Until I get a decent paying job unemployment is all I have. So he** yes I need those benefits...I’ve worked since I was 18 and this the FIRST time I’ve ever had to collect unemployment. So spare those of us who are trying to land jobs any sarcastic comments...you try being over 55 and getting a job in today’s market...it ain’t gonna happen....and that’s a FACT Jack.
From what I have seen though, don't make hasty generalizations about employers not hiring older workers. Many that I know - and I know hundreds - are desperate to jettison the 20 to 30 year old cohort. They just aren't worth the candle. I saw it again yesterday. A 61 year old replacing two twenty somethings.
Many of these jobs pay modestly but the upside is open. What business needs right now are the competent middle managers. Experience counts and counts heavily. You may not think that your skillset encompasses this but most of them require a reasonably intelligent human being who goes to work in the morning and leaves when the job is done. Promotion is rapid but there are so many four-flushers out there that employers usually require a stint in the ranks.
Try to approach businesses where you can deal directly with the manager or owner. They ARE looking for you.
Good luck and may God bless.
...when I was 55 I got the boot from a company I’d been with for 28 years of loyal service...I was on unemployment for a brief period because I couldn’t find a “decent job”...then it dawned on me that I’d better take what I could get...so that’s what I did...at less than half of what I used to make, but so what...it was honest work, and I took it.
....and NormsRevenge is right...the older worker has a place in the work force because the boss knows he’s reliable and doesn’t goof off on the job.
....I wish you good luck.
Try moving. You can’t farm in the desert, so to speak.