Just like millions of Americans who are over 50 and out of work I became part of that group. At first I didn’t think much of my age. Basically I don’t know how old I am until someone reminds me. I think of me as me, same person except wiser and very knowledgeable, more so today than yesterday but nevertheless the same person.
As I started my job searching I noticed a pattern, there was a complete void on how to evaluate workers with over 20+ years’ experience. The recruiter’s would ask me if I did something that was stated clearly on my resume, it was as if they were reading from a script. Moreover, I was told work experience over 10 years on a resume is irrelevant.
While sitting down and becoming overwhelmed with frustration, I started to think about all the experience I had, all my accomplishments and how my peers respected my work and relied on my abilities. The many accolades I received from senior executives and business owners, validating my career accomplishments. I concluded, instead of feeling apologetic for my age I will be proud of my achievements.
That is when I came up with the idea of Talent Lost, all my talents being lost, unable to contribute to a business when I am in the prime of my life in knowledge and wisdom. If I include all the people in the same category and added them together it’s an enormous amount of Talent Lost. Businesses are no longer discarding older workers but voluntarily forfeiting valuable assets.
After performing research on the issue it became apparent Americans who are over 50, along with the misfortune of being out of work, is a problem much larger than my job searching challenge. It was rooted in politics, economics both domestic and international, organizational values and the evolution of tradeable service labor in developing nations.
Because of the complexity of the problems our mission statement had to focus on multiple areas to address the needs of Talent Lost members and ultimately the direction our nation takes to secure America’s service sector industries. We have several brief mission statements that encapsulate our challenges.
To provide useful informative and advice on job searching for Talent Lost members.
Promote the value and ability of Talent Lost members to organizations.
Promote international trade agreements and domestic economic policies that adapt to developing nation’s increased service sector labor assault on US tradeable service industries.
Promote the human element is the distinguishing factor for superior domestic tradeable service labor over developing nations service labor.