Marie Spalding

Age: 60 - 64
Location: Kentucky
Industry: Education and health services
Job: School Counselor
Unemployed Since: 2008
"Many times, even if you are fortunate enough to get an interview, you just do not get any follow-up."


Carl Ruf said:

I must clarify that our contract support ended in Jan. 2014 and I went through the struggles of re-establishing myself in the workplace. It was tough but I survived. Just another challenge. Although age discrimination does exist, be persistent. I used my work experience abroad to assist foreign companies with revitalization efforts and continue to do so. Sometimes we have to reach beyond the boundaries we set for ourselves. In that I have been fortunate and I am thankful for the years I put in working abroad, my military background, and networking with other non-US entities that overcome career obstacles in this country. Just be willing to go the extra mile. You will get there. - posted April 5, 2016

Carl Ruf said:

Very interesting comments. Veteran w/ 22 yrs. service regular and reserve. Unemployed since Jan. 2014. worked in engineering / government contracting. As far as age discrimination, have been there. Replied to a position and submitted documentation where it was difficult at best to determine my age (60 at the time). Got an interview. The surprised look on receptionists face was all I needed to know they were expecting a younger person. You have seen it before...the double take, nervous laugh, and stilted glancing about....even though I look young for 60. Obviously did not get job that went to a younger less qualified applicant. - posted April 5, 2016

Angie said:

Barbara, I know how you feel. I'm much older now but when I was 32 I applied for a Paralegal job with the federal government. I was turned down because of my age then! I was told it was because of the way their pension scheme was set up. - posted March 28, 2016

Barbara said:

I have an MBA and in my 60s. I have filled out 62 application with my state government. I have never gotten one interview. I think that the question of birthday year should be excluded from applications. At least they would be impressed with my resume and I will get my foot in the door. They may not like me when they see me , but at least I would have received due consideration. I have been filling out applications with the state since 2012. It is so sad that America is one of few countries that considers older people possess insufficient knowledge and skills. I am a computer wiz, I am black belt, green belt, six sigma- everything corporate American needs. They just don't want me. :( - posted March 9, 2016

Mark Fodchuk said:

Touching, powerful statement. I wish Marie all the strength in the world to carry on.

Michael said:

Hi Marie. I've experienced the same setbacks only with no initial interview process - 42 resumes sent off to prospective employers over a 16 week period with no response forthcoming. Enough to make one lose faith in Western humanity and the so called 'fellowship-of-man' - not wishing to sound sexist. I thought about becoming a Buddhist simply to put things in some kind of Eastern perspective. Best wishes

Marcia Greenwood said:

Such an intelligent, well-spoken and, obviously, caring person. Best to you. I truly hope that things turn around.

john s. daley said:

We've got a country of fascinating,tough,God fearing people. We survive!

Rick said:

Very powerful riveting interview .....not sure what the answer is to whats happening in this country ...

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