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Who is Going to Hire a 55 Year Old?

Share Your Story: Share Your Unemployment Story

By Darla

Who is Going to Hire a 55 Year Old?

The job I lost

City Biologist in the Florida Keys. My job was eliminated by the city manager who disliked me with the economy used as the excuse. I am 55 yrs. old.... Who is going to hire a 55 year old? I haven't even had an interview in the 13 months I have been laid off. I live in a rural county with very limited job prospects and virtually no job prospects in the environmental field.

What it's like being unemployed

I have worked non-stop since I turned 18, working and going to college and finally obtaining a master's degree. I am ethical and honest and it was a HUGE blow to my personal and professional self-confidence and self-esteem to become unemployed, and so unfairly at that!

I have been angry, depressed, and anxious. After about 8 months I finally quit crying everyday. I am beginning to think I will never find a job and now I am going to run out of unemployment payments the end of February. I have an IRA so I am not eligible for any other form of assistance... food stamps etc.


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