Around May 2011, I got a bee in my shabby-looking bonnet to ensure regular income by getting a part-time or full-time job. The deep recession had made it difficult operating my communications boutique. So, I went on my quest.
My first interview was at AT&T for a part-time sales position selling smartphones in its corporate store based in North Haven, Connecticut. I assumed I had it. I didn't.
In Manhattan, the interviewer's jaw would drop when I entered the room. Yes, I was old. The same thing happened outside of Boston.
Here's what I learned:
Ageism is real in America.
Don't go after anything from a position of weakness. You perform in a subpar manner. The interviews usually went poorly.
Consider Plans B, C, and D.
Obviously jobs were not in the cards. I returned to running my own business, with renewed commitment. This is the only way open to me to earn a living. Once I fully invested myself in self employment business picked up. My boutique continues to grow.