When you are young it is easy to get into a starting level position. When you reach a certain age it's very difficult to land one of those jobs. Even if you are willing to accept the lower pay and less 'prestige', you are not welcome and the excuse is always that you are overqualified. Perhaps hiring managers believe that someone going from a $70K per year position to a $40K per year position can never be happy and will always resent their new job. Some of us reach the bottom career-wise, jobless and without hope, and we are quite capable of swallowing our pride and doing a great job in an entry position. Don't give up though. Perhaps expressing the enthusiasm of youth and the right attitude will land you a job.
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