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How will your employment status impact your vote?

Written by Colette Clarke, Interactive Producer | Sep 24, 2012 6:37 AM

job-interview.jpgAs we lead up to the election on November 6, 2012, we want to take a look at what is shaping your vote.

It's no mystery that the economy is playing a big role in this year's election. It may be the deciding factor for many voters. This week, we'd like to learn how your employment status will impact your vote.

Please help inform our coverage of Election 2012 by answering these questions about how your employment status will impact your vote.

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  • LES img 2012-10-02 11:40

    I am 62. I have been unemployed for over a year. I recently filed to collect Social Security, something that I had hoped to avoid until I was at least 67.

    There are a couple a reasons why I am not able to find employment. I suspect, however, that age is high up on the list. Although age discrimination is illegal, it still exists and is still used as a reason for not hiring today.

    I have tried my best not to give hints of my age. I have "cleaned" up my resume so as to not show certain dates, i.e., when I received my college degrees and subsequent training, so as to not make it obvious how old I am. People who know me but who don't know how old I am are surprised when I reveal my actual age; most will tell you I look 10 years younger. Yet, even with that "advantage," inevitably prospective employers will figure out a way of getting to my age without actually asking me directly.

    I will vote for Obama. I believe in his ability to create more jobs moving forward. Whether I would be fortunate to find work should more jobs be created remains to be seen. But even if my days as a worker in this country are at end, I believe President Obama offers the best hope, the most promise for improving on what is wrong with our current economic woes.

    For that reason, he has my vote.

    • Kelly Chuba img 2012-10-02 13:18

      Good luck, LES, you are absolutely right; age discrimination is rampant in this economy. It's a shame. Years ago while hiring retail managers I looked at applicants over 50 as true gems with experience and wisdom to manage.