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    Being Unemployed

    Why can't employers look beyond your resume? A person with as many years experience as me with software should come through as someone who can do just about what ever you have to offer even if I don't match every damn work requirement on your damn list.
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    Re: Being Unemployed

    Hello TDK,

    Man, it seems after 25 that its all down hill. But to me, i would be looking for the more mature worker.

    I mean, they will "have been there and done that" and experience is HUGE in my opnion. Mature people are more reliable and stable and at least you know that with mature people, less time off or issues with pregnancy, stuff like that.

    Its a shame you cant try and go freelance on your own. Are you sure that you cant?

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    I guess I don't know how. I suppose I could, just not sure what to do to get there.
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    Re: Being Unemployed

    Start doing small jobs, bit by bit. I dont know exactly what area you are in....i think its coding? So perhaps a small job on fiverr, on ebay, or bid on something at freelancers, theres always jobs and part time stuff on every forum, such as V7n, Digitapoint....

    I suppose you do one here, one there and it builds up and up.

    Let me know exactly what it is that you do. Then i can look and give some firm advice

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    I have been a software engineer for defense contractors since 1996. I would like to do websites but I don't know all the new software or much at all really. I use Dreamweaver for my own site and I did do my Taekwondo instructor's site but his wife did all the graphics and layout I just put it all together. I am thinking about taking a class or two at the local college to boost my website skills. I guess I don't know how to advertise that I can help someone or who to even target. I have done GUIs and embedded programming for work. A lot of hardware related type programming, not firmware but interfaces between hardware, that kind of thing. Don't know if that helps you or not.
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    Re: Being Unemployed

    I have been very lucky in that I've rarely been without work. In fact, I walked out of my last job, having had to put up with homophobic comments from my boss (I'm gay), and found another job within a few days.

    I work in Quality Assurance in heavily-regulated industries, which demands a lot of integrity and attention to details, and they often have a tough time getting staff of the right quality.

    Have you thought about a software QA role?

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    I have but not what I want to do. Besides, I am qualified for all the jobs I have been applying for but no one is calling.
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    Re: Being Unemployed

    I know it is illegal, but employers will consider your age; a friend of mine in her thirties is facing the same predicament, even more so because she has not procreated yet, and thus that the next few years would potentially be at the cost for the employer. Never mind her talents and skills ... Of course, had she been blessed with another set of genitals no employer would even give a thought to the same issues.

    What probably would be good for you is to indeed take a few classes and meet people there. A lot of jobs can be found as a result of informal socializing, especially if it is a skill that can be marketed.
    The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. - Rabindranath Tagore

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    Re: Being Unemployed

    I feel for you TDK and never cease to be amazed.......no matter how good, how smart or how qualified a "young" person is....surely the simple fact is that a mature person has experience and isnt experience a huge bonus?

    I would rather a person that "has been there and done it", compared to a qualified person that knows how to but next time will be his/her first time.

    Perhaps our Managers are related? (LOL)

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    My last boss was really a good guy. He wanted someone older. Just wish it would have worked out. I don't know if I am being discriminated against or not and no way to prove it if I was. Besides, the experience they are asking for would require someone older anyway. Maybe it that I am a woman that has me on the bottom of the list. I don't know. I just know I need something soon. I am sure Taco Bell is hiring and I hear they have benefits too!!! Sorry. A bit sarcastic. Been one of those days.
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    Re: Being Unemployed

    It would be hard to keep your spirits high when being unemployed, but believe me, you would be an asset to any company.

    I still love the idea of getting you working self employed....starting part time and building from there. We just need to work out how?

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    I like the idea of being self employed too but just don't know what to do or how to start. I don't live in a big city so really need to figure out what is needed here and how to market it. I appreciate the boost of confidence, especially because you don't really know me. I might be a lazy good for nothing!! Ha Ha.Thanks Snooks.
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    Re: Being Unemployed

    Hi tkdlady & snooks,

    I feel self employment maybe the way ahead especially if you are in a specialist market.

    As for older people with experience i totally agree with snooks.Due to the recession however,employers in the uk including recruitment agencies are playing the game of who can we pay the least,and if you are from an older age group say 35-50 its highly likely you will have financial responsibilty to go with it, which cant be met by £6 $ an hour.

    It really is tough times.

    Wish you much luck in your search for work employed or self employed.

    allover now.
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    Thanks allover now.
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    Re: Being Unemployed

    What I know for sure about you, TK, is that you are not a person who gives up. With your credentials, you WILL get a job that's right for you!
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    Thank you Luba. I know I can count on you for a cheer up.
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    Re: Being Unemployed

    Hello TKDLady

    Hope you are well! I hope you have a job now?? My uncle has come to us from the US, after 27 of no contact. He's just split up from his wife who has thrown him out and is mentally unstable - she hit him, didn't let him use the kitchen. His children are also against him. He's a RF Engineer and knows C++ and is basically a maths nut. He's I think late 50's and staying with us. He's now looking for a job and housing.

    Must stay positive))

    bg

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegorilla View Post
    Hello TKDLady

    Hope you are well! I hope you have a job now?? My uncle has come to us from the US, after 27 of no contact. He's just split up from his wife who has thrown him out and is mentally unstable - she hit him, didn't let him use the kitchen. His children are also against him. He's a RF Engineer and knows C++ and is basically a maths nut. He's I think late 50's and staying with us. He's now looking for a job and housing.

    Must stay positive))

    bg
    Hi BG,
    Yes I found a job and started in January of this year. I am surprised he is having trouble finding a job. RF Engineers are usually in high demand. Hope you are doing well. Take care.
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