First let me say thank you for giving members this opportunity! For 25 years, I was the Corp Director of HR/Payroll, for a multi-state healthcare provider of substance abuse/addiction treatment services. Despite completing numerous applications for employment for direct hire, consultant, staffing agency job postings, executive recruiting firms, interviews on a first and second level basis for HR/payroll related positions, I am still unemployed almost two years now! What’s wrong?
I paid a professional resume company to redo my resume, called on numerous colleagues that I met throughout my professional career for advice, present/future employment opportunities and even offered to work for free in their offices performing entry level duties, to get my name back out there. I have had four job offers that were withdrawn over the past 24 months. Why? Good question – the withdrawal letters were very generic (i.e. “decided to go in another direction” and “restructured job duties since interview, therefore, you are overqualified”).
Do I have an age issue? Here is my dilemma with a possible age issue: I am only 50 years old, but based on my employment history, employers may think I am closer to 60 or 65 years old. How can I professionally say that I have 15-20 more working years in me?
I have attached a copy of my resume for your information as well. I love my profession and very anxious to return to it ASAP. I look forward to your response and can’t tell you how much this means to me.
Thanks so much for including your resume; it makes it so much easier for me to provide specific feedback. In all honesty, I think your resume looks awesome! You have done a terrific job in listing job responsibilities as well as job accomplishments. Judging by the dates listed on your resume I would guess you were much younger than your actual age so that cannot be a factor and regardless I can tell you that 50 years of age is by no means a reason not to get hired.
You state that you have had four job offers that were then withdrawn in the next day or two over the past 24 months. This is highly unusual, and cause for further investigation. Are they pulling the offer after the background check has been initiated? As an attorney you know that if a hiring decision is canceled because of a poor background check than you are legally entitled to get a copy of that report so that you can address any potentially false information and work to rectify it.
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