Hi Friends – I am glad you are here for Coffee With Clare – every Thursday! I sure hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
I am an overweight, middle-aged woman (well into my 50’s), and I recently lost my job due to no fault of my own – I was downsized. Now I find myself “hitting the pavement”, but I can tell you, Clare, it seems as though no one is interested in hiring me, and I can tell in large part it is due to my age. (I know they can’t “legally” discriminate against me due to age, but I can tell they do.) I have lots of experience, but I am not getting much response for my job applications and resumes I have sent out. I have had one or two interviews, but if I find the man or woman who is interviewing me is under 40 years old, I can tell you – they aren’t interested! What can I do? I must work, and I am diligently looking for work.
Signed – Julie
This hits close to home! I have found myself in your shoes more than once. Let’s start with your resume. Make sure another qualified person has looked over your resume. Consider his/her suggestions on how to improve your resume and make any necessary changes.
Dress nicely for interviews and be well-manicured with appropriate hairstyle and makeup. On interviews, be sure to make eye contact, smile but don’t smile too much, and give a warm handshake. Although you need a job, make sure “desperate” is not the message you are sending.
Now, if you are not getting enough interviews, I have gotten jobs (and job offers) by networking. I would suggest you put together a simple cover letter with your resume and send that out to your circle of family, friends, former co-workers, and other people you may know. Ask them to let you know of any potential job leads and job contacts they may have. In this day and age, be sure you are networking and keeping up with the people you know already because this is the best way to look for job leads. I have seen it posted in various places that as many as 80% of jobs are never advertised. Don’t give up! Keep at it, be consistent, and BE persistent – it will pay off!
Readers: I would love to hear your suggestions for Julie!
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