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As the Boomers Head for the Barn

Nancy4392 Wrote: May 15, 2012 11:01 AM
But try being a Baby Boomer and looking for work! You'd think you had a contagious disease. With a superb resume, and as you point out, great education, solid work ethic, and desire to continue working, many Baby Boomers find themselves unable to get past the thirty-something "HR Director" who can only see greying hair and a short shelf life (no matter what the individual's intentions are regarding retirement). Many in this generation would prefer to keep working as long as possible, but not as a greeter at Walmart. And yes, people-of-our-kids-generation, we DO know how to use the latest technology!
Neal from PA Wrote: May 15, 2012 6:16 PM
As a displaced IT worker, I have over 35 years of experience in various Information Technology positions. Those were very productive and successful years within ADP/EDP/IT in operations & maintenance, systems/applications & operations, programming & support, and research & development. As an operator, systems & applications programmer, DBA/DA, and Data Management team lead/manager.
Neal from PA Wrote: May 15, 2012 6:17 PM
It has been more than ten years, I stop looking for my career ending position within IT/Management about five years ago. It seems that if you do not have the current skill sets with one or two years experience, no one is willing to give you a chance to acquire those current skills, even though you have a history of success in obtaining and successfully implementing them in the past.
Neal from PA Wrote: May 15, 2012 6:18 PM
It appears that, if your over 50 years of age; you are not what employers are looking for in a new employee. I find this to be very discouraging and a major loss to not only those companies that submit too such practices, but to the hundreds of thousands of displaced/misplace IT workers out there, that would just love a chance to get back to what they enjoyed doing most of their working life. This should have been of major concern and a wakeup call, because this world wide economy we are wheeling and dealing in today requires this proven expertise to remain competitive and continue to grow.
Neal from PA Wrote: May 15, 2012 6:19 PM
I know of many former IT workers; myself included, that are working in other careers due to no fault of their own, they just happened to be caught up in downsizing, reductions in force, lay-offs or replaced by the younger less experienced H1Bs. In my case I was also replaced by an H1B visa holder; first by a Pakistani and then by an Indian; both working for half the salary I was making and I even had to get them up to speed…then I was made an offer I could not refuse.
Neal from PA Wrote: May 15, 2012 6:21 PM
Many of those displaced/misplaced, that could afford it, retired early. Many like me continue to work; we have had our standard of living decline to just above the poverty level. With mortgages, taxes and medical bills to pay; everyday life has become more difficult. Especially at the end of each month when the bills are due, and you’re trying to decide which bills to pay this month.

So, what has gotten more expensive….EVERYTHING? Especially Government at all levels. As a percent of income, I am paying more in taxes today than 10 years ago when I was making 100K+.

So YES, “The Myths of the High-tech Worker Shortage” is and has always been a MYTH. Does anyone care…think not!

Wolfgang6 Wrote: May 15, 2012 1:06 PM
Which illustrates why the age discrimination laws need more stringent enforcement, even if it means corporate America is dragged kicking and screaming into compliance.
Mike1206 Wrote: May 15, 2012 6:52 PM
Sadly corporate America is forced by heavy handed government regulations that make if hard for them to take the risk.

When the April figures on unemployment were released May 4, they were more than disappointing. They were deeply disturbing.

While the unemployment rate had fallen from 8.2 percent to 8.1 percent, 342,000 workers had stopped looking for work. They had just dropped out of the labor market.

Only 63.6 percent of the U.S. working age population is now in the labor force, the lowest level since December 1981.

During the Reagan, Bush I and Clinton years, participation in the labor force rose steadily to a record 67 percent. The plunge since has been almost uninterrupted.

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