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Surviving being over 60 and Unemployed-Updated-"Unemployed, need not apply".


Unemployed.....Need not apply

Since first writing this article, I came across a news reports last night that confirmed my suspicions and upset me at the same time.

  • Employers don['t want to hire those who have been unemployed for more than 6 months.
  • People over 55 have a harder time getting back into the work force.
  • Young people 17-25 who have no High school diploma or College make up 25% of the unemployed.

I have actually had it mentioned that I've been out of work for quite a length of time and in the past 2 yrs have held "Several" jobs only to be laid off. I have always mentioned "last hired, first fired", in troubled economic times.

  • In the article I saw last night, they said that most companies lay off "the weakest of their workers, not necessarily the last to be hired, during economic difficulties." [needless to say I won't be using that line any more"

So, I guess I want to know how we become "educated" in the things these companies are looking for WHEN Unemployment will not supplement classes that cost money? I'm a bookkeeper, but don't know ORACLE. Many companies actually advertise that you need to know that software in order to apple. How can I learn that if I can't afford the class? Unemployment won't help me because they don't consider that to be a "lucrative expense". They offer FREE basic computer classes, but nothing to help you advance.

Young people are told they aren't hired because they don't have "experience". As the older generation, we have the experience, but they don't want to pay for it. So that leaves the 30-55 group that is being hired and working. That is a very small percent of willing and able body people who can work.

Also, Employers are now using a "new tactic" to stop Unemployed people from even applying for positions they offer. Some internet job posts found came right out and stated only currently employed workers should apply. Some legislators are trying to make it illegal to advertise like that, but like most companies and "age" they will find a way around it.

So, I guess we just have to be more persistent and even though there are 4 applicants for every job opening, we have to keep sending out those Resumes.

Leave your thoughts and suggestions. All I can say, is thank heavens I don't have to pay postage on all these Resumes, because they would never get sent.

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We're all in this together......

YUP, I’m 61 and unemployed like so many of my friends and counterparts. I, a person who has worked all my life have now been with out work for 18 months in the past two years. How the heck did I wind up here?

Like many of you, I’m too young to retire [well, that’s what my bank account tells me], have not won the lottery [therefore I don’t have any retirement /savings left as I live alone and used it to survive the past few years], and can’t seem to get businesses to understand that I can’t work for less than $15.00 [and it has to be full time with healthcare]. [I live in Massachusetts and it’s MANDATORY to have Healthcare or be fined on your State income tax at the end of the year] I receive $84.00/month in Food Stamps[ so I buy lots of soup & veggies for the month] because the Federal Guidelines for Poverty level are now $10,890 for a single person. So, since I’m in the $11,000.00 bracket; strictly on unemployment, I am above the poverty level. With “all” that income, I’m supposed to pay rent, buy food, maintain a vehicle, utilities, Prescriptions, basic cable/internet/phone, auto, renter, & Life insurance, and still have something left over to put away for retirement and maybe see a movie once in a while.

I MUST be living the American Dream as the house I rent my apt. in has a white picket fence around it. I don’t need a gym membership because I live in a 3rd floor walk-up [4 floors when I go to the basement to do laundry]. I don’t have a dog as that’s not allowed, but I do have 2 cats at the suggestion of a friend. Having never had cats, I didn’t know they were so “into themselves” and don’t like to “cuddle” or sleep with you. They do greet you at the door, but that’s only to see if you’ll give them a treat. I don’t, so I’m abandoned.

So, how do WE, the people who taught our children that we can BE what and whoever we want to be in this land of plenty [as long as we work and respect others] SURVIVE?? Our country is weighed down by a government with so much debt that they keep threatening to close down. They bail out financial institutions [who now are charging us more in fees because the government put restraints on them]. They bailed out car manufacturers who still haven’t hired all employees back [and in some cases laid off more]. How do we [who are the ones who kept the country going in so many ways, who are losing our homes, can’t feed our families, and have no jobs] keep from falling by the wayside? By making LOTS OF NOISE!!!!

IF you are on FACEBOOK, put something out there everyday about wanting to work. Answer the questions that the local TV Stations put out there about the unemployment situation. Write your Governor, Atty. General, Congress person, Senator, AARP, and start a blog. I changed my FB profile to read “UNEMPLOYED and one of the 99%”.

Jobs are so hard to come by today because of the amount of people out of work that you have to make yourself noticed. If your friends and their friends see you’re looking for work, there might be a chance someone knows of an opening and will let you know. The biggest thing…………DON’T BE IDLE! If you’re idle, you become stagnant.

I WANT TO WORK! I hate sitting around trying to figure out what to do with my day. I send out resumes on a daily basis. In the 18 months I’ve been out of work, I have had 5 interviews. I was called to work, recently, for ONE company out of all that I’ve sent out. I worked ELEVEN DAYS, and was told that I wasn’t learning their software and program fast enough and they let me go.

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So, now I’ve become pretty good at knowing how the Unemployment, Healthcare, Food Stamps, and Fuel/utility assistance works in Mass. What I’d like to do with my “blogs” is share my information with you so you will understand that it does take some work and PERSISTANCE on the part of the Unemployed person, to finally get the results that are needed. In the mean time, contact me via this blog and I’ll help you with what I can.

My blogs will include helpful tips for all the paperwork needed, places to search for work, resume help, and some of the “glitches” I’ve run into. I’ll also keep a brighter side that will give you positive ideas of what to do in your free time with some of it costing little or no money. I promise that I will try to keep them upbeat.


So, today is raining and could be a great day to cover your head and just sleep it away………instead……go to your local coffee shop, bookstore that has a coffee shop, someplace where people are gathering and start talking. If you start with a smile you will usually find someone who is just like you, looking for someone one to just chat with. Even “Verbal” human contact is better than no human contact, and it could just make your day.

Remember………..there are so many of us out here in the same predicament……’re never alone. Have a great day and until next time………..Peace & Happiness to you all.


[Did you know that V-8 Juice and lots of Veggies, makes a great soup? Add some potatoes, noodles, or rice and you have vitamins & fiber and an inexpensive meal. Serve with an ooey gooey grilled cheese sandwich and YUM! Great lunch or dinner. Can also be done in a crock-pot if you add meat and fresh veggies instead of frozen. ENJOY!]

Comments: Let us know how you keep busy.

Kathleen on March 31, 2019:

Thank you for your blog and letting me know I am not alone in this. I was laid off last week for the second time in less than a year. I am in terrible debt and having problems with Medicare, SS, and unemployment. Feeling very much at the end of my rope. Having horrible anxiety produced nightmares.


chaz on May 17, 2016:

only a few comments. Not too many having problems. But, if you believe the news, the world is ending soon with climate changes, so even if you have 50 billion bucks, it wont do you much good....

Snappy on September 05, 2013:

To me, the corporations got it all, on top of all the bail-outs, etc., when the SCOUS said that they are people too. And the politicos don't have to say or report where they get their millions. So that was the real final nail in the coffin for all of us "people". No politico will ever say a thing now. They will not bite the huge dog that feeds and feeds them. We have no chance against that. The corporations and the government are one in the same. Oh, what is the name of that type of government??

Dave on August 06, 2013:

I've been out of work for 3 years going on 4. I understand the frustration that many have. I turn 62 in February 2013 and probably will sign up for my Social Security which will be around $1600.00 month. My wife works and we are debt free thank goodness. Congress needs to pass a law that an uemployed individual with good skills and good work record have priority over and individual who has a job then maybe people will get back to work. I think we are just beginning to see the destruction of the middle class in this country. It is going to only get worse.

Johnny Farran on February 19, 2012:

I agree with you 100% and the situation is NOT going to get easier. There are signs that the entire economy are VERY SOON scheduled to crash in 2012. PREPARE for that!!

Xenonlit on October 13, 2011:

Here's to fixing the mess and getting people who can work back to work! It is amazing how the politicians just don't seem to care about the tidal wave that is bearing down on all of us.

geordmc from Beliot, Wisconsin on October 13, 2011:

I am 55 and am in the same boat except I am being thrown off disability because I was over medicated by a doctor who stopped seeing me as a patient because I did not want to take 10 pills at a time 3 times a day for diabetes. I wanted a more natural way(losing weight,diet changes...) you get the picture.

After I was dropped I never went to see another of the overeducated morons and let them try to kill me,so now no disability for me.

Since then nobody wants to hire me for reasons of Over/Under qualifications or no recent work history.

So much for an understanding gov't.huh?

I hope we both find work shortly or we might have to start a new revolution!

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