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Old 07-20-2018, 05:50 PM
 
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I get economic times were different then, but $40k is pretty low paying for a white-collared employee, especially with a number of years of experience. It isn't necessarily an "affluent" vs non "affluent" thing. $40k might not cover his mortgage and feed 4 mouths even if he cut all his unnecessary expenses. That's why when people get paid off/fired, they don't just take the first job they can get. If it doesn't pay enough, they're better off taking unemployment and searching for something that does, than taking a low paying job and losing out on UI benefits and the time to search for something new.
You can't get Unemployment benefits if you quit a job or have not been employed for awhile, only if you get fired/terminated/laid-off etc.... correct??

During the housing crash/recession I think you could get a year or more of benefits when the Feds stepped in- now it may be 6 months max.
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Old 07-20-2018, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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I get economic times were different then, but $40k is pretty low paying for a white-collared employee, especially with a number of years of experience.
I don't have a mortgage (or a car payment), and the only mouths that still need feeding have fur.

I'm not sure what the hostility towards my seeking mid-level employment comes from. Yes, if I was still on a career track, I'd aim high. I'm not. I actually semi-retired a few years back; my main reason for looking for a midlevel job is because I want to do the parts I'm good at and not the parts I'm tired of (managing, ownership, all the "boss" headaches).

$50k is a very comfortable income level and while I wouldn't turn down a higher offer, it has nothing to do with "taking whatever someone will pay me." Salary agreement/dispute has been no part of my long search; I only had two serious discussions about compensation, including the current hire.

Quite sorry if my tongue-in-cheek reference bit anyone on the patootie, and I sincerely hope none of you ever have to look for a new job after 50.
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Old 07-20-2018, 06:03 PM
 
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I don't have a mortgage (or a car payment), and the only mouths that still need feeding have fur.

I'm not sure what the hostility towards my seeking mid-level employment comes from. Yes, if I was still on a career track, I'd aim high. I'm not. I actually semi-retired a few years back; my main reason for looking for a midlevel job is because I want to do the parts I'm good at and not the parts I'm tired of (managing, ownership, all the "boss" headaches).

$50k is a very comfortable income level and while I wouldn't turn down a higher offer, it has nothing to do with "taking whatever someone will pay me." Salary agreement/dispute has been no part of my long search; I only had two serious discussions about compensation, including the current hire.

Quite sorry if my tongue-in-cheek reference bit anyone on the patootie, and I sincerely hope none of you ever have to look for a new job after 50.
If you are referring to my last response (the one to IllinoisPhotographer), the “he” cited is not you.
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Old 07-20-2018, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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If you are referring to my last response (the one to IllinoisPhotographer), the “he” cited is not you.
Okay. This whole thread went unexpected directions.
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Old 07-20-2018, 06:23 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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I don't have a mortgage (or a car payment), and the only mouths that still need feeding have fur.

I'm not sure what the hostility towards my seeking mid-level employment comes from. Yes, if I was still on a career track, I'd aim high. I'm not. I actually semi-retired a few years back; my main reason for looking for a midlevel job is because I want to do the parts I'm good at and not the parts I'm tired of (managing, ownership, all the "boss" headaches).

$50k is a very comfortable income level and while I wouldn't turn down a higher offer, it has nothing to do with "taking whatever someone will pay me." Salary agreement/dispute has been no part of my long search; I only had two serious discussions about compensation, including the current hire.

Quite sorry if my tongue-in-cheek reference bit anyone on the patootie, and I sincerely hope none of you ever have to look for a new job after 50.
At age 54, having been "downsized" from 2 good career jobs in the previous 5 years, I found myself in a similar position. What I ran into a lot were 30-something hiring mgrs that just could not see themselves "hiring their father". I could see it in their eyes the minute I walked in the room.

After 3 "entry-level" jobs that didn't work out over the next 2 years, I lucked into a position where they actually were looking for an older worker, as the previous 20-something was totally unreliable. Stayed there for 10 years, then retired at 66.
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Old 07-20-2018, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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After 3 "entry-level" jobs that didn't work out over the next 2 years, I lucked into a position where they actually were looking for an older worker, as the previous 20-something was totally unreliable. Stayed there for 10 years, then retired at 66.
That's what I'm hoping for. Current job is pretty meh... I will know if it will work long time in another week or or so.

It's tough in any field, but especially in those with a youth bias. I do hope to find a solid position for the next five to ten years... and if I end up in a corner office again, I can live with it. Probably. But I'll envy all the kids out there doing the fun stuff.
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Old 07-21-2018, 05:50 PM
 
Location: In The Thin Air
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You are scaring me. I have been at my current position for 13 years now and I am not looking forward to throwing my resume out there if or when that time comes. I am 47 so the age thing freaks me out a bit. One thing I do have going for me is my network of techie people that I keep in touch with that have moved around the area quite a bit. I haven't updated my resume since 2005 right before I got hired for my current job. My linkedin account is up to date though.

Quietude, congrats on the job! I wish I owned my home. Maybe I will win the Mega Millions.
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