Employment agencies in the D.C. metro area that will assist 50+ finding admin/clerical work
Hi all. I would love to hear from anyone 50+ who has recently landed a job in the DC metro area as an admin/exec asst/clerical worker. I had to leave my job to take care of a sick parent and at the age of 57 years old, have returned to the DC metro area and cannot get a job. If anyone knows any helpful agencies, and please do not recommend the National Older Worker Career Center -- they do not pay a liveable wage -- I would so appreciate it! I have 20+ years working at a large international organization and non-profit research in D.C.
I feel your pain, very difficult to get a job when you are 50 years old; it seems the employers are boycotting or are not willing to give the older job seekers the opportunity to regain an employment. It feels like a discrimination for not hiring older job seeker.
After much searching, I finally landed a position with a Government contractor. Perhaps that is the way to go. The Federal Government (permanent or contract job) seems to be the best place to work in DC if you are over 50. The rest of this town wants their employees to be between 20-25 years old, multilingual, and minimum BA to answer phones and file....good grief!
I found this list of age friendly employers from the AARP site: https://reviews.retirementjobs.com. There are about 100 companies/agencies listed. However, as someone who spent over a year applying for clerical/admin jobs in Washington, DC, I can say with certainty that there is a lot of age discrimination here. I thought jobs would be plentiful here as there are so so many jobs advertised, and I have a lot of solid admin work experience. The only issue is a recent employment gap because I was taking care of my ill parent. Employers seem to want recent college grad and bi or multi-lingual. Experience doesn't seem to be a requirement at many places -- and that goes for Exec Assistant level.