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Re: Facing Unemployment at 50

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Hello @chas9770 and others who have participated in this discussion. You may be interested to know that we currently are hosting an AARP expert on this very topic. Laurie McCann is a Senior Attorney with AARP Foundation Litigation where her principal responsibilities include litigation and "amicus curiae" (impartial advisor) participation for AARP on a broad range of age discrimination and other employment issues.

 

Please pop over to our Theme Month Discussion to ask AARP Expert Laurie your questions about age discrimination, and share your experience.

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Re: Facing Unemployment at 50

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I had a problem with a company that to this day I really don’t respect as they lied at my unemployment hearing and said I was insubordinate. I had come on board in 2010 and had become their top battery seller for their AAA contract. The owner was furious with his younger employees. How does this old guy out sell you?

In 2012 I was asked to train potential new hires and was given pretty much two weeks but it wasn’t working. They would hire them anyways and they either quit or was fired! My vehicle was vandalized on company property to the point it was dangerous to drive. The owner did nothing to the new hire as other employees complained about him tampering with their vehicles. He was selling batteries like me! I contracted MRSA months later at a local hospital and asked for an advance.

Owner went into I should have done this and denied me! I had to pawn things as I recovered! Owner would lend his friends money but not someone who had been a friend of his dads who founded the company and was his best light service driver. Age became a factor now when I returned. Call volume was dropping for me and AAA picked up it was our dispatcher. I was their top driver for my shop in Montgomery County. The owner wanted out of that area. They wanted me to quit! Instead they fired me days before Christmas in 2012. Light service would go downhill in that county. He didn’t care! He was only making profit with me out there! Not the younger drivers!

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Re: Facing Unemployment at 50

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I was "displaced' from my great position/great income job in late 2008 - took a temp position in 2009 which was over 14 months later then couldn't find anything matching or at even half my previous salaries.  Ended up taking a seasonal position at $10 an hour, got on as full time and am now making $17 an hour after 6 years.  I have revamped my resume hundreds of times and find that my level of experience gets chopped off just to get someone to call me in for an interview.  It is frustrating and living paycheck to paycheck is something I haven't done since I was 21!  

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Don't be discouraged. There are actually a lot of companies out there that DON'T discriminate based on age. 

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I am 61 and have been unemployed since last May. I have interviewed a lot and come close a a few times but haven't gotten a job yet.  I don't have nearly enough money to retire. I am trying to learn new skills in my field (IT) so maybe I can get a job that way.

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Yes, it is pretty bad out there.  I was let go from my job in 2015.  First time ever and they really had no reason but to say I had a bad "attitude" .  My attitude was because certain individuals did not do what they were suppose to in order for me to move forward with my part of doing the job.  The manager had her favorites and I was not one of them.  So when I brought it to her attention she did not like it and that caused for her to say I had a bad attitude.  I do believe I will be better for not working there.  It was not a place for me, but I was not warned and did not need to lose my job.  I had NEVER been told I had a bad attitude in my years of working.  I always got along with everyone and was a team player.  This has also affected my self esteem and I keep blaming myself for it. We need to move on and better things will come to us in 2017!!  

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I am with you.  I am 58 years old and have been unemployed since October of 2015.   Have been lookignfor a job since then with no luck.  It is not easy for us folks at this age.  Although today we are still too young to retire.  

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The company I've been with for 11 years is disbanding our particular brand, so as of 1/28/17, I will be unemployed. I'm working on applications now, and I've submitted my application for unemployment. I read something about possibly getting special SS benefits while going through this process for mental distress & anxiety. Is this accurate? I'm 56, and I know my prospects are limited. Job hunting is an overwhelming task, & I'm very close to a zero balance in my accounts!

Any insight would be appreciated!

Thank you.

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Ditto. In the past, I've signed up with more than one temp agency at a time, usually 4 - 5, and had good results. I would also keep up on a job search if the temp contract was short-term. I've actually ended up on two of my long-term jobs because I was hired when the temp contract ended.

 

One thing I'm doing now is working with a career counselor to get ready for when they drop the hammer on me. THIS time I'm going to be ready to look for work, and I won't take just any available job simply because it pays a fairly good wage - in other words, I won't go into "job survival" mode, I'll be a bit pickier about which job I choose to take. I'm feeling much more hopeful this time around.

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Agreed, temp agency will help.  Try you state .gov sites also.  They have many jobs that you can do from home via the internet.  Many medcial companies are also looking for persons that will work from home, via the internet. 

 

Take a course in resume writing at your local college.  What once worked on a resume, doesn't work now.  I see many resumes, and they are filled with the old style words.  Pep up your resume.

 

I am facing a possible plant shut down soon, so I am all ready looking. 

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