I used to make a nice living as a freelance journalist and feature writer. Unfortunately, the last two years have been wickedly hard. While work is still pouring in, every single publisher I work with has slashed their pay rates by more than 50 percent. As a result, I have been working seven days a week for the last 10 months just to pay my bills. It's killing me. So I decided to look for full-time work. The problem is, I am not exactly a spring chicken, and even though I have a solid background in content strategy and journalism, I can't seal the deal on a staff position. While lots of places have been responding to my resume, once a hiring manager realizes I am over 40 years old, I never hear back from them again. How do I know that my age has come into play? Every face to face interview I have been on I have been asked what year did I graduate high school or college. I have never been asked that question before until recently. It's very frustrating. Am I the only person who has been experiencing this?