Finding the need for more money has become a household anthem with the rising costs of daily living. There are plenty of people who were affected by the economic plight we experienced in the last few years. Many lost their jobs because the companies closed or down sized in order to handle the pinch they were feeling. So many found themselves in over their heads with expenses and no money to cover them. Two income families suddenly became one-income families with the loss of a job. Many have exhausted their 401K’s and other retirement benefits. Too soon the unemployment checks run out and people are forced to search out shelters for help. Homes have gone into foreclosure and families with children have become some of our “street people”. Living in a car is no fun, but having small children to suffer through it is even worse. I hear stories of people with college degrees and good performance records, maintaining without income to survive
The plot thickens if you find yourself an older person with no income and needing to work. Some have a retirement check that is less than sufficient to handle daily expenses. If there are medical bills involved then they have an even harder time getting by from month to month. They want to go back to work in order to ease the cost that’s draining them of their livelihood. So, they apply for a job that’s sure to be the one they can handle with no problem. They have the experience and can be a valuable assent to this company. They make contact, fill out the application and get a follow up call for an appointment. All set with resume, service records and other credentials they need the initial visit is made.
If you’re over 50 years of age, here comes the problem, right? You go to the interview, putting your best foot forward. They interviewer asks you all the questions that are pertaining to this position. You have a good feeling about the way the interview went. You go home with the hope of having a job very soon, which gives you something to celebrate. The following week a letter arrives in the mail from the company and your spirit surges as you open it fast. It reads, thank you for your application for the position of #### however at this time we are unable to offer it to you. We consider that you are “over qualified” for the position and have filled the position on an entry-level basis. Oh they say they are an equal opportunity employer. Not so, if your not young and someone they can hire on a entry level. They want the dashing young men or the cute sexy, tailored young ladies on the front desks, to greet the executive clients. The jobs that the older people once had now have added qualifications, which can include a college education. If years of “hands on” experience is considered to be an over qualification, then I’ve lost the chance before I ever apply.