Grey power lacks job-hunting clout

Shortage doesn’t spell easy job hunts for older workers
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/07/2006

When employment counsellor Linda Zaluska moved to Halifax last summer, she expected her job search to be a breeze.

She saw many openings, which she took to be a result of the numbers of younger people leaving the Maritimes for better-paying jobs elsewhere. And the unemployment rate in the Halifax region at the end of the year was approaching the 2000 low of 6.2 per cent.

But her job search wasn’t easy. “I was overqualified for everything. It was a challenge,” said Zaluska. At times, she got the sense the people interviewing her saw her as a threat, particularly younger workers.