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Old 03-05-2007, 02:41 PM
 
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Thinking about a move from LV to Charlotte or the Raleigh-Dur-Chap area, probably the latter.

Would like honest opinions about whether a pushing 50, minimally educated (AA+ only), obese+, non descript looking woman would be able to get gainful employment in the clerical/administrative services market. I am not putting myself down here - I have self-confidence, good skills for the work I do, etc. However, I am trying to get a realistic picture of any age/size discrimination that might exist and wondering (if it does exist) the severity of it (in the realm of leisure/culture activities, too).

I would most likely have to move there first to be able to find gainful employment. It's not like I would be headhunted. I have been with the same employer 15 years and then 12 years with a prior, so I haven't had to look for employment for many years and my age and size weren't issues the last time I was in the job market. Making a major life move and then not being able to find gainful employment (i.e., liveable wage/benefits) would be devistating.

Thank you for your input.
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Old 03-05-2007, 08:05 PM
 
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Well I certainly appreciate and admire your honesty, and wish you the best of luck....

If you do consider Raleigh area, since it is the capital, I would suggest taking a strong look at state government work. There are almost always plenty of openings in clerical & administrative work...and I'd think there's always a need for more applicants who are well-qualified. Also, there are very very strict regulations in effect regarding discrimination...a supervisor is expected to pick the most qualified applicant and document quite thoroughly why that choice is picked. It's not a perfect system of course, and current state employees usually have an edge over those who aren't yet....but I think it's still a bit better than the private sector in avoiding "image discrimination". Unfortunately, the pay is also less than the private sector...so keep that in mind, too.
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Old 03-05-2007, 08:11 PM
 
Location: The Denver, CO area
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You might want to take a look at OfficeTeam. They can help you find temp jobs or even temp to hire.
http://www.officeteam.com/portal/site/ot-us
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