well, long time no write....
I have been pulled in many directions since last I posted here. I have been busy writing theatre reviews for two publications:
www.STAGEmagazine.org and www.DelcoNewsNetwork.com
I have been busy spoiling the grandchild mentioned in my last post--Tiny Lady arrived on March 26, 2013 and weighed in at 8lbs.-13oz. She is the sweetest, most beautiful little girl in my world. She has a darling little personality and loves to make us all laugh. I may finally have another actor in the family.
But the most impactful thing in my life has been the lose of a job I'd held for six years. The company I worked for downsized at the first sign of a drop in business and when all was said and done, about 1,500 of us were out the door.
And I have found myself in the impossible position of trying to get gainful employment at 61. It has been exceedingly frustrating. People write you off after a certain age. They make assumptions that you can't possibly be current on business practices or technology. What did they think I was doing for the past 15-20 years? I was working--using current technology and staying abreast of business practices. Hello.
I've had several phone interviews and at least a dozen face-to-face meetings. I've registered with every employment/staffing agency in the area. And nothing.
One employer told a recruiter that he hired someone else because he/she had press release experience and he really needed that. I had handed the man a copy of a press release I'd written during my interview!!! And I'm a regularly published writer. Sheesh.
I have run out of Unemployment benefits, I have used up the small 401K I'd managed to save up and I'm at the end of my rope.
I try to present a professional and positive outlook when I interview. (It gets more and more difficult as each week goes by.) I can only assume I am the victim of age discrimination, but how do you prove that?
I need some blessings to come my way. I put this out in the universe and pray for your help.
happy dog days - Monday morning we were woken early by lightening and thunder and hard rain. The dog was instantly in panic mode, panting and finally hiding in the closet....
8 hours ago