Letters posted: 6.30pm Tue 25 Sep 2012
I’m 59 years old and I’ve been out of work for three years.
I’ve applied for lots of jobs but so far this year I’ve only had one reply.
I applied for work in two hotels. I had experience for both the jobs. And even though I handed my CV into one of the hotels personally, the manager claimed to have never received it.
I heard by word of mouth that one of them doesn’t take on anyone who is over 25 years old. Yet these people are advertising in job centres.
I think that employers throw away CVs of older people. There is blatant ageism going on. I’ve got as much chance of getting a job as I have of winning the lottery.
I’ve already received a threatening letter from the Department for Work and Pensions. It said if I don’t comply with work programmes I could lose my benefits.
It’s hopeless. I see the same jobs in the job centre all the time. Most are temporary. And I think many are phantom jobs—they don’t really exist. I’ve got five more years of this to go. And there are a lot of people in the same situation.
Name withheld, west London