Unemployed & Alone Update

December 08, 2010 | 10:40 AM

After two years, one month, and one week my husband is employed. A good job with benefits, a very short commute with a good, solid company. The lessons learned during the past couple of years will carry us through the rest of our lives. I am thankful beyond words. I see my husband smile and it warms my heart. He will be 60 years old next month and I just turned 55. It is very difficult to be unemployed at our ages. We have definitely felt the sting of being "too old" during the job hunting process. I was told after an interview a few weeks ago that although I was very qualified for the position, I would not "fit in" with the office. The entire staff was 30 years old and under. As I see it, this decision was typical. What an employer doesn't seem to take into consideration are these facts: 1. My children are grown and live in different states. No childcare issues. 2. I missed 2 days of work in 2 years in my last job due to hospitalization. 3. I have vast experience in different fields. 4. I am loyal, dependable and trustworthy. 5. I was on time every single day and worked overtime without compensation during the busy times because it was the right thing to do, not because I had to. 6. I am older and appreciate working. My work ethic is strong and my dedication is total. 7. I have the ability to learn quickly and thrive under pressure. 8. I have a great sense of humor and do not ever take myself too seriously. I could go on, but the point I am making is "older" workers are not being given a fair chance. Although my husband is now employed and it's great, I am still unemployed and alone. I still feel the need to be needed. It is true "older" workers are not considered due to age, I have witnessed it with my husband and myself.

I thank all that commented and offered suggestions. I have explored some and will take steps to pursue others soon.

There is hope. Keep trying, be strong and it will happen. The proof is my husband. I will keep my faith.

Kim Hastings