/ Asked by Thomas
I am a 61 year old male with over 30 years in middle mangement of nationaly owned, but small manufacturing company. Word through the grapevine for the past several months is that they are very deep in dept and have borrowed to their limit. Our Company has now been threatened with drastick cuts (50% or more) if we can not produce an order which has an unreal timetable. This may be a way to try and save the corporation but would devistate our company which is one of the few "moneymakers" they own. My question is should I try to ride this out at my age, or start sending out resumes? I have the knowledge and experience, but I'm afraid no one would hire me due to my age. I am in excelent health, but I wouldn't mind a change of scenery, so to speak. Any advice?
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, January 20, 2014
Sending out resumes while riding it out can be thought of like “diversifying your portfolio.” While you may choose to take a leadership stance in your current role to show your commitment to the company and persuade them to keep you amidst cuts, sending out resumes in evenings allows you to have a backup plan. Regarding seeking new employment after 30 years at the same company, Federal EEO laws make it illegal to discriminate due to age. As long as you have a sharp resume and are prepared to match your qualifications to new roles you shouldn’t let age stop you.
Answered by Sharon, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Monday, April 21, 2014
You should absolutely have a resume prepared regardless of when you begin to actively look. The point is, you'll be prepared.  The EEOC prohibits discrimination by age so always know you have that protection. As you prepare your resume, keep to two pages. If you have jobs from 15+ years ago, you can capture them in with a Career Note indicating "Previous experience also as as XX at XX (date - date). Also, list your highest level of education and you don't list the date. It's irrelevant.
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Tuesday, May 13, 2014
You should be starting to prepare a resume now regardless of when/if you are deciding to look for new employment.  There is no harm in sending out your resume to companies after work hours to get your name out there.  By sending out your resume, it doesn’t mean you are leaving your current company; you are just keeping your options open.  No matter what decision you make, whether it is ride it out with your current company or send your resume to different companies, the EEOC prohibits discrimination by age.  You shouldn’t be letting your age stop you from having a job!
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