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Shirley in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

63 months ago

I've been unemployed since February when i was laid of with over 300 others. I've been searching relentlessly to no avail. I have over 20 years experience. I am an advance computer user of Microsoft Office Suite of products. I've had my resume professionally written, it's posted every where. Why am i having such a hard time finding a job in West Palm Beach, Florida? No calls, no interviews. I am 47 and i wonder if my age has anything to do with it.

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Moonpie

62 months ago

Age has everything to do with it - here in the Sunshine State, youth is worshipped! It seems as if the only ones with any value are under 25 or over 80, for different reasons. I'm in central FL, and it has been hard going here for the last couple years.

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Laura in Lake Worth, Florida

62 months ago

Moonpie said: Age has everything to do with it - here in the Sunshine State, youth is worshipped! It seems as if the only ones with any value are under 25 or over 80, for different reasons. I'm in central FL, and it has been hard going here for the last couple years.

I'm 24 and have been unemployed since February. I have a good work history for my age, but no one wants me. I always thought it was because there was older, more qualified individuals. Lets not blame each other! What can we do about it? I don't know...

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Mary inTampa in Tampa, Florida

62 months ago

Laura, you gave some good input. We are blaming each other. Unfortunately, it is mostly true - here in Florida over-40 workers are less desirable - but it also depends on the type of job one is looking for. Unemployment in Florida is very high.

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Nancy in Salem, Massachusetts

35 months ago

I've been unemployed since June of 2010. Since then I've had two temporary jobs, one lasting one week and the other almost 5 months. I was nearly hired twice. At the second temporary job I was told they wouldn't have me manage their website so they wouldn't need to train me to do it, then they hired someone who knew webpage management! The second job where I was nearly hired, the chemistry was great both ways and they were willing to train me in the one software I didn't know but the other candidate already knew the software. So, in my case, even though I'm 61, age doesn't seem to be the issue. Instead, it's always that I don't seem to have knowledge of some software and it doesn't matter that I'm willing to learn because there is still such a glut of unemployed out there who have the skills already. I'm going to continue temping because it keeps my skills fresh and might lead to an opportunity, if not for a job perhaps to learn something new, while I continue to search.

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Moonpie in Lakeland, Florida

35 months ago

Nancy in Salem, Massachusetts said: I've been unemployed since June of 2010. Since then I've had two temporary jobs, one lasting one week and the other almost 5 months....... I'm going to continue temping because it keeps my skills fresh and might lead to an opportunity, if not for a job perhaps to learn something new, while I continue to search.

I have been out since January and have only had 10 days of temping. Have you noticed that temp assignments are few and far between for office work?

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Nancy in Salem, Massachusetts

35 months ago

You need to sign up with several agencies -- that's the secret to staying busy. And check with them within a couple of days before your current assignment ends to see what they have. Yes, I have been without assignments but continue to call all of the agencies -- full-time and temp -- that I'm working with regularly so that they keep me in mind and call me when they have something.

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Tulip143 in Galena, Ohio

35 months ago

I am signed up with several agency but not getting any calls. I temped at one company for 5 months and then nothing since then. These just don't seem to be plentiful jobs. I am sick of looking. These computer programs don't take that long to learn. Employers expect everyone to know everything, it is so stupid. I that just got rejected for a job that called for 0-6 month experience. I worked in this field but i didn't have the EXACT experience that they wanted. 0-6 months no one will have that experience. The woman was nasty when I caller her on it. I wasn't getting the job anyway I had nothing to lose, I felt better after that.

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Nick L in Medford, Massachusetts

35 months ago

Nancy in Salem, Massachusetts said: I've been unemployed since June of 2010. Since then I've had two temporary jobs, one lasting one week and the other almost 5 months. I was nearly hired twice. At the second temporary job I was told they wouldn't have me manage their website so they wouldn't need to train me to do it, then they hired someone who knew webpage management! The second job where I was nearly hired, the chemistry was great both ways and they were willing to train me in the one software I didn't know but the other candidate already knew the software. So, in my case, even though I'm 61, age doesn't seem to be the issue. Instead, it's always that I don't seem to have knowledge of some software and it doesn't matter that I'm willing to learn because there is still such a glut of unemployed out there who have the skills already. I'm going to continue temping because it keeps my skills fresh and might lead to an opportunity, if not for a job perhaps to learn something new, while I continue to search.

I am also in the Boston area and have only been able to get Temp work for the past 2 years which I think is being held against me along with not having a specific software package (that usually can only be learned by actually working with it on the job) and not having "public accounting' experience. I am 36 BTW and everyone is shocked that I don't have a permanent steady career job.

Many accounting positions not only require a BA in Accounting but want someone with Public Accounting experience & a CPA at the very least.

I also have a third issue of bad credit where I was escorted off the premises from two temp jobs on separate occasions because the 'background check came back' and it showed too much bad debt.

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Laidoff2009CT in Stamford, Connecticut

34 months ago

Hi there-I am a year older then you, and the best advice I can give, is to do high-volume job applicications on all sites, use connections, etc. I was laid off in 2009. I was able to get contracts for all of 2010 and part of 2009, then was hired on perm for January 11. I went on 68 interviews for both perm and contract jobs. I kept in touch with all agents, etc. I know how hard it is to get a job but there are so few that you have to apply right when they are posted so you get into the first batch. Do all the follow up etc. I had to upgrade skills also. I know it's hard but stay strong and stay positive. My motivation was that if I didn't get a job, for decent money, I wouldn't have a home. I feel very lucky to have found a perm job, but honestly, all jobs are at risk. Don't give up and use all resources, websites, agents, etc. Apply on the company websites also. Best of luck.

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travler56 in Saint Cloud, Minnesota

34 months ago

Over 40, SO SCREWED!! If you beg hard enough, maybe a part time job but that is it.

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Nan in Riverside, New Jersey

34 months ago

I am not so sure age is the problem. I haven't found that yet. What I am finding is that there are jobs out there, but they are being taken up by nepotism. I am also finding that HR reps are rude and they don't care because there are so many people looking for jobs. Another problem is that most jobs are part time with no chance of obtaining health insurance. I was laid off a couple of months ago. I was carrying health insurance for my whole family as my husband is a contractor. I am also being treated for cancer by the hospital that fired me - isn't that great? When I was let go it was because my job is being replaced by a machine. Of course machines don't need health insurance. The HR rep tells me insurance will be $2,400.00 per month (like that is nothing) there is no way we can afford that - so I may have to go on disability because if I do not get insurance - there will be no treatment for me. Is there anyone out there who is experiencing this problem?

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Bluetea in Texas

34 months ago

travler56 in Saint Cloud, Minnesota said: Over 40, SO SCREWED!! If you beg hard enough, maybe a part time job but that is it.

Heh! Wait until you are 50. Then its either call center, security guard or Wal-Mart greeter. That's it.

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Nan in Riverside, New Jersey

34 months ago

I am 50 so I do understand the ageism. I was doing medical transcription and they are now going to electronic medical records. So really the only jobs open to me are receptionist, administrative, clerical, etc. Employers want someone young and cutesy at the front desk it seems. I am just so frustrated and I can see from the blogs how everyone else is also. Its tough out there for everyone - and some of the administrative assistant jobs require a bachelors degree - yeah for $13.00 an hour - are they nuts? Good luck to you!

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Bluetea in Texas

34 months ago

Nan in Riverside, New Jersey said: I am 50 so I do understand the ageism. I was doing medical transcription and they are now going to electronic medical records. So really the only jobs open to me are receptionist, administrative, clerical, etc. Employers want someone young and cutesy at the front desk it seems. I am just so frustrated and I can see from the blogs how everyone else is also. Its tough out there for everyone - and some of the administrative assistant jobs require a bachelors degree - yeah for $13.00 an hour - are they nuts? Good luck to you!

Most medical providers have to be EMR compliant by 2014, I think. The company that I work for is working on this now.

The medical transciber will soon go the way of the typewriter and the telephone booth. The neighborhood drug store will soon follow. Prescriptions also have to be EMR and that is cheaper to do with large, central dispensaries.

Even Amazon is looking into this. You can get the latest paperback thriller and reorder your cholesterol meds at the same time. Ain't technology wonderful? :0

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MnD in North Sioux City, South Dakota

34 months ago

Hey everyone.

I have 2 doctors that I am needing transcriptionists for. If you are interested please email me at 4theluvoffeet@gmail.com
....I need those of you in CST zone please!

I look forward to hearing from you :)

Angie
(I have no idea why my location has changed on here....we are still in Iowa)

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