GUEST COMMENT: I feel that ill-mannered 20 year old recruiters are looking down their noses at me as an older candidate

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I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s having a tough time with agencies while looking for a job, I was made redundant from a bank last October and have followed all the rules of registering with good agencies and with individual companies as well.

Maybe I’m old fashioned, but it seems to me that agencies used to care about people and would actively try to get them a job. Now, it seems they care only about themselves and trying to get their fee.

Who, for example, decided that only your last job is applicable? I have a wealth of experience which will be lost to the finance industry if I take a change of career or leave the country to work abroad - which is fast becoming my only option. I loved working in the finance industry and would like to stay within it but feel like I have been pushed aside.

Maybe my age has something to do with it? I am 51. I feel like countless consultants are looking down their noses at me - as if I shouldn’t even be thinking of looking for a job in finance at my age. I’m fed up of being told I don’t know what I’m talking about by people who weren’t even born when I started in this business.

I’ve applied for a lot of jobs - jobs for which I know that I’m suited and for which I have appropriate experience. However, I’ve heard little or nothing. “No thank you,” would be nice. But it seems manners no longer apply in financial services recruitment.