Thursday, February 05, 2009

Whippersnappers Need Not Apply...

Paris Hilton,Bernie Madoff,and those myopic and Machiavellian miscreants over at Merrill-Lynch may not be getting a clear view of the panorama of economic devastation burning on the horizon from their Ivory Towers,but we lowly serfs down here in the trenches know well enough that we're not in Kansas anymore.(Unless,of course,you actually are in Kansas)..

No rainbows..
No Unicorns...

I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that those of us rising in the Autumn of this discontent,are finding it especially difficult to compete in an ever dwindling job market against our more youthful counterparts.
I mean,..face it,..when an employer is confronted with a mountain of resumes,odds are they'll elect to housebreak a new pup,before attempting to try and teach an old dog any new tricks.
..It's human nature.

There is a resource for the 'seniors' among us however,and it's right here in O-Town!

A fairly new,and little known program,functioning under the auspices of the Employment Development Department,called 'Experience Works'...And get this!..
You must be 55 years or older to qualify!

Advantages of participating in the program exist on several levels.
Notable among them:

  • Many of the employment opportunities available through EW are not listed in the usual 'Help Wanted' ads in the newspapers and such,narrowing the field of applicants considerably.
  • Depending on your skill level,they offer some interesting training with pay classes to help you secure employment with one of their 'clients'.
I had my second meeting today with Bobbie,the soft-spoken and genteel woman who runs the program,and we went over the last of the in-house paperwork needed to get me channeled into the system.
There is still much to do.
I'll need to go to their website,(Bobbie gave me my very own secret password..HA!),and fill out reams of evaluation forms in order for them to assess my goals,and determine what skills I may already possess toward that end.

I don't expect this to be some kind of manna from heaven,but I do see it as an opportunity to gain a welcomed edge.
These days,..that may just be enough.

'You're younger now,than you'll ever be again..Even if you live to be a hundred!'..
Mark Twain

14 Comments:

At 1:52 PM , Blogger Random Thinker said...

As an HR manager I can tell you that the more experienced among us (read old) have a few advantages over the younger crowd. First off we don't need to be praised for every little thing we do. Satisfaction in a job well done is usually reward enough, anything more is just gravy. And we generally know how to put our noses to the grindstone and get some work done. These are benefits to an employer which is why EW has a market. Good luck. I bet you'll be employed before you know it.

 
At 3:11 PM , Blogger sageweb said...

The youngs kids are a bad investment...they want to leave after they get a few years under their belt..old timers don't mind sticking around. We hire these "college hires" (politically correct way to say "kid") and we spend money and time on training them and they leave...If I was in charge of the world only people 40+ need to apply.

 
At 4:47 PM , Blogger citizen of the world said...

Yay for you!

I always preferred the older students when I taught college classes - they were more motivated, more serious and had more to contribute.

 
At 6:07 PM , Blogger Mom said...

I expect to hear about your great new job soon. Old guys rule!

 
At 6:12 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Thinker- ..not to mention that I can generally keep up with kids half my age.
But that doesn't really show itself on paper.
(Great..I just did the math,and figured out that kids half my age aren't kids anymore).

Sage- Seriously,that's kind of the way it should be..I had my crack at it when I was young.

Citizen- All of the above!..I'm feelin' pretty good about this.

Mom- We got a few extra tricks up our sleeves,to be sure. :)

 
At 8:36 PM , Blogger yellowdog granny said...

hope the only thing you are qualified for isn't something that requires you to wear a bandana over your face and say 'stick em up'...think you'd be good giving porn sex....

good luck sweety..will light a candle and say some prayers.

 
At 10:06 PM , Blogger austexgrl said...

I am here with-you sweetie.. it is hard being " old"
( as in over 50) no matter what anyone says.. Old age is the ULTIMATE discrimination!!!
I am over 50, look great, feel great, love my work...better at sex than at any point in my life......but..50 means the same thing it has always meant..OLD!

I wish you luck..feel free to use my name as a reference.

 
At 6:21 AM , Blogger Doralong said...

I'd rather have someone with experience than deal with someone clueless who requires constant hand holding.

 
At 10:48 AM , Blogger rosemary said...

So, I guess that makes me Mrs. Methuselah!!! Damn. sling...go for it...sell yourself. You are awesome you know. many decades ago i was labeled "unemployable" because all I had ever done was have babies and clean houses. A woman named Diane Bird gave me a break at the unemployment office and eventually I had L.V.N. after my name...then it went to R.N., then B.S.N., then C.C.M. It does work. How did i support myself while I was in those first years of school? I cleaned houses and took those babies with me.

 
At 1:05 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Yellerdawg- Oh,any fool can commit armed robbery..I've got my sights set on something more sophisticated.
Like computer fraud.

austexgrl- I don't feel like it's discrimination necessarily.In fact,it kind of seems more fair to hire a younger person,with a family to raise,than it would be to hire a single guy with no other resposibilites...Know what I'm sayin'?

Doralong-I figure there are many employers that feel just like that.
Like Thinker sais,there is a market out there.

Rosie- Now would be a good time to change direction in the type of work I've done for most of my life.
I mean,what else I gotta do?

 
At 10:11 PM , Blogger Middle Child said...

I hope that this all works out the best way possible for you... Its bad here but then it feels like it has all been orchestrated...hard to find even panuts not made in China...won't eat a freakin thing made in china no matter what...

Have you heard from your old boss? he sounded like a really good bloke...ifn he doesn't have work for you he may know someone who does...but then no doubt you would have exhausted every avenue...

Sometime i wish i could win a huge amount of money and I would then be able to help out everyone i know who is in struggletown... I have a roof over my head...for now...depending on all this economic stuff...and to be out of work in Australia is different than in the US...our medical system as sad as it is is free...all free. other things. It seems so hardedged in the US.

I have thought about you and how you are getting on...hope somethng good comes along soon.

 
At 6:37 AM , Blogger Willym said...

Let's just say I'm still cleaning up shit left over from our "student" last summer. And they are scrambling to find money in the budget to extend my contract because of all my "experience". Between that and hearing about this great initative you're involved in, it gives me hope that experienced people are not being left to one side.

Auguri as we say over here.

 
At 11:18 AM , Blogger Lorraine said...

I think that is superfantastic, my friend. Not quite as superfantastic as it will be when Bobbie comes through with the hook-up but you deserve to be drinking a better brand of brown liquor.

 
At 8:16 PM , Blogger booda baby said...

... what everyone else said, plus, when it comes to strategy and imagining a solution, I'm shocked on a regular basis by how not creative young people can be. Of course, there are some real talents, but that's independent of age.

 

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