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  •  CFO...? (12+ / 0-)

    ...I'd be willing to bet that there's a local community based organization that is desperate for your skills. They may not be able to pay ya, tho' you'll know that whatever time you can bring to them is appreciated.

    Seriously.

    Cheers, h.

    •  It's the "over-60" ceiling (8+ / 0-)

      that's plaguing so many former mid-level executives now being dumped into the unemployed market.  Companies just don't wanna talk to anyone 60+.  Hell, even 50+ is tough to even get an interview for a position.

      I think this is mostly due to health-insurance liabilities presumed with the 60+ labor pool.   And that's almost criminal, in my view.

      Also, it's that the whole American job market is heavily weighted to the employers now.   There are so many with similar high-value qualifications for only a small number of available positions.   To weed them out for selection, just go by the age, first, although it's illegal for them to know how old you are.  (Hint:  if you have a Facebook page, they'll check it and see your 60th birthday party photos, or just any touch-of-grey photos of you on there.)   Usually they can surmise how old you are from your work history.

      I have a similar situation in my family.   A brother-in-law who is a longtime, experienced accountant and CFO, who has just become a part-time worker at his employer corporation, with job to end in August.  He's 65+.    Can't get an interview anywhere, after sending out resumes for a year now.  He has stellar credentials.

      Although I also have a sister who just landed a very cushy position, after leaving a previous job of 10+ years.  She's over 60, and is now making more money than she ever did.  In her case, her specialty is in great demand and she is (famously) at the top of her game.   But how much work time does she have left in her?  That's the question now...

      So, I'm really sorry about the ageism that's blocking your way out of unemployment, hnichols.   It's tough and cruel.    And it's not like 60 isn't the new 40.   We're all much more valuable as employees for our maturity, experience, knowledge and skill at our jobs by this time in our lives.  

      I was once fired in the early 90's in a big sweep of older mid-level executives.  A lot of wet-behind-the-ears recent MBA's were hired for our positions.  It didn't take long before they asked us all to come back.   You just can't make quality experience.  You have to learn and earn it.   (I finally left to start my own company, btw.)

      Best of luck to you.  Hopefully there is a position out there for you.

      "I'm glad I don't know how it feels to vote to withhold basic human rights from someone else." DavidW-DKos

      by sockpuppet on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 09:50:50 AM PDT

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