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After a 28-year professional and rewarding career in the title insurance industry in San Francisco, I headed to the east coast to tend to elderly parents. Not having sought employment in many years (I was the one who was always approached by employers) I have been flabbergasted by many aspects of the job seeking and application process of today.
First of all, the amount of information required up front is outrageous. I have had to supply social security number, passport, driver’s license number, references, urine specimen, authorize credit check and background check, etc. etc., just to fill out an application, including for 6 and 7 dollar an hour jobs at grocery stores and nursing homes.
Not to mention all of the online submissions of my resume. All of this info provided not even an interview! If my identity is not stolen it will be a miracle. A staffing agency sent me to three interviews, one at a credit union and two at real estate information services firms. Thinking these would be right up my alley, I was shocked to be told I was “overqualified.”
I find myself in a down market in an economically depressed area (Pittsburgh) where there are very few middle management office jobs. I have discovered I am a dinosaur, and not sure what, exactly, to explore as a new career.
In the meantime, I cannot land entry level low paying jobs (I made more money babysitting in high school) because I am overqualified. I have to get my thinking cap in high gear and come up with a new profession pretty quick, just when I should be planning my retirement. News flash to job seekers: don’t move to Pittsburgh, Pa.