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(Oregon Live)   If you're an older worker who suddenly is back on the job search again, you need to do something about that hair. And those clothes. And that gut   (oregonlive.com) divider line 188
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2009-09-07 05:40:48 PM
...because how you look is much more important that what you can do.
 
2009-09-07 07:37:25 PM
Well, the Boomers were the ones who made being old not okay, so I guess this is just a case of what goes around comes around.
 
2009-09-07 08:04:16 PM
FireBreathingLiberal: ...because how you look is much more important that what you can do.

It's right behind what degree you bought. What you can actually do is almost irrelevant.
 
2009-09-07 08:06:23 PM
msannomalley: Well, the Boomers were the ones who made being old not okay, so I guess this is just a case of what goes around comes around.

No, that was Madison Avenue. You know, the capitalists?
 
2009-09-07 08:08:12 PM
You mean the old people who kept telling me to cut my hair when I was younger?
Good.
 
2009-09-07 08:08:49 PM
I don't care what you look like. I want you to be able to focus on your work.
 
2009-09-07 08:10:20 PM
Where I live, I am an "older worker" at 37. Fortunately, no gut.
 
2009-09-07 08:12:11 PM
FireBreathingLiberal: ...because how you look is much more important that what you can do.

I think that depends on who's hiring. But, sometimes, yeah.
 
2009-09-07 08:12:32 PM
minoridiot: I don't care what you look like. I want you to be able to focus on your work.

But my fingers hurt
img258.imageshack.us
 
2009-09-07 08:13:25 PM
Just remember: Dyed or not, a mullet is never the tonsorial answer.
 
2009-09-07 08:14:41 PM
And those facial wrinkles. Get you some Botox treatments. And get some hair plugs as well. Plus remove the onions from your belt.
 
2009-09-07 08:14:58 PM
When I interview someone older than me I ask them one question right up front.

Guesses?
 
2009-09-07 08:15:00 PM
wtf? When did pleated slacks go out of style?
 
2009-09-07 08:15:02 PM
If you're an older worker that doesn't have enough skills and contacts to be hired right away, you might need to pretty yourself up a bit.
 
2009-09-07 08:15:06 PM
I such a loser I had start a business to get work, so i'm getting a kick out of this article.

https://twitter.com/woodfloorspdx
 
2009-09-07 08:15:43 PM
FireBreathingLiberal: ...because how you look is much more important that what you can do.

Yeah, it often is, for getting the job. Or do I live in some alternate reality from the rest of you?
 
2009-09-07 08:16:38 PM
MorePeasPlease: When I interview someone older than me I ask them one question right up front.

Guesses?


Oops I Crapped My Pants?
 
2009-09-07 08:17:28 PM
MorePeasPlease:
When I interview someone older than me I ask them one question right up front.

Guesses?


Do you prefer the young trade?
 
2009-09-07 08:17:30 PM
Remember, your age doesn't matter -- it's the age of the person making the hiring decision.

Older=Old
 
2009-09-07 08:17:50 PM
Pleated slacks went out of style at least 7 or 8 years ago. At least.
 
2009-09-07 08:18:07 PM
MorePeasPlease: When I interview someone older than me I ask them one question right up front.

Guesses?


How you doin?
 
2009-09-07 08:18:17 PM
Well I invite the old poorly dressed slobs to apply for a job at my investment firm. My company is chock full of gnarly trolls with NO fashion sense. Looking good won't get you anywhere at my job. It's really amazing. I would love to post pics.
 
2009-09-07 08:18:54 PM
MorePeasPlease: When I interview someone older than me I ask them one question right up front.

Guesses?


Do they have problem with a younger boss?
 
2009-09-07 08:19:00 PM
MorePeasPlease: When I interview someone older than me I ask them one question right up front.

Guesses?


"Can you take orders from a snotty little fark half your age?"

What do I win?
 
2009-09-07 08:19:06 PM
shower_in_my_socks: Pleated slacks went out of style at least 7 or 8 years ago. At least.

They make you look like you have a "mangina"
 
2009-09-07 08:19:54 PM
mrs.parker: Looking good won't get you anywhere at my job

How you doin'?
 
2009-09-07 08:20:42 PM
Mr_Ectomy: shower_in_my_socks: Pleated slacks went out of style at least 7 or 8 years ago. At least.

They make you look like you have a "mangina"


LOL
 
2009-09-07 08:21:49 PM
stirfrybry: MorePeasPlease: When I interview someone older than me I ask them one question right up front.

Guesses?

Do they have problem with a younger boss?


Aarrgghh. 6 seconds from a (sorta) simulpost.
 
2009-09-07 08:22:27 PM
When I entered the workforce I was a team guy. Everywhere I went, the old people paid the team concept lip service. Everything was about what could I do for them in practice. Shiat's on the other foot now. My ass kicking foot, old guy.
 
2009-09-07 08:22:30 PM
When I wore slim-fitting khakis to work, my boss commented that it didn't look very professional.
Pleated it is.
 
2009-09-07 08:23:21 PM
What a terribly depressing article. Apparently young people are feeling a lot of comfort in the idea that nobody can earn their way to the wages they get or the lifestyle they want.
 
2009-09-07 08:23:44 PM
deevo: When I wore slim-fitting khakis to work, my boss commented that it didn't look very professional.
Pleated it is.


Your boss likes to rock the "mangina" then?
 
2009-09-07 08:25:18 PM
I'm about to age out of my business and will likely be in the market for a legit job soon. Aside from a brief stint after college, I've never had a "real" job and may as well have been raised by wolves when placed in an office-type environment. I'm gonna get fired the minute someone wears a skirt, or the Monday after the first company party. That's assuming that anyone hires 35 year-old guys. For anything.
 
2009-09-07 08:25:58 PM
Mr_Ectomy : deevo: When I wore slim-fitting khakis to work, my boss commented that it didn't look very professional.
Pleated it is.

Your boss likes to rock the "mangina" then?


His boss is fat
 
2009-09-07 08:26:13 PM
Implying that all older people are uncool, out of shape and out of touch is teh funny.

And if I had a buck for every twenty-something I've seen with a gut (how do they do it so fast?) I wouldn't even have to find a job.
 
2009-09-07 08:26:59 PM
Advice for older folks.

1: Apply for job you are thoroughly qualied for
2: Ensure your personality doesn't get you the job
3: File a discrimination claim under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act
4: Live off the settlement money
 
2009-09-07 08:27:17 PM
I'm 36 with a gut and recently got hired full-time.

I'm also one of the youngest and (dare I say) better looking members of our staff.

/pleated pants can suck it
 
2009-09-07 08:27:27 PM
Appearances do count. Sometimes for more, sometimes for less. It's unfair, but there it is.
 
2009-09-07 08:29:46 PM
iollow: FireBreathingLiberal: ...because how you look is much more important that what you can do.

Yeah, it often is, for getting the job. Or do I live in some alternate reality from the rest of you?


I think you do or live near very foolish and superficial people.
 
2009-09-07 08:30:14 PM
deevo: When I wore slim-fitting khakis to work, my boss commented that it didn't look very professional.
Pleated it is.


I had a clinical preceptor like this. Apparently, my wearing a dress shirt, tie, slacks and a white coat was "less than expected" for professional wear. His "I'll just wear scrubs last pressed in 2002" was evidently A-OK.

Never told me this, mind you. It only showed on my evals.
 
2009-09-07 08:31:39 PM
John Buck 41: stirfrybry: MorePeasPlease: When I interview someone older than me I ask them one question right up front.

Guesses?

Do they have problem with a younger boss?

Aarrgghh. 6 seconds from a (sorta) simulpost.


yeah, but yours wins the funny award. Mine?.. not so much.
 
2009-09-07 08:33:31 PM
www.toothpastefordinner.com
 
2009-09-07 08:33:55 PM
At 50, I found myself on the job market again.
I listened to all the experts and had the gray trimmed off, shaved my stash (which I grew YEARS ago, when I got carded for liquor, and my SO wasn't) and payed attention to what I wore.

In the end, it was my 30+ years experience, and keeping up with current tech (I'm an IT guy) that got me my new job.

/My lawn. Mow it.
//Seriously, its a mess.
///I'll pay.
 
2009-09-07 08:33:59 PM
Sorry to be so unclear.
"Guesses?" is the question that I ask.

Followed immediately with another question:

Can you figure out what the second question is?
 
2009-09-07 08:34:00 PM
SapperInTexas: I'm 36 with a gut and recently got hired full-time.

I'm also one of the youngest and (dare I say) better looking members of our staff.

/pleated pants can suck it


Hell, I still wear flannel and blue jeans to work.
 
2009-09-07 08:34:30 PM
Make sure your resume focuses on the job you're going for.

Make sure you're current with whatever technology is required to do your job.

Don't price yourself out of the market.

Don't look like your health will be an issue.



And that's about it for landing a job, no matter what your age.
 
2009-09-07 08:35:46 PM
Johnny Damon - Manny Ramirez.
 
2009-09-07 08:37:40 PM
StaleCoffee: FireBreathingLiberal: ...because how you look is much more important that what you can do.

It's right behind what degree you bought. What you can actually do is almost irrelevant.


Snark aside, you ever wonder how some people can be so monumentally stupid but have a job that gets them a ton of money?
 
2009-09-07 08:39:23 PM
FireBreathingLiberal: ...because how you look is much more important that what you can do.

Sad but true.
 
2009-09-07 08:41:28 PM
I've lost 40lbs over the past two years, just a hundred and 50 to go to get my dream job.
 
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