You are over 50 and being discriminated against in your job search. You know it, the employers know it and society knows it – so don’t feel compelled to mention it to every networking contact you meet! You will undoubtedly find some sympathetic ears, but the vast majority of the people you encounter just don’t want to hear it. They won’t say that – they will just politely avoid you.
Just about every employer is doing more with less. Job descriptions are streeeeeeeteched. Hours are longer – but the pay isn’t necessarily better. You start complaining to co-workers, vendors, customers and just about anybody else you can “trap” into listening. Sooner or later your complaining and negativity catches the attention of management. Who do you think moves to the top of the list during the next “right sizing”? Somebody that shows up, works and never complains or the office poison pill that contaminates everyone they touch?
I’m not saying your perceptions are wrong. I’m not saying you are wrong for possessing them. I’m just saying keeping them to yourself is one of the healthiest things you can do to ensure gainful employment.
I personally find this whole concept interesting. The more we move towards a “touchy feely” society, the less we really want to hear about people’s true feelings. Identify your trusted confidants and limit any real or perceived negativity for them. Chances are you are also their therapeutic outlet.
People want to see, hear and embrace positivity. Don’t believe me? Conduct your own research. From your Linked in profile, post the most inspirational, positive message you can find. Then find something humorous – but with an edge of “dark” workplace humor. Which one gets 800 views, 30 likes and 5 comments as opposed to 50 views, 1 like and no comments?