-earning employees, they're wholly dispensable and on their own and out the door in a heartbeat. There is such a strong slant in favor of employers/corporations in this country; Europeans treat the common man much better. I am single, female, almost 54 and have been under-employed since a layoff in September 2009. I have squeaked by working p/t jobs that paid $12/hr, working for the Census Bureau in 2010, doing freelance work, working contract jobs that lasted 3 months and doing focus groups, product marketing studies, academic studies, even systematically using credit card bonuses..anything to generate income to pay the bills. I am so weary of constantly searching for work. It galls me at how little so many employers are willing to pay for work (I'm a marketing writer) that I formerly made a decent living at." Read the rest »
Kent commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I am 53, single male parent, working as a security guard. Paid for out of my pocket a Assoc in Arts, BSBA, BSA in Food Marketing, Assoc Health Information Management. When I first started looking for work after my first degree, I was told I did not have experience. Now I have experience and can not get resume past first step in HR. Not even with help of store management. Living in a church basement depending on the church is not an option. I have a child that needs me. I am also a caregiver for my father. This will soon be over. Then what will I do with my child? My first career showed me that designed crime pays and loyalty to the company is a waste of time. So what does matter? The young forget that they will get older and become disposable assets. For the guy at the church, I was a security guard in church basement with homeless people. God help us."
Dave Henning, Waco Texas commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"So many of you have it right! Jean mentioned something that my Dad told me back in the late '70's... he was in his fifties then. He'd mentioned how hard it was for him to find a job (he was retired, but his employer didn't offer any retirement). He called it a "soft bigotry" against older people. I don't know how often y'all come to this site, but "Vivian" said something troubling. Vivian, if you're out there, I'll pray for you. I myself have been out of work for over a year and a half. I'm a computer and network tech, but my skills are dated. I DID enroll in a VA-sponsored retraining program. It's called VRAP, and you have to be between the ages of 35-60 and unemployed. You also have to be a Veteran. My schooling starts late August. I agree with many of you: reading these stories IS heartbreaking! My unemployment ran out, I rarely get computer-repair jobs and ended up with a friend who took pity on me. I give her money when I can. I had to swallow my pride and get fo" Read the rest »
Debbie commented on Building a supportive Over 50 and Out of Work community...
"I've been unemployed since 5/2011. It's very depressing to see (seemingly) everyone live their lives while you're living in a weekly hotel because that's all you can afford. My husband works two jobs but I have always been the one who made the bulk of our income. Not that we lived high before, but we had a house to live in and could go out to eat once in a while. All I see is that everyone is living their lives while I sit all day applying for jobs. And people really don't want to hear about your problems because it's like the plague, they stay away from you (without making it obvious) because they don't want it to happen to them too."
Simon commented on Upcoming Set for Life screenings...
"Let's wake up and realize that America is not a country, it's a business where each person is on his own and can only depend on himself. If the business decides it does not need what you have to offer, you are discarded. There are countries in Europe, places where people feel responsible for each other and actually try to do things to help each other, not merely fend for themselves. America is not a country. America does not deserve your loyalty."
Mark A. Evans commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I am 56 years old and have not had a job in 3 years. i have some college but no degree. Anyplace I try to get interview never make it to interview process. Unemployment ran out. Been trying online work-at-home offers but haven't worked. i'm living in a church and helping keep it clean. I am having to trust the Lorde for everything"
reluctantexan commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"Rose et al, I was laid off in 2001 when I was 56. I was earning a $120,000 salary. The next couple of years were brutal, and I'm still not sure how I stayed alive. We are in an age group for which there is no government assistance available unless we are destitute. Unemployment benefits are too low to pay the bills, and eventually they run out. I started going out on any job which required computer skills, and eventually I was hired for $9 an hour. Then the climb began, up out of the hole. Of course, there was a divorce and bankruptcy. I would guess my story played out all over the USA thousands of times. I set a goal to work from home, and I met that goal. I'm 68, still alive and not homeless. I have enough to eat and, most importantly, I get to work doing what I love to do without having to leave the house to do it. You're right. Life isn't fair, but then again, it never really was. That was illusion. I'm an activist now - an online activist. On my Facebook page, I got r" Read the rest »
Soon to be 53. commented on Over 50 will testify before the Senate HELP committee ...
"It will be 5 years next February since I had a full time job. I have applied for positions that I was clearly qualified for. None of the interviewers hired me. I EVEN WENT ON TWO JOB INTERVIEWS for the same company! NO HIRE! I will be 53 soon. I don't know who I am anymore when it comes to going back into the work place. IT'S CONFUSING AND NOT FAIR! THERE IS SO MUCH I WANT TO SAY! BUT I CAN'T DIG DEEP INTO MY HEART ENOUGH TO TAKE THE FEELINGS OUT!!!!"
Rose commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I am 54 and was lucky enough to find a job. You need to apply for jobs in a 25 square mile radius of your home and you need to apply only to jobs where age is an asset. I competed against 25 to 38 year old candidates for a job as marketing director for senior housing. I got the job, in part, because I brought my age to their attention as an asset, i.e., "I'm closer to the age of your clients and they will trust me. They know I can empathize in a way a 26 year old cannot." Schools, hospitals, nursing and assisted living, social services, etc., are all possibilities. And because all of us baby boomers are getting older, senior services is a HUGE market."
jean commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I do think older people are being treated un fairly in job market these days! I do not understand the mentality of the company owners? Young people jump from job to job now a days! We just want something steady!"
rob commented on Upcoming Set for Life screenings...
"it is not that I can not get a job, every time I get one, it does not work out for me-I have talents but going in and out of work for over twenty years has been extremely hard on my wife and child. If I could make enough money to help save my home would be great- I just keep applying and hope for the best I just can not stand to lose everything ( wife, house, and the rest) it just hurts so much- why can't I find something worthwhile- it just seems so stupid to me that I know how to do a lot of things but yet I am unable to make even $15.00 an hour. Come on now employers- help the ones that need it!!"
Unemployed commented on Upcoming Set for Life screenings...
"I am in the same boat! And very sorry to hear you are going through this. I wish I had a concret answer, because that is all I want for myself. Talking about it and sharing your experience should at least help all of us to realise we are not alone in this new economic state in our country. For some reason it seems to be our generation that is being ignored and I would like to know why?? I just keep putting one foot in front of the other and doing the work that I can to acquire a job. In the past three years I have gotten temp jobs, but nothing that pays like what I have known for the lifetime of my career. I had to give up all of what I had worked for over the past 25 years. I lost my home, my pets, my belongings, my savings, and soon will lose my retirement savings. I am living with my sister and I have lost all sense of independence, which is the worst of all for me. My family is supporting me while I look for work. So for right now, I say, just keep talking about " Read the rest »
john s. daley commented on Marie Spalding...
"We've got a country of fascinating,tough,God fearing people. We survive!"
Sue commented on Needed: One Employer as published in Stay Thirsty December 2012...
"They are truly wonderful people."
Susan commented on Needed: One Employer as published in Stay Thirsty December 2012...
"I am completey humbled by George and Linda."
Di commented on Upcoming Set for Life screenings...
"I can't believe you have been looking for full time work since 2010. I've been searching for a full time job for 10 months and sometimes I feel like giving up. I have 25 years experience in a certain field, still I'm not getting any bites. I believe it's because I'm 56. I hate the thought of possibly loosing my home and my self."
Lisa H. commented on Upcoming Set for Life screenings...
"I have been feeling alone in my struggle before reading this blog and these comments. Everyone I know is employed. I am 56-years-old, have a M.A. degree, and have been unemployed since February 2010. I am unable to find a job or even get an interview that is not for part-time work and that pays more than minimum wage. I have since sold my home and most belongings, exhausted my retirement savings, and in the next month, with no income and no options left, I must find homes for my pets to move in with my daughter. I have been able to remain positive and hopeful through it all up until now but the idea of giving my pets away - two who have been with me for 11 and 9 years respectively and my German Shepherd who is like a child - is breaking my heart. The thought of missing my pets and wondering if they are safe and being treated well is tearing me apart. Sometimes I daydream about being in my own home again and I try to imagine what it would feel like not to feel this stress and anxiety an" Read the rest »
jim dreiling commented on Eight Tips for Older Job Seekers from Art Koff, founder of RetiredBrains.com...
"Art, Like your ideas. meeting with a friend to seek area opportunities tomorrow. think i'll try the idea of a project. thanks"
Danny Redfern commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I feel everyone's Pain. I completed a associates program last year and I'm 10 classes away from a BS in Computer Science Information technology with 3.13 GPA and of course I've uploaded my resume with all the per say job search engines and have not had in offers in my field of study. I have letters of recommendation from 6 of my college professors who have highly recommended me. I only went back to school to increase my market-ability, so I can continue to compete with the job market survival of the fit's . Well I'm fit! Yes I'm 54 years old so what!"
Patricia commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I am responding to Lillian's post, what we need to do is write and write and write some more, we as an older generation of out of work folks, through no fault of our own we need to stand up and continue to fight, fight for what is right and wrong. Just today, I wrote to a state senator in Florida where I live presently to express exactly how I feel about being deemed one of those "long term unemployed" through no fault of my own. If we as a group of older folks stand together on this, someone will listen but all of it needs to be done in numbers, not only frustrations, words on paper to local senators, the White House, news media, etc, as this number of us out there is growing and growing unfortunately and it appears that "we" all have something to say about it"
Laurie commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"Seems like we tried to do all the 'right' things and are getting punished for it. We were diligent home owners. Bought a tiny house under what we could afford. Paid all of our bills on time. Saved and invested a bit of what we could. Owned our own used cars. never took vacations and never went out for dinners. Shopped at used clothing stores etc etc. My husband was 57 when he got laid of in 2009. We have six kids. I have a BS degree. I have been a stay at home mom, and have taught all the kids at home. Our local schools are not that great and loaded with drug problems. I have a dyslexic daughter who would really struggle in school, so I don't feel that I could put her in. I feel so badly for the kids. I used to feel like I could tell them, just work hard and that will get you somewhere, but now I don't feel that I am being truthful in saying that. Out of the eight of us, six of us are working. All part time stuff. This leads to total chaos. Our cars are going and going...alot of g" Read the rest »
D commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I just found this site and have been reading about stories that are so the same as I am going through. I am in my 50's and have been looking for a permanent job since 2010. I have worked a part time job for 6 mos in 2011 and 2012 and have been laid off since Jan 2013. I trust in God and if I did not believe That God will never leave us or forsake us I would probably have given up by now. Your stories are just heart breaking and I don't understand why I cannot get a job. I too have about $120 in my bank account. I never understood how all the money the Celeberties are making and I just want a job making $40K or more a year. I have hit rock bottom for all that I am and have and I have never taken drugs nor would I ever want to. I am not one to ask anyone for money especially from my family. Again it is by the grace of our God that I have not gone insane. I pray for each and every one of you and for myself That we will overcome our sadness so we can live the rest of our lives in" Read the rest »
Brent Young commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"What do we do? I am 53, been out of work for 4 years and yesterday I moved out of the small apt. that I was renting, put what few worldly possessions I have into a storage unit and now I am officially homeless! I am not a lazy or stupid man, I have started many business's and been the CEO of a few companies....Why cant I get a job? FUCK ! If I was a drug addict or drunk it seems the govt. would be there with some assistance. I have exactly 123.00 left in the bank, I am very good at living on 5 bucks a day for food, but how much longer can I keep up the appearance that all in normal? No $$, no home, no life or health insurance...Its all gone......Shit I cant even afford to die! Who would pay for that? My ex-wife and kids dont need that crap......................sorry for the fowl language, figured I should vent a bit before I lose my mind."
Geoff commented on Underemployment: A no-win struggle for older workers...
"I've been struggling since 2008. I'm now 53. I've hit "age discrimination" at each and every corner. I've also hit "affirmative action" discrimination ( I have the emails to prove it) at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.."..we have too many middle aged white males in middle management.Clearly, DEQ needs to recruit more women and minorities into the ranks ". In this day and age, 'Affirmative Action" is over-doing it. It's now fully "reverse discrimination" and it's wrong. Government, as someone said, should be FORCED to abolish all referrence to race or age in it's hiring practices..not just it's "lip services". HIRED employees need to reflect the actual local demographics. ANYTHING else is discriminatory. And they're GUILTY as sin, too. Ever see a 50 year old get on as a new hire at BLM? Nope. And you won't, either. EVER. There's far too many of us to ignore, and we have far too much to offer to forget about us. We also watching our wives become the primary br" Read the rest »
deb commented on Set for Life screenings in DC...
"What a Joke! B.S degree, 35 years in the health industry, and all I'm deemed competent to do is beverage service at McDonalds."
David M. commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I am a 54 year old male and have been unemployed for nearly 2 years. I have a Masters Degree. Numerous resumes have been sent out (close to a thousand) and I have gotten interviews. As advised, I left out graduation dates and only put the last 15 years of experience on my resume, to hide my age. I can't pass for a 20 or 30 something. Upon arrival at the interview when they see me, mysteriously the interview is cut short. You can tell that they are not interested and only want to get it over as quickly as possible. This after passing a telephone prescreen interview with flying colors. After the interview, I either do not hear back, or get an automated rejection e-mail. This is clearly age discrimination,as the interviews I get, I am qualified for. Is the Federal Government doing anything about this? We can talk about this until we are blue in the face, but if nothing is being done, then nothing is going to change. I feel that the government needs to take the lead on this, as I don't " Read the rest »
John Hamel commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"David, when it comes to the state of the country, I believe and feel the same as you (at times). Somehow/some way, we, the babyboomers, need to take back our country. I always thought AARP would be in our corner when the time came but..........they support Obama and this whole mess. Lost my respect and future membership. I know there are differences in belief amongst all peoples but I think AARP has lost touch of what really matters to the babyboomers."
John Hamel commented on Interact...
"I just don't get it! I have been working since I was 16 years old, have an education, good background, physically strong, and yet, I feel I have been put to pasture. The most frustrating part is that I have so much to offer a company and yet am not even considered. I am just frustrated and reaching out."
marion commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"You have probably done this but contact an attorney that works with disability only. They should charge a % of what you get in disability. Generally it takes three applications with a physician clearly stating that you can not or should not work. They will work through the ugly details and get through it for you if it is possible."
kim boran commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"OMG! ...I've been in the dental field for 27 years in NYS and have all my cred's and highly experienced yet I don't get anywhere, since Obama took office in 09 I've been out of steady work laid off and replaced by a foreign born person since than it seems all of the jobs are given too foreigners, even if you do manage to get a job you'd better have your coat and hat really as you won't be staying long? ...your young foreign co-workers will make damn sure of that! .....as they are more like conquers that refuse to give any portion of the hill back to you your the tail end babyboomers and they want to see you die of starvation as they don't want you to thrive to see social security "thats the non-politically correct truth" ! and the marxist Obama administration is helping them!"
Rosie commented on Deborah Salim...
"Your story is compelling in telling our nation what would happen if/when older workers lose their career and source of support. Hubert Humphrey was correct in saying that the morality of a nation depends on how it treats those in the dawn (children), twilight(seniors) and shadows (poverty and people with disabilities). Keep your hand in God's hand and keep looking up despite the difficulties. Trust God and He will sustain you. You are an encouragement to those of us over 50 and concerned about jobs and financial status. Love ya girl!"
Aaron commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I am 59, an registered respiratory therapist with many years experience in both adult and NICU. I have all the credentials necessary, yet my resume is ignored by each employer I send it to. How does one prove covert age discrimination?? I have sunken to depths of poverty due to unemployment in a field in which I am very experienced."
Deborah Stout commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"At 57 I am so frustrated. Have scoliosis so have back problems and cannot stand for long periods. Lost 5 jobs in the past 3 years because they were dollar store ,cashier type jobs. Have been a substitute teacher for 5 years now but seems like I just cannot get anything else or cannot do it physically. Have a degree in education but don't see that I can do anything with it. Need a regular job as my husband is disabled . He gets social security but its not enough. They don't recognize scoliosis as a disability . Guess you have to be in a wheelchair or something. We are waiting for a bank to tell us when we have to move as the owner of this place lost this house. We are renting. Fell like we are to old for thisEveryone says why don't we move in with our adult kids. They do not want us living with them and they have their own lives. Well, any advice? SUre wish Iknew the answer."
Barbara Perone commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I know how many of you feel. I am 56, have a bachelor's degree, worked hard all my life, only to be laid off in April of 2012. I've been out of work ever since. About eight months ago, I joined a professional service group in my county. I write articles for our group's blog and even became temporary Managing Editor of our multi-author blog (MAB). It's helped me to network with other professionals. I get interviews, but, somebody else always gets the job. The only thing I can do is to just keep trying to find work ... like everybody else."
Cindy commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I am an injured federal postal worker and have been on compensation for 3 years. My injury is spinal related which makes life even harder for me to look at finding another job that pays as well. Without having any additional education other than high school, it almost makes it impossible to be able to find work with the amount of earnings I had earned in a future job. Also now having specific physical limitations (due to postal work) creates a more difficulty for finding job. I am receiving compensation but it is not a retirement program. As I am now over 50 and can no longer perform the duties of the position, and the up and coming workforce, which the postal service wants, are younger, healthier and more agile. I never thought I would be going through this. It is such a whirlwind not knowing what is coming next. I applied for social security disability to help me financially until I can get back on my feet. I was denied. I have paid into social security for 35+ years and ask for hel" Read the rest »
David commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I am a teacher, 58, have two MAs, fully credentailed, and outstanding letters of recommendation. For the past three years I have had three teaching positions and with each one an excellent letter of recommnedation. Like Peggy said, I was in denial about my age and getting another job, but now I realize my age is hurting my job efforts. So my wife and I have decided to go overseas and teach English in the UAE. Tax-free money, 100% medical, and a place to live, all fully paid. Amercia, I believe, is in decline and no longer the country I remember. There is more opportunity in other places."
R.C.GUPTA commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I am 54 years old and facing similar problem and after carefully studying the situation, I think one must plan early for every eventuality after the age of 50 and also plan for some small business where he can gainfully spend his time. While planning a business one should keep aside a sum of money for his daily expenditure so that he is not dependent on his business and can enjoy the life with grace."
Greg commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I'm 50 and for the first time in my life have not been able to find any work other than temporary for the last 2 years. Reading a lot of these comments, I see statements that I have said to myself many times. Such as "no one wants to hire a xx year old." Then I started to wonder if my own attitude was affecting my results. After countless resumes sent, interviews that seemed to go well but went nowhere, I was becoming defeatist. In order to guard against this, I had to constantly remind myself that yes, it's going to be very difficult. If your job-hunting is unproductive, it probably needs to be revamped. Technology has come a long way and in some cases people like myself are a bit out of touch with it. Staying up with it may require volunteering, taking a few classes on evenings and weekends. Anything to increase exposure in the community can lead to a job. But just be careful to not come off as too desperate or bitter about the system. Patience, focusing on a pa" Read the rest »
Peggy commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I'm 59 and was laid off in April 2012. Until last week, I was in denial about the fact my age was preventing me from achieving reemployment. I was trying to stay positive. Since I've always been very successful at every position I've ever held, I just didn't want to believe I couldn't get a job. I've finally faced reality and a few days ago I googled for the first time "50 and unemployed" and have found this website, and others. My heart is broken....along with my savings account and any expectation of ever having a normal life again. There are so many things I would like to write here. But after reading all the comments, everything I want to say has already been spoken. We all feel the same pain. Exactly the same. This is a good website but it is not providing us with any answers on what do we do to fix our lives and our situations. We are not providing each other any answers either. Has anyone written to their US Representatives? I did like, and agree with one of the c" Read the rest »
kate burton commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"Excellent comment, Keith!!! I think all the 50+ folks who want to work should start their own employment agency/non-profit,lobby group or business, specifically geared toward helping us find decent jobs. So many of the so-called established employment agencies claim to welcome apps from seniors but are just trolling for resumes they can sell to 3P marketers because they never place older folks in real jobs. Same thing with organizations like AARP. A decade or so ago, that group actually advocated for government policies benefitting seniors. Now, in reality, they have jumped on the greed bandwagon, morphed into nothing more than a profit-oriented "business" that partners with big ins. companies and other marketers to hard-sell "products" people don't really benefit seniors. I began to get suspicious of AARP's tactics, intentions when they started sending me UNSOLICITED membership CARDS in the mail, like 2 seconds after my 50th birthday, cards I never even requested or applied" Read the rest »
Bill O'Brien commented on One unemployed older American's miserable mortgage refinance saga...
"Just file a lawsuit against for enough money to get their attention and be sure to ask for a jury trial."
vivian commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"i agree with you , i think we should get disability, if no one is hiring over 50, im 58 and still out of work sence 2007, we should all get together and fight for our rights.i want my s.s.s or gave me a job!! im sooo upset im wshing i woudjut be dead :("
keith rowell commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I think there is an opportunity here. We over 50s are the pinnacle of experience and hard earned wisdom. Collectively we'd be quite a force. We could BE our own economy. Vehicles like this excellent website and like AARP are shining examples of our collective potential. But how might we connect directly with eacho ther? Help each other? Create a clan of the wise. TV v"
Barbara commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I feel your frustration. I will be 55 next month and I was laid off from my job in March of 2012. I am well qualified for the jobs I have applied for since that time, however, I have been told I am either "over qualified" or they are looking for someone right out of school, with a fresher mindset. Why did I work so hard all my life? My work ethic, experience, knowledge and reliability were all for nothing. I feel worthless. Since my employment ended I have lost my home, all my possessions, my self esteem and my dignity. I am now facing homelessness and feel like giving up, I have nothing left and feel like I worked so hard and paid my dues just to fail and become a spec of dirt to an unconcerned or caring society. All the times I helped others and devoted myself as a loyal employee, going above and beyond what was expected of me, just to be cast aside. I feel worthless. I have so much to offer if just given a chance, but no one wants to hire someone my age no matter what my qualificat" Read the rest »
Jod commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"All I can say is please read the Lotus Sutra interpreted by Nichiren Daishonin, best English translation by Burton Watson, it shows a better path to take in life. You can find it on the internet."
Elise commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I left my job in 2007 because I had to manage two family estates in another part of the country. Little did I know that, at age 53, I may well have ditched my last shot at a good job with decent pay. We're scraping by on my husband's pension, job and Social Security. Though he's four years older than me, and despite the fact that I had always been the primary breadwinner, my financial contribution is limited to freelance income. I've looked diligently--even aggressively--for a job all these years, only to be slammed with the same rude treatment that others experience. The emotional toll is devastating. I'm afraid to spend money, even on necessities. The guilt and shame of depending on my husband are my constant companions. I seem to be obsolete and, frankly, I've come to doubt the talents and abilities that brought me success until 2007. I've looked for support groups for our kind with no luck."
Matthew Parkhouse commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"At 58 (I am a resisted nurse), I was working as an RN for the big Catholic Hospital in Colorado Springs. My gall bladder started acting up so surgery was scheduled At the hospital I worked for. Their surgeon botched the operation. I became septic, was in a coma for 28 days and spent another month recovering. The day before I went home (57 days inpatient),my head nurse notified me that I was being FIRED, because "I could no longer do the work". My health insurance benefit went away one month later. That was five years ago. Four of those last five years, my family's health insurance and all other health expenses came out of our saving. I FINALY got on Disability,as I turned out to bepermenantly crippled by that septic coma episode. It was a real lesson about how one can be absolutely SCREWED by a pious-talking Catholic corporation!"
Curt commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"@Murray said: You hit right on the nail, I 52 and lived and grew up in NE Florida, with 2 degrees IT & Business before that I was into long haul trucking which tore my body up having to load and unload which drivers don't have to do anymore I have experence in everything from making burial vaults to subcontracting leagl brief writing, I have about 10 years experence and am a paralegal. Plain fact is people like us are just not wanted be employers anymore every professional like myself that's over 40 is out of work and has quit looking, now women can find health care jops or retail McJobs as we can them in Florida, most people know their jobs will pan out way before retirement kick's in and I know many people that say if they do find a job and slip-and-fall will put you on workmens comp. and that's 100 times better than SSI or SSID, file for disabilty if you can is my advice."
Trish House commented on Set for Life screenings in DC...
"Why did we build a culture in which our social safety net depends on the survival of corporation and the government above the survival of we the People? The native Americans had a perfectly workable system in which every person was entitled to create his or her own survival off the land and it's natural resources. We should build our society now, with our modern technology and developments to assist us, so that the first priority of our culture is the wellbeing and survival of all life forms as the first priority. Each of us should have as our birthright a fair share of the land and the resources we need to make ourselves self sustaining. If we are clever we will work together to share the labor of building shelters, growing an organic food supply, creating open source education and health centers, etc., all for free as our survival tools. By sharing things like machinery, tools, and even land we can minimise the labor, minimise the cost and help protect the environment by reducing the" Read the rest »
Vivian commented on Set for Life screenings in DC...
"They want to get rid of you when your 40 so how do you expect someone to be able to live without jobs when you're older. Stand out in the streets with cups begging for money?"
Vivian commented on Set for Life screenings in DC...
"I hope I make it to 70."
Vivan B Zafar commented on AARP Career Fair in NYC...
"When will the next AARP job fair take place in New York. It was wonderful and want to go again."
Michael commented on Set for Life screenings in DC...
"Attention Boomers: The Economy Needs You to Work Past 70 http://www.cnbc.com/id/100724186"
Sue commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"Dear Julie, please go to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Over-Fifty-and-Out-of-Work/122824164434815 There are really good suggestions there (one posted today by DryHeaves daily). I will add your comment anonymously. Thank you for commenting on our site, and we hope we can help you. Sue Sipprelle"
Julie commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I have been made redundant for the 2nd time in a year, my previous job was 9.5 years service. Had every life changing happening you can imagine in the last three years and at 56 I am now getting rejected for jobs that are well within my capability at cv stage. Don't know for sure but believe it is age related. Not sure what to do, need to work, have good skills but how do you make your cv better than everyone else?"
Brendan Frazier commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"I began working for a large public utility fresh out of college in 1977. Last July, the company brought in contractors and asked me to train several to do the work I was doing in order to free me up for "more challenging work." I knew only too well what lie ahead. In late January, I was offered a choice: Retire with six months pay or be laid off by March 1. Naturally, I accepted the severance money. The company did provide outplacement services for three months free of charge and I have taken full advantage. One of the counselors told me privately that getting a full-time job at my age (58) was like hitting a hole-in-one on a golf course - possible but rare. I feel so useless! The skills I spent decades developing are so specialized, no one else wants them. My marriage is beginning to suffer as my wife can't fathom why I'm angry and depressed so much of the time. This is a cruel way to enter the so-called "golden years." My thoughts and prayers are with the rest of you e" Read the rest »
Murray commented on The Great Recession Continues for Unemployed Boomers...
"56 and unemployed. Have any of you noticed that a lot of the jobs posted say they want a bachelors degree and 2-3 years of experience. They don't say at least 2 years, it's 2-3 years. They're bracketing that experience because they want someone in their 20's. It's age discrimination and there isn't anything I can do about it."
michael commented on Reality After Boston in April StayThirsty.com...
"While you are searching for position I would recommend looking at these sites and taking a course that would add value to your C/V. The courses are free and taught by some of the fines in university education. Coursera.com and Udacity.com. Best of luck. Michael"
michael commented on Reality After Boston in April StayThirsty.com...
"the unemployment rate just went down to 7.5%. Hogwash. At this site you will see what the true unemployment rate is. http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/unemployment-charts I would read the definition. The U-6 number is what people in the know use. Not the politically wonderful number. Also many millions of people have gone from unemployment to disability. They are still unemploed but not counted. So, the real rate is somehwere beteween 14 and 22%. Dont be fooled. Also here is an interesting chart to the right of the page................http://www.shadowstats.com/charts/employment/unemployment/cross-sections. Pretty interesting. However I would like it shown by state. It doesn't matter if you are unemployed.. I have offered my services to help those who need it free of charge. I have the expertise and have hired hundreds of people and have never used a resume to get my own positions. I will say its a 40 hour a week job to get a job but in many instances a job can be gotten. I he" Read the rest »
Patricia Merriken commented on Interact...
"I'm over fifty and out of wokr . My unemployment benefits have run out. I have rent and other expenses to pay. I have already applied for and receive food stamps and energy assistance. I need about $800.00 a month in cash assistance to get through life and not become homeless. I have be volunteering with the prospect of getting a part-time paying job where I'm "working" now. I would just like to know if there is a grant for someone like me to keep living."
Maria commented on Dreaming Big Again, March Stay Thirsty column...
"I've been out of work for almost 2 years. Doesn't seem that a college degree, years of experience, or an impeccable work history (never call in sick) matter anymore. Jobs I've applied for (hundreds of resumes & memberships in websites) don't generate responses, yet I've seen the same positions come back around again only after a short time. Who are these people hiring? Also, several interviews have resulted in no responses (letters, calls, or e-mails). The older worker is being snubbed for younger workers who, in most cases, require hefty training dollars. Why not save the money and pay an experienced, reliable 50+ employee?"
Steven commented on Dr. Carl Van Horn...
"I first worked in a donut shop at 16 making donuts and cleaning up when the shop closed. It is sadly ironic that my job there was more secure than my job in Software Engineering today with a Master's Degree. I have no delusion that anyone in the government (past or present) gives a damn about any of us other than the billionaires and their companies who make campaign contributions."
Lillian commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"After reading a few posts, it is comforting to know that I am not the only one facing age discrimination. Like you all, I had a Great paying job that I loved and was good at in education software sales. In 2009 I was laid off along with others in my age 45-55 age group and unemployed for over 2 years only to land a lesser role and be employed for a little over 1 year. Only to laid off this last February 2013. I have sent out resumes - attended workshops, and everything possible to get things going -- to no avail! I have Nothing to fall back on financially other than the measely amount I get for unemployment each week - clearly not enough to pay bills! My question -- what can we do to stop this age discrimination? Enough is Enough!! Such a sad state of affairs for us! How things have changed from "our" days of respecting and valuing our elders to now -- the younger generation has No respect - Poor Work Ethics - and other than what they can supply on paper for their credential" Read the rest »
KC commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"I have a job (quality auditor as well) but have been on disability the past 5 months. I'm getting ready to return next week but wonder what job I will be returning too. I'm 51 and noticed over the past year that my responsibilities have lessened and younger employees are taking on more and more of these responsibilities. I fear my job and performance results will suffer when I return. I also find my desire to work has waned. I haven't worked consistently since college - took some years off to raise a family but kept my skills up to pace through classes. I think moving on is not best for me... the younger generation is definitely favored for their age and not their experience. After all, can't they be molded easier than an old goat like me? (Tongue in cheek)"
Yvette-Rene commented on Older Workers: No Longer Needed?...
"In response to B, Why don't you start a program for us. I'm 50 and was booted out of my company because I was making too much money for the position I held. My performance was so good I got a pay raise every time it came around, so they had to find a way to get rid of people like me and they found a way. they implemented a new policy. any employee who gets 4 points is walked out the door/fired. the way you get these points is being 1 minute late to work, 1 minute late back from lunch or break...forgetting to log in or log out, so many people lost their job because of this silly new rule. then the company tried to denied all of our unemployment but we fought. we had a good advocate. the clocks were not calibrated at the company. I've been unemployed almost 2 years now...using my IRA to live.....I get the interviews because my resume looks good, but no job. lets start an organization for our age.....we've got to do something. I also feel you on that part when you said, can't wai" Read the rest &raq