posted on May, 12 2012 @ 03:18 AM
In my country - Romania - if you're over 40, you're already dead from the employment point of view. I am a computer expert, with more than 20 years
of experience and I have been refused on countless interviews because of my age: the employers wanted a younger person, despite of the fact that my
professional experience was way higher. The reason is a simple one: a younger person have less needs - financially speaking - than me. At least
that's the idea here, everybody knows that. And let me tell you this: there are countless here in the same situation.
After the last company I worked with was going bankrupt, I spent 2 (TWO!) years looking for work, not necessary in the IT field; I was ready to do
anything in order to earn some money. No luck. Nada. Zilch. Zip.
So what I did was this: I changed my age in the resume, made myself 10 years younger. And guess what, in no more than 2 months I found a job.
Indeed, Romania isn't a "Western developed economy", far from it, but the fact that you are thrown away after 40 unless "you know someone" is
absolutely insane. I don't know how this works in the US but let me tell you this: on the big picture, the situation is desperate. More and more
people are jobless, too many of them being just victims of a system. Telling them to go screw themselves is one of the worst thing one can do to
We're blaming them without thinking that one day we can be in the same situation and that's what frightens me; instead of sticking to each other,
trying to help each other, many of us are throwing rocks on them without even know them, without knowing the reasons for they're jobless now.
And this, in my opinion, shows how limited thinking humans can have sometime.