Post by Hipp
it seems RIM recruiters
Post by Hipp
like me, feeling that we are overqualified and would get bored after a week
and quit or post out, leaving a vacancy, or would quit because we wouldn't
be happy with the pay
I'm not really sure how the "age discrimination" plays into it...
Back in 1998 I was working for the Government of BC in "mainframe
operations" and my department was downsized and I was sent packing with 2
At the time I was 28 years old and leaving a $90,000 a year job...
everything you heard above was the same thing I heard, and like I say: I was
only 28... so its hard to imagine age discriminaton playing a part in it.
And in a way I can see their point... I looked for jobs that were more akin
to my past skill and pay levels, but in finding nothing I started applying
for just about anything that I could qualify.
After about 6 months of unemployment I was called in to interview for a tech
support position at Telus... the women conducting the interview liked me,
they loved my resume, skillset and past experience...
The problem was when they asked me: "So you previously worked in mainframe
operations and helpdesk... that was probably a $60-70,000 a year job... why
would you want to settle for one that pays only $30,000 a year?"
At the time, my EI was about a month and a half away from running out, my
wife was having a hard time getting full time hours at work, bills were
piling up at home, I still owed $20,000 to the credit card company... I
would have gladly taken the job and been happy about it just to have
something coming in.
But realistically there is nothing I could have said to make them believe
that, because one can presume that most people don't want to take a step
back in life and that they would take the next available chance to either
move on to a new job or transfer to a better department in the company.
And its kind of a Catch-22... If I said "You are right... as soon I put in
my 3 months and get union seniority I'll be applying for higher jobs within
the company and to other companies this union is in" then they wouldn't want
to hire me.... if I said "Look, I am so desperate! I need this job! I
promise I'll stay if you hire me!" they aren't going to want somebody who is
going to "settle" for something and then possibly give a half-assed effort
to the job because they see it as beneath them
Ah well... in the end I am much better off that I didn't wind up settling
with that job... I had a couple of tough years in there, but things worked
out for the best in the end.