ou are SO right! I was a professional Executive Admin when I quit the work force to help care for my mother and grandson 15 years ago, and in all of that time, I never stopped "working." Caregiving requires so much more than people who have never been in that position realize, and the majority of responsibilities are in an administrative capacity! And, I also spent every spare minute selling online, which, itself, requires marketing, being internet savvy, shipping, etc.,along with an assortment of other odd jobs, as well as freelance writing and photography. But, I'm trying to get back in the admin field, or even in a mailroom atmosphere (the best part of selling on eBay, in my opinion), and no replies...no responses. Ever!
My qualifications are still as stellar as they were 15 years ago, and I've been forced to only have 2 of my past relevant positions listed on my resume because of the years being employed at them. I have been looking over a year now...and have sent out no less than 100 applications, with no success. I've only had 2 actual face-to-face interviews; one with an employment agency and one with a non-profit organization. The agency has yet to "find me a fit." As far as the other company, I left the interview beaming, just knowing that I did get the job, only to be informed a week later, in an email, that that they chose to "go with a different applicant." No reason why!
I am in shock like everyone else here! I know now that age discrimination is alive and well. And I am trying So hard no to give up. There's nothing for me if I do. I am alone and I'm losing my house. I went from making $48k in 2001 to rolling quarters. If anyone wants to start a "fight"...I'M IN!!! Just let me know what you want me to do.