Q: I was laid off three years ago at the age of 59. I was a claims representative for two insurance agencies for about 30 years. I pursued job hunting rather vigorously for about two years and have pretty much given up. I would still like to work part time in some kind of clerical position, not necessarily in insurance. I am open to pretty much anything.
Please be brutally honest with me - at 62, do you think anyone would want to hire me? It is difficult to keep my self confidence up after three years. I am dependable, hard working and have great letters of reference from clients I worked with (but they are three years old). Thank you, Kathy, Sacramento, CA
A: I would recommend a few things that could improve your chances of landing part-time employment. If you currently using a chronological format for your resume, you should consider only listing the last 10 years of your experience so that employers will not automatically screen you out as "over qualified."
I would also suggest that you contact Area 4 Agency on Aging employment program. The program offers a comprehensive job search orientation, assistance with resume and cover letter preparation, assistance with job application forms (including online forms), personalized job leads and internet job searches, training on effective interview techniques, and personalized job search support. For assistance contact: JoAnne Mahaney-Buehler, Program Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, (916) 486-1876 x 130 or visit the agency website.