It’s 5:45 p.m., and the CBS “Evening News” isn’t over yet. The lead story was that the unemployment rate just hit a 14-year high at 6.5 percent and is projected to rise to 8 percent in 2009. Wrong! I’m 61 and have been looking for a full-time job paying a living wage for three years. I’m off the radar for these statistics, as are many others.
During my three-year search I have been told, “unofficially ” of course, that hiring managers and decision-makers are looking only for those under 40. Heaven forbid you have a gray hair. An unemployment counselor told me I would not be able to find a job. Maybe so, but I’m not quitting and don’t intend to use Grecian Formula 44.
To those hip-hop decision-makers, hire me or accept the fact you’ll be paying higher taxes to support me. I have no desire to go on Social Security. I want to work now and beyond 65.
Oh yes, I show up on time Mondays, Fridays and after concerts.