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Desperate mature worker branded "Liability"

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by testdrive, Sep 2, 2008.

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  1. testdrive

    testdrive Regular Member

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    I am sure I am not alone in this situation, and I now understand why so many are homeless at my age and how sad it is to realize this because if I do not achieve employment in 60 days I will be in that scenerio Homeless and it is not a healthy cloud that I carry with me each day I wake up. I was employed on my last position for 14 yrs then laid off, company closed. Now I have been without income for 3 yrs, and "yes" I lost everything trying to survive. I have moved from a small community which I called home when I realized I was not being hired after many interviews. Relocated here in Niagara Falls, so many interviews and have not had the privilege to receive that one call " you are hired".

    Resume is outstanding, or impressed we definitely would love to set up a interview "such wonderful words to hear!"

    Then this outstanding person that was told how impressed they were walks in "now not so impressed or outstanding".

    In the beginning walked away from a interview feeling "I aced it" such a great feeling but reality set in I cannot seem to get that capitol "L" on my forehead off "liabilty" disadvantages "age"

    I am angry that companies do not see people are age a asset.

    I am around the corner being homeless and desperate to find a company who looks pass a wringle or two.

    If I could work as a cashier or sales clerk I would in a heart beat, but back surgery I am not capable to work on my legs so I have to remain searching office positions.

    In desperation I decided to write a blog and just maybe just one individual will know of a employment or have a company that would welcome a dedicated, mature professional worker.
     

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    Take surfing the internet off your interests, people will think you will do that at work.

    And take out the laid off (it just sounds bad), just tell them when they ask.
     
  3. testdrive

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    THank you for your input - appreciated Senior Di
     
  4. cparainmaker

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    eh it's impossible to be homeless in America, there's so much money out there if you go get it great if you don't I have no sympathy for you.
    Go look for some gigs on craigslist or something, not that it's my judgment but if I was going to be homeless in 3 months I would spend 8 hours a day actually looking for a job not cruising the internet.
     
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    Hey senior_di,

    I feel your situation and wish you the best.

    Sometimes, networking with some folks might actually pay off and help get you that new job.

    Alternatively, perhaps you could try working as a freelance online writer or online service provider to make some pocket money.

    Did you get a chance to check out careerbuilder dot ca or
    jobbank dot gc dotc ca ?

    Take care. :)
     
  6. testdrive

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    Lowboman Thank you for your kind words!
     
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    Thank you gifmore, each morning before I head out I have at least a dozen sites, and email resumes.
     
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    I would put the month/year you started each job and ended it. As said above, don't put laid off. This resume needs a lot of help. I would try to look at resume sites and follow their lead.

    Just like in Internet Marketing you need to sell yourself. I used to put a Summary Of Qualifications at the top of my resume after my contact info. Research the needs for each company you apply to and tell them why they need you, solve a problem for them.

    LIke I said, research resume sites and follow their lead. Your resume is very very plain and can use a lot of changing.
     
  9. Diabolik

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    What's with the picture? Do you send that out with your resume? If so - STOP! The person in the pic looks somewhat crazy. Why not get a Gmail account with your first and last name. Dawn50d? People might think you're bragging about your chest or perhaps a spam bot.

    For some reason I think this is a scam of some sort. How's Nigeria this time of year?
     
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    Senior Di. I am 60 next month, and have hedl positions as high as EVP and COO over 6,000man companies. No one gives a damn.

    Age is a factor on all jobs. I was convicted of a 4th degree felony 18 years ago, and for all of that time I have held smaller jobs, or have been self employed. Mostly made more money, but now am dead ass broke, broker than broke.


    What I can tell you is that it is a cruel fucking world, and no one cares if you live or die. If your gonna make it in the world you got to learn new things, and you got to do what ever you got to do to survive.

    I was displaced in a job in the mid 80's and the company paid to have me go to Challenger Gray and Christmas, an out placement firm. It is the BHW for employment.

    Survival techniques. Take any job you can, and keep looking for the next.

    You cannot outrun age, on the internet no one knows your age, your as good as your technique and approach.

    LEARN, EVERYTHING.

    Periodically I think I am still the EVP stuff, and I will interview around for a few months. Fuck it...I am still 60..they do not want people our age, they want youth.

    I can never go anywhere there is ever a background check. even though it was 18 years ago, it is there, and thats all it takes.

    It does not matter if you paid your dues either way, you cannot outrun age.

    The people on this site are brilliant. You just need to learn and try things.

    Lifes tough..there is only one way out

    Good luck
     
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    That is some of the worst fu**ing advice I have ever read. I highly doubt he managed companies with thousands of employees. Publicly Traded companies? Not a chance.

    Don't listen to him. You just need to update your skill set in different areas. You are never too old (or wise, but may be too proud) to learn something new. Today, try to write you first web page, even if it is 'Hello World'. We all start there. I started with a Apple IIe. I wrote the programs but never enjoyed it. (10 print "hello world" 20 "please somebody kill me now") Might not be the correct syntax, so please don't try to copy it. hahaha

    It can be done. Then learn from the girls/guys here. They will help. I wish you the best. If I can help in any way, please PM me or post.
     
  12. areyouserious

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    I am no expert here but after reading through your resume it appears to me that you would make an excellent virtual assistant. I utilize 3 right now (each has different strengths) each one earns over 40k per year and are absolutely worth every penny (and more).

    Head over to google type in virtual assistant, post on elance, craigs list and deliver more than you are paid for and you will always have work... especially if you can transcribe audio recordings, or generate leads or set appointments.

    good luck... screw that... luck is when opportunity and preparation meet.

    Seriously
     
  13. testdrive

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    OMG, what did I get into by posting a blog here :confused:

    1st - this is a rough resume would never use my professional resume with name adress etc.... It is fiction only experience is fact :cool: As if I would put actual names etc...

    For my photo I NEVER send a photo with a resume :confused: it was a photo to put on this site :eek:

    I apologize but I am not seeking resume advice ot where to search. I was really trying to reach that one person with maybe who can direct me to a company with a opening which then I would follow up.

    Thank you for does who were kind :eek:

    For the one who said:--------> eh it's impossible to be homeless in America, there's so much money out there if you go get it great if you don't I have no sympathy for you.Go look for some gigs on craigslist or something, not that it's my judgment but if I was going to be homeless in 3 months I would spend 8 hours a day actually looking for a job not cruising the internet."

    I'd rather be in my situation then be "YOU" I feel SORRY FOR YOU!
     
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    Why would you feel sorry for Lowbowman? He makes a shitload of money, whereas you DON'T! You have come to the wrong place with your problems, you need to go to another forum because your problem seems highly suspect. We get plenty of sob stories here which are actually scams. You also should not be wising off to senior members. I don't come to YOUR cardboard box and spit on the floor.

    And what does this mean?

    "Thank you for does who were kind :eek:"

    Maybe it's spelling mistakes like that which are keeping you unemployed.
     
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    In the virtual assistant area and remote jobs head over to the workplacelikehome forum and also the ratracerebellion dot com site. Both are great for off site jobs. I recently last month got a great job off of the workplacelikehome site after searching for two years myself. Best of luck to you!
     
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    Amen to that :p bro

    And don't give me shit like you can't find a job, go get a job at walmart or something for $8 an hour and a cheap apartment, work 8 hours a day and in your spare time look for a better job.
    Take this into account it's not the employers problem it's YOUR problem ;)
     
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    Hey Diabolik,

    Maybe Jimmy James can get her a job working for Johnny Johnson...

    wink, wink, nudge, nudge...

    or maybe Matthew could use an assistant.

    Seriously
     
  18. Diabolik

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    Maybe she could work for Doobie Keebler AKA Adam West

    This is for you if you haven't seen it yet...

    http://www.hulu.com/newsradio


     
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    Please never see maturity as "liability". I'm sure you have a wealth of experiences. And I have a lot of respect for that.
     
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    hey,

    I was in your same shoes a few months back. I was a construction superintendent here in phoenix and when the market fell, so did my employment.

    i was unemployed, broke, near homeless, family was starving and I was scared.

    BUT IT TURNED OUT TO BE THE BEST THING FOR ME.

    Believe it or not, this misfortune prompted me to pursue an internet venture.

    Seemed like the layoff was meant to happen.

    THings are not great like they were, but I am paying the bills and my family are eating. Not to mention the threat of being homeless is gone.

    You must make your own way!

    Your user name being senior di, I must assume that you are a true warrior. Buck up and square away your life. Be the hard charger that you trained so many to become.

    Adapt
    Overcome
    Improvise

    Semper Fi