unemployed and over 50

United States
February 21, 2009 3:03pm CST
I lost my job in September. I have been searching since then for a job. I have only gone on 3 interviews since, worked one temporary position for 3 weeks, I am concerned now that my age may be a factor in getting another job. What are you doing during this economic times to make money to cover expenses?
5 responses
@lynnemg (4539)
• United States
21 Feb 09
Due to your experience, you are probably well qualified for many jobs, the down-side to that is that there are some employers that are intimidated by a person with experience. I am sure that something will come up for you, it will just take time. As far as what I am doing right now, well, I was layed-off from a factor job back in July. Rather than look for anotherjob and depend on another company to keeps itd doors open, I decided to become self-employed. I now have 11 clients that I clean for, plus, my kids and I deliver papers, and I do some work on-line. My best advice to anyone who is currently out of a job is to use the opportunity to really pursue your dreams for yourself, not for someone else. Find that talent that you have and put it to work for you. Are you a crafty person? Do you like to sew? Is there a way that you can use what you know from your previous job to help others on your own? Where there is a will, there is a way. God gives us the will and shows us the way if we just listen.
• United States
21 Feb 09
you are right I am thinking that in the back of my mind, its just getting that first client is the hard thing to do.
@Shellyann36 (8915)
• United States
21 Feb 09
I am sorry you are going through this. I lost my job in 2007 and after countless interviews later I still have not found a job out in the real world. I settled down and began working at home. The money is not great but I am being productive. Several websites offer work at home jobs, craigslist and a few others. I hope that you do find another job soon.
• United States
21 Feb 09
that is the avenue I am working on now, realizing maybe I want to work from home and not mean Doctors and corporate america
• United States
21 Feb 09
I would think that you would be more likely to be hired, due to your experience. Maybe it's because I work in retail, but when my store is looking to hire someone, they tend to overlook the younger kids in favor of someone older because they want someone who knows what a job is, and will show up every day, not blow work off to hit the beach, or go to a party. I guess it's tough no matter which end you happen to be on. Thankfully I haven't lost my job (yet) but my hours were cut severely, I have been doing what I can online (pennies at a time, lol) to supplement my income, and just trying to spend less in general.
• United States
21 Feb 09
well I would hope my experience is going to be a benefit, could just be my insecurites of not getting the job after going on the interview, when back in the day lol I would get the job
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
23 Feb 09
I am in the same boat with you. I lost my job in December 2008, and I am over 50. There are no jobs here people are fighting for jobs and when one comes available it is on the news the amount of people that's applying for it. I don't stand a chance. Right now I am drawing my unemployment insurance. I don't have any health benefits. What am I going to do I have no idea. I thank God that my home is paid for and also my car. I don't have any dependents my children are all adults. I will just pray and take it one day at a time. Good Luck and God Bless.
@sunil_008 (1270)
• India
21 Feb 09
all i would like to say is you are young enough for another job.they keep looking for the experienced guys.and am sure you are going to make it in the next interview...in the meantime try to find one through the net...quite few of them providing these oppertunities...