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Old 07-19-2014, 05:08 AM
 
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At age 62 I have given up looking for a full time job! They say I am just too old!

I was fired from my job at age 61 and after 18 months of looking for work I am finally realizing that I am just too old to get hired when they are thousands of younger people looking for work in my field. Employers just don't want someone my age.

Anyone lose their full time job in their 60s and find a new one at the same or better pay? If so, tell us your story!
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Old 07-19-2014, 05:39 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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Since closing my business three years ago I've been unsolicitedly offered three good jobs, two full time and one part time. Unfortunately I suffered a bad fall from which I'm still recovering so haven't been able to consider any offers. I am 68 but haven't been fired "many many times", have a very good employment history spanning 50 years and excellent references. Many of my peers are still working and I don't see age alone as a detriment to employment opportunities; it's only one of many factors.
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Old 07-19-2014, 06:49 AM
 
Location: Ft. Myers
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I'm 69 and went back to work a year ago, it was supposed to be part time but I now work 5 days a week. But I am kind of plug and play, I have been in this business for over 25 years, so I've got a fair amount of knowledge in the industry.

I suggest you turn that age thing into a positive instead of a negative. You have a lot of experience, your life is very settled (unlike younger people who party the night before and call off a lot) and you have a proven track record. Some employers recognize that older workers are a lot less trouble, show up on time, don't spend half the day texting, are honest, and are happy to have a job.

That is how I sold myself when I interviewed, instead of them bringing it up to me I was the one who mentioned my age and told them there are a lot of years of experience in there. I simply told them I would take any shift, needed no training, would be available at any time if someone called off, etc. Initially, I was working 2 days a week, but more and more, as people called off and I went in to fill their shift, it got to the point where I am full time. Just yesterday one manager told me he would use me 7 days a week if he could, which was nice to hear. So yes, you can overcome that age thing once you get your foot in the door.

Don
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Old 07-19-2014, 06:58 AM
 
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I would not apply directly, but try getting "in the back door" through a temp agency. I have gotten several positions this way. You may not be an HR ideal because of first impressions, BUT once you get in some where and they see what you can do (assuming you have the skills) they may want to hire you because you are so great at that job.
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Old 07-19-2014, 07:20 AM
 
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What happened to the teaching job with the great reviews by students?
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Old 07-19-2014, 04:09 PM
 
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What happened to the teaching job with the great reviews by students?
I teach some classes at a local community college part time but up to now I have been looking for a full time job. I worked with a number of agencies to help find me a job, finally they were honest. The client used code words to say I was too old.
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Old 07-19-2014, 04:21 PM
 
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I teach some classes at a local community college part time but up to now I have been looking for a full time job. I worked with a number of agencies to help find me a job, finally they were honest. The client used code words to say I was too old.
Wrong code book. Seriously, take your fiction elsewhere
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Old 07-19-2014, 04:23 PM
 
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There's nothing wrong with stopping. Sometimes it's just time to retire and enjoy the time you have left. Congrats to you.
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Old 07-19-2014, 04:32 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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The client used code words to say I was too old.
And what would those be?
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Old 07-19-2014, 04:37 PM
 
Location: here
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Interesting thread for someone who has been using "I'm retired now" as a screen name for a year.
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