Am I too old to be hired?

These workers in their 50s and early 60s are struggling to find an employer that will give them a chance. Blame the economy, or is age discrimination at play?

Retire? I'm living in my truck

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  • Name: Lynn Nelson, 61
  • Place: Prescott, Ariz.

I have a degree in programming, and I was also in the administrative field. I've had a lot of office experience, and I was a credit auditor.

I've been unemployed since 2011, and since that time, I have traveled to five states and 11 cities looking for employment. I've been homeless for the last year, living in my truck.

I have tried several methods to get my resume noticed -- everything is online now -- and nothing seems to work. I'm hearing that the old-fashioned way we used to do the resume gives the employers an indication that we're an older worker.

I've actually been asked in an interview: "So obviously, you're going to retire soon, so why should I hire you?"

They think we are not re-trainable, and often times, there's nothing you can say to convince them otherwise.

What can we do to change this national perception of older workers?

At this point, I'm desperate to get to 62 so I can get some income from Social Security.

  @AnnalynKurtz - Last updated February 26 2013 09:31 AM ET

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