Clients Slashing Their Pay Rates! What to do?

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?

  • Age discrimination is illegal but to prove that is very difficult. I work as a consultant in the IT field and have come accross it as well. In my opinion, it is better to focus on what benefits you can bring to the firm because of your years of experience. An example, time management, people skills, experience in pulling together an article properly, ability to train or mentor other people of different ages/backgrounds/and experience levels, quick ramp up into the job, not looking to jump at the next opportunity and so much more. You need to have a play book on how to sell yourself based upon all of your years of experience. "Why should they hire you".

    Firms should want a mixture of people in their organzations and need to figure out how to integrate people of all cultures, backgrounds and age groups if they want to stay successful. The workforce is getting much older and the smart ones are trying to figure out how to make this work. In addition, how to balance people that are employees and consultants (freelancers) in a fair and equitable manner is still a challenge at many as well.

  • Age discrimination is illegal but to prove that is very difficult. I work as a consultant in the IT field and have come accross it as well. In my opinion, it is better to focus on what benefits you can bring to the firm because of your years of experience. An example, time management, people skills, experience in pulling together an article properly, ability to train or mentor other people of different ages/backgrounds/and experience levels, quick ramp up into the job, not looking to jump at the next opportunity and so much more. You need to have a play book on how to sell yourself based upon all of your years of experience. "Why should they hire you".

    Firms should want a mixture of people in their organzations and need to figure out how to integrate people of all cultures, backgrounds and age groups if they want to stay successful. The workforce is getting much older and the smart ones are trying to figure out how to make this work. In addition, how to balance people that are employees and consultants (freelancers) in a fair and equitable manner is still a challenge at many as well.