A recent comment made me think that perhaps I need to revisit the subject of the on-going, enduring, daily grind, job search for new readers. Yes, I continue to look for a job, and to apply when appropriate jobs become available. Iterating that search here would make for a dry and discouraging read and a rather depressing post to write.
Although almost all of my resumes and cover letters disappear into the postal system or, more commonly, cyberspace, without any response whatsoever, I did recently discover what happened to 2 jobs for which I applied. I network online through Plaxo and LinkedIn and one of my contacts wrote to let me know that he found out that both jobs (Senior Project Manager positions at different companies) were filled by single people (without children) in their early thirties. As he bluntly put it, “Sorry Babe – but they are cheaper (salary and benefits package) and have a longer shelf life than you do!”
Recent articles have shown that this is not a unique situation. More and more older (over 50) unemployed workers are finding it extremely difficult to find a new job. See for example quotes from the following stories – just a few of the many you’ll find if you Google ‘older unemployed workers’:
Older workers hit hardest by long-term unemployment (MinnPost.com) which noted that only about 15 percent of jobseekers 55 and older found jobs each month in 2009.
“After other recent downturns, older people who lost jobs fretted about how long it would take to return to the work force and worried that they might never recover their former incomes. But today, because it will take years to absorb the giant pool of unemployed at the economy’s recent pace, many of these older people may simply age out of the labor force before their luck changes.“
“Jobless Americans such as Mignon Veasley-Fields of Los Angeles don’t need government data to tell them that something has changed. A former administrative assistant at an L.A. charter school, she has searched fruitlessly for employment for more than two years. She’s losing hope of ever working again.
“If I were 18, I’d say, ‘I can bounce back.’ But I’m 61,” said Veasley-Fields, a dignified woman with graying, close-cropped hair. “It’s really scary. It’s like someone just put a pillow over your head and smothered you.””
And so on and so on and so on. And in the meantime people are still being laid off – initial jobless claims for the past week were up again. So, yes, I’m still searching – just don’t have any positive news to report.
As for writing a book, the owner of the smog check station where I took my car yesterday asked me to ghost write a book with him on the ins and outs of how to pass the smog test! He figures we could sell it for about $6 a copy and split the profits. This because he spotted my book on Bullet Proof Book Proposals on the front seat of my car. So you never know.