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Where do I fit?

By cfjesse ·
After 14 years of software testing for DOD, I recently fell victum to DOD funding crunch. My problem is where do I go from here. My experiance has always been in DOD accounting software testing, I was on the team years ago that released the first accounts payable system that went worldwide to pay vendors in multiple currencies. Since then I have worked on the same system. System was never taken off the mainframe so have no web testing experiance. Customer was just getting into automated testing software when I was release, so therefore have no experiance in that either, a manual tester. I am concerned that the 14 years that I have been working on this system, that I may be been left in the dust. I have no problem with learning new ways to do the business however am having problems finding employers that will hire me and fund for the additional skills at the same time. If any of you have fell into this same boat, I would love to hear from you and find out how you overcame the problem. I would hate to give up software testing completely because I enjoyed that and I was good at what I did. Any ideas - would love to hear from you.

Sadly Unemployed but still looking.

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Maybe go back to school?

by gralfus In reply to Where do I fit?

You might decide which direction you really want to go in, and then take classes at a community college to get yourself up to speed on current technology, job hunting, resumes, and interviewing skills. You may find that a different field is more competitive than what you have been doing. It's a different world today than 14 years ago.

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Thanks

by cfjesse In reply to Maybe go back to school?

Thanks for that suggestion and have thought of that however not sure that is the answer as I am 52 years old worked 22 years in accounting in the military and then another 14 years as software tester. Perhaps the true way to do it is find another less paying job but not really sure my bills can stand that for very long either. Quite the delima I have on my hands. Have an interview on the telephone tomorrow for a Business Systems Analsy position so may need to see what that may bring. At least someone looked at my resume. Thanks for you input.

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Age is a problem

by DC_GUY In reply to Thanks

You'd better make some hard choices fast, because getting a new job at 52 is not going to be easy. Anti-age discrimination laws simply don't have any force behind them.

In my experience (I'm 61), the only sector in which age is appreciated is training. If you have any IT training experience, now's the time to talk about it. The federal government is the largest consumer of training resources, so you'd have a good chance of being picked up by one of the many training firms that specialize in federal clients.

If you don't have the formal experience, think about the things that you've helped other people with. Are you good at explaining how to make Microsoft Office programs actually do what they're supposed to instead of driving the user crazy and then losing his work? There are probably 100 classes in MS Word, 100 in MS Excel, 20 in MS Project, and a few in ACSES and other products, being taught across the country right this very day. Make up some class materials, get a couple of friends to sit through mock-up sessions, and see if you can fake it. Government clients are not very picky so most training firms send their beginners there first.

Someone needs to light a fire under you. I'm sorry to be the one to say it, but you're going to need to be very clever and assertive to land a good job. I was unemployed for two and a half of the nine years since a municipal government and I parted ways.

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Again many thanks

by cfjesse In reply to Age is a problem

I have believed that age was a problem all along with my resume. It clearly states that I am retired military so that makes me at the least 38 then you add the other 12 years that I talk about in the resume that makes me sitting on 50. However actually 52 but 50 is close enough to probably be doing me harm. Maybe I should take the part out about the military and that would put me back at let us say 32, however web site I have ever seen ask aged. Therefore so much for laws.

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For sure

by DC_GUY In reply to Again many thanks

Probably any employment counselor will tell you to take absolutely everything out of your resume that even gives a hint as to your age. Carefully delete enough experiences to make it look like you've only been in the workforce for about 15 years, without making it look like you got a suspiciously responsible job fresh out of school. Don't mention obviously outdated technologies or methodologies.

Yes, it has come to this.

Only you can make the judgments, but stating that you've retired from the military gives it all away. Perhaps you could just write about a few of the more pertinent jobs you did while on duty.

I'm lucky to have gotten a job with a company that actively recruits people over 50. Lucky? It's 3,000 miles from home and I only get to see my family twice a year. Lucky? Yes, because if I hadn't taken this one I would have had to wait an entire year for another job to pop up that I would have qualified for -- at this very same company.

Times are really tough.

No, I can't tell you whom I work for but they do a good job of advertising vacancies. You'll surely see them if you check the job boards and if they have a job you fit, without me having to tell you their name.

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Thanks

by cfjesse In reply to Maybe go back to school?

Thanks for that suggestion and have thought of that however not sure that is the answer as I am 52 years old worked 22 years in accounting in the military and then another 14 years as software tester. Perhaps the true way to do it is find another less paying job but not really sure my bills can stand that for very long either. Quite the delima I have on my hands. Have an interview on the telephone tomorrow for a Business Systems Analsy position so may need to see what that may bring. At least someone looked at my resume. Thanks for you input.

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