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Anyone else unemployable besides me?

TomH

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I moved to Vegas 3 years ago when I was 60. I was a CPA with 30 years experience. My problem was my skills and experience were not compatible with what is needed to work at the big casinos. So I drive Uber, collect social security and do odd jobs.

It does not matter how old you are. You have the wanted skills and experience, you have a job.
 

LoriO

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My spouse who had a sales career of 20 years lost his job 4 years ago due to an acquisition. He is doing this full time to make ends meet. Job searches in between rides. He can’t find a job! 54 years old. I also do this full time. We pay our bills doing this and thankfully we’ve been able to make ends meet. What do you all do for health insurance though with all these side gigs?
 

FormerTaxiDriver♧

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My spouse who had a sales career of 20 years lost his job 4 years ago due to an acquisition. He is doing this full time to make ends meet. Job searches in between rides. He can’t find a job! 54 years old. I also do this full time. We pay our bills doing this and thankfully we’ve been able to make ends meet. What do you all do for health insurance though with all these side gigs?
I go to the local clinic, and do sliding scale charge on the visit. State subsidy on meds alone / no health insurance whatsoever!
 

Dan2miletripguy

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My situation is that about 12 years ago I left my job as a software engineer at AT&T to stay at home when our daughter was born. At that time we also had 2 sons - ages 6 and 12. So for over a decade I was Mr Mom while my wife earned the cash as a pharmacy manager. I dabbled in different things like doing focus groups and market testing and even the seasonal gig at Amazon and also Pier 1 Imports fulfillment centers.

After being out of the professional workforce for so many years both of my Bachelors degrees became basically worthless. That is totally on me. I have also battled a few personal issues and thankfully have overcome those and I have been in a very regimented fitness lifestyle for several years now. At least, I am in the best shape of my life. I have applied for all types of regular fulltime jobs with no success. I have tried to interview for just about everything including being one of the guys on the back of a trash truck but no dice. Employers are pretty weirded out by me being out of a regular job for so long and I don't blame them.

I can get retrained now at age 49 but I have little enthusiasm to do so. Basically, rideshare has been good for me because I had barely put any miles on my car while being at home so I have some room to spare as far as that goes. I certainly did atrophy socially while being at home so much so doing this gig has helped me to regain some confidence as I am forced to interact with people while driving them around. I don't know what the future holds for me but I plan to continue to drive for the next few months anyway. Sorry to go on and on.....
 

Christinebitg

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What do you all do for health insurance though with all these side gigs?
Sorry to hear about him losing his job. What did he sell?

I don't know what to suggest regarding health insurance. I'm 66 and started on Medicare after I retired last year. It's more complicated than that, but it all involves options that aren't available to you.

Christine
 

Gilby

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times have changed. I'm 45 now and no one thinks that a 45 year old could know anything.
I had a long ride this morning with a woman who is apparently a national sales manager for a software company in the educational software industry. She appeared to be in her early 40s, and liked to talk. One of the things she discussed was the difficulty of hiring and keeping millennials, and she said she had hired five people over the age of 50 in the last year, and they were her best hires. They were all reliable, hard-working and overachieving goals.
 

LoriO

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My situation is that about 12 years ago I left my job as a software engineer at AT&T to stay at home when our daughter was born. At that time we also had 2 sons - ages 6 and 12. So for over a decade I was Mr Mom while my wife earned the cash as a pharmacy manager. I dabbled in different things like doing focus groups and market testing and even the seasonal gig at Amazon and also Pier 1 Imports fulfillment centers.

After being out of the professional workforce for so many years both of my Bachelors degrees became basically worthless. That is totally on me. I have also battled a few personal issues and thankfully have overcome those and I have been in a very regimented fitness lifestyle for several years now. At least, I am in the best shape of my life. I have applied for all types of regular fulltime jobs with no success. I have tried to interview for just about everything including being one of the guys on the back of a trash truck but no dice. Employers are pretty weirded out by me being out of a regular job for so long and I don't blame them.

I can get retrained now at age 49 but I have little enthusiasm to do so. Basically, rideshare has been good for me because I had barely put any miles on my car while being at home so I have some room to spare as far as that goes. I certainly did atrophy socially while being at home so much so doing this gig has helped me to regain some confidence as I am forced to interact with people while driving them around. I don't know what the future holds for me but I plan to continue to drive for the next few months anyway. Sorry to go on and on.....
So
 

DentonLyfter

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I'm unemployable. I was in I.T. for more than 20 years. I don't have a degree, just a GED. But I'm better at the work any anyone with a 4 year CS degree. But times have changed. I'm 45 now and no one thinks that a 45 year old could know anything. Nevermind the fact that I understand quantum physics (as much as anyone actually can), or that I can code for quantum computers... I don't have a degree and that means that they won't even talk to me.
You need to move to Texas. Being in the car all day, all I hear are commercials about how you can be in the exciting IT industry in ONLY 6 MONTHS !!!

The best part is..... If I get an a$$hole for a boss, I just wait ten minutes and I get a new one.
Might be a new a$$hole, but I don't have to deal with them after the ride.
Great analogy !
 

sbstar07

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I feel stuck driving my car, and I know that it's not gonna hold out forever. I pray and hope that I won't end up back in a cab, where I was forced to pay a lease everyday.
All I can say is take a day or two off from Uber so you can look and Apply! Go to your unemployment office and search for jobs in their job search area. Look on craigslist, online, jobs are everywhere!
 

FLKeys

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I will hire someone in their late 50's to late 60's before I hire a younger person. Okay so they only work 7-15 years at least they work and don't come with the entitlement attitude. For office work give me an older person any day.
 

FormerTaxiDriver♧

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All I can say is take a day or two off from Uber so you can look and Apply! Go to your unemployment office and search for jobs in their job search area. Look on craigslist, online, jobs are everywhere!
Been there, and done that. Filing for disability now.
 

Gulfstream Echo Niner

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I had a long ride this morning with a woman who is apparently a national sales manager for a software company in the educational software industry. She appeared to be in her early 40s, and liked to talk. One of the things she discussed was the difficulty of hiring and keeping millennials, and she said she had hired five people over the age of 50 in the last year, and they were her best hires. They were all reliable, hard-working and overachieving goals.
.....that's the Exception not the rule.

over 40YO in IT is not a good place to be, unless you're a principal
 

TheDevilisaParttimer

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Most "Hood rats" that are on Section 8 will actually be good tenants. They know that if they are successfully evicted for cause they will be kicked off Section 8 and banned from it for life.

But most landlords try to avoid renting to them. Dumb, IMO. Whatever share Section 8 pays is money the landlord knows they'll never have to chase anyone for.
Section 8 can be great with right tenets or a nightmare. Bad Section 8 tenets tend to do the most damage to property.
 

FLKeys

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Considering the length of time most people stay in a job now, it's a wonder people even consider this issue any more.
We have minimal turnover at this company. We have had a total of 253 employees in 32 years. We average 28 employees at any given time. Guess we have been very lucky. Of the active 28 employees the average length of time is 11.4 years.
 
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