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Thursday January 24th 2019

49-year-old marketing professional jobless for half a year and survive by doing hourly-rated telemarketing job

Dear Gilbert

I am a 49-year-old male marketing professional who has been trying very hard to land a job for the last half year.

I have registered my resume with all the possible job portals including Jobstreet, JobsDB, Jobbank, etc. and have sent out more than 100 applications.  I have also approached the Career Centres of WDA, NTUC for advice and met up with “career coaches” there but could not derive much help from them.

To date, I have been to interviews with only 4 companies but there has been no job offers.

I feel that perhaps my age is a hindrance as I believe there is a still a stigma attached to older workers despite the government’s effort to debunk it.

I even thought of changing industry to become a property or insurance agent so as not to be out of job for too long and there are bills to pay.

I have also attended a preview for WSQ course for healthcare assistants. Currently, to earn some income for daily expenses, I have been doing hourly-rated telemarketing job.

As time passes, I am starting to feel rather “useless” and find myself slipping into depression.  Fortunately, these bouts were short-lived and I tend to snap out of it quite quickly.

I have attached a copy of my resume for your reference.

Hopefully, you can provide some advice or link me up with your contacts who find my experience and qualification relevant for their company.

Thanks in advance for your help!


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4 Responses to “49-year-old marketing professional jobless for half a year and survive by doing hourly-rated telemarketing job”

  1. sal says:

    @Michael, at your age maybe you need to be more open to job offer in any industries. Maybe courts salesman, bus driver or etc . Just to pay the bills and put food on the table.

  2. J Y says:

    I think we need to have the skills and aptitude for jobs in other industries even if we just want to pay the bills. If not, the boss will also sack you when you cannot perform up to expectations. Many employers are very harsh nowadays. They don’t let you have the time to learn even if you are a fast learner. They will say that they cannot afford to waste time in a fast paced environment.

    • Xavier says:

      One of the ways to sack somebody is to overload them with work, then say “they cannot perform”.
      There is a reason for rampant UNemployment,
      one of them is because … “the employed people are being overworked”.
      On paper, companies may say you will only work 8 hours per day,
      At work, you will work 12 – 16, then told “you will be fired if you don’t put up with this, and there will be 0 overtime for you”.

  3. ET says:

    Yes, I really wonder when we hit middle age what will happen. Its sad.

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